Journal of Business - September 2022

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September 2022 Volume 21 | Issue 9

Restaurant owners feel pinch of food inflation By Laura Kostad

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business


Parade of Homes Magazine

Education & Training

Math enthusiasts hope to multiply their ranks Page A23

Real Estate & Construction

National used car chain expanding to the Tri-Cities Page B1

NOTEWORTHY “The stakes are high for the futures of our young people. They are also high for the economy of the greater Tri-Cities.” - D. Patrick Jones

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Price inflation has spiraled upward in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fallout from lockdowns compounded over the intervening months with the effects of other unexpected events on the world stage is leading to shortages and subsequent price hikes. Though inflation is felt by everyone across all sectors, perhaps nowhere does it hit harder than at the register for what directly sustains a person: food. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food was 10.9% higher in July 2022 compared to July 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Price Outlook for 2022-23. The report provides figures for “food-athome”– purchased from a grocery store or supermarket – and “food-away-from-home” bought from restaurants. Food-at-home is up 13.1% over July 2021, while food-away-from-home is up 7.6% over the same period. The annual inflation rate for the U.S. from July 2021 to July 2022 was 8.5% overall. For 2023, prices are expected to climb an additional 2% to 3% for food-at-home and 3% to 4% for food-away-from-home. As Susanne Ayala, owner of Ciao Wagon food truck, Ciao Trattoria and Ciao Catering in Pasco, said that although consumers might be paying 7.6% more for food-away-from-home, the figures are more inflated in restaurant owners’ account books. “(Our prices are) still way below what (they) should be because what’s out in the media is not keeping up with the true rate of inflation,” she said. “The things that drive our industry – proteins, dairy, fuel – all those things are individually seeing higher increases … and consumers are expecting (an 8.5%) increase,” she said. Restaurant food is not only a synthesis of inuFOOD INFLATION, Page A4

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Rob Welch, left, and David Rose, both ex-Richland mayors as well as business owners, are restarting the Richland Chamber of Commerce. The original merged with the Kennewick Chamber of Commerce in 2005 to form the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Ex-Richland mayors revive the chamber of commerce By Wendy Culverwell

A pair of Richland business owners and former mayors is reviving the Richland Chamber of Commerce to restore the local connection between business and city hall. The Richland and the Kennewick chambers merged in 2005 to form the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, a move calculated to give the Mid-Columbia’s business community a bigger voice at the state level. The regional chamber fills a need, but the consolidation left a void in hyper local networking, according to David Rose and

Rob Welch, the two men driving the effort. They say they miss the opportunity to network with fellow business owners, to know city leaders by name and to hear from city staff about what’s happening in the community. Most cities, large and small, have chambers. Richland needs one, they say. There are more than 200 individual chambers in Washington state. “We want the mom-and-pop business owner to know who the fire chief is,” said Welch, who owns a heating and air conditioning business. uRICHLAND CHAMBER, Page A5

WorkSource: where employers and job seekers connect By Wendy Culverwell

The flyers were printed and posted online and anywhere prospective workers might be found. “Job Fair,” it read, against a red background matching the logo of Miramar Health Center, which was hosting the fair. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, which operates the clinic near Kennewick’s Vista Field, was not coy about its need for staffers. The clinic is hiring at all levels. Job seekers would be interviewed on the spot and potentially get job offers there too. Being bilingual was a plus. The clinic opened about a year ago and

wants to expand. It needs nurses, medical technicians, IT workers and maintenance staff. Recruiters Maria Zuniga and Tony Jiminez sat at a table by the entrance, company swag spread out before them at the Sept. 6 job fair. At the next table, Carya Baer and Ruby Aleman from WorkSource Columbia Basin sat behind a bank of laptops, a visible link to the job agency’s vast network of resources for both job seekers and employers. Candidates were slow to come in, but the recruiters were unconcerned. “Even if just one person shows up, that’s a success,” Zuniga said. uWORKSOURCE, Page A37

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Longtime health officer resigns to take state job BFHD seeks applications to expand its board By Kristina Lord

Dr. Amy Person, the longtime health officer of the Benton-Franklin Health District, has stepped down to serve as a regional medical officer for the state Department of Health. Jason Zaccaria, district administrator for the health district, said Person was “a shining example” of how public health can change the lives of people, from easing those who are in pain to implementing policies to improve the lives of families. “She leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten, and we look forward to continuing our relationship as she embraces her new role and continues to create pos-

itive change,” he said. Her last day was Aug. 31. Person said leaving the health district was a difficult decision. “Navigating Dr. Amy Person the challenges of the pandemic over the last 2 1/2 years, I have been reminded every day of the commitment of BFHD staff to preserving the health of the community and it has been a privilege to lead these dedicated professionals. “I am grateful as well for the countless community members who were willing and able to look beyond themselves to care for and about their fellow residents through these difficult times. With this new role, I look forward to joining

an organization that values the skills that I can bring to the job,” she said.

Interim health officer Dr. Larry Jecha, the district’s health officer for 23 years who preceded Person, has been hired as interim health officer until a permanent replacement is found. “We dragged him out of retirement,” Zaccaria said. Jecha has filled similar roles around the region for years, including at the Yakima Health District, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and health districts in Garfield and Columbia counties. The BFHD job has been posted and is budgeted for 32 hours to 40 hours per week and offers an opportunity for hybrid remote work. The role of a health officer is to identify community health needs and offer programs to meet those needs, and to

enforce state public health statutes and all local health regulations within the district, with an emphasis on communicable disease control and environmental health.

Regional role The state formed four new regional health districts to help counties coordinate services to better support county health officials. The regional offices will provide additional infrastructure to implement the state Department of Health’s priorities and support health across the state. The regional medical officers will work with local health and tribal leaders to guide and support key science, health, and medical needs across the regions and state. Person will oversee Region 2 – Eastern Plains, which covers Benton, FrankuBFHD, Page A10

Aha! Airlines, Pasco’s connection to Reno, shuts down By Wendy Culverwell

Aha! Airlines, which launched service from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to small markets such as the Tri-Cities last fall, shut down abruptly Aug. 22 as ExpressJet, its Atlanta-based parent, filed for protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. The startup airline provided a weekly flight between the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Its inaugural flight to Pasco on Oct. 24, 2021, was greeted with much fanfare and a water cannon salute when it arrived. It was the smallest of the six airlines serving the Tri-Cities, carrying 1,296 passengers in the first six months of the year,

according to statistics maintained by the Port of Pasco, which owns and operates the regional airport. Buck Taft, the airport’s director, said the port is disappointed that Aha! didn’t succeed, but that it won’t distract from efforts to secure routes to Chicago, Dallas, Denver and other important hubs. He estimates Aha! owes about $25,000 in rent for the use of the airport terminal. The remaining five airlines carry a far greater share of passengers. Delta Airlines carried more than 75,500 passengers in the first six months, Alaska Airlines carried 56,550, United Airlines carried 22,850, Allegiant Air carried 18,950 and Avelo Airlines carried 9,600. ExpressJet Airlines listed between $10 million and $50 million in both debts and

assets in its bankruptcy petition. Its largest unsecured debts included a $10 million Paycheck Protection Program loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration and a $4 million CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act loan from the U.S. Treasury. Both programs offer loan forgiveness. The bankruptcy petition did not address the potential for its loans to be forgiven. Pasco was not among the top 20 unsecured creditors. In subsequent filings, ExpressJet asked the court to cancel its leases at numerous sites, including the Pasco Airport and at Bergstrom Aviation. ExpressJet filed under Chapter 11, which typically suggests a bankrupt company intends to reorganize and continue

to operate. However, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the company said it intended to liquidate. In a statement to customers, Aha! advised passengers to contact their credit card companies to obtain refunds for tickets for travel after Aug. 22. It offered no assistance with booking new travel arrangements. Aha! catered to leisure travelers in small markets with a model that included hotel packages. In addition to Pasco, it served Bakersfield, California; Medford-Ashland, Oregon; Eugene-Springfield, Oregon; Ontario, California; Redmond-Bend, Oregon; Eureka-Arcata, California; and Fresno-Yosemite, California. It announced the addition of Idaho Falls on Aug. 11.



