Journal of Business - November 2022

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November 2022 Volume 21 | Issue 11

Pasco road deal signals the start of development at Broadmoor By Wendy Culverwell editor@tcjournal.biz

Labor & Employment

Union electricians, contractors to build $7.5 million training center in Kennewick Page A23

Business Profile

Kennewick business designs custom clothes for canines Page A32

Real Estate & Construction

Brewery to open second location with restaurant, patio, river views Page B1

NOTEWORTHY “Let people know we haven’t forgotten about the women. We’ve spent almost a million dollars already. That’s a lot of money to us.” -Andrew Porter, executive director, Union Gospel Mission, on building a women’s shelter in Kennewick.

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The ink was barely dry on a $39 million road improvement plan for Pasco’s Broadmoor area when Big Sky Developers dispatched excavators. Big Sky’s heavy equipment as much as anything signifies development is coming to Broadmoor, the 1,200-plus acre collection of sand dunes that has long been the spot where Pasco envisions homes, stores, offices and recreation amenities to serve its growing population. The city extended sewer lines to the area in 2019. And on Halloween, the city council signed off on a bond package that will upgrade area roads, including the Broadmoor-Interstate 182 interchange, to keep up with traffic levels. Rumors about development have swirled since land first went up for sale in 2018. Now, they’re giving way to actual projects. Big Sky, owned by David Greeney and Brad Seabaugh, is among the first to move dirt at the site of The Dunes, a 222-lot subdivision. The duo are well known in west Pasco, where they developed 350 to 400 half-acre and acresized lots north of Burns Road. The road runs between the residential neighborhoods with oversized lots to the north and city-scale development envisioned at Broadmoor on the south. Big Sky has a project with one-acre lots to the north. The Dunes is directly across Burns and will offer smaller lots for homes hooked up to city water and sewer service. It paid $5.4 million for the site in April and began preparing to break ground when the infrastructure package passed. The Dunes is a significant shift for Greeney and Seabaugh, who built their business creating lots for county-style living, usually served by septic systems rather than sewers. The future is density, Greeney said. “The city is trending, at least in Pasco, to have smaller lots and more density. It’s what came up and what’s available,” Greeney explained. Big Sky Developers turns bare land into buildable lots, which it sells to homebuilders. Its cusuBROADMOOR, Page A11

Courtesy Grace Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Iyad Jamali checks Angela’s pulse at Grace Clinic during a followup visit. He volunteers at Grace Clinic and practices at Kadlec Clinic – Inland Cardiology in Richland. Angela’s last name was not released to protect her privacy.

Majority of Grace Clinic’s patients have jobs but no insurance By Laura Kostad

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The majority of the patients Grace Clinic serves work hard at their jobs to make ends meet – but they don’t have health insurance. They arrive at the Kennewick clinic seeking free medical care offered by a team of compassionate medical professionals who volunteer their time. “Most of our patients, and many of our volunteers, work at local businesses … By offering free health care, we are literally strengthening the workforce by helping people work and care for their families,” said Avonte Jackson, Grace Clinic’s director. The Tri-Cities’ only free health care clinic turned 20 this summer and recently celebrat-

ed its 100,000th patient visit. “What’s important to understand is it’s 100,000 times someone walked in to access a service they wouldn’t have otherwise,” said Grace Clinic CEO Mark Brault, who was named the 2022 Tri-Citian of the Year.

Filling a community need The clinic provides free medical, urgent dental, mental health counseling, telehealth, prescription assistance and food pantry access to low-income residents of Benton and Franklin counties and Burbank, which is in Walla Walla County. Their patients’ annual income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, or $55,500 for a family of four. uGRACE CLINIC, Page A3

Kid-focused luggage turns tots into airport rock stars By Laura Kostad

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

A Richland business has figured out a way to inject more fun into travel for kids. When Wesley and Yen Brown started traveling internationally with their then 8-monthold son, Keanu, they were quick to jump on products to smooth the transition from home to airport to destination. “We turned to creating something because we weren’t finding what we were looking for,” Wesley said. “As stressful as it is for parents to travel with children, it’s stressful for the kids too, so we wanted to create something fun, whimsi-

cal,” he said. While at an airport bar in Japan, the couple began sketching on the proverbial napkin a new idea for taking the tedium out of traversing airport terminals: a parent-powered rideon suitcase designed specifically for kids. Their Younglingz business was born. They call the kid-friendly luggage the Lil Flyer. Intended for kids aged 2 and older, and up to 50 pounds (max total load weight including suitcase contents is 80 pounds), the hard-sided suitcases feature a padded seat, seatbelt and sturdy 360-degree swivel wheels for a smooth ride over most surfaces – even uYOUNGLINGZ, Page A4

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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 GRACE CLINIC, From page A1 More than 32,000 Tri-Citians lack health insurance, or a little more than 10% of the population, according to Grace Clinic estimates. Brault said 96% of Grace Clinic’s patients are working people. “Nobody else wants them, but we want them,” said Andrea McMakin, Grace Clinic’s communications coordinator. Brault said when people don’t have access to health insurance, access to health care is significantly constrained since many providers won’t see uninsured patients. As a survey of Grace Clinic’s patients revealed, between 52% and 56% seek care at an emergency room if the clinic didn’t exist. Federal law legally obligates emergency rooms to attend to those seeking care, but the ER is one of the most expensive of health care options and isn’t intended to address issues that are non-emergent or dealing with chronic disease. As Brault explained, hospitals provide some charity care, but the costs associated with uncompensated care are typically shifted to people with private insurance since it’s the only place prices can be raised when confronted with fixed-rate Medicare and Medicaid. “So, when we keep people out of the hospital, then there is less cost that has to be shifted,” he said, emphasizing that Grace Clinic doesn’t compete with hospitals, but supports them by providing the services uninsured patients need but can’t obtain elsewhere. Reza Kaleel, chief executive officer at Providence of Southeast Washington, agreed: “Grace Clinic plays a key role in our community’s health care safety net, delivering care to under-served residents. It does so in a way that’s very much in line with Kadlec and Providence’s vision of health for a better world.”

Bridging the gap Grace Clinic is able to accomplish its mission through donor support and the efforts of its 200 to 250 active volunteers

Courtesy Grace Clinic Manuel meets with Dr. Joshua Lum at Grace Clinic to monitor a chronic condition. He said he wants to stay strong like the superhero on his T-shirt. Lum is a family medicine specialist who volunteers at Grace Clinic and practices at a Kadlec Clinic in Kennewick. Manuel’s last name was not released to protect his privacy.

from the local medical community – most of whom are still working – who serve in the clinic between once a week and once a month, based on how much time they have available to give. “They really enjoy spending time at the clinic because they really enjoy doing what they love without the hassle of billing and everything else that goes into a traditional medical practice,” said Brault, a volunteer himself. “They can just focus on the patient and apply their skills in a comfortable, lowpressure environment and help people they wouldn’t be able to necessarily see at their own practices.” The value of the labor over the last 20 years – if it had been paid– would total over $8 million and 215,000 hours, Brault said. The value of the services provided over

that period exceeds $35 million. “For every $100 donated, patients receive more than $430 in services,” he said. In addition, Grace Clinic provides the opportunity for nursing and medical students working on their residency at local hospitals to simultaneously complete their education and also contribute to a charitable cause. “In this community in particular, we have a real shortage of having enough clinical people, physicians, nurses and mental health counselors. We’re helping to feed the pipeline of medical professionals in the community. There are no days when we don’t have someone in clinic in the middle of training. Most days there are multiple people,” Brault said. Bevan Briggs, academic director at Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing, called Grace Clinic an essential partner for WSU College of Nursing at WSU Tri-Cities. “Students in our nurse practitioner and pre-licensure nursing programs have clinical experiences there. In an environment where clinical placement for students is extremely difficult and extremely important, they provide an excellent learning environment,” he said. Dr. Cindie Preszler, Grace Clinic’s director of counseling, said that since 2010, 22 of its counseling interns have gone on to join local businesses or open their own practices locally. “Not only does this expand the mental health treatment capacity in the Tri-Cities, but it also augments our community’s business economy,” she said. Jackson, who recently received the TriCity Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Leadership Award, said the clinic is an excellent example of the relationship between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Humble beginnings Grace Clinic launched in June 2002 in the basement of the First United Methodist Church in Pasco by Drs. Carol Endo and Cheryl Snyder, local physicians who would see patients in need free-of-charge for four

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hours each Saturday. Ten years later, the clinic expanded into its current location at the former Benton Franklin Health District Building, 800 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. It began operating for four days per week and offered diabetic care and mental health and dental services. Five years later, in 2017, Grace Clinic was open five days per week and third-year residents were completing their education at Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Trios Health hospitals began serving rotations there.

Future expansion Brault said its dental program will be expanded in the new year. “We do mostly urgent dentals – extractions, abscesses. After the first of the year, we’re going to … be able to do more routine dentistry.” He said Grace Clinic also is working on a mental health expansion that will take place next year. “To grow and expand what we do, we have to grow our base of support, both in terms of funding and volunteers. In a forprofit operation, you expand over here and it generates more revenue, but for us, when we expand, it creates more cost,” Brault said. He said the clinic is funded predominately by individuals, service clubs and the broader community. Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits is one such community donor. “Grace Clinic is a testament to how we all should serve those in need in our community. ... We have supported Grace Clinic both personally and through our business because Grace Clinic epitomizes what true community service should be. If you have never visited Grace Clinic you owe it to yourself and others to do so. You will be inspired,” said Brad Toner, managing partner at Basin Pacific. search Grace Clinic: 800 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick; 509-735-2300; gracecliniconline.org; Facebook, Instagram.


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Europe’s cobblestones. “Designed to replace your stroller while traveling, the vast majority of airlines grant exemptions to strollers. This allows parents to use the Lil Flyer past security and through the airport. Like all strollers, you’ll be given a tag at the gate, before you board the aircraft. Once you land, you’ll collect your Lil Flyer on the jet bridge,” Yen said. Offering 47 linear inches of storage space and folding handles and footrests, the Lil Flyer is designed to fit in most overhead airplane compartments. Plus, the designs are meant to excite kids: pink or green motorcycles, green triceratops, pink unicorns, fire trucks. “Positive warning: you will be the rock star at the airport,” Wesley said. The Lil Flyer retails for $185 and is sold online at younglingz.com and Amazon. Factory refurbished ones are sold on eBay.

Product development Upon their return from Japan, they turned one of their carry-on suitcases on its side and began drawing out their concept with a marker. “Safety was the most important thing,” Wesley said. “We wanted our son by our side at all times because, at that time, he was taking his first steps and was all over the place.” The Browns describe themselves as “serial entrepreneurs.” Originally from California, the couple owned multiple retail stores, but found that after having Keanu, it wasn’t the lifestyle they wanted for their family. “We had to create a nursery in one of our retail shops so we could continue to be there seven days a week from 9 a.m. to midnight,” Yen said. “We moved (to Richland) to escape California in early 2018 … We didn’t want to be tied down to a place seven days a week with a newborn … We really wanted a place where we can call home, have a backyard and let our kid just be a kid,” Wesley said. They were attracted to Tri-Cities for its

Courtesy Younglingz Five-year-old Keanu Brown is the lead spokesperson for his parents’ Richlandbased company, Younglingz, which sells rugged ride-on suitcases for kids called the Lil Flyer. The luggage is available for sale at younglingz.com, Amazon and eBay.

family-friendly atmosphere and also for its strategic location for business. Wesley said he carefully analyzed the routes and shipping times from the Port of Seattle. “It was an easy investment due to traffic lanes that vein out to the entire country. TriCities is a great hub,” he said. The first step to bringing their idea to life was to perform a thorough search through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to determine if the concept had already been patented by someone else and if they needed to take out a license on that patent. After that, they made multiple visits to China in 2019 to explore potential manufacturers, order product samples and finetune their design. “We pushed this thing to the max. We were 18 months into design before release,” he said. Wesley recalled receiving their first Lil Flyer: “I got up on a ladder and chucked it off to see how it would hold up, because you don’t know what it might go through being handled by TSA and airport workers.” More fine-tuning of features and testing, including product safety testing in Bothell,

followed. In January 2020, the Lil Flyer was ready. The Browns attended the Consumer Electronics Show as vendors. Three months later, the world shut down as the pandemic took hold. Travel ground to a halt. “By then, we had already manufactured thousands of these,” Wesley said. The Browns bided their time until November 2020, when they decided to capitalize on Black Friday and the holiday travel season. “We started getting orders and feedback and people posting online, and by springtime of 2021 – even with full-blown Covid still going on – we started seeing people travel again and orders coming in,” Yen said. The ensuing travel boom bolstered business, enabling the family to run Younglingz as a full-time job. They have sold several thousand Lil Flyers. “We joke that we are semi-retired,” Yen said. “We are mostly able to work from home, aside from receiving shipments.” They personally go through each box before it’s shipped for quality control and include a “thank-you envelope with stickers, etc.,” Yen said, adding that Keanu likes to help with the envelopes. “Every single Lil Flyer that’s shipped out has been touched by one of us and personally taken to UPS,” Wesley said. Keanu takes pride in being a part of the family enterprise. “We really wanted Keanu to learn the value of a dollar,” Yen said. “When Keanu wants to take a trip, he asks how many suitcases we will have to sell.” For the record, his ride of choice is the triceratops. “Our main salesman is our 5-year-old son,” Wesley said. As Younglingz continues to grow, the Browns are feeling the constraints of their small warehouse at the Richland Airport and hope to find a larger space in the near future. In addition to more designs, they are also planning to roll out stickers for more customization options. “It’s rewarding to see our product being used and helping … This was the greatest thing for us, and now we get to give that to other families,” Yen said. search Younglingz: 408-627-2386; younglingz.com; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.


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Benton County closes deal for old KGH building

Benton County closed a $1.6 million deal to purchase the former Kennewick General Hospital on Nov. 1. and is seeking a behavioral health care partner to operate it. The seller, LifePoint, acquired it after the Kennewick Public Hospital District filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and its assets were sold to a predecessor of LifePoint, which operates both Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick and Lourdes in Pasco. Within hours of securing the property, Benton County solicited proposals from behavioral health service providers to operate a recovery center serving Benton and Franklin counties. The deadline to submit proposals is Dec. 9. The center will provide services to those experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis or both. It is meant to supplement existing services, not replace them. For information about the RFP, go to bit.ly/3T9XYMo.

State opens commerce office in Kennewick

The Washington State Department of Commerce has opened an office to serve the Mid-Columbia as part of a move to boost its statewide presence. The office is within the Tri-City Development Council’s suite at the Tri-Cities Business Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Director Lisa Brown opened the office during an open house on Oct. 17. The Kennewick office provides reservable and drop-in workspaces for its staff to work. The department has 511 employees, with 88% working remotely on a full- or part-time basis. Most are based in Olympia, but at least 10 currently live and work in Central Washington.

Benton County launches third specialty court

Benton County District Court has launched a Recovery Court to manage criminal cases for drug-affected defendants currently charged with misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor criminal charges. Recovery Court is overseen by District Court Judge Jennifer Azure and follows two similar specialty courts, Mental Health Court and Veterans Therapeutic Court. The program aims to address the root causes of crime by treating them through the criminal justice system. Participants take part in substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling (if applicable), submit to regular drug testing, perform community service, live in clean and sober housing, attend regular court appearances and are monitored closely for program compliance. Recovery Court launched in October with three active participants. It is expected to handle up to 30 cases in the first year. Cmdr. Jon Schwarder of the Richland Police Department is the law enforcement liaison for the program. The Benton County Public Sales Tax, a voter-approved tax that supports law and justice initiatives across the county, funds all three specialty courts. It is subject to voter reauthorization in 2024.

Grants available for small Benton County businesses

The Benton County Business Resource Initiative is offering grants of $3,000 to $30,000 to help small businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees can apply for grants of up to 6% to 10% of their annual revenue to pay hiring bonuses, training costs, technology and software upgrades, utilities and rent and outdoor store improvements. Grants are capped at $30,000. To be eligible, businesses must be independently owned and operated, have a current business license and provide tax documents for 2019, 2020 and 2022. The first round closed on Halloween. The second and third rounds open on

Feb. 1, 2023, and June 1, 2023. Benton County and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsors. Go to bentonbri.com.

Vit plant vendor fined for safety violations

Two Rivers Terminal LLC, which provides ingredients for fertilizers and other industrial processes, was fined $192,620 for 46 serious and 17 general safety and health violations by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. The Moses Lake company, which has a Pasco plant, has appealed the citation and fines. Two Rivers is providing the ingredients used to form glass to Bechtel National Inc. for the Waste Treatment and

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Immobilization Plant, which will vitrify chemical and radioactive waste at the Hanford site. According to the complaint, Labor and Industries inspectors found 13 violations related to violations of confined space rules after workers entered rail car hoppers to break up and dislodge ammonium nitrate without taking safety precautions. Workers must have special training to enter and work in confined spaces and safety regulations must be followed. Inspectors also found employees working on the top of rail cars and sulfur trucks without using protective gear to prevent falls. Too, power was not cut off to potentially dangerous equipment. No one was hurt in the incidents and the department said Two Rivers is cooperating to correct the issues.


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• Virtual Future Workforce Summit: noon-3 p.m. Join representatives from business, labor, education and government sectors working together to explore opportunities to collaborate to close the talent gap and better prepare students for career success. Register at bit.ly/register-vfws-2022. • Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce luncheon with special guest Brian Vance, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office: 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., Pasco Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Details at tchispanicchamber.com.

NOV. 17

• Columbia Basin Badger Club, “Election 2022 with analyst Peter Wehner”: noon via Zoom. Register at columbiabasinbadgers.com. Cost is $5 for nonmembers. • Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, “How ‘Bout Appetizers”: 4:30-6 p.m., Community First Bank, 8131 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP by calling 509-735-2745 or email heather@hbatc.com.

• Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours - STCU: 4-6 p.m., 2590 Queensgate Drive, Richland. Networking event for chamber members and their guests. Details at tricityregionalchamber.com. • Columbia Basin Development League conference and annual meeting: 8:30 a.m., ATEC, Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, 7662 Chanute St. NE. Register at cbdl. org. • Prosser College and Career Fair: 3-4 p.m., Prosser High School. 1500 Paterson Road, Prosser. Call 509-7863600 or email info@prosser.org. • Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights, a presentation by Richard Middleton-Kaplan: 7 p.m., East Benton County Historical Society Museum, 205 W. Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick. Free. Details at columbiabasin.edu/calendar. • Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s Meet the Agencies in-person special session dedicated to public work contracting: 2-5 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Go to web.tricityregionalchamber.com/ events.

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• Tri-Cities Veterans Resource Expo & Stand Down: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. In-person resource event featuring live music, lunch and free haircuts. Call 509-545-6558 for more information.

NOV. 19

• United Way’s fifth annual Festival of Trees: 5:30 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets available at uwbfco.org/festivaltrees.

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• Small Business Saturday. Support local small businesses.

DEC. 1

• Young Professionals Tri-Cities Fireside Chat: 6-8 p.m. Go to washingtonpolicy.org/events for more information.

DEC. 2

• West Richland Chamber Bucks Ball & Awards Banquet: 6-10 p.m., The Mayfield Gathering Place, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. Tickets available at westrichlandchamber.org/

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• Virtual Procurement Technical Assistance Center workshop, “Contracting Coffee Hour”: 8-10 a.m. Free forum with three retired contracting officers, a large business, small business liaison and a PTAC counselor with decades of experience to answer your questions. Information at washingtonptac.ecenterdirect.com/ events.

DEC. 8

• Ben Franklin Transit public hearing via Zoom: 6 p.m. Hearing on proposed service changes planned for 2023. Call 509-735-5100 or go to bft. org/servicechanges to register. • Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours - Polestar Technical Services: 4-6 p.m., 1933 Jadwin Ave., Suite 230, Richland. Networking event for chamber members and their guests. Details at tricityregionalchamber.com. • Columbia Basin Badger Club, “Ranked Choice Voting”: noon via Zoom. Register at columbiabasinbadgers.com. Cost is $5 for nonmembers.


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OPINION OUR VIEW We are grateful for this special place we call home By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Rain and dark clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at Visit Tri-Cities’ annual luncheon in early November. Organizers rallied around the event’s upbeat theme, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades,” decorating tables with sunglasses, handing out vehicle sun shades and highlighting the reasons why residents and tourists love our community. Mother Nature, who didn’t get the memo on the event’s theme, delivered a cold, rainy day, a rare departure from our celebrated 300 days of sunshine. But we think a good metaphor is to be had here. It got us thinking about all the things to be thankful for in the Tri-Cities. Despite predictions for a gloomy economy in the days ahead, with a recession looming, interest rates climbing, inflation hitting all-time highs and polarizing politics, our community is thriving. That’s because our business community is innovative, supportive and encouraging, no matter the economic forecast. Our entrepreneurs are taking risks, as we’ve seen in our recent profiles of Younglingz, which manufactures kidfriendly luggage, and Swigg Coffee Bar, which aims to become the Tri-Cities’ new favorite coffee shop. Our economy is more stable than most, courtesy massive federal spending on the Hanford cleanup and our farmers and food processors, who are among the busiest in

Washington. Our persistence paid off too, with long-planned projects finally taking shape in 2022. The Tri-Cities Animal Control & Shelter is out for bid. Pasco voters approved an aquatics center. Richland extended Center Parkway near Columbia Center mall. Homebuilding and sales have slowed, but development continues to hum thanks to a healthy mix of public and private projects. Like other communities, we struggle to balance growth with protecting the places that make our community unique. To that end, we’re thankful the Friends of Badger Mountain raised more than $3 million to establish Little Badger Mountain Preserve, which will add three miles of new trail to its existing network beginning in 2023. Friends has preserved public access to the two Badgers and to Candy Mountain, thanks to old fashioned elbow grease and substantial support from local businesses. It is just one example of our giving community, where volunteerism and philanthropy unite to help our neighbors. Here at the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, we’re grateful to work every day to tell your stories, earn your trust and watch your businesses grow. All of us appreciate the opportunity to work with teams we trust, respect and admire in a community we love – a community that doesn’t need a sunny day or rose-colored glasses to appreciate the special place we call home.