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gredients, but also a global supply chain powered by fossil fuels which transports from all around the world food, takeout containers, paper products, disposable cutlery, cleaning supplies, uniforms, backoffice supplies and other items supporting restaurant operations. When links in that chain are disrupted – examples include this year’s outbreak of avian flu among commercial poultry flocks and the war in Ukraine impacting grain exports – it results in the increased price of those goods and others linked to them. “There have always been fluctuations and volatility … it didn’t hit me in the side of the face, but when I made my orders, it was gradually getting to be more and more despite not changing the quantity,” said Keith Moon, owner of Tumbleweeds in Richland. A few examples he mentioned: fresh chicken now typically runs $200 for a 40-pound case, when previously it was $95 to $110. Shortening for fryers ran about $20 for 35 pounds two years ago, now it’s $55. The price of cheese has gone from $50 to $70 for Moon. Another factor affecting the cost of restaurant food is increased overhead expenses such as rent hikes based on real estate appreciation trends, market demand and increased construction costs, as well as business licensing, insurance and gas for food trucks or delivery vehicles. Meanwhile, employees are seeing their buying power diminish in the face of inflation, leading to larger annual cost of living bumps and motivation to seek higher paid work. Raising wages to retain employees adds to the cost as well. “When a customer looks at my menu, they expect a $10 item to go up to about $11, but that doesn’t take into account all those inputs compounding,” Ayala said. “It really ties our hands in the industry because we can’t charge what we need to charge to cover our costs.” The reason is customers have a choice, said Shirley Simmons, co-owner of CG Public House & Catering in Kennewick. “Eventually, people will stop coming into the restaurant and instead, either by necessity or choice, cook more at home and eating out will become more of a luxury,” she said. The challenge is finding a happy medium between the full cost and the price

Photo by Kristina Lord Keith Moon, owner of Tumbleweeds in Richland, notes that prices have gone up significantly for fresh chicken, cheese and shortening.

customers will absorb, while keeping the business solvent. Unfortunately, when customer wallets are stretched thin by inflation in other areas, their ability to absorb price increases shrinks. Restaurant owners are left to their creativity and ingenuity to cope.

Rising to the challenge Ayala, Moon and Simmons all say businesses that survived the Covid-19 pandemic were primed by adversity to face this new challenge. Each is confronting inflation with a different tactic. Moon has focused on subtle menu tweaks to enhance efficiency and cut costs. He rotates where on the menu he focuses his changes. This time it was entrees, last time it was sides. He switched to using eight-inch tortillas for crisp burritos instead of 10-inchers that had to be cut down, which wasted food and took up shelf space. Moon also deployed eight-inch shells for Tumbleweeds’ taco salads and adjusted lettuce portions to fit the new size. It has been well received, he said. In addition, the smaller salad fits in a smaller takeout container, translating to more savings. “Post-Covid, our business has evolved to virtually 80% takeout,” he said. So, trimming costs on containers makes a difference. He also has reviewed appropriate ingredient portioning with employees. On the flip side, Simmons said she doesn’t want to compromise on portion

size, something CG is known for. Instead, she opted to remove menu items such as Dungeness crab, which she knows won’t sell at a higher price and would go to waste. She said some things will have to be substituted come Thanksgiving due to the looming avian flu-driven turkey shortage. “It might be ham and sides for Thanksgiving. We’re going to have our big celebration and the community expects it and we’ll do our hassle-free meals, but it may not be turkey,” she said. She said the catering side has stayed strong by pivoting to to-go meals during the pandemic. Meanwhile, CG’s Bite at the Landing in Columbia Park has been challenged by the wet spring and hot summer, which reduced traffic at the park. Ayala, who started Ciao with a food truck, said it’s harder to raise prices for togo orders since she can’t provide a restaurant experience along with it. Ciao Trattoria has held ticketed events centered around enhanced experiences to drive traffic. Its most recent was “Arias in the Alleyway,” an outdoor Euro-inspired opera and wine event. Coming out of the pandemic, she said conditions have improved for food trucks, which are now in such high demand that venues often pay a deposit and guarantee a minimum number of customers to draw them to their facilities. She noted that “surrounding communities are struggling even worse than Tri-Cities … Walla Walla has few food trucks and caterers now,” and she has seen an uptick in requests. Incidentally, Moon said, “We are expanding this next year, not in a traditional way – we are building a food truck … We will be able to meet customers where they are, instead of right now, they have to make a decision to come here with high gas prices.” The truck will launch in March 2023. “The other day I heard in a podcast that it’s better to respond than to react,” Moon said. “Emotional reactions tend to spur a response, so take a minute to breathe and come to a more intentional decision.” Simmons confirmed the value of experience. “We’ve just made it work … Anything anyone’s learned through all this is how to reinvent themselves.”

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 RICHLAND CHAMBER, From page A1 ment. Both recall the supportive relationships they developed through the original The revived chamber is relaunching Richland chamber. Restarting it is their with a luncheon on Sept. 20 at 3 Margift to the future and those who want garitas, 627 Jadwin Ave. Reservations are required. Call 509-987-4003 or email Richland-focused events, from meetings Welch at for to ribbon cuttings to holiday soirees. “This is for the next generation,” said information or to attend. Richland police Welch, who is selling Welch Heating & Chief Brigit Clary is the featured guest. Air Conditioning. He expects to keep Rose and Welch say it will be up to working as a consultant. Welch, who the future board to set a direction, but the served on the city council in the early present plan is to meet regularly on the 2000s, including two terms as mayor, second Tuesday of each month. found he longed for the supportive conThe Tri-City Regional Chamber said it nections the old Richland chamber foshas no position on the revived Richland tered. chamber. “I’ve missed that camaraderie and Rose and Welch say they’ve been friendship. It’s hard running a business,” heartened by the support of the area’s he said. smaller chambers and are not in conflict Rose, owner of Northwest Rentals and with the regional group. a host of other businesses, is semi-retired The Pasco and West Richland chambers of commerce did not merge into the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber and continue to operate within their respective cities. To Rose and Welch, they are models for the new Richland version. Colin Hastings, executive director of the Pasco chamber, welcomes the revived chapter and said the Tri-City business organizations have a history of cooperating on joint ventures such as October’s RiverFest event. Pasco voted against joining the regional chamber to preserve its agricultural identity. Having its own chamber preserves Pasco’s voice within the city, he added. The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce supports the effort and is helping with administration until it gets on its feet, said May Hays, executive director. The regional chamber does an excellent job of advocating for the Tri-Cities, but she said there’s room for a businessoriented group that focuses on city-specific issues. Rose and Welch both are longtime business owners on the cusp of retire-


2022 apple crop will be smaller

Washington’s celebrated apple industry is projected to produce 108.7 million 40-pound boxes in 2022, an 11.1% decrease from 2021’s 122.3 million boxes. The Washington State Tree Fruit Association said it is pleased with the harvest given the long, cold spring. “Growing seasons are never the same and currently many WSTFA members are still evaluating the impact of prolonged cold weather,” said Jon DeVaney, president. The top five varieties comprise the majority of the harvest, with Gala leading production at 20%, followed by Red Delicious and Honeycrisp each at 14%, Granny Smith at 13.4% and Fuji at 12.7%. Cosmic Crisp, the newest offering from Washington, represents 4.6% of the harvest, up from 3.2% in 2021. Washington apples are sold in 40 countries and are the state’s leading agricultural product. Harvest estimates are based on a survey of WSTFA members.

and weary of spending weekday afternoons watching reruns of “Gunsmoke” on television. He missed being involved in the life and gossip of the community. When Welch called to ask about restarting the chamber, it was an idea he’d been toying with. The two began meeting and recruited an accountant, who filed the paperwork to create the new entity. The new Richland chamber does not yet have a website or an email of its own. It does have a pair of oversized scissors ready for ceremonial ribbon cuttings. The meetings with Welch and with neighboring chambers helped both men reconnect with the community and relearn the value of seeing leaders face to face. Rose said he visited with business, port and city officials he hadn’t talked to since he left the city council in 2018.


They both recently toured the new Richland City Hall, built on Swift Boulevard after they left office. Their work to restart the chamber opened the door for a glimpse at the new center of municipal government, they said. Rose said there are plenty of activities a small chamber can take on to foster community pride. In the 1980s, he managed the former Richland chamber’s parade float, which appeared at events around the region. The tradition disappeared and he donated it to the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Membership will be open to all businesses, but the focus will be on Richland and fostering conversations between business and the city.





SEPT. 15

• Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village Phase Two Ribbon Cutting: 2 p.m., 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way, Kennewick. RSVP via email to ColumbiaGardens@ • Virtual PTAC Workshop, “PTAC/Small Business Development Center Business Roundtable”: 9-10 a.m. Free forum on government contracting and how to grow your business. Register at events. • Columbia Basin Badger Club: noon via Zoom. Hear from Benton County prosecutor candidates Eric Eisinger and Ryan Lukson. Register at Cost is $5 for nonmembers. • Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours - Bookwalter Winery: 4-6 p.m., 1695 Malibu PR, Richland. Networking event for chamber members and their guests. Details at • 27th annual All Senior Picnic: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Drive, Richland. Cost: $5. Buy tickets at Pasco Parks & Recreation, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco; Southridge Events & Sports

Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick; Richland Community

SEPT. 16-18

• Parade of Homes: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour four new homes in person, two virtually. Tickets are $10 and are available at local Circle K stores.

SEPT. 18

• Cancer Crushing Challenge, 10K road to river run/walk: 7 a.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive. Register or donate at Benefits the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.

SEPT. 21

• Tri-City Women in Business Conference and Athena Awards Luncheon: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register at tricityregionalchamber. com/women-in-business.