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AWB hit the road. Here are some of the manufacturers who inspire us Some of the most amazing companies in the world are hiding in plain sight, right here in Washington. They’re located inside industrial buildings and office parks that we drive by every day, often without a second look. They’re in the heart of our metro areas, the outskirts of suburban communities and small towns from the Columbia River Gorge to the Palouse — and everywhere in between. The team at the Association of Washington Business recently spent six days on the road visiting some of Washington’s most innovative makers as part of the sixth annual AWB Manufacturing Week bus tour. This year’s tour visited nearly 30 manufacturers including Naked Prosthetics, an Olympia-based maker of custom prosthetics for people who are missing fingers or parts of a hand. In many cases, the prosthetics give users the ability to return to work. “Our mission is to get people back to life,” said CEO Bob Thompson. In Benton City, the bus stopped at Columbia Label, which makes labels for wine bottles and other beverages. It’s the only wine label printer in Washington wine country, and it’s a woman-owned company led by an all-woman management team. This is noteworthy considering Washington’s goal of doubling the number of woman- and minority-owned manufacturers. Some of the tour stops, like Altek Inc. in Spokane, and Coriander Designs in Woodinville, started in a garage, like

so many great American success stories, including Hewlett-Packard and Amazon. Others, like Analog Devices in Camas and Kris Johnson Goodwinds Association of Washington Composites in Business Mount Vernon, GUEST COLUMN manufacture products that are currently on the planet Mars. “This is an interplanetary business,” said Goodwinds co-owner Amelia Cook. The companies ranged in size from among the biggest manufacturers in the country, like Boeing’s 737 production facility in Renton, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, which is helping invent clean technology, to small operations like Island Machine, a husband-and-wife machine shop in Everett that makes parts for Boeing, and Skunk Brothers Spirits, a veteran-owned and operated craft distillery in Stevenson. And they included young companies like Brinc, the fast-growing start-up in Seattle making state-of-the-art drones that are being used to search for people in wartorn Ukraine, and Mount Adams Fruit, a 106-year-old company in Bingen that sends its pears around the world. And did you know that the clip on the bag of bread

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America’s real recovery hinges on people returning to work sites To “build back America” key workers must return to job sites. It is not good enough for President Joe Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers cannot find workers. Inflation is a huge deterrent. It has been running at over 8%. Last April, the New York Post reported: “White-hot inflation has forced the average American household to cough up an extra $460 per month, as surging prices for food and fuel put family budgets across the nation under strain.” When Biden took office, the cost of gas was $2.39 per gallon. Today, it is over $5 in Washington, partly because our state’s gas taxes and fees are the fourth highest (49.4 cents per gallon) in the nation. Public safety is an overriding impediment. For example, last summer Amazon’s downtown office employees resumed off-site work because commuters feared for their safety on Seattle streets. August was Seattle’s single most lethal

month. There were 11 homicides, the deadliest pace in nearly three decades. Seattle recorded 500 shootings after eight months of 2022. Don C. Brunell Benton Business analyst County has seen GUEST COLUMN a record-high of 17 homicides so far this year. Franklin County has seen six homicide cases, including one officerinvolved shooting, the Tri-City Herald reported. The same is happening with drug overdoses and deaths. “August has been the cruelest on that front too. The city’s 911 system has recorded 53 drug casualty calls just this month, more than double the average from the spring,” Danny Westneat wrote in the Seattle Times. A survey by the Major Cities Chiefs

Association revealed that while homicides and rapes are down in U.S. urban areas compared to last year, violent crime has increased by 4.4% and remains much higher than before the pandemic. Last December, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll spelled trouble for America’s employers whether they are in the private or public sectors. It learned that over 60% of the respondents were in no hurry to return to work and over a third of the unemployed were not actively going after a job or even looking. The problem is growing worse. Many respondents felt they can get by for at least another six months before they must find employment. The survey found that one-sixth said the amount of the money they were receiving from unemployment benefits and government programs made it “not worth looking” for work, the chamber added. Last year the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 10.4 million open jobs, and the people were quitting at a record high. Bottom line, there were 2.3

million fewer workers in the workforce last October compared with the same month in 2019. No doubt, Covid-19 changed work and workers. People, who traditionally commuted to the office, worked remotely. A Harris Poll in October 2021 found that 76% of employees want to make work permanently flexible when it comes to location and scheduling. “The desire for work flexibility is being met with a conflicting message – about three-quarters of their employers think they are more innovative and work harder in the office or on-site,” Harris found. Not all work can be remotely done or with a flexible schedule. An obvious example is a power line worker. Electric grid engineers can connect remotely to plan projects. However, when electric transmission line goes down, it is a different story. Sorting out what jobs can be remote is a challenge, uBRUNELL, Page A8


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Visit Tri-Cities honored the longtime leader of Tri-City Water Follies and the owner of Tumbleweeds Mexican Flair restaurant with its top honors during the agency’s annual meeting, held Nov. 1 in Kennewick. Kathy Powell, executive director of Water Follies, was named the 2022 Kris Watkins Tourism Champion of the Year, given to those who show dedication to the tourism industry and supporting the agency’s mission to attract visitors. Powell retired in February after leading the region’s largest event for 15 years. Keith Moon, owner of Tumbleweeds in Richland, received the 2022 Excellence

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Columbia Basin College is accepting nominations for its 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award. The award honors a student, faculty, staff or community member whose contributions reflect the spirit, philosophy and teachings of the slain civil rights leader. The deadline is Dec. 15. The award is given to a resident of Benton or Franklin counties and will be presented on Jan. 16, 2023. Contact Elizabeth Burtner, eburtner@ columbiabasin.edu, for information. BRUNELL, From page A7 but all jobs must be filled with people willing to work and open to training. Employers are raising wages and benefits to recruit and retain workers but find it troubling when someone is hired and does not show up for work. The President and Congress need to do their part by lowering inflation, making gasoline more affordable and reducing crime. 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 theBrunells@msn.com. JOHNSON, From page A7 in your pantry was invented by Kwik Lok, a third-generation woman-owned company in Yakima? We are truly a state of makers. This year, students joined the AWB group every day during the tour, getting an up-close look at modern manufacturing. And the bus visited innovative schools that are equipping the next generation of makers, schools like the new Vanguard Academy in Moses Lake, Bates Technical College in Tacoma, the mechatronics program at Clark College, and an innovative automotive technician program at Garfield-Palouse High School. Once again, the AWB bus tour revealed that manufacturing is alive in Washington. It’s already a major driver of the economy, and the state is working toward a goal of doubling the sector in a decade. It’s a great goal, but achieving it will require our leaders to make smart policy choices on issues like workforce, energy, and tax and regulatory policy. We need to inspire the workforce of the future. We’re going to need more energy, not less. Where will it come from and how much will it cost? And we need to ensure that Washington can compete with other states and regions. These are big challenges, but they’re worth solving. When manufacturing thrives, Washington thrives. Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.


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Wondering how to invest in bonds? Here’s a primer In 2019, CISI Capital Markets and Corporate Finance estimated the U.S. equity markets had a value of $30 trillion and the U.S. bond markets had a value of $40 trillion. More than half of all the money that goes into Wall Street investments goes into bonds. Yet many individual investors don’t understand bonds and how they work, and, worse, don’t have any idea how to invest in bonds. In this column, I hope to answer some of the questions my clients frequently ask me about bonds, bond funds and other Fixed income products. Firstly, what is a bond? It is a debt

security issued by a government or private entity to raise money for some specific purpose. Most bonds have a denomination (usually $1,000), Marc Spinner a coupon (interest Waypoint Financial rate), credit ratServices ing and a date of GUEST COLUMN maturity. When buying a bond, the bond buyer gives the bond issuer a loan and the issuer is obliged to pay interest on the loan for the duration of

the bond. When the time frame specified on the bond is met, the issuer gives the original investment (principal) back to the bond buyer and the bond buyer keeps all of the interest. Bonds can be purchased on the primary (new issue) or secondary markets. Primary bond purchases are at par ($1,000 a bond) whereas secondary market bonds can be purchased at par, at discount (less than $1,000 a bond) or at a premium (more than $1,000 a bond). A bond’s credit quality is rated by one or more of the following agencies; Moody’s, Standard & Poors and Fitch. Corporate bonds are classified as invest-

ment grade or high yield depending on the underlying credit worthiness of the bond. How you purchase a bond can be as important as the bond you buy. Bond laddering is a long-standing method of purchasing bonds which reduces interest rate risk and diversification risk while providing a more predictable stream of income over time. Here is an example of a bond buyer who wishes to invest $100,000 in the bond market in five different bonds. The bond buyer examines the interest rates and notices that he can get the best interest rate for the least amount of time at six years, or 2028. This is just an example so real-life conditions will differ. The bond buyer buys 20 bonds that mature in 2028. He then purchases 20 bonds seven years out, 20 bonds eight years out, 20 bonds five years out and 20 bonds four years out. The result is a bond ladder with 20% of the principal investment maturing in 2026, 20% maturing in 2027, 20% maturing in 2028, 20% maturing in 2029, and 20% maturing in 2030. Bonds pay the accumulated interest into the account money market. Almost all bonds can be purchased as a collection of bonds (bond funds, exchange traded funds) or as individual bonds. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and the investor should be well aware of the difference. The advantages and disadvantages of buying an individual bond are as follows: • If you purchase individual bonds and hold them to maturity, you are guaranteed back your principal unless the underlying company goes bankrupt. Although the fluctuation of interest rates will affect the value of the bonds (up or down), you will receive all your principal back upon maturity of the bond. Individual bonds can be actively managed in the account by the purchaser. • If you sell your bond prior to maturity, you are subject to market conditions and could potentially take a loss of principal. Individual bonds have no management fees, and the commission for the purchase of the bonds is removed and held for the seller before bond yields are posted. There will be a fee to sell a bond before its maturity date. There are no commissions to buy or sell bonds if they are purchased in a fee-based account. Bankruptcy risk is higher for individual bonds than it is for a bond fund. The advantages and disadvantages of purchasing bonds in a bond fund are as follows: • Bond funds (mutual funds) hold many bonds and this diversification greatly reduces bankruptcy risk. • Bond funds are more liquid than individual bonds and can be easily sold if cash is needed. Bond funds employ professional managers who have experience with and understanding of the bond market. Most bond funds charge a commission and have active annual management fees. You can’t actively manage the bonds purchased in the fund and you are never guaranteed the return of your principal uSPINNER, Page A31


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 BROADMOOR, From page A1 tomers include Landmark Homes, New Tradition Homes, Hammerstrom Construction Inc., Alderbrook Homes and Pahlish Homes. “We strictly buy the dirt, do the entitlements, get it contracted out and sell to (home) builders,” Greeney said. Rising mortgage interest rates have not weakened demand for buildable home sites. The Dunes’ 222 home sites are under contract to an unnamed-for-now home builder, he said. A 600-lot subdivision at Road 68 called Glacier Park isn’t within Broadmoor. All are under contract, he said. “The builders are wanting to get their hands on the lots,” he said. He credits the project engineer, Caleb Stromstad of Aqtera Engineering in Pasco, for ushering The Dunes through the process. Big Sky is among the first of many developers eager to begin work at Broadmoor now that infrastructure financing is in place, said Tim Ufkes, senior vice presidents for investments for Marcus & Millichap. Ufkes is the marketing agent for Broadmoor Properties, which owns a substantial portion of the area, including the American Rock quarry that will become a small, recreational lake as the area develops. “It starts now,” he said. Several sites are sold and he reports a letter of intent from the city for the future site of the voter-approved aquatics center for land near Interstate 182. Officially, the city will issue about $39 million in bonds to overhaul roads in the area for the thousands of new homes, businesses and other amenities. The debt

will be repaid with property taxes generated by rising property values through Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. TIF lets development pay for itself. Pasco is the first city in the state to use it. The Port of Pasco previously used it for its Reimann Industrial Park, home to the future Darigold Inc. plant, which broke ground in early September. The road package includes upgrades to the freeway interchange, widening Broadmoor Boulevard, Burns Road and creating new roads within the property. Roads and utilities are the key to selling the Broadmoor vision of a walkable neighborhood to developers and retailers, Ufkes said. And after years of painting a picture of what the desert could become, he’s eager to see heavy equipment pull in. “I’ve been selling sagebrush and sand over there for four years,” he joked. Costco is noticeably missing from the Broadmoor lineup despite earlier confirmation the Issaquah-based retail giant would open its second Tri-Cities location on one of two sites within Broadmoor. Ufkes wasn’t at liberty to discuss Costco, but he confirmed there is no contract. He is optimistic that the 200 acres dedicated to commercial development will attract newcomers. “Whether it is a Trader Joe’s or Cabela’s or Ikea, our job is to bring the best companies,” he said. One of those is Visconsi Companies LTD of Cleveland, Ohio. It plans to construct a grocery-anchored strip mall on Lot 10, a 33-acre site at Broadmoor and Sandifur. It is the first site visitors see on exiting the freeway. Brad Goldberg, vice president for development, said Vis-

consi wasn’t prepared to share information, but hoped to elaborate in a few months. But it posted a site plan and marketing materials for a shopping center it calls River Bend Marketplace at Broadmoor on its website. The plan shows a 68,000-square-foot grocery, a child care center and several smaller retail stores. Freestanding stores line the perimeter. River Bend will face a north-south road that does not exist yet to the west and Broadmoor to the east. Sandifur Parkway will flank its property on the north when it is built. The aquatic center property is to the west. On Burns Road, Inland Construction of Spokane is preparing to build a 414-unit multifamily project comparable to its Af-

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finity complex in Kennewick. There will be 70-80 units for those 55 and older and the balance will be traditional apartments. Officials could not be reached to comment on Inland’s interest in Broadmoor. If was no accident that Pasco approved the TIF package at the end of October. That’s was the last day for Dave Zabell, who retired after eight years as Pasco’s city and champion of Broadmoor development. Ufkes, of Marcus & Millichap, said Zabell’s stewardship was critical to developing Broadmoor and suggested the now-former city manager might be memorialized when a north-south road is carved across the dunes. “Maybe call it Zabell Parkway,” he said. Pasco, with a population of 80,180 people in April, added 20,000 residents between 2010-22.

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As nights get cold, Union Gospel Mission turns its attention to women, children By Wendy Culverwell editor@tcjournal.biz

As nights get longer and colder, staff at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission shelter for women face an unenviable task. When the shelter is full, they’re forced to turn away women and children seeking accommodations as they escape domestic violence, poverty, substance abuse and the myriad other challenges that leave them homeless and vulnerable to abuse on the streets. With only 32 beds, it happens regularly. “It’s not easy to say to them, ’We have no room for you,” said Debra Biondolillo, case management director for the Union Gospel Mission. On a recent week, the east Pasco shelter turned away five women and their children and an additional three single women, Biondolillo said. It referred them to the Housing Resource Center, which has limited hours and ability to help. Rising demand means turn-aways are increasingly common, according to Andrew Porter, the mission’s executive director. It built a new facility for men in 2018. Now it’s the women’s turn. The Union Gospel Mission will build a 60-person shelter for women and children in central Kennewick, where it purchased a 3.5-acre site at 533 N. Young St. in 2021. It is following the same approach it used to replace its cramped shelter for men with a modern facility in 2018. It created a 23,000-square-foot concept for the women’s shelter, located to take advantage of the social and commercial opportunities available in central Kennewick. Porter is ready to begin raising donations to construct the building, which will cost an estimated $8.5 million. He estimates the mission has spent about $1 million to date to purchase the land and designs. “Let people know we haven’t forgotten about the women,” he said. “We’ve spent almost a million dollars already. That’s a

Courtesy Tri-City Union Gospel Mission The Tri-City Union Gospel Mission is raising $8.5 million to build a shelter for women and children in central Kennewick. The new shelter will accommodate 60 people, nearly twice the capacity of the current shelter in east Pasco, which regularly is forced to turn away mothers and children.

lot of money to us.” The present women’s shelter was built in 1914 as a telephone office. Volunteers fixed up a basement room as a playroom and lounge for the moms and kids who pass through. But quarters are cramped, which makes it difficult to carry out the three R’s that drive the Union Gospel Mission’s ministry: rescue, recovery and restoration.

Those living in its facilities must use the opportunity to gain control over their lives by attending counseling sessions, helping with laundry and other chores, pursuing employment and making plans to become independent. Attendance at worship services is mandatory and participants earn privileges by following house rules. Breaking the rules can lead to expulsion.

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Rachel, who was living at the women’s shelter in late October, said she was initially turned away. She followed up and moved in when a space opened. Her former middle-class life had evaporated, and she had been living in Walla Walla where she had no friends or family. She was pursuing sobriety, but felt alone, unsupported and embarrassed to find herself on the cusp of homelessness after a lifetime of hard work and access to money. “It was nice to come here. On my first day, I felt comfortable,” she said. She would like to return to school, but she’s keeping her goals modest: Get a job, save money, find an apartment. Sarah, which is not her real name, had never heard of the women’s shelter when in desperation, the Tri-City resident pleaded for help from a neighborhood pastor, saying she could no longer remain with the husband she said abused her. “I knew about the men’s shelter, but I never knew about the women’s,” she said. With the pastor’s help, she moved into the women’s shelter on July 22 and is working to rebuild her health and strength. The support of both staff and

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Columbia Industries unveils music video at annual fundraiser By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Columbia Industries, a Kennewick nonprofit committed to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges, unveiled an original song and music video to highlight its services and organizational structure at its Evening of Miracles fundraising gala on Oct. 20. More than 230 guests attended the fifth annual Evening of Miracles, rais-

ing $125,000 to support CI. During the event, CI unveiled an original song and music video, “CI Shuffle,” featuring the CI team, along with many of its clients, hustling and shuffling to build a more inclusive community to advance accessibility, break down employment barriers, enhance social enrichment and foster community equity. As a social enterprise, CI is focused on the social well-being of the Tri-Cit-

ies while also operating four for-profit business that help fund the agency’s five nonprofit mission services: all four area Round Table Pizza restaurants, Paradise Bottled Water, CI Information Management (Shred) and CI Express. CI said community support and investment are a critical component that aids the agency in new program development and expansion. One of the final lyrics of the CI song encourages viewers to “partner with us.” Partnering in-

cludes clients accessing CI’s services, the creation of employment opportunities for CI’s clients through business partnerships, corporate and individual philanthropy to support programs, as well as community partnerships and collaborative endeavors to build new programs for individuals with disabilities and other challenges. Watch the video on CI’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

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ABBEY CAMERON CEO 3 Rivers Community Foundation Number of employees you oversee: 1 Brief background of your organization: Our mission is to create opportunities for perpetual charitable giving in Benton and Franklin co-unites to support nonprofits now, and in the future. We work with charitably minded community members to support nonprofits by pooling funds together in an endowment that is carefully invested to grow. We offer a wide array of donor services including perpetual giving, one-time gifts of stock or RMDs, scholarship funds, and more. How did you land your current role? How long have you been in it? I was ready for a new challenge in the nonprofit world and was lucky enough to find the job posting. I knew immediately when I met the board members that I wanted to jump in. I’ve been in this role for almost three years. Why should the Tri-Cities care about philanthropy? The beautiful thing about philanthropy is that by its function it joins donors together to create a more powerful

impact. Philanthropy doesn’t just mean multimillion dollar giving. It really comes down to a desire to create a legacy with a gift that is meaningful to you. As a community foundation, we are here to make sure that your gift lasts and supports our community year after year. Our endowment joins all these legacies together, and our annual giving supports much needed causes right here in Benton and Franklin counties. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Leaders need to make sure the people around them feel seen. This can show up in how you listen, how you respond, and taking the time to see the human in front of you. What is the biggest challenge facing business owners/managers today? I think working with people across generations/age groups is incredibly interesting and a challenge in a positive sense. These differences impact how we come to the table, and by remaining open to other people’s experiences we can learn and challenge our own perspective.