SEPT. 22

• CBC Student Recreation Center open house: 4-6 p.m., 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. • “Machine Learning for Energy Storage Materials”: 11 a.m. webinar from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via Zoom. Details at pnnl.

gov/events. • Sunset Soirée: 6 p.m., John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland. Guests will enjoy al fresco dining as they learn more about Columbia Industries’ Opportunity Kitchen food service training program for individuals with employment barriers. Benefit dinner helps provide scholarships for students enrolled in the program. Buy tickets at

SEPT. 24

• Equilus For the Love of Classics - Classic Car Meet: 1-4 p.m., Cynergy Center parking lot, 4309 W. 27th Place, Kennewick.

SEPT. 27

• Community ConversationsCampaign Kick-off Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., 401 N. Young St., United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. Register at

OCT. 7-9

Fall Home Show: HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. 10 a.m.6. p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $8, kids 16 and under are free.

OCT. 8

• RiverFest: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Columbia Park, Kennewick. Celebrate our rivers and learn why hydropower is important. Call 509547-9755 or go to

OCT. 13

• Career & Internship Fair: 11 a.m.3 p.m., Consolidated Information Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2770 Crimson Way, Richland. Register at tricities.wsu. edu/careerfair22.

OCT. 14

• Hearts Are Wild Gala: 6 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Buy tickets at HeartsWildGala. A benefit for Junior Achievement.

OCT. 26

• Conflict resolution seminar: 1-4 p.m., RBC Wealth Management, 7139 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 101, Kennewick. Presented by Paul Casey of Growing Forward services. Buy tickets at growingforwardservices. net.


OPINION OUR VIEW Student test scores demand concern, then action By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Recent reports about dismal K-12 test scores should raise alarm in our business community. Nationwide, elementary school math and reading scores fell to levels unseen in 32 years, according to the recently released National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test, known as the “nation’s report card.” Average scores for 9-year-old students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020. The scores weren’t better in our TriCity schools. The results of the first post-pandemic standardized testing reveal that fewer than one in five 10th-graders in the greater Tri-Cities are meeting math standards. In Franklin County, the rate drops to one in seven, according to data from Benton-Franklin Trends. Prior to the pandemic, fewer than one in three 10th-graders in Benton and Franklin counties were able to meet or exceed state math standards. This is a drop of almost 13 percentage points in two years and represents the lowest share of students meeting math standards since the state moved to the common core-based SBA computerized test. Patrick Jones, executive director for Eastern Washington University’s

Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis, delves into the test data on page A29. A recent study, “The Economic Impacts of Learning Losses,” suggests a less skilled work force could lead to lower rates of national economic growth. A loss of one-third of a year in effective learning could lower a country’s GDP by an average of 1.5% over the remainder of the century, according to the report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. We realize test scores don’t and can’t reveal a complete picture of students’ academic or future success. But they can point out trends. The Covid-19 pandemic forced students into remote-learning classrooms with little notice. The shift to online learning wasn’t a smooth or easy transition for students, teachers, or parents. As more data emerges, we also should be concerned about the emotional toll the pandemic took on our young people. We know the Tri-Cities has many passionate teachers and administrators, and we hope the return to school this fall brings a renewed passion and focus on what’s happening in the classroom. Reversing the pandemic’s damage won’t happen overnight but we hope strides can be made to help students catch up. There’s no time to waste.


Washington employers on edge as uncertainty swirls Is the U.S. economy headed into a recession? Has inflation peaked? When will the labor market ease? While economists debate Kris Johnson questions like Association of these, it’s helpful Washington to hear from Business employers on the GUEST COLUMN ground, the men and women who own and operate businesses throughout Washington state. That’s why AWB staff spent the summer collecting information from employers through a variety of channels, including a series of in-person meetings held throughout the state, as well as a new quarterly employer survey. That information, combined with fresh data from the AWB Institute’s economic dashboard called the Vitals, shows that employers continue to face challenges from inflation, a lack of qualified workers, supply chain disruptions, and a challenging tax and cost environment. At the same time they’re growing more concerned about the possibility of a recession. In short, it remains a challenging, complex –and anxious – time to run a business. Our first set of data came from a road trip. In July and August, AWB staff traveled the state to visit with employers and

business leaders in their hometowns. The meetings were focused on three main topics: people, power and production. People, or ensuring a skilled workforce, remains a top concern for a majority of Washington employers, despite the rise in inflation and signs of a cooling economy. At every stop, employers told us they continue to have a hard time finding qualified workers. Many are raising wages, offering new benefits, and adopting flexible schedules in an effort to attract staff. Power, or the rising cost of energy, is an issue that’s only going to increase in importance in the coming years. Many employers report rising energy costs already, and few said they were prepared for the surge in fuel prices coming next year as Washington’s cap-and-trade system goes into effect. Production of items made in Washington is at the center of the state’s goal to double manufacturing over a 10-year period. It’s an ambitious goal, and it’s intertwined with people and power. If Washington is going to double manufacturing, we’re going to need more workers. And we’re going to need to preserve the competitive advantage that low-cost power has long provided to Washington. The second data set comes from a new round of survey responses. In the latest AWB employer survey, conducted over a two-week period in July and August, uJOHNSON, Page A8

Dry rivers hint at Snake River’s future without dams If you want a glimpse of parched river bottoms behind “would be breached” lower Snake River dams, look at recent photos of European rivers and lakes. Along parts of the picturesque Rhine River, there is often more dry land than flowing water. Europe is in the clutches of another drought, its second since 2018. It is so severe that countries across the continent are imposing water restrictions. There are massive fish kills and desiccated croplands. Shipping is endangered on the Rhine and Danube rivers and barges have dramatically lightened loads. It is an ugly mess. For Germany, the drought is bad timing. It fired up coal power plants to offset Russia’s restricted natural gas supplies. The drought is exacerbating an even bigger crisis for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, which is already facing the risk of recession because of an energy crisis, high inflation and supply chain bottlenecks. In the Pacific Northwest, we are fortu-

nate. Most parts have avoided severe drought, and our reservoirs have adequate water storage, thanks, in large part, to a network Don C. Brunell of dams and Business analyst storage reserGUEST COLUMN voirs stretching from Montana and Idaho to seaports in Washington and Oregon. The four Lower Snake River dams are integral to Columbia-Snake River system. But if Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Mike Simpson have their way, they will be senselessly demolished. Their plan is estimated to cost between $10.3 billion and $27.2 billion. (See related story on page B9.) The network of dams is an efficient marine highway. It is the most environmentally friendly way to move cargo from

Lewiston to Astoria. A tug pushing a barge can haul a ton of wheat 576 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Ten percent of all Northwest exports pass through the lower Snake River dams. They generate $20 billion in trade, commerce and recreation income. Water from their reservoirs nourishes thousands of farms, orchards and vineyards. Billions of dollars have been paid by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) ratepayers to improve fish passages and spawning habitat throughout the Columbia-Snake River system is now paying off. Salmon are returning from the ocean to spawn above the dams. It wasn’t always that way. In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon, dubbed Lonesome Larry, managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. By 2011, the Idaho Fish and Game Department reported that 1,070 sockeyes returned to Redfish to spawn. The Lower Snake River dams provide

enough electricity for 1.87 million homes when generating at full capacity. On average, they contribute 5% of the Northwest’s electricity supply. As Inslee pushes to adopt electric vehicles, having an adequate and reliable supply of electricity to charge batteries is vital. The lower Snake River Dams are integral to that network. Replacing their power output would take two nuclear plants, three coal-fired generators or six-gas fired electric facilities and it would be hugely expensive. In 2015, BPA estimated it would add 12%15% to household and business electric bills. According to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, removing the Snake River dams would add between 3 million and 4.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to Northwest skies each year. That’s because the carbon-free power these dams provide would have to be replaced, in large part, by carbon-emitting, gas-fired facilities. uBRUNELL, Page A8



JOHNSON, From page A7 employers once again said that inflation (68%) and lack of qualified workers (65%) remained their top two concerns, consistent with an earlier survey conducted in the spring. But the fear of a recession was growing, with nearly three-quarters of employers saying they were very or somewhat concerned about it. While only 3% of employers reported making layoffs, 15% said they delayed hiring because of recession concerns, and more than one-third of respondents said they delayed making capital expenditures. Our final data set comes from the Vitals, an online dashboard that tracks economic progress on nearly three dozen categories – everything from population

growth to high school graduation rates – down to the county level. Updated numbers from the Vitals shows that Washington’s taxable retail sales grew at an annual rate of 10.7% in the first quarter, down slightly from 12.2% growth the previous quarter. Some counties saw strong growth, including Pend Oreille (45%), Skamania (40.5%), Franklin (37%), Ferry (28%) and Douglas (26%). Only two of Washington’s 39 counties recorded lower retail sales. That’s mostly good news, but the Vitals also show there was no growth in quarterly employment for the state as a whole between the first and second quarter, and 28 of 39 counties saw drops in average quarterly employment. The national and state unemployment rates remain extremely low, but this is a data

point worth monitoring. Also worth watching: Workforce participation rates have decreased slightly since 2019 and the total number of Washington residents employed last year was 641 fewer than our pre-pandemic total. It’s well known that employers crave certainty and predictability, two things that have been in short supply during the last two-and-a-half years. This is why we need new and better solutions to the issues facing employers, and why employers need us to be champions for the economy. search For more information on the Vitals, visit Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.