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your field? I’d demystify philanthropy and endowments. We try very hard to communicate that it all comes down to being locally connected and donor directed. Donors come in with a cause or idea that is close to their heart, and we have a variety of tools to meet their goals. What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time? Be cautious in how much you take on at one time. If you’re logistically overwhelmed, you don’t perform well, and you’ll likely miss details as you’re trying to keep up. Give yourself time and room to think and plan. Who are your role models or mentors? So many of the women I’ve worked with are role models for me, I bor-

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row from them in many ways. I have watched, learned from, and leaned on strong women and their guidance and support has helped me become who I am today. How do you keep your team motivated? Our work by its nature is very uplifting, especially when we are giving out grants, so motivation is easy to find. But I also try to make it fun and make sure employees and volunteers feel appreciated in lots of little ways, whether uCAMERON, Page A19


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New Washington Nonprofit Act aims to modernize procedures Different business entities, like corporations and limited liability companies, are governed by default laws published by state legislatures. Nonprofits in Washington are similarly governed by specific statutory requirements that govern the organization, its powers, its duties, and its oversight (both internally by folks like the directors and externally by the state). As of Jan. 1, 2022, Washington state has modernized and made significant changes to the Nonprofit Corporations Act codified in RCW 24.03A. Some nonprofits have assuredly already updated internal operating procedures to comply with the new law. For

those that haven’t yet had a chance to, it’s important to note that the new law is already in effect and compliance should be a top priority. Here’s an overview of the most significant changes.

Board of directors liability The new act clarifies when a director may be held liable for an act or omission. Under the new law, a director is generally not liable to the nonprofit for any act or omission. For someone volunteering his or her time, this clarity might be a welcome relief as board members sometimes express reluctance to serve because of li-

ability concerns. Still, the act maintains liability for a director to the nonprofit for: anything of value received by the director to which the direcBeau Ruff tor is not legally Cornerstone entitled, intenWealth Strategies tional misconGUEST COLUMN duct or knowing violation of the law, and/or violating any additional standard of conduct specified in the nonprofit’s articles of incorporation. Notably nothing in the new liability standards “(a)lters the fact or lack of liability of a director to the nonprofit corporation under another section of this chapter, such as the provisions governing the consequences of an unlawful distribution under RCW 24.03A.610, a conflicting interest transaction under RCW 24.03A.615 or taking advantage of a business opportunity under RCW 24.03A.620” (RCW 24.03A.540). Additionally, a director can be held liable to a nonprofit member if the director knowingly inflicted harm upon the member or for an “intentional violation of criminal law or (the Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act) that results in harm or loss to the member” (RCW 24.03A.540).

Procedural rules for Attorney General Despite laws to the contrary, some nonprofit boards didn’t recognize the power of the state’s Attorney General to investigate and prosecute violations of applicable nonprofit laws. Any ambiguity has been clearly delineated in the new law. The Attorney General now has broader statutory powers to investi-

gate suspected misuse or mishandling of charitable assets and the improper administration of the nonprofit (RCW 24.03A.950). Annually, the Attorney General will receive a copy of every annual report (RCW 24.03A.075). As a measure of the Attorney General’s substantial involvement with nonprofits, note that the term “Attorney General” appears 110 times in the Act.

Board governance The new act requires that a nonprofit corporation have at least three directors if it is a public charity (RCW 24.03A.505). Private foundations still need only one. Further, board directors are now generally limited to a five-year term (oneyear is the default term unless amended by the articles or bylaws of the organization) (RCW 24.03A.515). New procedures for managing assets Nonprofits have long had to manage their investments according to a prudent person standard under Washington’s Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (RCW 24.55). In an apparent effort to add consistency with that act, the new Nonprofit Corporation Act clarifies that the nonprofit is bound by the “material restriction or requirements contained in [a] gift instrument” while also narrowing the application of more stringent charitable trust rules (RCW 24.03A.185). At the same time, the new act provides for streamlined procedures for modification or release of gift restrictions. Email notice The new act allows for electronic notice (email notification) for all com-

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Courtesy Curator PR for Tri-City credit unions. Volunteers from Tri-City area credit unions united on Oct. 20 to help The Arc of Tri-Cities revamp its community center.

Local credit unions come together to help The Arc of Tri-Cities By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Volunteers from local credit unions spent International Credit Union Day, Oct. 20, helping The Arc of Tri-Cities revamp its community center at 1455 Fowler St. in Richland. The Arc is a nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities and serves more than 2,000 clients and their families each year. Gesa, Hapo, Numerica, STCU and Tri-Cu staffers came together to repaint the community center and strip and wax floors. They worked to prepare and paint The Arc’s quiet room and organized its craft closet, bathroom, kitchen and laundry rooms.

The credit unions also donated a new sectional and a scissor lift for the center. “At the heart of a credit union is our commitment to making a positive impact on our local communities,” said Richard Waddle, executive vice present of Richland-based Gesa. International Credit Union Day, now in its 74th year, was created to raise awareness of the role of credit unions and other financial cooperatives in their communities. Gesa serves 285,000 members, Hapo serves 190,000, Numerica serves 170,000, STCU serves 250,000 and TriCu serves 6,000.

• The Benton Franklin Fair donated $10,220 to cancer prevention efforts in the community as part of its Tough Enough to Wear Pink program. The money will be shared among several health care organizations: Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation, Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation and Grace Clinic. The money will be used for a variety of prevention and treatment programs. Fair and rodeo attendees are asked to wear pink on the Thursday during the fair each year as part of the awareness effort, and fundraisers are held throughout the year. Over the past 15 years, the fair has donated more than $200,000 to help uninsured community members in the fight against breast cancer. Those dollars have provided more than 2,000 people with free mammograms and cancer screenings, follow-up care and other forms of assistance. • Trios Health and Lourdes Health donated $3,282 to Grace Clinic to support its breast cancer programs. The donation comes from Lourdes’ and Trios’ joint sponsorship of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at the 2022 Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo. The hospitals chose to give to the Grace Clinic as a community partner to help serve those in need in the Tri-City community. • Bechtel National Inc. donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties to support mental health and wellness programs that help teens build healthy coping skills. These programs focus on self-esteem,

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self-expression, peer pressure, relationships, body image and other challenges youth face in their daily lives. • Thanks to a $27,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the city of Walla Walla Fire Department was able to buy tools to help victims in motor vehicle accidents. The equipment also will give the department the capability to respond to complex incidents involving heavy trucks, as well as cut and spread ultra-hardened steels found in newer vehicles. The department received a check Oct. 13 at the Sunmarket Firehouse Subs restaurant in Burbank. • Heartlinks of Grandview, a nonprofit hospice organization providing care throughout Benton and Yakima counties, raised over $212,000 at the 43rd annual Hospice Gala on Oct. 22. Donations during the Hospice Gala “Raise the Paddle” totaled $61,255 and will help fund Heartlinks’ growing pediatric palliative care program and renovations necessary to develop a Heartlinks adult family home in Sunnyside. The other donations will be used to cover Heartlinks’ daily operations of providing hospice, palliative and grief care. • Columbia Industries, a Kennewick mission-based organization committed to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges, raised more than $125,000 to support its mission programs, at its Evening of Miracles fundraising gala on Oct. 20. More than 230 guests attended the fifth annual event.


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NONPROFITS CAMERON, From page A15 it be little notes, small gifts, and especially saying thank you. How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? I was always drawn to the nonprofit world. I knew I needed work that was personally and professionally fulfilling and running the Community Foundation checks those boxes and more. How do you measure success in your workplace? Success can be difficult to measure because there will always be community needs that need support. We do focus on statistics and have seen our grantmaking dollars triple in RUFF, From page A16 munications unless a member receiving the notice revokes that authority (RCW 24.03A.015). The old rule required consent prior to electronic communication (RCW 24.04.009, repealed). The highlights here only act to emphasize portions of the act. Overall, the new act is a substantial revision that merits a close examination by nonprofits and nonprofit boards to ensure continued compliance. Beau Ruff, a licensed attorney, is the director of planning at Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a full-service independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick. GOSPEL MISSION, From page A13 other residents, who encircled her with support, changed her life. “I was really weak and run down,” she said. Her goals include finding an apartment, a job and regaining custody of her beloved dog. The shelter is more than a place to sleep and eat, she said, calling it family. “I lay my head down at night and I don’t worry about anyone hurting me.” Alexandra, who said she’s been on her own since she was 15, regularly turns to the shelter when she’s trying to get a new start. She has two years of sobriety, a job and a voucher for permanent housing, but intends to remain where she is to stay safe and to stay clean. Born in Pasco, her life has been marked by tragedy and substance abuse. Her children are being adopted by their foster parents, a step she agreed to for their sakes. She said she left school in eighth grade. The shelter helps guide her steps to becoming independent. “We need more opportunities to sustain us,” she said. “I am hoping God can open doors for me.” The proposed women’s shelter will have rooms for families, single women and classrooms for education and recovery programs. Porter encouraged supporters to tour the men’s and women’s shelters, to learn about the issues that lead people to seek help. “My job is to advocate for the women and children down there,” he said. “I believe God will provide.” Learn more or donate at tcugm.org.

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 the last few years thanks to generous community donors. However, there is nothing like contacting a nonprofit to let them know they will be receiving a grant. Every grant is a success to me. What do you consider your leadership style to be? I’ve always thought it important to lead by example, and to not ask someone else to do something you wouldn’t do. How do you balance work and family life? It’s a busy life! My husband and I carefully coordinate our schedules and our son’s activities, and I really try to recharge on weekends. I’m not the best

at unplugging when I’m off the clock, but I’m working on it. What do you like to do when you are not at work? I exercise nearly every day and read every day. Nothing beats playing frisbee or Uno with my son and husband. I also enjoy visiting our local wineries. We are so lucky to have this premium industry in our backyard! What’s your best time management strategy? I do a loose version of a bullet journal which puts my personal and professional schedule and to-do’s all in one place and makes it easy to see what to work on next.

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Best tip to relieve stress? It’s important to have a variety of tools to manage stress. For me that includes exercise, watching crappy TV, or a hot cup of tea. Favorite book? Two of my favorite books at the moment are “Daisy Jones and the Six,” by Taylor Jenkins Reid and “Prodigal Summer,” by Barbara Kingsolver. Do you have a personal mantra, phrase or quote you like to use? Be curious! (Shamelessly borrowed from Ted Lasso.) So many conflicts arise because people aren’t truly listening and aren’t entering the conversation with curiosity.


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Union electricians, contractors to build $7.5 million training center By Wendy Culverwell editor@tcjournal.biz

The Tri-City chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is preparing to build a Joint Apprentice Training Center in Kennewick. IBEW 112, together with the Spokanebased Inland Empire chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, expects to solicit bids from contractors in early 2023 and break ground next spring. The project will cost an estimated $7.5 million and will be built on an undeveloped 1.5-acre site at 142 N. Edison St. The 1.5-acre site is next to the existing meeting hall, 114 N. Edison St., near West Clearwater Avenue. IBEW serves about 1,200 members in eight counties in Southeast Washington and eight in northeast Oregon, said Travis Swayze, business manager for IBEW 112. The JATC will train electricians to meet growing demand, which Swayze attributes to data centers, solar farms and windmills. The Montague Solar Facility in northeast Oregon is one example of the work available in the utility field as green energy projects march north from California and Oregon.

Photo by Wendy Culverwell IBEW 112, together with the Spokane-based Inland Empire chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, plans to build a $7.5 million Joint Apprentice Training Center at 142 N. Edison St. in Kennewick.

“Now we’re going to see them in Washington,” he said. The joint IBEW 112-NECA five-year inside wireman apprenticeship program accepts 70 to 80 apprentices per year out

of 500 applications. The next application period opens Jan. 1. Trainees typically begin in their 20s. It currently trains 270 apprentices through a facility on West Gage Boule-

vard, up from about 150 just five years ago. That property will be sold once the new training center is operational. Swayze credits the growing popularity of apprenticeships to recognition that being a union electrician can be a good career that pays family wages, benefits and provides for retirement. High school and even college counselors increasingly recognize the merit of referring students to apprenticeship programs, he said. The JATC will be 26,000 square feet, according to documents submitted by J-U-B Engineering to the city of Kennewick for environmental review. Design West is managing the project, which will be built with union labor. The JATC will complement IBEW’s Kennewick meeting hall. The 17,500-square-foot hall was constructed in 2019 at a cost of $3.4 million. At the time, IBEW said the new facility tripled the amount of space at its former quarters on West Albany Avenue. Like the union hall, the JATC is being designed with the future in mind. “We’re not trying to build it for a year from now, but for 10 years from now,” Swayze said. Go to: bit.ly/Apprenticeshipapp.


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Teamsters affiliate to advise rideshare workers

Drivers Union, a Tukwila nonprofit associated with Teamsters Local 117, has inked a $5.4 million, two-year contract with the state of Washington to support drivers who provide ride services for passengers through transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber. The Department of Labor & Industries awarded the contract through a competitive bid process, fulfilling a 2022 law passed by the state Legislature to protect the 85,000 drivers in Washington. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, rideshare drivers are entitled to minimum compensation rates, paid sick time, workers’ compensa-

tion and protection against retaliation and deactivation. Go to driversunionwa.org.

Pasco appoints interim city manager

The Pasco City Council has appointed Adam Lincoln to serve as interim city manager as it works to find a successor for Dave Zabell, who retired in October. Lincoln joined the city in 2020 and was the city’s deputy city manager. He previously held leadership roles in the city of Pullman and was an assistant to the Lakewood city manager. He brings experience in local, state and federal government to the post. He earned a bachelor’s from Western Washington University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Gover-

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nance and Public Policy. The city council expects to announce finalists for the city manager post by mid-November and will conduct public meet-and-greet sessions before making a final decision.

CI celebrates 3 new kitchen program graduates

Columbia Industries, a Kennewick mission-based organization committed to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges, celebrated its newest class of graduates from its Opportunity Kitchen food service training program. Three students in the program’s ninth class graduated Oct. 27 at the Richland Federal Building.

Opportunity Kitchen offers a structured path out of underemployment to individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Students in the program spend 12 weeks on a comprehensive curriculum to prepare them for food service, hospitality or catering employment. Upon program completion, graduates work with CI staff to find jobs. Since its launch in 2019, Opportunity Kitchen has graduated 31 students from the training program.

Benton County adding 10 law enforcement positions

Benton County is expected to spend down its public safety sales tax reserve through investments in new staff, a law enforcement shooting range, training center, new mobile radios, X-ray equipment for the bomb squad, a new crime scene evidence vehicle and more. The county anticipates the voter-approved Public Safety Sales Tax will generate $20.7 million in the next biennium. It plans to spend nearly $35 billion, with $14 million coming from the fund balance. The move will reduce the fund balance to $5.4 million. The county commission has given preliminary approval to spend $7.1 million to add 10 staff positions and other expenditures to the budget. The public safety sales tax will expire in 2024 unless renewed by voters.

Pasco won’t hire animal control contractor

The city of Pasco will retain management of the Tri-Cities Animal Control & Shelter instead of hiring a contractor to operate the facility. Pasco oversees the facility on behalf of itself and the cities of Kennewick and Richland. The city has operated it since July, when it took over from the Benton Franklin Humane Society. The city said it has hired new staff and implemented policies and procedures to protect the animals in its care. The city ended the previous contact after a police raid found animals starving and living in filthy conditions in November 2021. The former operators also were accused of stealing money left to the facility by an area veteran. The humane society temporarily operated the facility until the city stepped in. The move comes as Pasco prepares to break ground on a new animal shelter. Tri-Cities Animal Control & Shelter has an annual budget of $2 million, divided between the three cities.

Hammer training center observes 25th anniversary

The Volpentest Hammer Federal Training Facility celebrated its 25th anniversary in October. The 88-acre facility at the Hanford site opened in 1997 and provides hands-on training to Hanford workers. It is named for the late Sam Volpentest, father of economic development in the Tri-Cities. The center is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by Hanford Mission Integration Solutions to provide specialized training that allows workers to train in realistic but safe and controlled environments as they prepare to work around Hanford’s well-known radioactive and hazardous conditions.


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WSU Tri-Cities expands course offerings to meet business needs By Wendy Culverwell editor@tcjournal.biz

Washington State University Tri-Cities is rolling out professional training focused on the needs of Tri-City businesses. The expanded workforce training program is offered in partnership with the city of Richland, Port of Benton and Visit TriCities and falls within the professional development offerings at the WSU Tri-Cities Carson College of Business. Classes are taught by WSU business faculty and are available for workers at all career levels and including executives who may not have an undergraduate or business degree. The noncredit courses are typically paid for by employers and generally cost hundreds of dollars rather than thousands. The initial offerings include a class for wine tasting room servers and a business acumen course designed to introduce students to the basics of managing an organization’s finances. “We’re trying to fulfill needs,” said Joan Giese, associate professor of marketing and director of lifelong learning at the WSU Tri-Cities Carson College of Business. The goal is to provide professional development for anyone who needs it, regardless of whether they have an undergraduate or other degree. The growing list of courses was developed in partnership with industry leaders interested in training and retraining workers.

Wine tasting program The wine tasting room program was the

Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland is offering a series of professional development classes geared toward businesses, including classes about wine tasting and managing frontline workers.

first to launch, with the first course offered in 2021 in consultation with wine industry leaders. It offers eight hours of online and on-demand training and culminates with a certificate. About 75 have signed up, with students hailing from across the state. Students learn the basics of wine and about Washington’s role as a wine producing region. Graduates are equipped to present wine, make recommendations and suggestions about food pairings, all with an eye to boosting tasting room sales. The course costs $249. As with the other offerings, fees typically are paid by the employer.

Business-focused courses Business Acumen is a monthlong series of online and in-person classes designed for managers and owners. The course covers financial statements as well as identifying investment projects and managing working capital. DJ Fairhurst, associate profession of finance and management science, is the instructor. The fee is $1,295. Fundamentals of Business is another certificate program aimed at students who are entering the business world without a business degree. It is not focused on entrepreneurs but gives a foundation in how

businesses function and how to create products that are valuable to customers. The eight-hour course is available online and on-demand. The fee is $349. Cultivating Service Excellence is the newest course and is expected to begin in November. It will be an eight-hour ondemand class that cuts across industries. The focus is on creating caring communities and finding sweet spots in the market, Giese said. Future offerings include a class covering the supervisory mindset and another on managing personnel for frontline workers. The Port of Benton threw its support behind the expanded workforce offerings because it sees it as a key to helping workers keep up with a constantly evolving economy, said Miles Thomas, the port’s director of economic and government affairs. “Effective career skills result in job fulfillment, recruitment and promotion that the port sees as a clear nexus for community involvement,” he said. For Visit Tri-Cities, the region’s tourism promotion agency, workforce training is a practical solution to addressing the struggle the hospitality industry faces to find and retain qualified candidates. “The courses offered under this program will help strengthen the industry and the visitor experience,” said Kim Shugart, senior vice president at Visit Tri-Cities. Go to tricities.wsu.edu/continuing-education. To participate in program development, contact Giese via email at joan.giese@wsu. edu.


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Participation in local labor force has declined but has now stabilized What’s at stake over a once obscure economic measure – the labor force participation rate? The quick answer: A lot for the current and future economy of the greater Tri-Cities. Machines and robots are replacing labor in some occupations. But growth of an economy still largely depends on the growth of the labor force. And the growth of the labor force depends on two factors: general population increases of the working-age population, and the willingness of this population to engage in work. The labor force participation rate measures the second factor. It is defined as the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but actively seeking work, divided by the total population of a defined age group. The ratio is captured in BentonFranklin Trends graph. As of 2021 the rate, measured for the population ages 16 and above, was about 63%. The Washington average was about 62%. The U.S. rate, not shown in the graph, was 62%. Economists and economic development specialists think the higher, the better. By this comparison, the two counties are outperforming. But next to other Eastern Washington metro areas, not so much. The greater Wenatchee area had a rate of about 68% in 2021, followed by the counties of Yakima, at about 67%, and Walla Walla, at 66%. Coming in lower was Spokane County, at 60%, and Grant County at 58%.