BRUNELL, From page A7 For those of us remembering the government’s experimental 1992 reservoir drawdowns of the Lower Granite and Little Goose dams and the ugly mess it created, dam removal is an unsightly and costly option. We are fortunate our region has its dams. Thankfully, we do not have water shortages this year and there is enough for fish, farms, electricity and barging – something European leaders wish they had. 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


Energy Solutions Summit is Nov. 8-9 in Kennewick

The Association of Washington Business hosts the Energy Solutions Summit Nov. 8-9 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The summit addresses the future of energy in Washington state, where the hydroelectric dams on the Snake River are under threat. Go to for registration and program information.

Fuse Funds leads $500K funding for local startup

Fuse Fund, a Richland-based group of investors, led a $500,000 funding round to help a local startup deploy its first commercial hydrogen generator. STARS Technology was founded in 2017 to commercialize hydrogen production technology licensed from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Fuse invested $150,000 in STARS and worked with other investors, bringing the total to more than $500,000. The STARS hydrogen generator unit operates with a combination of natural gas, water and electricity. Its first generator is being deployed by Southern California Gas Co. at its SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California. The technology will provide hydrogen for SunLine’s fuel cell buses. SoCalGas also announced it would partner with Ford Motor Co. to demonstrate a fleet of For F550 SuperDuty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Trucks. PNNL called STARS pioneers in the realization of a viable clean hydrogen economy. “We applaud the work by Bob Wegeng and his team at STARS in translating cutting-edge, taxpayer-funded PNNL research into economic impact,” said Christina Lomasney, PNNL’s director of commercialization.

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BFHD, From page A3 lin, Walla Walla, Adams, Columbia, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Asotin and Garfield counties. Her role will be to provide evidencebased public health insights within the region and area of expertise including key response challenges during emergencies. She plans to remain in the Tri-Cities. Person started her position as the health officer for BFHD in October 2011. She has a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, a master’s degree in health care informatics and a certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin. She is

board-certified in pediatrics. Prior to joining the health district, Person provided clinical pediatric care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for 18 years, primarily addressing the health care needs of underserved adolescents and children.

BFHD board to expand As the Benton-Franklin Health District searches for Person’s permanent replacement, it also seeks four additional members to serve on its board, a new requirement passed by the state Legislature in 2021. The current board is made up of elected county commissioners: Benton County Commissioners Will McKay (serving as vice chair), Jerome Delvin and Shon Small; and Franklin County Commissioners Rocky Mullen (serving as chair),

Brad Peck and Clint Didier. HB 1152 aims to eliminate politics from local public health boards by requiring that they include a balance of elected officials and nonelected people who have a diversity of expertise and life experience, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane. “We have seen all too clearly what happens when politics infects public health. Whether it is in Spokane, Yakima, or Pierce County, we need to ensure that our health boards put science, medicine, people, and public health over politics,” he said in a statement. “Everyone everywhere in Washington should be able to rely on a standard level of public health.” One member will be appointed by the American Indian Health Commission. One must be a health care provider

and one must be a community stakeholder. The fourth new member must be a consumer of public health. This may be a resident who has faced significant health inequities or has experiences with public health-related programs. People from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities are encouraged to serve. The new members will serve two-year terms and will have voting power on all matters except those related to setting or modifying permits, licensing and application fees. Zaccaria expects the expanded board to be in place by January. More information about how to apply for the board seats will be listed on the health district’s website in September.


Survey: State’s employers worry about economy

Inflation may be easing, but it remains a top concern for Washington employers, according to a survey of business leaders conducted in late July and early August by the Association of Washington Business. AWB asked employers to list the most important challenges they face. There were 421 responses. Top concerns were: • Inflation (68%) • Lack of qualified workers (65%) • Supply chain disruptions (56%) • Government regulations (49%) • Overall tax burden (40%) Employers also expressed growing concern over the possibility of a recession. While only 3% reported laying off staff, 15% said they delayed hiring because of recession concerns, and more than onethird of respondents said they delayed making capital expenditures.

Repair shop owner sentenced in workers’ comp scam

Rodney Eugene Dietrich, owner of Rod’s Cars in Kennewick, was sentenced to 30 days of electronic home monitoring after being accused of felony charges of failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance to his employees for the sentence time. Dietrich, 47, pleaded guilty to doing business without workers’ compensation insurance, a felony, The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries investigated. According to L&I, Dietrich employed two men at his repair shop from November 2017 to May 2019. During that time, he did not provide workers’ compensation, L&I said. One employee told investigators he was paid cash under the table. The other said he traded labor for auto parts and other items. Dietrich previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor version of the same offense in 2016. The case was prosecuted by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.



New CEO takes helm at the Mid-Columbia’s most unique nonprofit By Wendy Culverwell

Michael Novakovich, the upbeat executive who led Visit Tri-Cities for four years, is the new president and CEO of Columbia Industries. The Kennewick nonprofit serves people with intellectual disabilities and other barriers to housing and employment. It also boasts one of the region’s most unique organizational structures – it owns four for-profit businesses that generate revenue to support its mission. Novakovich, who started in July, said he wasn’t looking for a new job, but Columbia Industries offered an opportunity to put his business degree to work. He succeeded Eric Van Winkle, the board president who served as interim president after the former CEO, Brian McDermott, stepped down. McDermott is a retired executive who helped Columbia Industries execute its strategy to amass a portfolio of profit-producing businesses to bolster a budget that is only partly supported by government fees for service. On McDermott’s watch, Columbia Industries bought the four local Round Table Pizza restaurants, Paradise Bottled Water and CI Express, a FedEx Ground contractor serving communities on the Washington-Idaho border. Novakovich doesn’t envision making additional acquisitions but said he wouldn’t entirely rule it out. As the new president and CEO, Nova-

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Courtesy Columbia Industries Michael Novakovich, the new president and CEO of Columbia Industries, poses with Deelani, Jella and Mark, the latest graduates of the nonprofit’s Opportunity Kitchen program in July.

kovich’s orders are simple: deepen Columbia Industries’ relationships with individuals and businesses so it can expand opportunities for its clients. “If we can find better ways to educate the community (about Columbia Industries,) we can provide more services,” he said. Novakovich said he learned plenty of people know that Columbia Industries exists, but many are not certain of its mission. It provides a drop-in center and works to connect clients to jobs, training,

housing and other services. It employs 250 and operates four businesses. In addition to the acquisitions led by McDermott, it has a longtime shredding business, CI Shred. It recently sold its record management businesses and invested the proceeds back into its core mission. “We’re the Tri-Cities’ best-kept secret,” Novakovich said. “We’re going to change that.” uNOVAKOVICH, Page A19

Sunset Soirée The al fresco dining experience is from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at John Dam Plaza in Richland. Opportunity Kitchen students and their instructor will guide guests as they assemble their own charcuterie boards, then dining on appetizers and a dinner prepared by the students and dessert supplied by J. Bookwalter Winery’s Fiction restaurant. Tickets are $200 per guest. Go to Evening of Miracles The fundraiser gala will highlight CI’s mission, programs and new ventures. It’s from 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets include dinner, dessert and two beverage tickets. They cost $125 a person, or $175 for a couple. Go to





Former credit union employee charged with stealing from HAPO By Wendy Culverwell

Meaghan Brooks, a former credit union employee, is accused of stealing nearly $75,500 from HAPO Community Credit Union. Brooks, 40, was charged with first-degree theft with aggravating circumstances in Benton County Superior Court on Aug. 9. Brooks pleaded innocent on Aug. 31. A jury trial is tentatively set for Nov. 14. The alleged theft occurred between July 7, 2021, and Jan. 7, 2022, according to court documents. The aggravating circumstance charge stems from the amount of money she allegedly stole, which court documents said was “substantially greater than typical for the offense.” Brooks referred questions to her attorney, Nick Jones of Roach & Bishop LLP, a Pasco law firm. Jones did not return a request for comment. Brooks was recognized in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’s 2019 Young Professionals program. Brooks was HAPO’s mobile branch finance service specialist until resigning from her position in January shortly after being notified HAPO was conducting an internal investigation into cash missing from the mobile ATM she oversaw, according to court documents. According to her LinkedIn profile, Brooks joined the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest chapter as a disaster pro-

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gram manager in May. The Hills West Recreation Club, a tennis-and-swim club in south Richland, announced that it removed Brooks as presiMeaghan Brooks dent and discontinued her access to its bank accounts after learning of the charges against her. HAPO officials told the Richland Police Department the theft was uncovered during an internal audit, which revealed that approximately $76,760 in cash had been issued for the mobile ATM, which is used at special events. The machine had a total capacity of $40,000. When credit union officials examined the ATM, it held $1,300, leaving $75,460 unaccounted for. HAPO informed Brooks it was investigating the missing money on Jan. 28, a Friday. She submitted a letter of resignation the following Monday in which she admitted she had faced “insurmountable financial problems” and had “irrationally turned to a solution that in hindsight, was a poor decision.” Brooks acknowledged the theft to another staff member, estimating she stole $28,000. She signaled her intent to repay the money. Court documents indicate that HAPO’s standard procedure was for two staff members to be present any time the ATM’s inter-

nal cash storage unit was out of the machine. But on some occasions, Brooks would bring in the unit herself to be reloaded, leaving times where cash was under her sole control. An investigation determined wires in the ATM had been cut, leaving it unable to process customer transactions or account for withdrawals. Brooks’ supervisor, who was not identified in court documents, reported that Brooks had become “increasingly possessive” of the mobile ATM and avoided allowing him to complete routine cash balance checks by having other staff members complete them instead. Brooks is a Richland native who studied

political science and international business at Carroll College in Montana. She worked in professional and collegiate athletics before returning to the Tri-Cities when her father became ill, where she joined HAPO through a temporary placement firm, according to her Young Professionals application. The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business Young Professionals program honors rising young professionals. Winners are selected by a panel of judges that includes newspaper staff as well as outside volunteers who scrutinize nominees for their career progress as well as their volunteer activities.

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Bob Ferguson, nuclear pioneer, dies at age 89 By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

A prominent Tri-City energy executive, philanthropist and business leader died Aug. 12 at the age of 89. Robert L. “Bob” Ferguson, a longtime resident of Richland, died after suffering a stroke in August 2021 in north Idaho. He was most recently living in the Chicago area in an assisted care facility to be close to his family. C. Mark Smith, who collaborated with Ferguson on a 2019 book, “Something Extraordinary: A Short History of the Manhattan Project, Hanford and the B Reactor,” called Ferguson one of the most important figures in the history of Hanford and the Tri-Cities for his leadership roles within the Hanford site, the U.S. Department of Energy and Energy Northwest. Ferguson was born in Dover, Idaho,


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and studied physics at Gonzaga University before being commissioned as an officer in the Army in 1956. His late wife, Catherine “Katie” Crosby, was the niece of another Gonzaga

alumni: Bing Crosby. While in uniform, Ferguson served in the Army Ordinance Corps, including posts at the Pentagon and in Australia for guided missile testing. He would spend 60 years working in the nuclear industry. He was the first deputy assistant secretary for DOE’s Nuclear Energy Programs, serving from 1978-90 under President Jimmy Carter. He also served as chief executive officer for Energy Northwest, then known as the WashSecurity received $5.7 million. The program advances the department’s efforts to expand, diversify and modernize registered apprenticeship by increasing the number of programs and apprentices, diversifying the industries that use the “earn-as-you-learn” model for workforce development, and improving the access and performance of the programs in underrepresented and underserved communities. The department also awarded grants to eight other organizations in California,

ington Public Power Supply System. He stepped in after the infamous WPPS bond default. In retirement, he wrote several books and was co-founder of Clean Up Hanford Now, a nonprofit that is currently advocating for cleanup of the Hanford reservation and promoting a clean energy mission for the site. He joined Gonzaga’s Board of Regents in the early 1980s and received its Distinguished Alumni Merit Award in 1981. At home in the Tri-Cities, he was a generous philanthropist. In 2020, he was the lead donor for the Ferguson Education Center, a Montessori school at Christ the King Catholic School in Richland. The project honored the memory of his late wife, who taught at Christ the King and was its first lay principal. She died in 2018. In 2021, he provided $500,000 to endow a faculty position in energy and en-

vironment at Washington State University Tri-Cities. At the time, he told the TriCities Area Journal of Business the TriCities had always been a strong candidate to lead the energy industry thanks to its past, present and future focus on nuclear energy coupled with abundant solar, wind and hydro power. “This community has such potential,” he said. WSU Tri-Cities posted a full news obituary at Ferguson is survived by two daughters, numerous grandchildren and other relatives. A Mass was celebrated in August at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to the Ferguson Education Center, Christ the King School, Richland.

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Washington among the most expensive states to hire workers

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Rethinking asset protection can involve common sense solutions Some readers have heard of personal asset protection strategies like trusts or limited liability companies. The draw to products like these is the supposed promise that your personal assets can be protected. Not only is the issue of asset protection much more nuanced than establishing either of those options, but there are also a host of asset protection strategies that should be employed (or at least considered) as part of a holistic approach to asset protection well before the consideration of complex trusts and LLCs. Business owners should always have an entity for doing business (LLC or corporation), but business liability is not the focus of this column.

What is your liability? The starting point is to take stock of potential liability and the corresponding asset exposure. What activities or arrangements do you engage in that might cause the most liability for you? After evaluating those activities or engagements, how might you work to reduce the risk? The following are some examples of risks to mitigate in our everyday lives (not to the exclusion of other potential risks): analyze your property for attractive nuisance issues (See previous column, “How to Protect Against Attractive Nuisance to Avoid Liability”); ensure your home has the appropriate safety systems to prevent injury (e.g., handrails

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for steps); if you own a dog, ensure the dog is well-trained (See previous column, “Your Best Friend Can Be a Strict Liability”); when driving, practice defensive driving and slow down; and, if you have had anything to

drink, call an Uber. Although not very sexy sounding, all of these efforts can become part of your risk mitigation strategy prior to looking to trusts and LLCs.

Appropriate insurance Insurance should be strategically employed. Check your property and casualty insurance levels. Make sure to also acquire an umbrella insurance policy. An umbrella policy is an insurance product alongside your typical home and auto policies and gives you another layer of liability coverage. Generally, these are sold in increments of $1 million and have relatively low annual premiums (think a few hundred dollars per million of coverage). A reasonable gauge As humans, our view of risk is often skewed from anecdotal evidence and dismissive of statistical realities. Using a specific profession as an ex-

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ample of risk, let’s examine doctors – a potentially high liability profession. Doctors are often concerned with malpractice liability and seek sophisticated asset protection strategies to guard their wealth. But are these concerns justified? One study on physician liability risk in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that, across all specialty fields, the average physician had about a 1.6% chance of a claim leading to payment in any given year. (“Malpractice Risk According to Physician Specialty,” New England Journal of Medicine, August 18, 2011). Notably, 78% of all claims did not result in payments to claimants and the mean indemnity payment was $274,887 (median was $111,749). But that’s not the end of the story. Now, layer in typical insurance coverage. Doctors are usually covered by malpractice insurance that is issued in the millions of dollars. Accordingly, a more important consideration is the number of cases that led to liability for the doctor combined with an out-of-pocket payment (i.e., a claim that is not fully satisfied by insurance) by the doctor. Another study found that, of all the claims paid during the study period, only 1.2% of the awarded claims resulted in an out-of-pocket payment by the physician. (Charles Silver, David A. Hyman, Bernard S. Black & Myungho Paik,

“Policy Limits, Payouts, and Blood Money: Medical Malpractice Settlements in the Shadow of Insurance,” 5 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 559, 2015). The paper concludes with this poignant line: “Although physicians loudly complain that they are one med mal claim away from bankruptcy, the empirical evidence paints a radically different picture. The risk of an (out of pocket payment) is small – vanishingly so when a physician buys $1 million in malpractice coverage.” Compare that risk to, say, dying in a car accident (about 1% according to the National Safety Council Injury Facts) and it might encourage the exploration of different solutions to risk management.

Tips to reduce liability Whether property and casualty, malpractice, or errors and omissions, insurance carriers often offer tips to reduce your liability exposure. When I was a private practice attorney, the errors and omissions insurance carrier would offer the attorneys at my office tips on reducing liability. The advice ranged from documenting the relationship and communications to setting fee expectations. Their goal was selfish but helpful – they want to reduce the incidence and magnitude of claims and they have statistics to measure and reduce risk. So, lean on those options and explore the offerings available.

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5 leadership skills to prioritize this quarter Business leader, as you head into the fourth quarter of 2022, you have a lot on your plate. Finishing the year strong is probably one of your overall desires. As you revise your own personal leadership growth plan for the end of the year, consider prioritizing these five leadership skills to increase your odds of directing a successful conclusion to 2022 for your team and organization.