Not every part of a community participates in the workforce equally. Obviously, age matters. No local figures are available, but national D. Patrick Jones ones are. Eastern To no surprise, Washington the group that University engages in work GUEST COLUMN the most is composed of prime working ages, 25-54. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 82% of this group engaged in the labor force in 2021 nationwide. To no surprise, the segment of the national population least engaged is the 55+ group, at about 38% in 2021. Youth participation in 2021, nationwide, was estimated to be in the middle, at 56% Not surprisingly, averages of these three age groups mask considerable variation. For example, in the 55+ group, the participation rate for the sub-group 5564, at approximately 65%, was much higher than the group 65-74, at 26%. And the teenage participation rate, measured for the 16-19 age group, was 36%, about half of the rate of young adults, 20-24, which stood at 71% nationally. Consequently, a community that has a relatively high proportion of its population in the teenage years will show, all

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other factors equal, a lower participation rate. Young people are definitely present in the greater Tri-Cities, as Trends data shows. For the 0-17 age group, the share here is more than five percentage points higher than the Washington state average. Similarly, a community that has a relatively high proportion of its population in the 65+ category will tend toward a lower participation in the workforce. This share of the population, however, is not over-represented in the greater Tri-Cities. Race and ethnicity factor into workforce engagement as well. For 2021, BLS put the overall rate for non-Hispanic whites at 62%, while the overall rate for Blacks was just slightly lower at about 61%. Leading all groups nationwide was the Latino/Hispanic population, at 66%. Consequently, a community with a high percentage of Latinos/Hispanics will show, all other factors the same, a

higher engagement in the workforce than elsewhere. As Trends data reveals, the share of Latinos/Hispanics in the greater Tri-Cities is far above the national and U.S. averages. In 2021, Census estimated the share to be a little less than 34%. Contrast that to the U.S., at 19%, and Washington state, at 14%. Locally, these countervailing forces offset each other and are largely responsible for the overall labor force participation rate in the greater Tri-Cities that now hovers close to the state and national averages. As the graph illustrates, for most of the past quarter century, labor force participation in the greater Tri-Cities has been higher, sometimes much higher, than the Washington average. At the start of the series, the local rate was 75%. The most recent peak, in 2010, was nearly 72%. For both years, these results lay far above the state average. But why the decline here? For one, uJONES, Page A28


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Union membership inches up in Washington state By Wendy Culverwell editor@tcjournal.biz

A top priority for Washington’s public sector employees will be lobbying the 2023 Legislature to fund contracts negotiated this year by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. The contracts cover a wide variety of activities, ranging from professional and technical workers to Teamsters, educators, judges, lawyers, state patrol officers and troopers, fish and wildlife workers, ferry workers and many more. The Washington Policy Center calculates the obligations at $1 billion, based on information posted by the Office of Fiscal Management. The Washington Federation of State Employees declared it a success, calling it the “largest compensation package in our union’s history” in a message to workers. Washington’s 2022-23 budget includes $122.7 billion for the two-year period, according to the Urban Institute, based on figures compiled by the National Association of State Budget Officers. Washington is one of the most unionized states in the U.S. with one in five workers represented by one, according to annual statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and released in January. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates 661,000 of 3.3 million Washington workers were represented by the hundreds of professional, trade and other unions across the state in 2021. Of those, 629,000 actually belonged to one.

In 2020, 596,000 workers were represented and 557,000 were actual members, according to BLS. Union membership grew by 1.4 percentage points in a single year. Only Hawaii and New York had higher representation rates, at 24.1% each. In Oregon and Idaho, the representation rates were 18.8% and 5.5%, respectively. In Washington, a majority of unions affiliate with the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, which canvasses for priorities and sets a legislative agenda. SEIU 775, which represents home health and other workers, is a notable exception and does not affiliate with the labor council. The council estimates its umbrella covers 600-plus unions and 550,000 of the 661,000 represented Washington workers. The council is drafting its priorities for the 2023 Legislature and will not release its full agenda until December. But several are already set, said David Groves, spokesman. In addition to pressing the Legislature to fund contracts negotiated by the governor, its priorities include ensuring Washington’s green energy initiatives translate into high quality, union jobs. “Washington obviously is a leader on clean energy policy and set some dramatic goals,” he said. “We need to be sure we’re not subsidizing minimum wage, crappy jobs that don’t help anyone,” he said. Groves said the labor council is also watching an energy facilities siting bill now pending in Olympia and with ramifications

UNION AFFILIATION, 2021 State

Workforce

Represented by union

Percent

Alaska

293,000

50,000

17.2%

California

15,497,000

2,757,000

17.8%

Hawaii

541,000

131,000

24.1%

Idaho

767,000

42,000

5.5%

Montana

438,000

56,000

12.9%

Oregon

1,784,000

336,000

18.8%

Washington

3,308,000

661,000

20%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

for the proposed Horse Heaven Clean Energy Center, a combination wind farm and solar energy center proposed south of Kennewick. The labor-backed bill aims to reform the process for choosing sites so projects can be approved – or rejected – faster to avoid costly battles that drag on for years. “Everyone would agree, even those who support substantive review, that it shouldn’t take years and years and years to get a project going,” Groves said. The labor council also is watching for legislation to establish minimum patientto-staff ratios for nurses and other health care workers. A bill, which was opposed

by the Washington State Hospital Association, advanced in the 2022 Legislature but stalled. Tri-City Reps. Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert, both Kennewick Republicans, voted against it in the House. But the labor group maintains workers are spread thin, burned out and that health care is suffering. “It’s a struggle to replace them. Hospitals are having to pay exorbitant prices for traveling nurses,” Groves said. And last, the state labor council will continue pushing the Legislature to address rules blocking the Department of Labor uUNIONS, Page A28


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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 JONES, From page A26 the 65+ population, while still a smaller share here than statewide, has increased. Additionally, the number of teenagers looking for work has likely mirrored national trends. The BLS reported that the share of 1619 years old cohort in the labor force in 2001 was approximately 50%; 20 years later, it stood at 36%. A third factor lies in the share of the population reporting disabilities. In 2011, Census estimated the share of the population ages 18-74 with at least one disability was 9.6% in the metro area. In 2021, the share stood at 14.4%. While not all residents reporting disabilities are out of the labor force, a good portion likely are. And the future? BLS is forecasting a national labor force participation rate of about 60% within a decade. The greater Tri-Cities will likely not be able to avoid a further decline. But it should be slight. And the area has a trump card – it’s growing much faster than the U.S. In 2031 the pool of working age residents should be higher than now if only because of this demographic tailwind. D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis. Benton-Franklin Trends, the institute’s project, uses local, state and federal data to measure the local economic, educational and civic life of Benton and Franklin counties. UNIONS, From page A27 and Industries from establishing rules dealing with musculoskeletal disorders or that deal with “the same or similar” activities. In 2003, Washington voters repealed the state’s ergonomics regulations via Initiative 841 and barred them from being reconsidered unless required by Congress or federal law. The labor council wants to put ergonomics back on the table. “It came up last session. It is likely to come up again,” he said. The Washington Education Association and its local affiliates share the labor council’s focus on funding new union contracts, said Keith Swanson, president of the WEA’s Southeast Uniserve Council. The Southeast Council is based in Kennewick and serves unions representing an estimated 5,100 educators and some other school employees in 31 area school districts, including Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Columbia-Burbank, Finley, KionaBenton City, North Franklin, Prosser and elsewhere in the Mid-Columbia. Other priorities include enhancing funding for special education, which is currently capped at 13.5% of a district’s enrollment. Some districts have higher rates of students who require special services and must reach into their general funds to serve them, Swanson said. Reducing class sizes is another priority. The Legislature previously appropriated money to reduce class sizes in the lower grades. Now, it is time to do the same for grades 4-12, he said. Class sizes are tricky because it requires additional funding for staff as well as buildings. “If you reduce class sizes, you need more classrooms,” he said.


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GET college tuition registration open

Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program is open for 2022-23 enrollments through May 31, 2023. The college and career training tuition program allows families to prepay future post-secondary education costs at current prices. During the current enrollment, units cost $116.63. GET is a 529 prepaid tuition program. The state guarantees that units will keep pace with in-state college tuition costs. Students may use GET at most pub-

lic or private universities, community colleges or technical schools across the country. GET funds may be used for apprenticeship programs and student loan repayments. Go to 529.wa.gov.

Epic Trust Financial acquires Spokane business

Epic Trust Financial Group LLC of Richland has acquired Stewart-Longhurst PS Certified Public Accounting of Spokane. The transition to new ownership began Sept. 1. Terms were not disclosed. Stewart-Longhurst will operate under the Epic Trust name, though staff, the office at 323 E. Second Ave. in Spokane and the fee structure will be

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retained. Greg Stewart-Longhurst, the firm’s cofounder, also will remain on for one year to oversee a smooth transition for clients. The transaction followed Greg’s wife and cofounder, Hanna, being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. To give their full attention to her treatment, the couple chose to sell to continue serving their nearly 500 clients at the same high standard. “We finally found that perfect match in a CPA named Nathan Burt,” Greg said. “Nathan’s firm and our firm are very similar in many ways. The firm has been in the Burt family for generations and is family-owned and run just like ours ... We are totally impressed

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with Nathan and his crew’s level of integrity and the level at which they serve their clients.” The Epic Trust team’s service encompasses taxes and tax planning, risk management/insurance strategy, business, retirement plans, investments and estate/wealth transfer solutions for individuals, families, professionals and business owners. Epic Trust formed in 2020 with the merging of several financial service firms who shared the collective vision of providing a comprehensive scope of fiduciary services, offering clients more than 150 years of combined experience. It has locations in Richland, Spokane and Peoria, Arizona.

Tree of Remembrance Service | Sat., Dec. 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm

A variety of ornaments will be available to write your loved one’s name on before placing it on our Tree of Remembrance. There will be a short service at our event center with light refreshments following. New unwrapped toy donations for Toys for Tots are being accepted.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony | Sun., Dec. 11 at 6:00 pm

Unite with family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for an hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left too soon. Doors open at 6:00 pm, ceremony starts at 7:00 pm. Please bring a photo or remembrance of your loved one.

National Wreaths Across America Day | Sat., Dec. 17 at 9:00 am Remember and honor our veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes.

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the America’s Marine Highway Grant Program.

Maritime Administration awards $4.2 million to expand Washington, Oregon, Columbia River barge service Idaho are midpack for business taxes The U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded nearly $4.2 million to Tidewater Barge Lines Inc. to expand regional barge service on the Columbia River. Vancouver-based Tidewater is matching the grant with $2 million and will use the money to buy two low- and zero-emission cranes to enable loading solid waste containers for shipment. The equipment will be placed at Tidewater’s facilities at Vancouver and at its terminal at Boardman, Oregon. The investment will move an additional 3,000 containers via the river and will reduce truck trips by more than 1 million miles. The money was awarded through

Washington, Oregon and Idaho rank in the middle of the pack for small business taxes, according to the Tax Foundation. Washington was 28th, Oregon 24th and Idaho 15th in the national rankings, which is calculated based on the tax structures of individual states. Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming were among the leading states for small business because they have no corporate or income tax. The lowest ranking states were California, New York and New Jersey which the foundation said share complex, nonneutral taxes with “comparatively high rates.” Go to taxfoundation.org/2023-statebusiness-tax-climate-index.

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bonds are revenue bonds and tax-backed bonds. Most of these are tax free and very attractive to individuals who live in highly taxed states. Some of these bonds can be insured against default of principal. Corporate bonds are issued by companies in the private sector. Corporate bonds are typically seen as somewhat riskier than U.S. government bonds, so they usually have higher interest rates to compensate for this additional risk. If you wish to invest in the bond markets, my suggestion is to seek the services of a financial professional with experience in this arena. Ask the tough questions to determine if that individual has the knowledge, experience and compatibility to guide you through the challenging world of bond investments.

with a bond fund since a bond fund has no maturity date. During a rising interest rate environment, bond funds can be subject to a significant erosion of principal. There are many different types of bonds issued by many different types of entities. The federal government issues treasury securities most often as treasury bonds (mature between 20 to 30 years), treasury notes (mature between two and 10 years) and treasury bills (mature between four weeks and a year). Zero coupon bonds are bonds you buy below par which pay you at maturity of the bond after holding them for specified period of time. U.S. Savings bonds are a form of zero coupon bonds. Municipal bonds are issued by local, city or state governments for day-to-day operations as well as for specific projects. The two main types of municipal

Marc Spinner is a financial advisor with Waypoint Financial Services in Kennewick.

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Kennewick business designs custom clothes for canines By Robin Wojtanik

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

An online business based in the TriCities ships all over the country to provide custom creations for people who want to dress up their dogs. Kori Pollington of Kennewick put a new leash on retirement life by opening an online boutique featuring custom dog apparel. K9 Haberdashery offers custom outfits designed to wear frequently, and not just for parties or parades. “I think we have our pets way too little of time and we need to enjoy every single minute with them,” said Pollington, who launched her online store in 2019. Ranging in price from $25 to $50, the outfits can take up to two days to make, sewn by hand and custom fit to each dog’s measurements. Pollington got her start in textiles in middle school when she took a home economics class and continued learning the trade with courses at Washington State University. She sewed on the side just for fun, sometimes making clothes for her children. Her grandmother was a professional seamstress. “It’s just something I’ve always done,” she said. But it was when she got her first dog, a dachshund named Rusty, that her talent and passion for dog clothes first developed and she found she could market

Sophie models her birthday outfit.

her skill. “I would see pet clothes in stores and think, ‘I can make that and I’d do it better,” Pollington said. Her first outfit had a Seattle Seahawks theme. “When I realized I had turned a hobby into a business, it was special. When I first sewed my label into fabric, I said, ‘This is the real deal.’ It was a moment.” Whether a dress, jacket or Halloween costume, all of the outfits are lined to make them sturdy and comfortable for the dogs to wear, including harnesses and hats. “Dogs will wear hats if you do it

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right,” she said. Each clothing item features a metal attachment or opening for a Kori Pollington poses with her dogs Rusty and leash to encourage ease Sophie in their Seattle Seahawks 12th Man of use, in addition to a costumes. thick piece of Velcro to it’s a costume to turn Samoyeds into hold it on snugly. German Shepherds, or a French Bulldog “If dressing them up helps you go into a plate of fries. to a party with them, or a parade with A camouflage jacket included milithem, it’s just that much more special,” tary patches and another outfit was made she said. out of work shirts originally intended for Retired after 30 years with the Pasco humans. School District, Pollington launched the She ships all over the country and business upon the encouragement of also sells off the rack creations at a varifriends who saw her outfits and told her ety of price points during the summer at the Kennewick Farmers Market and hits there’d be a viable market for them. Most orders come to Pollington the holiday bazaar circuit. It can take up to eight hours to comthrough her website, which was conveplete one of the most complicated outnient during the pandemic, as she wasn’t fits she prices for $50 and turns around relying on a storefront or face-to-face within about a week. sales. After acquiring a second dachshund, Customers who likely Googled “cusa rescue named Sophie, Pollington entom dog clothes” will quickly find Pollington is up for any challenge, whether uK-9 HABERDASHERY, Page A34


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Couple’s love of cars drives their detailing service By Robin Wojtanik

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White Glove Detailing is a Kennewick business focused on cars, trucks, boats and RVs and is run by a couple of proud car fanatics. Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter are so passionate about keeping cars in mint condition, Dawn’s brand new Ford Mustang GT is being given at least two weeks’ worth of upgrades and protections before it’s even considered ready to go. “She’s got some new jewelry coming,” Dawn said. “She’s got some ground effects coming. She’s got some graphics coming. She’s got some exhaust coming. She’s got some cold air intake comment. She’s got some speed coming. I call it her bling bling.” They’re even correcting paint blemishes on the GT that are likely invisible to most drivers, but may have been caused during shipment. It’s not called detailing by accident, and when you make a living on the details, the Carters take it seriously. It’s how the Tri-City transplants are quickly making their mark on the local car detailing industry, bringing more than 30 years of experience to their newest venture, a shop that opened in two garage-style condos at 5204 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 160. They’re operating in the north end of a $2.5 million project by developer Tim

their suites by the end of the year. It’s their goal to eventually own the entire building. The services provided by White Glove cover a wide range, including ceramic coating for both the interior and exterior, window tinting, paint correction, water spot or overspray removal, tar removal, hand wax, deodorization and more. The couple service any type of vehicle, most often the “daily drivers,” which account Photo by Robin Wojtanik for passenger Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter opened White Glove cars, trucks and Detailing at 5204 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 160 in Kennewick SUVs, but also after running a similar business in Oregon for decades. motorcycles, boats, RVs, fifth Bush, who opened Fat Cat Suites on the wheels and trailers known as “toy haulsouth end. ers.” The Carters are leasing the units with Simpler a la carte services like headthe intention of closing on a purchase of light restoration cost $125 and comes

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with a lifetime warranty, whereas a detail starts at $200 and covers the interior or exterior. Detailing the entire car will take White Glove a day to complete and costs about $500. They offer discounts to the military and first responders. “It is expensive, but it is the best because we use the best products,” Dawn said. “To use those, you do have to go to the manufacturer and get that training and have that hands-on experience, not just online or watching a video. It is like cleaning on steroids, two or three times over. It’s not easy. It’s intense, it’s backbreaking and it’s tedious.” “We go above and beyond,” Rickie said. “We get the cracks and crevices. We get the spots where the French fries fall that you can never get out or you spilled your mocha in between your seat or the center console and you think, ‘Well, I can never get that out,’ and you come to us for all that stuff.” The couple each have their niche, with Dawn focused on training their three employees on the interior detailing and Rickie specializing on the exterior. Along the way, Dawn said they have learned “techniques of the trade” which they are excited to pass on to their clients so they can best take care of their own investment even after the work is done. “I am the last quality control person and if it is not to my standards, it does not go out of the shop,” she said. uWHITE GLOVE, Page A35

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joys entering the pair in costume contests or making appearance at parades. Rusty took home the top prize twice at the Tri-City Americans Wiener Dog Dash. One of Pollington’s prized creations is a replica of the heritage jerseys worn by the Ams and signed by the entire team during one of the seasons. Last year they donned steampunk costumes, complete with a fur-lined cape and mini metal gears, and this year the his-andher duo went as Kermit and Miss Piggy. While Rusty and Sophia provide inspiration, Pollington doesn’t always have a vision when she sits down at her sewing machine. “I think, ‘What does this fabric want to be?’ ” and she lets the creativity start to flow.

She can add personalization and embroidery to any creation. Most orders are for small dogs, often a Maltese, Chihuahua or Yorkshire terrier. The fall holidays are her busiest time, which then rolls into Valentine’s Day. Pollington put her sewing skills to use during the start of the pandemic, selling and donating hundreds of cloth masks she designed for ease of use by children. She doesn’t have a count for the pup pieces she has made but estimates it to be in the hundreds. “This isn’t serious stuff, it’s all about just having fun with your pets, and enjoying them.” Search K9 Haberdashery: k9haberdashery.com; 509-430-5801; @specially4dogs.

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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 WHITE GLOVE, From page A33 While most people might think of detailing as grabbing a rag and some cleaning solution, or getting a car wash, Rickie said the service goes far beyond that. “Professional detailing is an art, and it’s the craft of cleaning and restoring a vehicle to like-new condition. A car detailing service is much more precise and labor intensive than getting a car washed by passing through an automatic system to just clean your paint,” he said. Rickie’s first foray into detailing started when he got out of the military and was working for the government while detailing vehicles on the side. The couple eventually ran a shop in the Willamette Valley in Oregon but had been visiting the Tri-Cities frequently to see family and ride their motorcycles. Dawn loved the area and hoped to make the move here. “We wanted better weather and to be closer to Rickie’s family. We decided we would put the business on the market and put it all in God’s hands. Before we even had it on the market, a guy walked in and said he wanted to buy it and didn’t even know it was up for sale.” Things moved quickly from there. The Carters finalized the sale of their Willamette detailing shop, found a home in the Tri-Cities, as well as the property available on West Okanogan Place, and opened for business by the first of May. Six months later, their shop accounts for half of the detailers in the Tri-Cities who are listed as certified by the International Detailing Association. The IDA describes itself as the “leading global association for professional detailing operators, dedicated to promoting the value of professional detailing services and the recognition of professional detailing as a trade.” The organization formed due to a lack of regulation in the industry and allows customers to feel more confident about a detailer’s skills prior to performing the service. The Carters have taken the extra effort to have their skills validated in person rather than demonstrating knowledge on an IDA exam. “It’s the same thing as when you’re choosing a mechanic,” Rickie said. “Are you going to go to a mechanic who’s got a garage full of wrenches or are you go-

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ing to go to someone who is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified?” The Carters also enjoy servicing vintage vehicles and are already being booked for next spring. “We’ve had many who come in and they’ve never won an award and after we detail it, all of a sudden they won two in a row. We love being a part of something so meaningful to them. It’s taking their history and making us a part of their family legacy,” Dawn said. White Glove has received requests for mobile detailing, including going to a site to detail vehicles before a car show, but so far they haven’t committed to this service and keep everything in their shop off South Edison Street near West Canal Drive. But they have

considered mobile detailing based on the encouragement of their employees, a generation removed from their experience. “The younger kids coming into this world do things differently,” Rickie said. “I’ve got a young man who has a love for cars as well and he sees something that maybe I’m looking at with different eyes. We’re all about helping our boys grow and chase their dreams.” The Carters are frequently hired to detail a car before it’s sold and encourage clients to consider this even for budget vehicles. Dawn said dealerships often claim the cleanliness of the car makes no difference in the value offered to trade it in, but said she’s seen the proof otherwise.

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“We’ve had many people who were offered $1,500 to $3,000 more for their car when they brought it in detailed instead of dirty,” she said. These car fanatics make no apologies about getting selfish when it comes to servicing high-end cars, keeping the work exclusively with the two of them. “Those are our special babies. Those are the ones that, for us, are our dream cars. Those are the reason we do what we do,” Dawn said. Adding with a laugh, “Besides, our boys would just drool over them and then nothing would ever get done.” search White Glove Detailing: 5204 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 160, Kennewick; 509-870-7303; wgdtricities.com.