Delegation “The best gauge of leadership effectiveness is not necessarily how long and hard you work, but how many other people we develop around us to share the workload,” said author Ed Stetzer. Leadership is not about how much that you can get done, but how much you can get done through others. That’s a paradigm shift that every new leader needs to make, both to avoid personal burnout and to assure that your team is “two-deep” in every function in every department. You have been promoted or hired or become a business owner because there are certain skills and responsibilities that only you can do. Delegation-thinking is to offload anything that just you cannot do. You need to stay at 15,000 feet as a leader. If you aren’t spending any time on crafting a vision for the company, who will? If you aren’t developing systems that avoid the constant putting out of fires, who will? But delegation isn’t just about getting

things off your plate. It’s about succession; it’s about assuring that someone can step in for you when you’re on vacation or ill. And it’s about Paul Casey empowering Growing Forward others, increasing GUEST COLUMN their capacity to help your organization thrive. Delegation develops. And when you delegate, be sure to delegate vision as well as task. Give your delegate the “why” behind the task, what “done” looks like, and what a “win” in this task looks like and turn them loose without micromanagement.

Relationship-building I have encountered many employees who feel that their organization doesn’t care about them as people. But when they say “organization,” they really mean “management.” In leadership, we have so much on our radars that we can often forget to say, “thank you,” or “what you did was amazing.” Employees who don’t get validated often look around for another job. When you show your people you care about them, this becomes your retention strategy. Put on your calendar right now: 30 minutes daily of walkarounds. It’s the

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concept of MBWA, or managing by wandering around. It’s also called a gemba walk in Japan, which means “going where the action is.” Be visible with your team. It increases trust when you enter their workspace. Walmart founder Sam Walton used to say: “The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say.” During your walkaround, ask three questions: • How are you? Then add the word “really?” to show you care • What are you working on? To stay in the loop with their priorities • How can I help? To be a servantleader Since Covid shutdowns and the related emotional toil, everyone (yes, everyone) needs more encouragement. Double your efforts to lift the morale of others. Give them a steady blast of AIR: affirmation, inspiration and recognition. Write thank-you notes, leave positive voicemails, post shout-outs on Teams or Slack messaging. Give gift cards, nominate them for awards, host celebrations.

Vision Make time for planning and plotting a course for the future. Yes, I realize it’s hard because of the whirlwind of busyness. You will have to honor that blocked-out time, and most likely leave the building to a quiet place to get space to think, dream and plan. Every minute

of planning saves you 10 minutes of execution – that’s a great trade-off. Your team really wants to know where you are taking them. And you personally need a track to run on. “The primary reason things fail is inadequate planning,” said author Phil Pringle. Without vision, people bump into each other and use “confusion” as an excuse to take their foot off the gas pedal of effort. Some say 90% of a leader’s time is best spent planning (with 10% being administrative work). OK, maybe that blows your mind to think of that time allocation but increase it this quarter. Forward-looking is a key component of leadership.

Initiating change I heard that the only person who likes change is a wet baby. But seriously, calculated change is the path to growth. Change is the driver of momentum, and when you have the Big Mo on your side, the whole team feels like it is winning. Hopefully, you believe in the concept of constant improvement – of your products, services, systems, customer relationships – frankly, in all areas – no status quo allowed! Of course, I realize that motion causes friction, so, as a leader you need to grow in how to lead change well. The change is just the beginning; the transition is

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It gets complicated The reality is that the strategies above are likely more effective at protecting your assets than complex trusts and LLCs for most individuals, and they are also more administratively palatable. You don’t need to look at hiring attorneys or review a state-by-state comparison of asset protection laws. There are relatively simple and common-sense solutions to many liability risks. Employing more sophisticated trusts and LLCs might make sense for some, but it should be reserved for implementation after the basics outlined here have been addressed. 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. CASEY, From page A17 what often is the hard part. People’s emotions hang onto the way things have been and have to be inspired to go a different direction. It starts with building a guiding coalition of your core team, then branching out to the other influencers in your organization, and then the early adopters. “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience,” wrote author Henry Miller. That’s scary for people but keep the payoff in mind.

Challenging the process Anything worth doing is worth evaluating. And not just what went wrong, but what went right – so that it can be repeated. Keep asking, “How can we do 1% better?” to your assistant, your core team, your boss or board, your front-line employees, and your customers. Listen to their responses. Without this constant flow of feedback, stagnation can set in. Give everyone a voice. Without accurate feedback, we will lose track of exactly where we are – and become self-deceived or obsolete. Which one of these five skills need your attention? Find a webinar, course, mentor, coach, or book that will help guide you to strengthen your leadership skills this fall. Paul D. Casey lives in the Tri-Cities and is the owner of Growing Forward Services, which aims to equip and coach leaders and teams to spark breakthrough success. Casey has authored five books and hosts for emerging leaders each month. Online at

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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 NOVAKOVICH, From page A11 Opportunity Kitchen, a restaurant training program, is one way Columbia Industries is putting itself and its people on the radar. It established the kitchen training program in 2019 at the Richland Federal Building, where it operates a café serving breakfast and lunch to the public. Clients working under Derek Smith, executive chef and instructor, learn about working in the food service industry. To date, 28 have graduated and gone on to jobs in Tri-City restaurants, coffee shops, and more. It raised its profile this summer when it opened a stall at the new Public Market at Columbia River Warehouse in downtown Kennewick. Opportunity Kitchen sells grab-and-go items made from scratch and is open during regular hours at 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Its baked goods are sold at Peacock Coffee at The Parkway in Richland. Novakovich called the market stall an example of how Columbia Industries can embrace partnerships in the community and find meaningful roles for its traditional client base, people with disabilities who face barriers to employment, social interaction and housing. CI Shred, which is Columbia Industries’ oldest business line, is another avenue for growth. As commercial rivals pull out of the market, CI Shred has extended its geographic reach. As with most organizations, Columbia Industries continues working to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic,

which affected its business lines in different ways. Paradise, the bottled water business, shrank as corporate clients who used its service sent their employees home. CI Shred had fewer documents to shred, and Round Table’s lunch business dried up during shutdowns, although pizza sales remained. The packaging business was a bright spot as customers turned to online shopping. It all adds up to keeping close tabs on the bottom line. “We’re watching this closely and managing variable costs,” he said. Novakovich said one of its biggest challenges is adapting to a change in the way employers pay workers who are disabled. Washington is one of a dozen or so states to eliminate subminimum wages for people with disabilities. The rule barring subminimum wages takes effect on July 31, 2023. After that, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries will no longer issue subminimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities. Employers who hold active certificates after that may request one-year extensions. Novakovich said Columbia Industries got ahead of the issue with clients who performed janitorial and maintenance work at the federal building. They have been converted into staff members and are now paid minimum wage, he said. Learn more at columbiaindustries. com.


Insurers free to use credit scores to set rates

Insurers in Washington are free to resume using credit scores to determine insurance rates following a ruling in Thurston County Superior Court. The court ruled that Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler exceeded his authority when he adopted a rule to temporarily ban credit scoring, a move he intended to prevent discrimination against communities of color. The judge agreed with the spirit of the rule but concluded that since state statute allows insurers to use credit scores, it was an overreach. Kreidler and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and American Property Casualty Insurance Association agreed to a final order in late August under which Kreidler will not appeal the decision. He indicated he hopes the Legislature will address the issue. In the interim, insurers may revert to using credit scores to determine rates, his office said.

Lower Granite Dam crossing hours change

The U.S. Army Corps resumed crossing hours at Lower Granite Dam in Clarkston. Winter public hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The crossing is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, but is expected to be open all other federal

holidays. In related news, the Lower Monumental crossing is closed through Sept. 25 for maintenance of the spillway. Call 888-326-4636 for the latest dam crossing information or visit bit. ly/SnakeDamCrossings for information about crossing the Lower Granite, Little Goose and Lower Monumental crossings.

RiverFest 2022 to celebrate area’s river system

RiverFest 2022 expects to welcome more than 70 exhibitors and vendors at the event highlighting the benefits of the river system and the four lower Snake River dams. The free event is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Lampson Pits in Columbia Park in Kennewick. Exhibitors include ports, utilities, agribusinesses and trade organizations, fish and wildlife organizations, tribes, recreation- and tourism-related businesses and others who use and benefit from rivers and the hydro system. Visitors will be able to investigate a juvenile fish transportation truck, crawl inside FIN the Migrating Salmon and learn about the hydro system with hands-on activities and games for all ages. Food vendors include the Colville Fry Bread Food Truck and Lamb Weston Fry Trailer. Musical entertainment will be on the main stage, featuring performances from the Colville Tribes.

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When a STEM-focused couple discovered their own passion for math instruction, they left their former high-demand careers behind and moved to the Tri-Cities to open the area’s first Mathnasium franchise. The math leaning center customizes plans for students to catch up, keep up or get ahead in math skills with the goal of making math fun. “No one ever gets that push to be passionate about math in the way they do about reading or art,” said Jillian Wong, center director and co-owner of the Kennewick Mathnasium, located near Olive Garden at 1408 N. Louisiana St., Suite 103, just east of Costco. “Math is usually something you just get through. When I started teaching it, I immediately found kids feeling better about themselves and doing better – and it happens quickly,” she said. Wong has a doctorate in neuroscience and spent the last decade working as a scientist, most recently performing research for the medical school at Northwestern University. “I figured out what I wanted to figure out in terms of neuroscience, and I realized that research isn’t necessarily what I wanted to continue doing because my favorite part of grad school was teaching and working with students. With a big paper out of the way, I was just looking for opportunities to be in that constructive position again with students,” she said. She found herself at the Mathnasium

Photo by Robin Wojtanik Eric and Jillian Wong opened a math learning center focused on building confidence and mastery in math for students through 12th grade.

in Boise, Idaho, and in a short time had worked her way up to center director. Jillian’s husband, Eric Wong, is an engineer with a tech background designing microchips for large companies. After hearing about the positive experiences his wife was having in her new role, he quickly sought out a position at the Boise center in his off hours – and a shared passion was born. “We both come from very technical fields, and we understand that doors open up from being confident in math,” Jillian said. “We want to make sure kids get that opportunity, whether they decide to become engineers or scientists or doctors or whatever.”

Owning a franchise The entrepreneurs brim with enthusiasm for math and the ability to help struggling students right away with supplementary math instruction. “You never expect your actual day job to be that rewarding, and to see students go from coming in crying to coming in excited,” Eric said. “So, we figured out we wanted to own our own Mathnasium.” When they realized the franchise territory was open in the Tri-Cities, the Wongs jumped on it. More than 1,100 Mathnasium centers have opened in the U.S. and abroad. It works somewhat like a gym where you buy a monthly membership with the goal

Open classrooms Instruction is done in an open classroom as part of a 4:1 ratio of students to instructors – with the Wongs as the primary educators. By design, it’s not one-on-one tutoring. “Studies show that children who have a little bit of independence, a little bit of space to work things out themselves, perform better on tests and exams in the future when they are by themselves without always depending on an instructor,” Jillian said. During a one-hour visit, students work in a personalized binder to master math concepts and also can get help with schoolassigned homework for a portion of the time. “They’re never working on anything that’s too challenging, and they’re never bored. The other great thing is, there’s no peer pressure. Avoiding that peer pressure is so helpful for the kids to really feel like they can communicate what questions they have,” Jillian said. Building math confidence The center’s goal is to build confidence in math that lets students to foster an overall love of learning, allowing them to excel in math with proper encouragement and motivation. Each student begins with an assessment, which may be offered at no charge as part of an opening promotion. The assessment determines where the student’s gaps and strengths are, to give a baseline for growth. uMATHNASIUM, Page A24



MATHNASIUM, From page A23 “Especially with Covid, and all these kids just having their education interrupted,” Eric said. “We feel that kids don’t learn the same way online as they do in person, and there are just a lot of gaps.” As the only subject taught at Mathnasium, instructors must demonstrate their own math prowess by passing a rigorous exam that covers math concepts through Algebra II, generally taken by the time a student is a junior in high school. Mathnasium is available for those in kindergarten through 12th grade and is not intended for college students, though they do hope to eventually offer one-on-one tutoring for adults in advanced positions. Students are not assigned homework to work on outside of their time at the cen-

ter, and their customized binder remains on-site. “Once we’ve got a full room, what we want is instructors sliding around between students. So, no student is working with the same person the full hour,” Eric said. “It’s all about building independence, confidence and the ability to communicate with multiple people.” In the first weeks since the center has been open, the Wongs have seen mostly teens sign up. “Teenagers tend to label themselves based off the thinking they don’t have a ‘math brain.’ We want to teach that you don’t have any particular type of brain,” Jillian said. “Everything you’re good at, you’re good at because you worked hard at. I want them to realize, ‘I can get better at this, too, just like everything else I’ve gotten better at in my life.’


If they’re not good at it – don’t stop the sentence there. Add, ‘Yet.’ ‘I’m not good at it – yet.’”

Reward system The Kennewick Mathnasium offers a reward system for students to motivate them with small prizes, like stickers and chips, to large prizes, like gaming consoles. “I think once you sneak it in as being fun, and you give them some rewards with their hard effort, kids realize, ‘Oh yeah, I am getting better at this,’ ” Jillian said. Currently the only contract offered is month-to-month so that families are not locked in for an entire year, though the Wongs see it as a long-term concept. “Across the country, it’s been found, if you’re coming in consistently two to three times a week, we see two grade levels of improvement,” Eric said. “It can be faster

if the kid is further behind, or slower if they’re at grade level or ahead.” It’s possible for a student to get so far ahead that they’d graduate out of the program, which the Wongs saw happen in Boise with a student who’d originally been tested at a third-grade level while enrolled in sixth grade. “It’s really up to the child,” Jillian said. Sessions are scheduled at a student’s convenience, with the goal of two to three times a week to avoid burnout. Mathnasium’s current hours are available are 3-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, but the Wongs are open to meeting the needs of students and will adjust if necessary. Search Mathnasium: 1408 N. Louisiana St., Suite 103;; 509-6453493; @mathnasium.




St. Pat’s starts dual language program as concept gains statewide traction By Wendy Culverwell

When school started at St. Patrick’s School in Pasco in late August, teachers Jessica Manueles and Ashley Wright greeted 20 or so children enrolled in kindergarten and prekindergarten classroom. It was the start of something new at St. Patrick’s, a private school within the Catholic Diocese of Spokane’s St. Patrick Parish and led by Father Bob Turner. Manueles spends half the day teaching in Spanish, and Wright spends half teaching in English. The two teachers don’t repeat what the other already taught. Instead, they reinforce the subject matter across both languages, a dual language approach that promotes academic and language competency in both English and Spanish. St. Patrick’s spent four years preparing its dual language education program and will expand to each grade, starting with prekindergarten and kindergarten. It is one of a handful of schools – public or private – offering dual language education in the Tri-Cities and the only private one that does so. The move puts St. Patrick’s at the vanguard of a movement not only to teach languages, but to encourage literacy as well as fluency.

State initiative The state of Washington plans to introduce dual language programs in every K-8 public school by the year 2040, Chris Reykdal, superintendent of public schools, announced in late August.

Photo by Wendy Culverwell Jessica Manueles and Ashley Wright prepare their dual language prekindergarten classroom at St. Patrick’s School in Pasco. The private, Catholic school partnered with Boston College to launch the 50-50 SpanishEnglish program this year, putting it at the vanguard of an effort to promote dual language learning in public schools.

The Kennewick and Pasco school districts both offer Spanish-English dual language programs. Richland is evaluating the feasibility of a dual language program. Ty Beaver, spokesman, said Richland intends to begin offering dual language programs in the 2023-24 school year. The OSPI initiative announced by Reykdal promises to dramatically increase access to dual language learning in all K-8 public schools. Dual language learning is distinct from the foreign language classes found in high schools or English as a Second Language programs. In dual language classrooms, students

learn in both languages and become proficient speakers as well as students in each. “There’s an element of being bilingual. There’s an element of being biliterate,” said Principal Arlene Jones, referring to the ability to read, write, learn and speak in both languages.

Serving parish’s needs St. Patrick’s began developing its program when it recognized that enrollment in its K-8 school wasn’t keeping up with the pace of growth of its massive parish. With 6,000 families, St. Patrick’s is among the largest and most diverse in the western

U.S. And it serves Pasco, which is among the fastest-growing communities in Washington. Jones estimates 85% of its parishioners speak Spanish in some fashion. The school serves about 150 students from a mix of economic backgrounds. “When you have that big of a population that’s Spanish speaking and you have a school whose enrollment isn’t growing as fast as the parish, you have to ask if you are serving your population,” Jones said. Seeing a need to educate children in a commonly spoken language prompted it to reach out to Boston College, a Jesuit school, to help form a program. The Boston College team performed a feasibility study that accounted for Pasco demographics and recommended the 50-50 model. It will expand to a new grade as the first crop of students advances through the grades, until it is available in all grades. Students can sign up through first grade, which is a year later than most dual language programs. Too, it will admit students who transfer from comparable programs.