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uNEW HIRES

• Trios Health has hired Dr. Elizabeth Brallier as a family medicine residency core faculty member and family medicine physician. Dr. Elizabeth Brallier She will support the Trios Health Family Medicine Residency Program by supervising resident physicians as they see patients, providing education through the context of patient care and trainings, and, advising, mentoring, and coaching residents. Additionally, Brallier will see her own patients. She recently completed her family medicine residency with the University of Washington in Seattle, after earning her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completing her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Memphis Loewenberg School of Nursing. She most recently practiced at Harborview Family Medicine Clinic and University of Washington Montlake Hospital, providing comprehensive medical care to a diverse range of patient groups. • Kennewick’s Trios Health has hired Dr. Zhiqing Xing as an orthopedic surgeon. He will see patients at the Trios Care Center at Southridge in the fifthfloor clinic at 3730 Plaza Way in Kennewick. Xing received his medical degree from Peking University Health Science

Center (previous name: Beijing Medical University) in China. He completed his orthopedic residency training at the First Hospital of Peking Dr. Zhiqing Xing University, then a visiting fellowship in Japan. He completed clinical fellowship training in orthopedic trauma at the University of New Mexico, adult reconstruction at the Virginia Commonwealth University, and musculoskeletal oncology at the University of TexasMD Anderson Cancer Center. He then joined the faculty of orthopedic surgery at the University of South Alabama and practiced in the Gulf Coast area for more than seven years before he moved to Tacoma and practiced with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health system for 3.5 years. He specializes in adult reconstruction (hip/knee/shoulder joint replacement surgery) and musculoskeletal oncology, treating hip knee or shoulder arthritis, bone or soft tissue tumors, bone fractures and fracture malunion or nonunion. • Miramar Health Center in Kennewick has hired Dr. Aaron Cheng and Dr. Beverly Khodra. Cheng received his doctor of osteopathic Dr. Aaron Cheng medicine from

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada. Khodra received her doctor of medicine from the University Dr. Beverly Khodra of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. • Richlandbased Gesa Credit Union has announced two new hires. Brooke Sexton is a new home loan officer for Gesa’s Coeur Brooke Sexton d’Alene, Idaho, region. Sexton brings 10 years of successful experience working in the financial services industry. In her new role, Sexton will originate mortgage loans for Gesa members across northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. Also joining the Gesa team is Paul Long as a Small Business Administration (SBA) lending manager and team leader. Long brings more than 25 years of banking experience to Gesa, including 10 years working Paul Long in SBA lending.

NETWORKING Long, a Yakima native, will lead Gesa’s SBA Lending Team to service commercial real estate and business acquisition lending to businesses across the Pacific Northwest. • Dr. Jennifer Follwell has joined Trios Health as a family medicine physician. She will practice at the Trios Care Dr. Jennifer Follwell Center at deBit, at 320 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick. She treats patients for comprehensive medical care, preventive care, annual and sports physicals, immunizations, minor procedures, and child and adult acute and chronic illnesses. She has 20 years of clinical experience providing broad spectrum of family practice care in outpatient settings. She comes to Trios from Anderson Medical Group in Illinois. She has practiced in Illinois, Florida and Missouri. She completed medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – now AT Still University – in Kirksville, Missouri, and then went on to a family practice internship at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and then a general internship at Deaconess West Hospital – now Des Peres Hospital – in St. Louis. Her family practice residency was completed at Des Peres Hospital. She is board certified in family medicine.


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• Christine De Carlo, a certified physician assistant, has joined Lourdes Urgent Care as a provider in Pasco. De Carlo earned her masChristine De Carlo ter of physician assistant studies from the CUNY School of Medicine in Harlem, New York, in 2019 and her bachelor of science, biology, from the CUNY College of Staten Island in New York in 2012. She has experience in emergency medicine and orthopedics. She is board certified and has certifications in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support from the American Heart Association. • Kennewick Dental has hired Dr. Kyle Rowley. He grew up in Walla Walla and then went to Brigham Young University in Utah. He completed a doctor Dr. Kyle Rowley of dental surgery degree at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He came to the Tri-Cities to begin his career as a dentist.

uPROMOTIONS • Franklin County has announced two promotions in the Auditor’s Office. Tim Anderson is the new director of finance, and Suleima Wallwin is the new election manager. Anderson served as an accounting supervisor with the Franklin County auditor’s office for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he served in the state auditor’s office. Wallwin was the administrative assistant to Auditor Matt Beaton and supervisor for the Franklin County licensing and recording departments for over five years before she took the position as election manager. • The city of Pasco has announced three promotions for employees in the Finance Department and the Community & Economic Development Department. Darcy Buckley was named the new finance director in September after the departure of previous director Richa Sigdel in August. A Pasco Darcy Buckley native, Buckley graduated from Pasco High in 1988 and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida in accounting. Buckley’s career in municipal government started at the city of Pasco in 1994 as the utility billing and customer service supervisor, then she moved over to senior accountant in 1998. In 2000, she went to work for the city of Richland as the utilities accountant for 16 years. In October 2016, Buckley returned to Pasco as a lead accountant. In 2020, when the finance

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 manager position was created, Buckley was promoted to that position. Griselda Garcia was named finance manager in September. A Grandview native, she graduated from the University of Washington Griselda Garcia with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, in 2012. The same year Garcia started working at the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) on the Seattle team for six months, then moved to the Tri-Cities team. She worked at SAO for six years, four of which were in the assistant man-

ager position, before coming to the city’s Finance Department in 2018. After two and a half years of working as a senior engineer in Jon Padvorac the Public Works Engineering Division, Jon Padvorac has been selected to become the city’s next city engineer. Before working for the city, Padvorac lived in the Seattle area and worked in the private engineering consulting industry. He was the project manager, technical lead and engineer of record for various projects typically involving sub-consultants. Padvorac is

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a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington and was formerly an AWS certified weld inspector. • Columbia Industries has promoted Nathan Plung to assistant manager of CI Community Center. He has been with CI for over five years. He is a strong disability rights advocate and passionate supporter of working with individuals with disabilities. CI also promoted Tyler Wiley to area manager of the four local Round Table Pizza restaurants. She has been with Round Table Pizza for over a decade, with seven of those years in a management position. She has experience running two of the highest-grossing stores in the Tri-Cities. Columbia Industries acquired Round Table Pizza in 2019.

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uAWARDS • The staff at Toyota of Tri-Cities presented a new 2022 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Shortbed truck to representatives of DGR Grant Construction, the grand prize winner of the 2022 Rotary Mid-Columbia Duck Race on Oct. 18 at the dealership located at 6321 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. This is the 17th year that Toyota of Tri-Cities has donated a new vehicle to the Rotary Mid-Columbia Duck Race. The vehicle provides a major incentive that drives ticket sales, proceeds of which are distributed to local Rotary clubs to fund their charitable projects. The number of tickets sold this year totaled 20,178, bringing tens of thousands of dollars into the community to support nonprofits. • UScellular announced the winners of its second annual Hispanic Heritage Art Contest with the Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties. The winner of the contest participated in a celebration event at the Kennewick Clubhouse. The contest was comprised of Boys & Girls Club members who were encouraged to create artwork in honor of notable Latin or Hispanic STEM icons. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the public was able to participate in online voting to determine the winners. Participants with the highest votes were given gift cards for the following amounts: first place, Alejandra, Kennewick Clubhouse, $250; second place, Andrea, Pasco Clubhouse, $150; and third place, Baylen, Richland Club-

house, $100. Their last names were not provided. • White Bluffs Brewing of Richland received a silver medal for its Montana Blanca Mexican-style lager in the American light lager category in the eighth Washington Beers Awards contest. This is the eighth medal received by White Bluffs over the years, including a gold medal for Nectar of the Gods IPA. The brewery also has received a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival for its Red Alt German alt-style beer. White Bluffs Brewing was established in north Richland in 2010. Their taproom is at 2034 Logston Blvd. where they have 15 of their handcrafted beers available for tasting. This year 121 Washington breweries received recognition of gold, silver and bronze medals in 77 award category groupings. • Lourdes Health’s Pediatrics Clinic has received a 2022 Immunize WA award from the state of Washington for child and adolescent immunizations. The clinic earned a Bronze Status Award, recognizing a vaccination rate of 70% or higher. Immunize WA is in its eighth year of its provider recognition program, and Lourdes Pediatrics has been recognized in each of those years. Immunize WA is hosted by the Washington Health Plan Partnership, comprised of the Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Health Care Authority, the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington and all major health plans in Washington.

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NETWORKING uAWARDS • Kaylie McGuckin, a senior at Chiawana High School in Pasco, won the Eastern Washington League of Education Voters Foundation Kaylie McGuckin Student Advocate Award for promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the Pasco School District. She received a plaque and $250 honorarium for winning the award. She is the creator of the STEM is FEM (fun, engaging, motivating) group at Chiawana, which advocates for women in STEM and creates activities that support increasing student access and excitement about STEMrelated concepts and careers. Recently the group hosted a summer camp for local children and provided an opportunity for them to participate in hands-on STEM activities. • Dr. Lewis Zirkle of SIGN Fracture Care in Richland received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orthopaedic Dr. Lewis Zirkle Trauma Association. The award honors his military service, orthopaedic practice and global impact through SIGN. OTA board member Dr. Tom Higgins presented the award and said, “(Dr. Zirkle) has set a standard that none of us can live up to, but all of us can aspire to. Lew Zirkle is the best of us. And we salute him for that.” • Pasco School District’s LeAnn Nunamaker has received the 2022 Washington Association of Educators for the TalLeAnn Nunamaker ented and Gifted (WAETAG) Distinguished Leadership Award. Nunamaker acts as the director of curriculum and professional development at the district where she supervises the district’s Highly Capable Program. She is known for organizing, leading and supporting the district’s program reform with a focus on equitable and research-based identification. The result has led to increased access to services for underrepresented students, especially for English language learners who are highly capable. Each year WAETAG honors individuals within the state who exemplify outstanding dedication to empowering educators and communities in supporting the educational and emotional development of talented and gifted students. • Three Tri-City companies recently

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 received recognition when they placed on Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 list, a ranking of the fastest growing privately-held U.S. companies compiled each year. Pasco’s Solgen Power ranked 1,383rd. Epic Trust Financial Group LLC of Richland placed 1,401st. Epic Trust earned its spot by recording 460% overall revenue growth over a threeyear period. Fellow Richland company, Gravis Law, ranked 1,461st. Featured companies are selfnominated and must have cleared the following criteria to be considered: have generated revenue by March 31, 2018, have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2018 under one LLC and

have generated at least $2 million in revenue in 2021.

uAPPOINTMENTS • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Mike Gonzalez, economic development manager for the city of Pasco, to the Washington Mike Gonzalez State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Gonzalez has been with the city of Pasco since 2021 after serving as Franklin PUD’s public relations/ government affairs director. Before

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the PUD, Gonzalez had a long career in broadcast TV journalism, working in cities such as Phoenix, Spokane, Raleigh, Omaha, and a stint in the TriCities at KVEW-TV as news director/ anchor.

uBOARDS • Kiwanis Club of Kennewick recently installed new officers for 203323 at Canyon Lakes Clubhouse. New officers are: President, Tom Moak; President-elect, Any Coffman; Vice President, Patti Gunn; Secretary, Maureen Bell; Treasurer, Penny Gardner; Past President, Wayne Bell; and directors David Eakin, Pat Johnstone Jones, Alan Landers, Gus Kittson, Pete Rude, Gloria Seeley and Ron Walters.


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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION Oregon metal fabricator plans powder coating facility in Richland

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Two doctors plan urgent care clinic at Horn Rapids By Wendy Culverwell editor@tcjournal.biz

An urgent care clinic and other medical services are planned for Richland’s Horn Rapids residential neighborhood. A pair of physicians employed by Kadlec Regional Medical Center will privately develop the 1.5-acre property on the north side of Clubhouse Lane into a medical complex under terms of a deal pending with the city of Richland. Drs. Luay Ailabouni, a surgeon, and Elhami N. Hannan, a nephrologist, submitted a letter of intent offering the city $300,000 for the site, signaling their plans to build a strip mall with an urgent care clinic and offices for additional medical professionals. The city’s economic development committee recommended the city council authorize the manager to enter a formal purchase and sale agreement with the doctors’ business, LEMA Group LLC. The doctors could not be reached to discuss their vision. The city council is expected to consider the recommendation when it meets

Photo by Wendy Culverwell LEMA Group LLC, a Richland corporation formed by two local medical doctors, plans to build an urgent care clinic and other medical offices near the entrance to Horn Rapids in north Richland.

Nov. 15. The doctors indicated they will begin developing the vacant site, which fronts Highway 240, within six months of

closing the land purchase. Ailabouni and Hannan will construct an 18,860-square-foot strip mall, accord-

ing to plans supplied to the city. The project will house an urgent care clinic, counseling offices, a primary care clinic, a pharmacy and offer additional space to unspecified tenants. When it opens, the Horn Rapids urgent care clinic will join about a dozen dedicated urgent care clinics in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. Ailabouni and Hannan estimate up to 20 people will work in the complex when it is built and occupied. CMS Builders will construct the project, which will be privately financed. The urgent care clinic will be the first in the Horn Rapids area, which has gained population as apartments and residential development take hold. They are also the latest team of doctors to venture into the urgent care industry. Dr. Prabhjot “Jyoti” Kahlon, an emergency room doctor, and her husband, Dr. Janmeet “Rocky” Sahota, a neck and spine surgeon, opened Health First Urgent Care at Columbia Point in Richland in 2020 and more recently, at the former Cousin’s uURGENT CARE, Page B4

Brewery to open second location with restaurant, patio, river views By Jeff Morrow

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

It took the owners of Kennewick’s Moonshot Brewing almost a year, but they’ve found a spot for their second location. Ryan Wattenbarger and his staff have been busy tearing up the floor and the kitchen of a former Thai restaurant overlooking Howard Amon Park in Richland. The new location at 94 Lee Blvd. will be called Moonshot Brewing Pub at the Park. “We’ve been looking for another place for about 10 months, and we’d kind of given up on it,” Wattenbarger said. Baan Khun Ya Thai restaurant was the former occupant. It took 18 months for Wattenbarger and his wife, Hilary Bird, to find the first brewery’s first location at 8804 W. Victoria Ave., Suite 140, just off Gage Boulevard. Sometimes, though, you need a little luck. “The guy who picks up my spent

grain bought this building (in Richland),” Wattenbarger said. The 5,000-square-foot building off George Washington Way was built in 1950, according to Benton County property records.

A restaurant of their own Wattenbarger and Bird loved the space for its long-planned second location. “We had planned to go in with another local restaurant,” Wattenbarger said. But he found out that state law required different businesses to keep separate spaces. “There is no way to separate the two,” Wattenbarger said. “And we were at the point we had put down earnest money when we found that out.” So, Moonshot will go it alone with a restaurant of its own. As the former head brewer at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant in Sunnyside, Wattenbarger has experience in the restaurant business. “Erica Vieyra is my tap room manager (in Kennewick),” he said. “She has been working on a food truck concept (mac and cheese). Instead, she’ll manage this

restaurant. We’ll have standard pub fare. We’re learning things on the fly. But I’ve got a good team.” Wattenbarger expects the caRyan Wattenbarger pacity for seating inside the restaurant to be 28 people, with the patio overlooking the park and Columbia River seating another 60 people. The chance to build a second location made good business sense for Wattenbarger and his business partners. “For us, we can produce a lot more beer than we can sell at (the Kennewick store),” he said, explaining that selling beer by the pint helps the bottom line more than selling kegs. The beer still will be made at the Kennewick brew pub. “Our sales are where we thought they’d be,” he said. “But the costs of everything have gone up.” A new location should eventually help offset those costs with more sales.

Wattenbarger expects the Richland pub to create four to five new jobs. The Kennewick pub employs four people, in addition to the eight owners. While the physical labor of remodeling the kitchen and putting in a new walk-in is intensive, Wattenbarger said he still keeps to his regular beer-making schedule. “We’re holding it together,” he said. “It’s hard, though. We’re still shooting for December for an opening of this place. The earlier the better.”

Award-winning beer Wattenbarger and Bird have had a great run of success since opening the Kennewick pub in June 2019. In mid-October, two of Moonshot’s brews – Kolsch and Virgo – were honored by Sip Magazine in its Best of the Northwest annual awards. There is no kitchen at the Kennewick pub, but customers can bring in food that they’ve purchased elsewhere. Food trucks regularly visit. Check the Moonshot website for the schedule. The 3,240-square-foot taproom comfortably seats 100 people in Kennewick. uMOONSHOT, Page B2


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Housing inventory, prices rose in September as interest rates top 7% By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

September brought good news and bad for Tri-City homebuyers. The inventory of unsold homes rose to 614. That’s half more than the same month a year ago, which gave buyers more to choose from. But it was still well below the 1,200 needed for a balanced market, according to the most recent figures from the Tri-City Association of Realtors. Buyers closed 343 deals in September, down 25%. The median and average prices were $471,000 and $440,000 respectively, increases of 14% and 16%. The average home took 34 days to sell, nearly three times longer than in September 2021. Rising interest rates will continue to affect both buyers and sellers, the former by making mortgages more expensive and reducing buying power and the latter by reducing the pool of potential buyers. The interest rate for a 30-year mortgage broke 7% in late October, the first time since April 2002, according to Freddie Mac, the government-controlled finance company that purchases residential mortgages and provides

liquidity to the mortgage market. The average briefly dipped below 7% but is expected to keep rising as the Federal Reserve continues to battle inflation by reducing access to money through interest rate hikes. On Nov. 2, it implemented the sixth rate increase of 2022 when it hiked rates by three-quarters of a point. Additional increases are expected in the coming months. Fed chair Jerome Powell quashed expectations it would ease off on future hikes when he said it would be “very premature” to back off during a press conference following the November board meeting. The housing slowdown has not put current homeowners at risk, according to Attom, a real estate data firm based in Irvine, California. On Nov. 3, it said 48.5% of homes with mortgages were considered “equity rich,” meaning the outstanding loan balances were no more than 50% of the estimated market value. Attom said 2.9% of homes were considered “underwater,” meaning the outstanding loan balance was 25% or more of the estimated market value. That’s down from 3.4% a year ago.

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Photo by TCAJOB Ryan Wattenbarger, brewer-owner of Moonshot Brewing in Kennewick, and his team are renovating a former Thai restaurant at 94 Lee Blvd. in Richland for a second location that will include a restaurant. They plan to open in December.

MOONSHOT, From page B1 Wattenbarger, who grew up near Yakima Valley hops fields, started his career working in the wine industry. But eventually he moved into beer, becoming the assistant brewer at Snipes Mountain Brewery & Restaurant in Sunnyside. Within six months, he was the head brewmaster. In 2019, he broke away from Snipes to craft his own beer. The key goal for Wattenbarger was being able to make smaller batches of beer to try. If they were successful, he could make more. It allowed him to be creative. Everything at Snipes Mountain was made in large batches and made it hard for him to experiment because if they weren’t good, he’d still have to sell them. Using a 3.5-barrel Stout system at Moonshot allows him to experiment. “It makes four to six kegs,” Wattenbarger said. “If they work out, I can make it again.”

That’s what he’s been doing since Moonshot opened. Almost everything, he said, comes from this region. “We use 95% Washington-grown hops,” Wattenbarger said. Moonshot also has been known as a child-friendly, dog-friendly venue. “I think we strive to make sure everybody is welcome in this taproom,” he said. “That includes children and dogs.” Dogs are welcome on leashes, and Moonshot sells dog biscuits made locally at Ethos Bakery. Wattenbarger and Bird are big soccer fans, and they’ve strived to make Moonshot the go-to place to watch soccer games. “We’re huge soccer fans,” he said. “We wanted this place to fill our needs, where people can support the Seattle Sounders. We wanted a place that will be family friendly.” Visitors can expect the same at the new Richland pub.


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A growing Hermiston company will build a powder coating facility in Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park as it moves to keep up with rising demand from the Tri-Cities. N.W. Metal Fabricators Inc. has a tentative agreement to buy 5 acres near Polar Way and Logan Street from the city of Richland. The city’s economic development committee has recommended the city council authorize the city manager to enter a purchase-sale agreement worth $340,000. The council was expected to consider the sale on Nov. 15, after the deadline for this publication. Mandy Wallner, the city’s economic development director, called N.W. Metal Fabricators a win for Horn Rapids, the industrial park north of Highway 240, where the city is steering commercial development. “They are a fantastic firm in a great growth phase of their business, and we are pleased we could reach a deal that works for them to grow their company in our area,” she said. The city welcomes the addition of a growing business and wishes it success, she said. Aaron Karlson, general manager, said N.W. Metal Fabricators intends to build two 12,000-square-foot buildings in separate phases.

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Innovative waterfront apartments listed for sale

Vertisee Heights, a small loft-style apartment complex near the Richland Wye, has been put on the market by the former Tri-City Fever duo who built it. Lionell Singleton and Houston Lilliard formed World Builder Inc. to develop the 24-unit complex in the 1156 block of Columbia Park Trail, where it represents new investment in a neglected stretch nestled behind a levee at the Yakima River Delta. The asking price is $7.6 million, or $316,667 per unit, which represents a capitalization rate of 5.2%. Cap rates

He owns 25% of the company, which was founded by his parents, Vendla and Kerry Karlson, who own the balance. The Karlson family lives in Kennewick. Vendla and Kerry Karlson established N.W. Metal Fabricators in 1986 and incorporated in Oregon in 1988. It employs about 45. The Richland business will be incorporated in Washington. Aaron Karlson has managed the family-owned business for about 10 years and added powder coating services to its list of metal finishing services about five years ago. Gross revenue increased to $1 million by this year. Much of that demand comes from the Tri-Cities, where there is a need for powder-coated products from the construction and irrigation industries. The project will be privately financed. The cost has not been finalized. “This is to get a presence in the TriCities,” he said. He said he first considered expanding to Horn Rapids several years ago but shelved the idea during the pandemic. When the time was right, he looked at other sites but circled back to Horn Rapids and concluded it had the right mixture of highway access and proximity to Tri-City customers. Powder coating provides a clean, durable finish to metal products rangare the return investors can expect based on the price and are akin to the interest rates paid for savings accounts. World Builder and its contractor, Elite Construction, began construction in late 2020 and began leasing units earlier this year. The project is marketed as stabilized, which means it is fully leased. Mason Fiascone of Paragon Group is the listing agent. Call 509-221-9354.

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ing from stair railings to irrigation pipe. Karlson said the Richand plant will use automated equipment to offer the highspeed services its industrial customers require. He expects to employ up to six people in the first phase and anticipates revenue from the Richland site will reach $1 million in the first year, according to a letter of intent that is part of the offer for the property. Under terms of the proposed deal, N.W. Metal Fabricators will construct the second 12,000-square-foot building within five years and will double its Richland workforce to 12.

The city will retain the right to repurchase all or part of the project if N.W. Metal Fabricators does not proceed with its intended plans. It will have eight months from the closing date to apply for building permits for the first phase and five years from the start of operations in the first building to pursue the second. The purchase price works out to $65,000 per acre. The total price includes $15,000 for expenses related to road improvements. Proceeds will be deposited in the city’s industrial development account to support future economic activity.

both clubhouses and expanding locker rooms. The city advertised for contractors in late October. Architect Brandon Wilm of Design West Architects is overseeing the project, which is expected to include about 110 days of construction.

an area near Hummel Construction and Development secured a permit to remodel the restaurant from the city of Richland in October. The work is valued at $250,000. When Fable opens, it will serve as a casual dining outlet, which will allow Bookwalter’s Fiction restaurant to focus on best-in-class service. Bookwalter said he wants Fiction to be worthy of being nominated for the industry’s coveted James Beard awards, issued by the James Beard Foundation in honor of the late Portland-born icon. The property is at 1705 Columbia Park Trail, near the intersection of Columbia Center Boulevard.

Contractor digging into fabled McDougall’s

The former R.F. McDougall’s Irish Pub & Eatery is being renovated for Fable, a new restaurant offering from Bookwalter Winery. Owner John Bookwalter confirmed in April the plans to open Fable at the closed building near the Richland Wye,


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office. Numerica said the larger branch will help keep up with growth. Tri-City membership has grown 78% in five years, it said. The Pasco branch will offer full-service ATMs and staff who speak Spanish and English. Numerica is based in Spokane Valley and operates 21 branches in Central and Eastern Washington, including six in the Tri-Cities.

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URGENT CARE, From page B1 Restaurant on Road 68 in Pasco in 2022. Urgent care clinics provide a wide range of services that fall short of treating emergency and life-threatening conditions. In general, they provide general diagnostic services for ordinary medical conditions and lesser trauma such as broken bones as well as X-ray services and lab services.

Patients with life threatening conditions such as stroke, heart attack or grave injuries should seek help in emergency rooms. Ibis World, a business research firm, reports urgent care is a $45.6 billion industry in the U.S. and gaining market share. There are nearly 10,000 urgent care clinics in the U.S. that collectively employ more than 215,000 people, it said.


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Growler Guys shuts doors at Richland taphouse By Jeff Morrow

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The Tri-Cities lost one of its growler-fill taphouses in October when the Growler Guys shut down. The Richland shop at 110 Gage Blvd., Suite 204, couldn’t recover from the pandemic shutdown, said franchise owner Robin Walker. In mid-October, Walker posted on the store’s Facebook site that she and her wife were looking to sell the business, which was ready to open for a new owner. But by late October, the plan changed. “We are unfortunately probably at a stage of ‘too little, too late’ when it comes to selling the business,” said Walker in an email to the Journal. “We are in the process of liquidating any equipment we can, and are intending to have everything cleared out of the space within the next few days.” It’s a tough ending for Walker and her staff. “We fell behind when Covid closed us (in 2020),” she said. The Richland Growler Guys opened in 2013 with more than 30 beers and ciders. Walker had worked as an employee for a year at the store when she bought it from the previous owners in December 2019. That’s just before Covid shut everything down.

“We were completely closed for the first six weeks (of the pandemic),” Walker said. “Then we were open for sales togo. But our whole gig was to give people samples to see if they’d then purchase that beer.” Walker said the landlord of the building gave her a break on the rent “for quite a while.” “But we were on the edge for a while and were not able to get through it,” she said. “We’ve spent over two years just scraping by. Our lease is up. Financially, it’s been hard for us.” The store had three employees, including Walker. “Our best advertising plan was to go through Visit Tri-Cities,” Walker said. “But nobody was visiting the TriCities during Covid. It just made things more difficult. There was just no wiggle room.” Growler Guys’ business model offers several beers and ciders on tap to taste and then to purchase and take home in 32- or 64-ounce growlers. The majority of its taps feature beers and ciders made locally and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The company launched in 2012, with the first tap room in Bend, Oregon. It also has locations in Idaho, Nevada and Wisconsin. Walker’s store on Gage was the only Growler Guys location in Eastern Washington. The Seattle taproom is the only

other in the state. According to an April 2021 Reuters report, nearly 200,000 businesses were forced to shut down because of the pandemic. That’s lower than what original forecasts predicted. But the effects are still lingering, as Walker can attest to. “We’ve had an equipment liquidation, including the walk-in, which is a big ticket item,” she said. Still, she loved what she was doing in an area known for its quality microbrews. “It’s a lot of fun running these,” Walk-

er said. “We’ve got some good beers around here. There are some gems in this area.” While Walker said that there may still be some room for more taprooms in the Tri-Cities, “I think we are close to being capped out. People seem to like the ones that are in their neighborhood.” And she would like to see someone around here be successful with the Growler Guys. “I still care about the company,” she said. “I’d like someone to come in and make it happen with Growler Guys.” The Growler Guys website lists the Richland shop as being for sale.


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Aristo receives $2.7 million grant for Kennewick project

Aristo Healthcare has secured a $2.7 million grant to support development of a 16-bed facility it intends to open in Kennewick. The Washington Department of Commerce awarded the grant under a five-year plan to modernize and transform mental health services in Washington and to reduce reliance on the state’s two large hospitals in favor of smaller, communitybased ones. Seattle-based Aristo intends to secure a site by early 2023 and begin construction of its Tri-City Nueva Esperanza project by summer. It will open in mid-2024. Paid Advertising

The Kennewick facility will house individuals with behavioral health conditions who are being held under 90- or 180-day civil commitment orders.

Little Badger Mountain trail construction starts in 2023

Friends of Badger Mountain will begin trail construction on Little Badger Mountain in early 2023 after reaching a key fundraising goal. The nonprofit reports it raised more than $3 million to establish Little Badger Mountain Preserve, which will add three miles of new trail to its existing network. The trail will extend from the east end of Badger Mountain Preserve to the junction of Rachel and Morency drives in south Richland.

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Friends of Badger Mountain and the city of Richland will begin building the technically challenging trail in the spring. Volunteers can sign up to help maintain existing trails at trailmaster@friendsofbadger.org or go to friendsofbadger.org.

Capitol building named for Newhouse being replaced

A “temporary” building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia will be demolished and replaced starting in mid-2023. The Irving R. Newhouse building was constructed in 1934 as a temporary structure and was named for the late Irving Newhouse, a farmer and longtime lawmaker who was the father of U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside. Ginny Streeter, spokeswoman for the

Legislative Campus Modernization Project, said the building will keep its name. The state identified the need to replace it in the 2017 State Capitol Development Study. Design and development began in June. Miller Hull Partnership created schematics for the new building, which will be constructed by Hoffman Construction Co. Demolition of Press House structures and Visitor Center begin this fall. The building itself will be demolished starting in July. The new building should be complete by 2025. Irving Newhouse was a farmer who served in the state House of Representatives from 1965-80 and in the state Senate from 1980-99. He was succeeded in the state Senate by Jim Honeyford, who is retiring from the post at the end of the year. Newhouse died in 2001.

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Beaverton-based Reser’s Fine Foods held a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking operations at its new Pasco processing plant on Sept. 21. The new plant is more than twice the size of its old one at the Pasco Processing Center, which is now for sale.

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salad products and oven baked goods. The plant employs about 250 with additional jobs planned in the coming year. Tara W. Lund was the architect/engineer. Reser’s Construction LLC was the contractor.

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Subdivisions, sports complex, VA updates in planning stages By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Documents filed under Washington’s environmental review process reveal a long 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 in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties. Here’s a look at projects that hit the SEPA register in the past month.

Apple Valley Phase 7-9 Kennewick Tri-Cities Development Co. LLC submitted plans to subdivide 49.74 acres into 125 lots for single-family homes and nine tracts for the next phase of the Apple Valley subdivision to the city of Kennewick. The property is south of Bob Olson Parkway and east of Colorado Street. The land is vacant, though some areas have been used for agriculture in the past. It is zoned for low-density residential development. Matt Smith of Bend, Oregon, is the contact for the applicant. Desert Pines Subdivision Benton County Harms Engineering on behalf of Marina Infante and Lucio Mendoza is proposing a 12-home subdivision called Desert Pines outside of Kennewick in unincorporated Benton County. The property is north of East 23rd Street, between South Gum and Beech streets. The proposal will subdivide 4 acres into 12 lots ranging in size from 7,501 square feet to 20,529 square feet. The property is the former site of a singlefamily home and is designated for low-

density residential development. Future development would add 15 “middle income” housing units to the area. Well and septic systems would be replaced with water and sewer service provided by the city of Kennewick, which is also reviewing the proposal.

Rodeo Drive Sports Complex Pasco Elite Investment Group is proposing a sports complex on an 0.68-acre site at 6902 Rodeo Drive in Pasco near Road 68, according to documents submitted by Knutzen Engineering. The project includes a pre-engineered metal building, or PEMB, sports complex with a 7,970-square-foot footprint along with paved parking and sidewalks. The site is currently vacant, according to the notice of application to the city filed under SEPA. John L. Scott Building Pasco Dennis Gisi of John L. Scott Real Estate submitted a SEPA checklist for a proposed mixed-use building on an 0.89-acre lot at 5330 Road 68 in Pasco. The proposal calls for a 7,300-squarefoot commercial office space, 1,500 square feet of retail space and 2,900 square feet of restaurant space. The site is currently vacant. Development is anticipated this winter. Tupelo Properties Pasco Pasco Knutzen Engineering submitted a checklist for a 25,325-square-foot mixed-use/warehouse building on a 2.5-acre site on the northeast corner of East Superior Street and North California Avenue, near Pape Material Handling in Pasco. The developer intends to seek permits this winter and complete construction by fall 2023. The project would consist of a pre-

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MWM Custom Automotive Pasco Mathew W. Martin submitted a SEPA checklist and permit application to locate an automotive spray booth within an existing building at 1320 W. A St. in Pasco. The building is intended for an auto body repair shop. VA Medical Center seismic updates Walla Walla The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposes seismic updates to eight buildings at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla. Eight buildings within the central campus were built prior to seismic building codes and have been identified as structurally deficient and at risk for major damage or failure in an earthquake. All but one are “contributing resources” for the Fort Walla Walla National Register of Historic Places Historic District. The VA proposes a mix of seismic retrofits, replacements and consolidation of functions to address the potential danger. Patrick Read, the VA’s environmental engineer, is the applicant.

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Chipotle opens first Pasco restaurant

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first Pasco location and fourth for the TriCities on Nov. 2. The fast-Mexican restaurant is at 5326 N. Road 68 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store features a “Chipotlane,” which allows customers to pick up digital orders without entering the building. The chain has existing locations at 3631 Plaza Way, Kennewick, 1102 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, and 2673 Queensgate Drive, Richland. For job information, go to chipotle. com/careers.

Prosser Memorial secures key permit for new hospital

Prosser Memorial Hospital has received a key permit as it moves to build a new hospital. The city issued a foundation permit, which allows the hospital to begin forming the foundation. A future permit will be needed to build the two-story project with parking garage. Site prep is underway. The $78 million hospital is being developed on 33 acres north of Interstate 82. It will replace the aging hospital at 723 Memorial St. and is expected to open in 2024. A $57.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan is helping fund the project, with the balancing coming from the hospital as well as $2 million from its foundation.

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PUBLIC RECORD uBANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 – Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt 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.

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Jordyn Andrews, PO Box 3032, Pasco. Brian Christopher Burnett Jr. & Jessica Marie Burnett, 4702 N. Goose Gap PR NE, Benton City. Ashley Lynn Wickenhauser, 412 Barth Ave., Richland. Estefani Rangel, 605 S. Huntington Place, Kennewick. Sullin Air Jet Center LLC, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Suite A-1, No. 315, Kennewick. Pasco FBO Partners LLC, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Suite A-1, No. 315, Kennewick. Nicole Ransom, 2025 Sparrow Court, West Richland. Christian Michael Bates & Kaitlyn Louise Emmons, 98 Waldron St., Richland. Debra Suzanne Layman, 1106 Karen Ave., Benton City. Viridiana V. Camba, 1119 W. Hopkins St., Pasco. Yolanda R. Camacho, 723 W. Octave St., Pasco. Michael James Lilja, PO Box 5539, West Richland. Stephanie Morgan Davis, 7000 Sully Lane PR, West Richland. Omar Castellanos, 24 W. A St., Pasco.

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Cesar E. Munoz, 133601 W. Johnson Road, Prosser. Shara Lee Orcutt, 1615 Perkins Ave., Richland. Theadore Harvey Moberly & Leslie Nicole Moberly, 1056 Spokane Ave., Prosser.

uTOP PROPERTIES 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.

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1614 Pisa Lane, Richland, 2,742-square-foot home. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Kaustav & Natalie Chaudhuri. Seller: Robert Boyer. 582, 588, 618 & 567, Lazio Way, 4151, 4143, 4135, 4119, 4170, 4178 Clover Road, Richland, 10 home sites less than 0.29 acres. Price: $1.5 million. Buyer: Riverwood Homes Washington LLC. Seller: Siena Hills Development LLC. 8072, 8054, 8036, 8018, 7990, 7982, 7974, 7956, 7938, 7920, 7902, 7894, 7886, 7878, 7860, 7832, 7814, 7796, 7778,7752, 7767,7785, 7793, 7821, 7849, 7857,7865, 7883, 7891, 7919, 7927, 7945, 7963, 7981, 7989, 7997, 8025, 8043, 8061, 8089 Ranchland Lane, West Richland, undeveloped home sites. Price: $3.5 million. Buyer: SSHI LLC. Seller: Mitchell Creer LLC. 4754 Laurel Drive, West Richland, a 0.51-acre home site. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Whitesand LLC. Seller: Blueexterra LLC. 2690 E. Katie Road, Kennewick, 1,810-squarefoot home. Price: $710,000. Buyer: Robert & Martha Kyler. Seller: Stephen P. Basehorse. 89111 E. Summit View Drive, Kennewick, 2,599-square-foot home. Price: $890,000.

Buyer: Marlon William Jack & Sharla Marrette Jack, trustees of The Jack Family Revocable Living Trust. Seller: Renee K. Stone. 318 Rockwood Drive, Richland, 2,602-squarefoot home. Price: $800,000. Buyer: Veda Lakshmi Anjali Varada. Seller: Wei Wayne & Zhang Huijuan Qiu Trustees. 26902 S. Sunset Meadow Loop, Kennewick, 3,653-square-foot home and two pole buildings on 2 acres. Price: $1 million. Buyer: John A. & Kimberly Gravenslund. Seller: Rick J. & Lori C. Anderson. 7527 W. 23rd Ave., Kennewick, 0.31-acre home site. Price: $916,000. Buyer: Robert & Michelle Colley II. Seller: Prodigy Homes. 87322 Calico Road, Kennewick, 2,967-squarefoot home. Price: $906,000. Buyer: Jerad M. & Lynn A. Keck. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction LLC. 3997 S. Beech Court, Kennewick, 1-acre home site. Price: $810,000. Buyer: Brandi & Jeremy Dimond. Seller: Tailor Made Homes LLC. 318 Wellhouse Loop, Richland, 32,514-squarefoot warehouses and office buildings on 2.5 acres. Price: $2.3 million. Buyer: Wolfstang LLC. Seller: Hamilton Cellars LLC. 103512 E. Nicole Drive, Kennewick, 2,774-square-foot home. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Robert J. Kneebone III & Meghan J. Endsley. Seller: Stuart & Susan Cozart. 94607 & 94609 W. Evans Road, Prosser, 1,456- and 2,624-square-foot homes, pole building, 107.53 acres of irrigated ag land, two 1-acre home sites and 15.23 acres of dry pasture. Price: $3.4 million. Buyer: New Columbia Fruit LLC. Seller: Martinez Fruit LLC. 665 Isola Vista Court, Richland, 3,847-squarefoot home. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Andrew Puryear. Seller: Aaron & Monica DeWitt. Richland property between University and Stevens drives, George Washington Way and Fourth Street, 18,575-square-foot commercial building. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: JJB Tech Holdings LLC. Seller: Innovation Center TCRD LLC. 4162 Clover Road, 654 Lazio Way, 2385,

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2373 & 2361 Siena Ave., Richland, five home sites under 0.5 acres. Price: $767,000. Buyer: Tanninen Custom Homes Inc. Seller: Siena Hills Development LLC. 1208 Meadow Hills Drive, Richland, 3,067-square-foot home. Price: $885,000. Buyer: Sungmin Kim & Jiwon Lee. Seller: Lissa Girgis. 4193 Lolo Way, Richland, 2,455-square-foot home. Price: $720,000. Buyer: Karlee R. Dean. Seller: JK Monarch LLC. 155807 W. Byron Road, Prosser, 3,040-square-foot home on 10 acres. Price: $996,000. Buyer: Gregory Paul & Angela Maxine Dorsett. Seller: Samuel Levi & Abigail A. Rice. 193405 E. 447 PR SE, Kennewick, 2,996-square-foot home on 6.75 acres. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Michael & Alina Davidson. Seller: Craig & Kathy LaCross. 27804 S. 887 PR SE, Kennewick, 3,307-square-foot home and pole building on 1.24 acres. Price: $785,000. Buyer: Michelle A. & Kyle B. Doud. Seller: Oscar A. Garcia & Kellie A. Dixon. 1669 Jericho Road, Richland, 2,942-squarefoot home. Price: $976,000. Buyer: Farhan A. & Maria Qureshi. Seller: Alderbrook Investments Inc. 536 Athens Drive, West Richland, 3,522-square-foot home. Price: $1.5 million. Buyer: Joseph T. Baissa. Seller: Evelin B. & Oksana M. Rakhmestryuk. 72609 E. Sundown PR SE, Kennewick, 3,046-square-foot home and barn on 5 acres. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Jeffrey P. & Valerie S. Lewis. Seller: Ira & Leslie A. Hickman. 504 Melissa St., Richland, 2,464-square-foot home. Price: $775,000. Buyer: Chris A. & Nancy R. Petersen. Seller: Richard A. Freeman. 2288 S. Elma Place, Kennewick, 0.37-acre home site. Price: $899,000. Buyer: Matthew Robert Simonetti & Cody Michael Alliston. Seller: P & R Construction LLC. 3701 S. Highlands Blvd., West Richland,

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2,786-square-foot home. Price: $700,000. Buyer: Brian & Jessica Castellanos. Seller: Catamount Properties 2018 LLC. 231 Meadowridge Loop, Richland, 3,084-square-foot home. Price: $740,000. Buyer: Mark & Renee Hennigan. Seller: Marisela S. & Hugo Valencia. 9 N. Waverly Place, Kennewick, 18,858-square-foot apartment complex. Price: $3.9 million. Buyer: 9 N. Waverly PL LLC. Seller: Galt Kennewick LLC. 7198 W. 22nd Place, Kennewick, 3,330-square-foot home. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Jeffery Todd Blake & Rossie Petrus Langi. Seller: JK Monarch East LLC. 110209 E. Windward Lane, Kennewick, 3,953-square-foot home on 5 acres. Price: $2.5 million. Buyer: Larry L. “Jake” & DeAnne Malmberg Trustees. Seller: Mark K. Questad. 4382 Lolo Way, Richland, 3,065-square-foot home. Price: $790,000. Buyer: Mitchell & Elizabeth Bousquet. Seller: New Tradition Homes Inc. 1665 Jericho Road, Richland, 2,282-squarefoot home. Price: $976,000. Buyer: Todd & Leigh Haynie. Seller: Alderbrook investments Inc. 3231 Quail Ridge Loop, Richland, 3,058-square-foot home. Price: $787,000. Buy-

er: Brian R. & Kristina M. Poteet. Seller: Pahlisch Homes at Horn Rapids Limited Partnership. 2354 Harris Ave., Richland, 1,955-square-foot home. Price: $765,000. Buyer: John & Alice Orrell. Seller: Alia R. Luckey Trustee. 2380 E. Mt. Adams View Drive, Richland, 3,858-square-foot home and pole building on 2.5 acres. Price: $860,000. Buyer: Sherlock Holmes Jr. & Brooklyn Holmes. Seller: Michael C. & Terri A. Mars. 82202 E. Summit View Drive, Kennewick, 2,340-square-foot home. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Brian Roberts. Seller: William & Tammy Holesworth.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

6903 Ricky Road, Pasco, 3,066-square-foot home. Price: $845,000. Buyer: Joshua & Mindy Burns. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction Inc. 1916 Road 72, Pasco, 2,206-square-foot home. Price: $740,000. Buyer: Carlos Munguia. Seller: Daniel & Marlene Gonzales. 5 Sunflower Court, Pasco, 2,508-square-foot home. Price: $820,000. Buyer: Danny L. Parker (etux). Seller: Christopher & Melinda Major. 12312 Rock Creek Drive, Pasco, 2,243-square-foot home. Price: $740,000.

Buyer: Kyle & Sandra Luz Newton. Seller: Jason S. & Heather M. Beden. 1124 W. Ainsworth Ave., 915 S. 12th Ave., Pasco, 6,060-square-foot retail store and multiple warehouses. Price: $1.75 million. Buyer: Squirt LLC. Seller: Andrew H. & Susan L. Landram. Property north of Pasco, 9.34 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $750,000. Buyer: BoomBoom Properties LLC. Seller: Jorge & Claudia Torres. 12702 Whiskey River Road, Pasco, 2,779-square-foot home. Price: $911,000. Buyer: Patrick E. Oday & Mary C. Cox. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction. Undisclosed property, 41.98 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $3.4 million. Buyer: Big Sky Developers LLC. Seller: not listed. 1624 Road 76, Pasco, 1,540-square-foot home on 4.83 acres. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: Empire Bros. Construction LLC. Seller: Gerald W. & Dorothy J. Allison. 1212 St. Helens St., Pasco, 2.73 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $714,000. Buyer: Synergize Pasco LLC. Seller: Brantingham Enterprises LLC. 4608 Shoreline Court, Pasco, 0.54-acre home

site. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Peter & Yelena Strizhak. Seller: Brian George Davis & April Rallo. 6830 Bitterroot Ave., Pasco, 2,255-squarefoot home. Price: $800,000. Buyer: Randall J. & Barbara A. May. Seller: Sarah & Josh Simons. 2684 & 2686 Rangeview Road, 1,420-squarefoot home on 179.4 acres of ag land. Price: $6.4 million. Buyer: New Columbia Fruit Packers LLC. Seller: Martinez Fruit LLC. 132 W. Shoshone St., Pasco, multifamily housing complex. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: Granite Real Estate LLC. Seller: Shoshone 1 LLC. 820 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, 4,240-square-foot child care center. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Rise and Shine Early Childhood Center LLC. Seller: KWC Investments LLC. 7009 Ricky Road, Pasco, 2,593-square-foot home. Price: $728,000. Buyer: Daniel Paul & Rachel D. Teel. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction Inc. 2141 W. Highway 260, Connell, two 30,200-square-foot potato storage sheds, 11,160-square-foot equipment shop building and farm implement shed on 340.76 acres. Price: $7.5 million. Buyer: Lamb Weston Inc. Seller: Carl & Marti Noble. 1311 W. Shoshone St., Pasco, two 2,282-square-foot four-plexes, 1,136-squarefoot home. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: Granite Real Estate LLC. Seller: Shoshone Villas LLC. 430 Ferguson Lane, 2,954-square-foot home on 20 acres. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Lone Crow Farms LLC. Seller: Robert H. & Nina L. Lundgren. 5613 W. Ruby St., Pasco, 3,347-square-foot home. Price: $737,000. Buyer: Erik & Cynthia Valdez. Seller: Viking Builders LLC.

uBUILDING PERMITS BENTON COUNTY

Wyckoff Farms Inc., 16601 Lemley Road, Prosser, $266,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Columbia River Steel & Construction. Provision Capital LLC, property on Chemical Drive, Kennewick, $30,000 for new commercial. Contractor: owner. Travis Hendrickson, 23804 E. Highway 397, Kennewick, $373,000 for new commercial. Contractor: W. McKay Construction LLC. AT&T Wireless, 3331 PR PR Richland, $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: B&C Tower.

KENNEWICK

McCaulee Trustee, 116 N. Morain St., $15,000 for sign. Contractor: Musser Landscaping LLC. Wallace Properties, 2801 W. Kennewick Ave., $6,000 for sign. Contractor: Musser Landscaping LLC. Columbia Mall Partnership, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., #455, $1 million for commercial remodel, $30,000 for heat pump/HVAC, $50,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Bruce Mechanical Inc., Columbia River Plumbing & Mechanical. Bruce Co. LLC, 5003 W. Brinkley Road, $30,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Legacy Telecommunications. Cody Hagerman, 12 S. Morain St., $12,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Silver Bow Roofing. LAIC Inc., 6539 W. Clearwater Ave., $350,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Circle K Stores Inc., 1002 S. Washington St., $25,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Circle K Stores Inc., 5301 W. Canal Drive, $25,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Circle K Stores Inc., 12231 W. Clearwater Ave., $25,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Circle K Stores Inc., 4201 W. 27th Ave., $15,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Circle K Stores Inc., 2105 W. Fourth Ave., $25,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. West Hood Place LLC, 7401 W. Hood Place, $5,000 for sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign and Fabrication. Robert Blain, 7122 W. Okanogan Place, $660,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Montgomery Investments, 7425 W. Clearwater Ave., $75,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. TT Center LLC, 4827 W. Clearwater Ave., #A103, $20,000 for commercial remodel, $5,000 for plumbing. Contractors: TKO Construction General Contractor, Legend Plumbing and Mechanical. Chris Watson, 700 S. Quay Place, $7,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Rowdy Construction. Circle K Stores Inc., 1900 N. Steptoe St., $25,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group.

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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 Circle K Stores Inc., 7707 W. Deschutes Ave., $25,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Pedro Ayala, 101 W. Columbia Drive, $31,000 for sign. Contractor: Yesco LLC. Banner Bank, 8203 W. Quinault Ave., $10,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Moon Security Services Inc. KayCee Murray, 3601 Plaza Way, $1 million for new commercial. Contractor: Stout Building Contract. Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W. Metaline Ave., $1.7 for new commercial, $350,000 for heat pump/HVAC, $200,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Banlin Construction Co. LLC, Total Energy Management Inc., Prevision Plumbing. Roundup Co., 2811 W. 10th Ave., $250,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Black & Veatch. Cugini Land and Timber, 711 S. Auburn St., $64,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Columbia Plateau Inc. Burke Alford, 5204 W. Clearwater Ave., $391,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co. Wallace Properties, 2913 W. Kennewick Ave., $8,700 for sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. KayCee Murray, 3601 Plaza Way, $85,000 for mechanical, $85,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Interlock Mechanical LLC, Columbia River Plumbing & Mechanical. Columbia Center Mall Partnership, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., #455, $10,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Schindler Elevator. Bennyco LLC, 7404 W. Hood Place, $13,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Pratt and Co. Tyler Kraupp, 5710 W. Clearwater Ave., $17,000 for sign. Contractor: Yesco LLC. Gorilla Holding Co., 2008 N. Pittsburgh St., $28,000 for HVAC/heat pump. Contractor: owner. On the Boulevard, 9202 W. Gage Blvd., #F204, $8,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Amon Hills Properties, 9501 W. Clearwater Ave., #A130, $115,000 for commercial remodel, $10,000 for plumbing, $10,000 for heat pump/ HVAC. Contractors: APC Services LLC, owner. CVKOB LLC, 30 S. Louisiana St., #110, $75,000 for commercial remodel, $15,000 for heat pump/HVAC, $12,000 for plumbing. Contractor: DWP General Contracting. Kennewick School District, 201 S. Dawes St., $5,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Kennewick School District. Gary D. Earp, 308 W. Kennewick Ave., $5,000

for commercial remodel. Contractor: Kustom US Inc. Dr. Emmanual Aminone Edibiokpo, 8656 W. Gage Blvd., #C302 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell Cool Electric Plumbing. First Lutheran Church, 418 N. Yelm St., $26,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Gillespie Roofing. Manuel Chavallo, 4309 W. 27th Place, #B102 for commercial remodel. Contractor: AC Construction LLC. McCoy Family Investments, 8220 W. Gage Blvd., $26,000 for commercial demolition. Contractor: not listed. Grace Baptist Church, 4403 W. 10th Ave., $10,000 for commercial mechanical. Contractor: Delta Heating & Cooling.

PASCO

Virk Associates LLC, 3508 N. Commercial Ave., $793,000 for new commercial. Contractor: RB Construction. JSW Investments LLC, 5908 Bedford St., $39,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Booth & Sons Construction. Walmart Real Estate, 4820 Road 68, $327,000 for fire alarm sprinkler system. Contractor: McKinstry Co. LLC. Pasco School District, 6600 Road 90, $10,000 for grading. Contractor: T Bailey Inc. Benton Franklin Transit, 1116 W. Bonneville St., $10,000 for demolition. Contractor: NW Construction General Contracting Inc. Sound Investment, 9335 Sandifur Parkway, $30,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: to be determined. City of Pasco, 6701 Broadmoor Blvd., $8.8 million for water reservoir. Contractor: T Bailey Inc. Haven Capitol LLC, 5801 Road 92, $6.6 million for multi-family housing. Contractor: Urban Street Homes. Amaze-Investment LLC, 7425 Sandifur Parkway, #102, $30,000 for sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication. The Noel Corporation, 2525 W. Hopkins St., $2.3 million for new commercial. Contractor: Tri-Ply Construction LLC. Three K Farms LLC, 2620 N. Commercial Ave., $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: B&C Tower. Franklin County, 6600 Burden Blvd., $110,000 to install drive-up ATM. Contractor: The Hapo Center. Project Oyster Pasco, 1351 S. Road 40 East, $31,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor:

Shambaugh & Son LP. Pasco Associates, 4905 Road 68, $110,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: to be determined. Solgen Holdings LLC, 5715 Bedford St., $105,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: to be determined. City of Pasco, 11315 W. Court St., $10 million for commercial addition. Contractor: to be determined. Reser’s Fine Foods, 5526 W. Capitol Ave., $50,000 for mechanical. Contractor: owner. World Life Christian Center, 3315 W. Court St., $90,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Metalfab Inc. Flocchhini Associates, 5710 Road 68, $397,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Solgen Power LLC. Ben Franklin Transit, property off North 22nd Ave., $25,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: ESF Development LLC. Jubilee Foundation, 3425 E. A St., #P-101, $19,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Clean Image LLC. Tahitian LLC, 2724 W. Lewis St., $25,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Second Opinion Construction. Diesel Tech Equipment, 3310 N. Capitol Ave., $38,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: CRF Metal Works LLC. Solgen Holdings LLC, property on Midland Lane, $20,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: to be determined. Star Group Inc., 611 W. Columbia St., $10,000 for demolition. Contractor: Cliff Thorn Construction. Department of Natural Resources, 3505 Road 68, $325,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: to be determined. Nulph Properties LLC, 1522 E. Hillsboro St., $50,000 for sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Dana Brown, 1204 W. Hassalo St., $39,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Road 68 Properties, 4605 Road 68, $75,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Midland General Contractors. World Life Christian Center, 3315 W. Court St., $41,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. National Retail Properties LP, 9420 Sandifur Parkway, $10,000 for sign. Musser Landscaping LLC. Pasco Haven LLC, 301 S. 20th Ave., $35,000 for sign. Contractor: Inland Sign & Lighting. Fasteners Properties, 404 N. Oregon Ave., $12,000 for dry chemical industrial fire suppres-

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sion system. Contractor: Performance Systems Integration. Pasco School District, 1505 S. Road 40 East, $10,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Moon Security Services Inc. Lamb Weston Inc., 3330 E. Travel Plaza Way, $42,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell Cool Electric Plumbing. Tesoro Logistics, 2900 Sacajawea Park Road, $10,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell Cool Electric Plumbing. Port of Pasco, 3306 Swallow Ave., $12,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Bruce Mechanical Inc. UCMS of 7th Day Adventists, 605 Road 36, $1.1 million. Contractor: to be determined. Sohal Truck Wash, 3802 N. Commercial Ave., $95,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: owner. Peter 567 LLC, 9527 Sandifur Parkway, $90,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MH Construction Inc. Port of Pasco, 2110 E. Ainsworth Ave., #T-281, 10,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Apollo Sheet Metal. Star Group Inc., 611 W. Columbia St., $150,000 for tenant improvement. Contractor: Cliff Thorn Construction. Cittagazze LLC, 1336 Dietrick Road, $92,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Mr. Racks. Grow Bounti North, 950 S. Elm Ave., $24 million for new commercial. Contractor: to be determined. Franklin County, 1020 S. Seventh Ave., $65,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Marathon Building, 5024 Road 68, $23,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Brantingham Enterprises, 1417 E. St. Helens St., $22,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: CRF Metal Works LLC. Bair Properties LLC, 171 Richview Drive, $10,000 for demolition. Contractor: owner.

RICHLAND

Earthly Enterprises, 607 Aaron Drive, $30,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Earthly Enterprises #2 LLC. William J. Mascott, 2470 Robertson Drive, $125,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: CRF Metal Works LLC. Gamache Landscaping, 1170 Columbia Park Trail, $5,000 for demolition. Contractor: Gamache Landscaping.

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GF Garlick Family LLC, 2418 Garlick Blvd., $40,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Black Diamond Roofing. Elda WA RL LLC, 1549 George Washington Way, $145,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Silver Bow Roofing. Logan Properties, 2541 Logan St., $1.5 million for new construction. Contractor: Matson Construction. Siemens Power, 2101 Horn Rapids Road, $275,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Framatome. Jadwin Stevens Apartments, 1850 Stevens Drive, $15,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. C & C Adair Properties, 945 Stevens Drive, $50,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Jen-Jan LLC. RF MCD LLC, 1705 Columbia Park Trail, $250,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Huminsky’s Heating & Cooling. Dong Min LLC, 1275 Lee Blvd., $250,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. City of Richland, 2605 Robertson Drive, $171,000 for grading. Contractor: Premier Excavation. City of Richland, 2602 Robertson Drive, $61,000 for grading. Contractor: Premier Excavation. Tudo Bem LLC, 1908 George Washington Way, $56,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co. Shari Mgmt Corp., 1745 George Washington Way, $25,000 for demolition. Contractor: Stephens & Sons Construction. Tapteal Apartments, 1775 Columbia Park Trail, $244,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co. Western Holdings, 801 Aaron Drive, $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Strata Inc. New Heights Church, 390 Thayer Drive, $85,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Booth & Sons Construction. American Tower, 1565 Georgia Ave., Suite A, $10,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Legacy Telecommunications. Oakwood Inns LLC, 486 Bradley Blvd., $14,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Riggle Plumbing.

WEST RICHLAND

Papa Murphy’s, 1589 Bombing Range Road, Suite E, $20,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Circle K, 3957 W. Van Giesen St., $10,000 for

sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Ranchland Homes LLC, 944 Creer Way, Buildings A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, $4.6 million for multifamily housing. Contractor: Ranchland Homes LLC. Ranchland Homes LLC, 870 Walton Place, Buildings H, I, $1.1 million for multifamily housing. Contractor: Ranchland Homes LLC. First Westview LLC, 531 S. 38th Ave., $90,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Budget Construction. City of West Richland, 5390 Astoria Road, $95,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Utilities One Inc.

uBUSINESS LICENSES KENNEWICK

Pro-Traxx and Hydroexcavation, 5010 E. Killdeer Court, West Richland. Na Chavez Remodel LLC, 1735 NE Sixth St., Hermiston, Oregon. Retail Construction Srvs Inc., 11343 39th St. North, Lake Elmo, Minnesota. A & T Construction, 1731 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco. CDI Contractors LLC, 1600 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. Oscar Ubanda Jr., 11502 W. Main Road, Dodge City, Kansas. GE HFS LLC, 901 Main Ave. Norwalk, Court. Steelport LLC, 8565 SW Salish Lane, Suite 140, Wilsonville, Oregon. Everhealth LLC, 2090 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, Alabama. Big Dave’s Construction, 202 S. 26th Ave., Pasco. KC’s Biscuits and BBQ LLC, 6481 W. Skagit Ave. Frasier Homes, 2819 Copperbutte St., Richland. Master Craft Electric Inc., 206 Frontage Road North, Suite A2, Pacific. Living Water Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, 1003 N. Union St. Tri-Cities Life LLC, 924 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Three Rivers Community Foundation, 7401 W. Hood Place. Gilbert Electric II LLC, 2413 Road 80, Pasco. Rolling Frito-Lay Sales LP, 306 N. Van Buren St. Foust Fabrication, 1159 Orin Rice Road, Colville.

Spen-Mcmurdo Construction, 4478 Thompson Court, West Richland. Vision Municipal Solutions LLC, 320 N. Johnson St. TKK LLC, 1385 Admiral Place, Ferndale. Carmonkee, 714 W. Columbia Drive. JMC Leasing LLC, 900 E. Chemical Drive. Infocus NW, 509 S. Johnson St. Ramirez Construction LLC, 411 W. Clark St., Suite G, Pasco. Custom Designs, 1824 W. Henry St., Pasco. Tri-Cities Quality Homes Inc., 615 S. Waldemar Ave., Pasco. Pacific Bath Company, 7859 S. 180th St., Kent. DJ Reymond, 1929 W. Fourth Place. Dennis Clark’s Acoustical Ceilings LLC, 225 S. Second Ave., Yakima. Jaxson Flooring, 4258 S. Zillah St. Robert A. Moser, Attorney at Law, 804 S. Burress, Moses Lake. That Curl Girl LLC, 4309 W. 27th Ave. Gian, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. J&R General Contractor LLC, 370 Kepps Road, Pasco. MH General Construction LLC, 203106 E. Bowles Road. KRR Services LLC, 11720 Pheasant Run, Pasco. Escoto Construction LLC, 1020 S. Fifth Ave., Pasco. Blackthorne Neighbourhood Pub LLC, 201 W. Kennewick Ave. Valhalla Industries Inc., 4115 S. 332nd Place, Federal Way. AMV Tree Services and Lanscaping LLC, 18671 Yakima Valley Highway, Granger. Motion Mogul International, 4006 S. Green St. Affordable At Home Care Inc., 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., #439. EC Projects LLC, 8208 Quadra Drive, Pasco. Columbia Basin Exteriors, LLC, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Fast Floor Guys LLC, 4956 Spirea Drive, West Richland. Aztec Painting, 8715 W. Canyon Ave. Lucky Opco LLC, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Via Transportation Network Company, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd. All Grace Construction, 7807 Salmon Drive, Pasco. Pro-X Services LLC, 324 Adair Drive, Richland. M & E Services, 316 S. Neel St. Jovi Concrete LLC, 6305 Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco.

DNL Roofing LLC, 821 Road 46, Pasco. Angela’s Dog Grooming, 6201 W. Clearwater Ave. BIH Construction LLC, 3523 W. Hood Ave. Cobblestone Havens LLC, 1105 W. 10th Ave. NWRPC LLC, 2055 N. Steptoe St. King Roofing LLC, 2302 S. Arthur Loop. Clearwater Lofts LLC, 8804 W. Victoria Ave. Fernando Magana, 36304 S. Gerards Road. C&E Framing LLC, 3605 Estrella Drive, Pasco. KR Painting LLC, 2419 Bramasole Drive, Richland. HJM Consulting LLC, 6924 W. 34th Place. Brothers Cheese Steaks, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Building A. Uniforms NW, Embroidery NW, Embroidery Northwest, 901 Summitview Ave., Yakima. Red Rose Storage, 1423 W. Fourth Ave. Diana Sabalsa, 8236 W. Gage Blvd. The Muldrow House, 505 W. Kennewick Ave. Haylee Rene Barness, 7502 W. Willamette Ave. Olive’s Oddities & More, 814 W. Fifth Ave. Bloom Hair & Beauty, 10 N. Cascade St. Tass Alberto Jose, 5925 W. 17th Ave. Sylvan Learning Center, 81 Keene Road, Richland. Megan Dotson, 127 S. Union St. Colleen Keith, 6749 W. 35th Ave. Market Equipment, 1114 N. Ruby St., Spokane. Dream Catchers Fishing, 46 S. Yelm St. Sylvan Learning Center, 226 4528 W. 26th Ave. Wake Up Inc., 4898 W. Hildebrand Blvd. Jocelyn Williams Esthetics LLC, 5453 Ridgeline Drive. Njayfashion LLC, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave. Cynwear, 1107 S. Harrison St. Ghost Lotus Exotics and Oddities, 817 S. Hartford St. Wake Up Inc., 22 W. Carmichael Drive. Wake Up Inc., 5215 W. Okanogan Ave. Alpine Trucking LLC, 5630 W. 31st Ave. Wake Up Inc., 2000B N. Columbia Center Blvd. Wake Up Inc., 320 N. Ely St. Wake Up Inc., 2615 S. Vancouver St. Wake Up Inc., 2000a N. Columbia Center Blvd. Tri-City Crankshaft LLC, 1010 E. Bruneau Ave. Attention To Detail Bookkeeping, 2115 N. Vermont Loop. John Perry, 3030 W. Fourth Ave. Topline Tires, 206 W. Columbia Drive. Dejulia Elder Law & Estate Planning PLLC, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., #451.

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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 AAA Affordable Mini Storage, 517 N. Johnson St. Windy River Design and Consulting LLC, 1209 S. Garfield St. RTJ Trucking LLC, 524 E. Eighth Ave. Locker 303 LLC, 3030 W. Fourth Ave. Ruckus Contracting LLC, 2127 N. Vermont Loop. Juanito’s Grill, 4812 W. Clearwater Ave. Yayos Trucking LLC, 1221 W. First Ave. Franklin Andre Adams, 225 W. 52nd Ave. Perparim Sylejmani, 6515 W. Clearwater Ave. Jeffrey Leonard Huesties, 8614 W. Canyon Ave. PCH Framing LLC, 8711 Studebaker Drive, Pasco. Bohlke Enterprises LLC, 35 S. Louisiana St. Total Rejuvenation Med Spa LLC, 3220 Road F NE, Moses Lake. Paver Tattoos LLC, 3605 W. Kennewick Ave. Hixon Lending, 8518 W. Gage Blvd. Senior Healthcare Associates, 2105 N. Steptoe St. Ivan Mendoza LLC, 1901 W. Fourth Place. Cleanings Delamora, 1505 S. Road 40 E., Pasco. Amrik Singh, 413 S. Jefferson St. Snow Vending, 7701 W. Fourth Ave. Sips And Snaps, 602 W. 45th Ave. Beni’s Refrigeration & A/C Repairs LLC, 419 E. Q St., Yakima. Colts Painting and Restoration LLC, 3108 S. Lyle St. Victoria Gravenslund Ceramics, 3103 W. 47th Ave. 509 Dance Project, 528 S. Vermont St. Teddy’s Academy Child Care, 4600 W. 14th Ave. Osborne’s Services, 8519 W. Entiat Ave. Lenscrafters #988, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. 2 Partners Cleaning LLP, 3605 Estrella Drive, Pasco. Picnic Vibes Events LLC, 506 S. Juniper St. Ice Harbor Brewing Company, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Battery Systems Inc., 1922 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Commercial Fleet Service LLC, 1625 S. Palouse Place. Landon Law Office, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., #454 China Cafe Express, 201 N. Edison St. Distinctive Homes LLC, 4002 W. 42nd Ave. Paramount Property Management, 2906 S.

Olympia St. DJ O, 7101 W. Hood Place. Say Hola Wealth, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., #440. JLL Appraisal Services LLC, 1101 S. Irving Place. EJ Logistics LLC, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Reclamation Services, 3419 S. Dennis St. Kyle Creative, 8800 W. Deschutes Ave. Buriram Bites, 1775 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. John A. Abasolo, 2206 W. Fifth Ave. Cassy Lee Photography LLC, 3112 S. Waverly St. Frederic Chavez, 116 W. First Ave. Butler Collette & Porter PLLC, 2611 S. Quillan Place. Hadron Intrinsic Consulting, 3121 W. 30th Ave.

PASCO

Kenneth Alexander-Uber, 3615 W. Fourth Place, Kennewick Charles R. Bancroft-Uber, 218 E. Fifth Ave., Kennewick Coria And Sons LLC, 560 N. Venture Road. Nova Cleaning Services, 3521 W. Park St. Lifeline Coffee LLC, 2020 E. Lewis St., Suite 2028B. Coco’s Daycare, 1020 S. Fifth Ave. Garibaldi LLC, 2125 E. Hillsboro St. Miss V’s Daycare, 3415 Hawthorne Lane. Solano Family LLC, 1315 N. Fourth Ave. Michel & Co., 118 N. Fifth Ave. Blue Star Home Inspector LLC, 10107 W. Court St. Alpine Construction & Consulting Inc., 6614 W. Victoria Ave., Kennewick. Alienz Transport, 2104 N. 18th Ave. Quick Fix Auto LLC, 2021 N. Third Ave. Modern Construction-HVAC LLC, 313 Canyon Drive, Prosser. Steel Built Construction LLC, 4512 Palo Verde Court. GRM Transportation LLC, 6320 Wrigley Drive. Platinum Homes Int. LLC, 606 S. Huntington Place, Kennewick. Oldcastle APG Inc., 11919 Harris Road, Suite B. Tri-Cities Pooper Scooper LLC, 719 W. Shoshone St. Precision Power Washing, 9115 Angus Drive. Reparacell, 1999 W. Lewis St., Suite B. Wheco Corp., 525 S. Oregon Ave. Langley Custom Design, 4912 Athens Drive.

Jah Yireh Construction LLC, 402 Maple Ave., Unit 54. Jenny’s Cleaning Company LLC, 1113 E. Eighth Ave., Kennewick. AJ’S HVAC & Electrical LLC, 1201 W. 37th Place, Kennewick. Onsite Innovations LLC, 4808 NW Fruit Valley Road, Vancouver. CRC, 3280 S. Quincy St., Kennewick Beautiful View Landscaping LLC, 2603 E. Adelia St. APH Electric Inc., 2205 Frontage Road. Tabitha Phillips Holistic Health, 6916 W. Argent Road, Suite B. RV American Roofing LLC, 932 S. Eighth Ave. Leticia Martin, 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd. La Herradura Wester Wear, 518 W. Lewis St., Suite 520. Landines, 1923 N. 19th Ave. Expansion Contracting LLC, 820 W. C St. Matheson Painting Inc., 616 S. Road 40 East. Genesis Construction, 1116 W. Columbia Drive, Kennewick. Astudillo’s Lawn Care, 4810 Kalahari Drive. Tri-Cities Powerwashing LLC, 5637 Remington Drive. Blue Moon Painting LLC, 207 E. 11th Ave., Kennewick. Brush Bros Painting LLC, 609 Dahlia St., Milton-Freewater, Oregon. CK Construction Solutions, 1222 N. Sheppard St., Kennewick. Mission Vending LLC, 3218 Paz Court. GMZ Drywall, 1102 E. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Martin Construction Resource LLC, 70150 Highway 50, Tipton, Montana. MZ Granite & Quartz LLP, 2917 W. 19th Ave., #13, Kennewick. Sammy’s Auto Detail LLC, 5520 Buchanan Lane. Andrade, 2420 W. Court St. JC Phone Repair LLC, 1307 W. Court St., #3. High Point Renovation & Roofing LLC, 4215 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick. Ivanko Gardens LLC, 136 Sand Hil Cir, Menlo Park, California. Manny’s Floors LLC, 1105 W. 10th Ave., #D136, Kennewick. Lavender Rooster, 760 Kent Way, Eltopia. Ken Turner, 2110 18th Ave. SE, Seattle. Big Jim’s Concessions, 9740 N. Dos Palos Road, Firebaugh, California. At Home Staffing, 11260 Woodsman Drive. Castilleja’s Bakery, 2120 N. Fourth Ave. Rev1 Mechanical, 910 E. Seventh St., Benton

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City. Bubble Pop Picnic LLC, 5302 Reagan Way. Where Are We Going? Travel Agency LLC, 7803 Thetis Drive. Julia A. Guzman, 203 N. Rowell Ave., Mesa. Dorcas J. Kosgei-Via, 707 S. Jean St., Kennewick. Burger Ranch, 108 S. Oregon Ave. Sandra Jankord-Via, 391 Clemans Drive, Naches. T Bailey Inc., 9628 S. March’s Point Road, Anacortes. Springfield Earthworks LLC, 90 Country Haven Loop. Lupis Beauty Salon LLC, 1124 W. Ainsworth Ave., Bldg. D. Miron Construction Co. Inc., 1471 McMahon Drive, Neenah, Wisconsin. Hot Deals Liquidation LLC, 1124 W. Ainsworth Ave.

RICHLAND

Skinnell Management, 4303 S. Kingwood St., Kennewick. Sage & Sun, 3111 Hendricks Road, Connell. UDR Consulting Inc., 802 E. Martintown Road, North Augusta, South Carolina. Diamond Services LLC, 3312 S. Gum St., Kennewick. NW Tactical, 315 Lakeview Court. Lumio HX Inc., 1550 W. Digital Drive, Lehi, Utah. Country Mobile RV Repair LLC, 1883 W. Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City, Utah. System Design & Integration LLC, 819 Industry Drive, Tukwila. M & M Painting Inc., 5107 Holly Way, West Richland. Oxarc Inc., 4003 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane. Capital Lighting Company Inc., 2105 Inter Ave., Puyallup. Polar Refrigeration Inc., 8819 NE 117th Ave., Suite B, Vancouver. Melendy Entertainment Services, 2555 Duportail St. Eagle Utilities LLP, 3400 Tennessee Walker Ave., West Richland. Apex Mechanical, 1507 SE Eaton Blvd., Battle Ground. Refrigeration Unlimited LLC, 917 Valley Ave. NW, Puyallup. Cumcertare Productions, 220 Casey Ave. Events By Edz LLC, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd.,

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CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY!

#planahead #targetzero

You can MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our community this fall season by committing to ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD.

In Washington it is our goal to have ZERO people in your household be involved in a serious or fatal crash.

THINK AHEAD, whether you are hosting, driving or riding. •

Before celebrating plan a safe and sober ride home.

Offer to be a designated driver.

Don’t let someone get behind the wheel if they have been using alcohol, cannabis or other drugs.

If you see an impaired driver, call 911.

Always wear your seat belt, it is your best defense against impaired drivers.

Provide a safe environment for youth to thrive substance free.

Keep a close eye out for pedestrians.

If you are hosting, make sure to remind your guests to have a sober ride home or offer space for them to stay.

Most adults in Washington do not drive under the influence, yet over 50% of all local fatal crashes are due to driving under the influence.

THANK YOU for keeping our community safe this year and

every year by celebrating responsibly. Remember Washington State’s goal is TARGET ZERO.


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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | NOVEMBER 2022 Kennewick. R.J. Construction Services LLC, dba PNW Construction Services, 9621 N. Indian Trail Road, Spokane. C&H4 LLC, 2548 Casa Bella Ave. J&V Builders LLC, 128 Thunder Bird Way West, Desert Aire. Take Action Physio LLC, 1548 Desert Springs Ave. Goddard Family Homes LLC, 98702 E. Brooklyn Drive, Kennewick. Beltran Partners LLC, 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way, Kennewick. Concrete Elite, 1314 Stevens Drive. Alvarez Quality Construction LLC, 213 S. Owen Ave., Pasco. AK Fashion, 336 Satus St. Madfit Athletics LLC, 451 Westcliffe Blvd. Replenish Me Body Lounge, 1901 George Washington Way. Raincoat Coaching, 563 Charbonneau Drive. Ruben Pro Carpentry LLC, 1006 Adams St. C.K Construction Solutions, 1222 N. Sheppard St., Kennewick., John Matheson, M.D. PLLC, 4680 Rau Lane. Bazaarauto LLC, 713 Jadwin Ave. Satori Ventures, 7820 S. Sunnycrest Road, Seattle. Eagle Signs LLC, 1511 S. Keys Road, Yakima. Scissor-tails LLC, 411 Rossell Ave. Fetch Sam!, 1319 Birch Ave. DB Hubbard LLC, 519 Rome Court. Clean Up Crew, 395 Wright Ave. Freelance Wordsmith, 1900 Stevens Drive. Apelles, 4 E. Fifth Ave., Kennewick. Lihong Photography, 486 Palm Drive. Bruchard Photography, 4677 Highview St. Farron Tattoos LLC, 1309 George Washington Way. MM3 Design Agency LLC, 89 Gage Blvd. Stark Data Services, 2673 Grayhawk Loop. Level Up General Construction, 99304 E Clover Road, Kennewick. Sisu Health Clinic LLC, 945 Stevens Drive. Extra Smile Dental, 2984 Sedona Circle. Nel’s Properties, 2095 Kingston Road. Stewart Far Compliance, Surveillance and Assessments LLC, 2811 Tuscanna Drive. DNCL Construction LLC, 3913 Montgomery Lane, Pasco. LCH Transformations, 4882 Smitty Drive. Paintko LLC, 3608 Morehouse Place, Pasco. Ginger Gypsy Mobile Bar, 104603 E. 1045 PR SE, Kennewick. JP Morgan Chase Bank, 711 Jadwin Ave. CMRR LLC, 6921 W. Willamette Ave., Kennewick. Intangible Media, 575 Columbia Point Drive. Spanky’s Autowash, 2544 Queensgate Drive. 3riverscatalysis, A Sole Proprietorship, 409 Adair Drive. EZ Fix Cell Phone Repair, 1733 George Washington Way. Alboreny, 2449 Bramasole Drive. Rhonda V Urich Insurance Agency Inc., 713 George Washington Way. Great Stones by SS LLC, 808 Madrona Ave., Pasco. McIntosh Health Solutions LLC, 325 Wellsian Way. Brenner Biotech LLC, 3038 Duval Loop. Yellowdoor, 4713 Roark Drive. Fromagerie Walla Walla, 1430 University St., Walla Walla. S&M Farm Labor LLC, 1757 Maui Drive. Rowell Trucking LLC, 1814 N. 13th Ave., Pasco. K9 Creations, 197 Ogden St. Serena Kendall Homes LLC, 1029 Cedar Ave. Omega, 1963 Saint St. Kaizen Construction and Development LLC, 8829 W. Imnaha Court, Kennewick. Charmers, 3647 Nottingham Drive. MEC, 345 Hills St. Keredu Drive LLC, 3012 W. Agate St., Pasco. Galin Drywall LLC, 1021 S. 10th St., Sunnyside. Azalia Acosta, 2817 S. Cedar St., Kennewick. House To Home Contracting LLC, 917 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick.

WEST RICHLAND

Walkthooz, 4821 Starburst Court. D.M. Grant Concrete and Construction Inc., 7022 W. 13th Ave., Kennewick. Division 7, 1625 S. Palouse Place, Kennewick. Works For Me LLC, 8522 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick. Jeiden Construction LLC, 3525 E. A St., Pasco. Fowler General Construction Inc., 2161 Henderson Loop, Richland. Advanced Foundation Supports LLC, 22102 Spruce Drive, Monroe. Fonns Fresh, 5399 W. Van Giesen St. Viktor’s Finish & Flooring, 1505 S. Coulee Vista Drive, Kennewick. Budget Construction, 22911 E. Peach Drive, Benton City. Systems 4 Support LLC, 5605 Kenra Loop. King Roofing LLC, 2302 S. Arthur Loop, Kennewick.

Carol Buck Interpreting, 3504 Mount Anderson Court. Living Waters Kitchens & Remodel LLC, 2821 W. Pearl St., Pasco. Eagles Quality Painting LLC, 1505 S. Road 40 East, Pasco. Fate Painting LLC, 35703 N. Flagstone Drive, Benton City. Aileen’s Party Rental, 407 S. Hugo Ave., Pasco. C&R Concrete LLC, 516 Liberty St., Walla Walla. Raphael Acuna, 2555 Bella Coola Lane, Richland. CPH Painting LLC, 925 N. Elm Ave., Pasco. Pa Que Vuelva, 6506 Morrison St. VA Designs LLC, 524 Athens Drive. L&C All Shine Cleaning Service LLC, 8310 Ballard Loop, Richland. I Am Enough, 6327 Meyers St. Noble HVAC Services, 920 N. Road 44, Pasco. Dotson Physiotherapy, 2003 N. Bell St., Spokane Valley. Windy River Design and Consulting LLC, 1209 S. Garfield St., Kennewick. Rock Lion Concrete LLC, 419 Madrona Ave., Pasco. Miss Alyssa’s Cleaning, 212 S. Cedar Ave., Pasco. Arias Lawn Care, 210 Opal St., Grandview. C&R Painting LLC, 109 Harrison Place, Burbank. Top Tier Excavation LLC, 3508 Serena Lane, Pasco. Enedalia Ochoa Suarez, 1019 S. Beech St., Kennewick. 70 Welding and Remodeling LLC, 2250 S. Zillah Place, Kennewick. JR Electric LLC, 57 N. Quebec St., Kennewick. ABM General Contractor LLC, 1402 S. Gum St., Kennewick. Romero Construction & Services LLC, 3425 E. A St., Pasco. Domino’s, 4001 Kennedy Road. Inland Mechanical Inc., 3095 Kingsgate Way, Richland. Turping Construction LLC, 3309 S. Buntin St., Kennewick. Valley Wide Cooperative - Grandview Retail, 940 E. Wine Country Road, Grandview. Bridges Forward 7, W. 49th Ave., Kennewick.

uJUDGMENTS 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.

TGM Motorsports, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 5. Boon Edam Inc., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 6. Harvest Plus LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 6. Car Door Auto Repair LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 6. Thomasson Double T Dairy, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 6. TGM Motorsports, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 6. Pasco Xpress Mart LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 6. Aguilar Drywall Contractors LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 10. CRS Crossroad Services LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 10. Loeza & Associates LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 10. AE Express Trucking LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 11. B3Intelligence Ltd., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 11. Concrete Unlimited LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 11. EJ Construction, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 11. Rivera Investments LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 11. Panchos Heating and Cooling LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 12. Wind River Concrete LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 18. Manson Bay Suites LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 18. Sunrise Quality Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 18. Harper Road LLP, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 18. Jose A. Ortega, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 18. Christina M. Franklin, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 20. Sunrise Quality Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 20. Premium Pressure LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 26. Voltage Electric LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 26.

EJ Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Oct. 28. Essential Planning Inc., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Oct. 28.

uLIQUOR LICENSES BENTON COUNTY NEW

Salud Bar & Kitchen, 50 Comstock St., Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver-in/ out WA; spirits/beer/wine, restaurant lounge+. Application type: new. Jen Smoke & Gift Shop, 2404 W. Kennewick Ave. License type: beer/wine specialty shop; SLS spirits retailer. Swift Stop, 2110 Swift Blvd., Richland. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: assumption. Farh Thai, 5601 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite, 112, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. IHOP, 6511 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. Ice Harbor Brewing Company, 10 E. Bruneau Ave., Bldg. C, Kennewick. License type: microbrewery; direct shipment receiver-in WA only; curbside/delivery endorsement; cocktails/wine to-go; growlers curbside/delivery; spirits/beer/ wine restaurant lounge+; kegs to go. Application type: new.

APPROVED

Aquilini Brands USA, 63615 E. Jacobs Road NE, Unit C, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. 7-Eleven #26099K, 1540 Jadwin Ave., Richland. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: assumption. El Compadre, 2100 N. Belfair St., Kennewick. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: new. Kestrel Vintners, 2890 Lee Road, Prosser. License type: domestic winery >249,000 liters. Application type: change of corporate officer.

FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW

Dog Haus, 7425 Sandifur Parkway, Suite 102, Pasco. License type: direct shipment receiverin WA only; curbside/delivery endorsement; cocktails/wine to-go; growlers curbside/delivery; spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: new. Pasco IHOP, 5015 Road 68, Pasco. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. Conquer Meals, 2532 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: new.

APPROVED

Rocco’s Pizza, 6415 Burden Blvd., Pasco.

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License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: change of corporate officer. Chipotle Mexican Grill, 5326 Road 68, Pasco. License type: snack bar. Application type: new. Magill’s Restaurant & Catering, 3214 Road 68, Pasco. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only; added/change of class/in lieu.

YAKIMA COUNTY NEW

Valley Wide Cooperative – Grandview Retail, 940 E. Wine Country Road, Grandview. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: assumption.

uMARIJUANA LICENSES BENTON COUNTY NEW

Ababa LLC, 41305 N. Griffin Road, Suite E, Grandview. License type: cannabis producer tier 2. Application type: assumption.

APPROVED

Akule Street LLC, 125498 W. McCreadie Road, Prosser. License type: cannabis producer tier 2. Application type: change of location.

uBUSINESS UPDATES NEW

Popcorn Northwest, formerly KC Kettle Corn, is now open at 624 George Washington Way, Richland. The shop features a variety of popcorn flavors like caramel, cheese and movie theater and offers popcorn tastings, specialty flavors and hand-dipped caramel apples. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Contact: 509947-3262. Luna Wellness Center has opened at 3330 W. Court St., Suite H, Pasco. It offers an apothecary, crystals and supplies for spiritual needs. The owners of Moonlight Wicks, and Broomsticks Apothecary combined to open the center. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Wednesday. Contact: 509-792-1090. Farh Thai has opened at 5601 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 112, Kennewick. The restaurant, formerly the Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, serves pho, curry, noodle, stir fry dishes. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Contact: farhthairestaurant. com; 509-734-2437.

NEW LOCATION

Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened at 5326 N. Road 68 in Pasco. Hours are 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.


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