Waiting list Parents quickly signed up. The first class is full and has a waiting list. The dual language class includes a mix of children who speak Spanish at home and English. Jones said parents are interested in preparing their children for future careers and potential job opportunities open to people who speak two or more languages. Research links academic success to learning in uDUAL LANGUAGE, Page A30







PAUL RANDALL Director Tri-Tech Skills Center Number of employees you oversee: 41 Tell us about Tri-Tech and how it fits into the secondary education system. Tri-Tech Skills Center (TTSC) is a premier school of choice and graduation pathway for students pursuing and preparing for careers, college, and prosperity. TTSC is a regional cooperative school owned by the Pasco, Richland, Finley, Columbia-Burbank, Kiona-Benton City, North Franklin and Prosser school districts, and hosted by the Kennewick School District. Since 1981, Tri-Tech has been serving as an extension, or branch campus, of all area high schools by providing preparatory career and technical education (CTE) programs which cannot be sustainably offered in a comprehensive high school due to expensive and specialized facilities, high operative and equipment costs or not enough student enrollment at the school. TTSC is one of 17 skills centers in the state offering high quality, tuition-free CTE programs and professional training for high school students. TTSC is designed to help students get a head start on their career goals by providing free and focused training in specific high demand professions and transferable employability skills needed

in all career-paths. Programs are designed in half day blocks allowing extended time to not only learn the theory of a subject but to also get real hands-on experience. The programs also are personalized. Instructor-to-student ratio is low, allowing the skills center staff the time to get to know each student and address their unique learning styles. How did you land your current role? I was fortunate to have people see the potential and then invest and believe me and provide an opportunity. I am thankful to Bruce Hawkins, Debbie McClary and Gerry Ringwood, who are longstanding CTE leaders and educators who took a chance and hired me. How long have you been an educator? Since 1991. Why should the Tri-Cities care about the skills center? TTSC is a wonderful experience for all students. It provides hands-on and relevant preparatory programming setting the stage for student success whether they choose to enter the career path or not, as students develop lifelong transferable employability skills in all the programs. TTSC help students strategically

plan with a career in mind, preparing them for the workforce and post-secondary education. TTSC serves as a capstone for high school CTE programs and launch to post-secondary options providing rigorous and relevant CTE programs. TTSC is connected and responsive to business and industry through advisory committees to help meet labor needs. Recent examples of TTSC response to industry need are the pre-electrical and pre-physical therapy programs. Both have strong employment outlook and provide family living wages. Future programs we are researching are pre-medical assisting and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R). What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Humility. What is the biggest challenge facing secondary schools that focus on jobdevelopment? Effectively communicating the oppor-

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tunity CTE provides. Students participating in CTE classes and especially the programs at Tri-Tech set themselves up for success. Helping parents recognize and sending school counseled students toward the free technical training, college credit and industry recognized credentials available. Facilities. Skills center facilities are constructed with state capital dollars and not with local school district construction bonds therefore we rely on the Legislature for funding. TTSC has been fortunate receiving capital funds as evidenced by the recent 2020 addition to the uRANDALL, Page A28



RANDALL, From page A27 front of the building – drive by, it looks fantastic! The next project is the modernization of the original 41-year-old building. It has been maintained well but is at the end of its life. What challenges do you have recruiting teachers with the skill sets that match your programs? Awareness: Industry subject matter experts can become teachers by using their work experience as candidates do not need to have a university education degree. The state of Washington has several avenues for teacher certification and one is the Business and Industry Route to Career and Technical Education program. We hire capable and experienced candidates and then provide the pedagogy classes. Offering competitive wages: It is challenging in some of our program areas (pre-electrical, welding technology, health care and information technology) to compete with industry wages. Educator wages have increased but there is still a need. How do you balance the career interests of students with what industry partners say they need from their future workers? Tri-Tech is a school of choice with students selecting programs in which they have an interest. The programs offer content specific training in a subject matter (culinary arts, pre-nursing or game design, a computer science program)

preparing students to enter the workforce as a higher performing entry-level employee which meets the needs of industry partners. Students are also primed to engage with the next level of training and education. They are also exposed to all aspects of the career path. Pre-nursing is a good example: A student may discover during the program that direct patient care is not for them. This alone is a success as they have not spent time and tuition at college on prerequisites to enter a nursing cohort they may leave. While in the program they will be introduced to the many other facets in health care and will be encouraged to explore other options such as a career in billing/coding segment of health care. How important are industry partnerships to Tri-Tech? Partners are the foundation to TTSC success. Every one of the programs has a specific advisory committee which meets multiple times a year to guide and direct the program. Advisories consist of representatives from business and industry, labor, post-secondary pathways, community members and education stakeholders. Other key partners are agencies and community and professional organizations such as the Tri-Cities Home Builder Association, Benton Fire District 1, area Rotary Clubs and other service clubs, Habitat for Humanity, The STEM Foundation, Career Connect Washington, TriCity Regional Chamber of Commerce just to name a few. Without partners, we would be dead in the water.


If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your field? There would be an internship or job available for every qualified student. We work diligently to make the connections but there’s not enough time or resources to meet the need. What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time? Listen and lead with patience. Pay attention to the wise advice around you, dismiss the lousy and then lead courageously. Stay focused on the goal. Who are your role models or mentors? Gerry Ringwood is a key mentor. I have worked with Gerry for over two decades and still learn. He is the model of integrity, thoughtfulness, work ethic with a continued focus on doing what is right. Byron Gjerde provided the role model to develop a high-quality diverse team – a large group vocal ensemble in this case. He recruited members with a variety of skills and abilities all with the eye towards “what could be.” He selected members on how they potentially would work together – the blending of voices – not all superstars but role players as well. The group had four months to prepare for a high-stake live performance. Byron focused us on a clear purpose and empowered us to “play to our strengths” resulting in a wonderful, shared experience I recall 40 years later.

How do you keep your team motivated? Stay focused on the students, do my best to help and provide resources for the instructional staff to their best every day. How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? CTE was attractive to me because of the clear and tangible outcomes for students, and the benefit to our businesses, community and economy. I wanted to be a part of something that made a difference. CTE is a place where students bring together their acquired academic knowledge (math, English and science) and begin to apply the skills in a relevant context and make the connections to the real world. A good example is from our construction trades program. One student graduated on Saturday and went to work on Monday. He was equipped with the tools to be successful, thanks to a Rotary Tool and Equipment Scholarship. Fast forward to today – he’s a proud father of two beautiful daughters, a homeowner and a foreman at his job site. He’s making a difference not only for his family, but for our community and our economy. I like being a part of this story. How do you measure success in your workplace? Happy and successful staff encouraging and equipping students for the next step in their development. What do you consider your leadership style to be? Servant leadership How do you balance work and family life? Not well at times but getting better.

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2017-18 added the tenth-grade exam. A quick takeaway: the scores, here and statewide, are low, revealing an average far less D. Patrick Jones than half of public Eastern school fourthWashington graders meeting University standards over the GUEST COLUMN first five years of the math SBA. Another takeaway: Washington average shares were higher than the average of the districts in the two counties, by about 10 percentage points. A third takeaway: the share of tenthgraders meeting standards has been considerably lower than for fourth-graders, both for area public schools and throughout the state. The results from the 2020-21 school year (taken last September) depress the five-year average further. The overall average for area public school tenth-graders meeting SBA math standards plummeted to about 19%. Fourth-graders fared better, at 27%, but were still far below the average of the prior five years, 44%. As Trends data reveals, the greater TriCities’ experience wasn’t unique. Washington averages plunged as well in the first post-pandemic assessment. The statewide share of students meeting tenth-grade math

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The grim scorecard of Covid-19 in the U.S. is responsible for over 1 million deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Tracker. In addition to deaths, the pandemic has left a trail of injuries and insults: long-term disability, early retirement, hundreds of thousands of years of time unemployed, not to mention countless examples of unraveled civil discourse. Fractious discussions about how schools best respond to the virus, here and throughout our state, are good examples of the last effect. The evidence of the pandemic on student learning has now started to come in. As you may guess, it’s not a pretty picture. Nationwide, elementary school math and reading scores fell to levels unseen 32 years, according to the recently released National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test, known as the “nation’s report card.” Average scores for 9-year-old students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020. Consider Washington state test scores. As parents (and students) know, the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) were not administered in the spring of 2020. They were, however, given in 2021, although in September. Benton-Franklin Trends tracks two of the assessments. The accompanying chart is the latest view of the math SBA. The indicator shows the share of students meeting standard (levels 3 or 4). Initially, the data track only the fourth-grade test; school year

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standards was 24%, down substantially from the pre-pandemic average of 40%. The picture for area K-12 students is a bit brighter for the English Language Assessment (ELA). This is viewable on the Trends website at Students, local and statewide, typically have met standards at higher rates than for the math SBA. The pre-pandemic average share for area tenth-graders meeting standards was over 60%. But local school shares dropped by about one third in the fall 2021 assessment, or to 43% for the tenth-grade ELA. These most recent values are still below the Washington average, albeit with a smaller gap than in math. Undoubtedly, the summer slump that

afflicts knowledge levels of most U.S. students in early fall was partly at work. Among the developed countries tracked by the Organization of Economic Cooperation & Development, the U.S. educational calendar traditionally has sported one of the longest summer vacations – at least 10 weeks and often longer, depending on the district. Contrast that to Germany and the U.K., at six weeks, Denmark at seven weeks, and France and Norway at eight weeks. Not surprisingly, fall greets U.S. students with a reminder of how much was forgotten over the summer. SBA results from this past spring won’t uJONES, Page A30



DUAL LANGUAGE, From page A25 two languages. As a religious institution, St. Patrick’s is also interested in the whole child and in the idea of language serving as an equalizer. “The first language you hear ‘I love you’ in embeds in you,” she said. “You can’t exclude that.” Minoritized populations too often see their native tongues excluded in classrooms. “You have to welcome people in the language they speak.” St. Patrick’s is part of Boston College’s Two Way Immersion Network for Catholic schools, or TWIN. Wright, an English teacher, is a veteran educator who said she understands Spanish but is less comfortable speaking it.

The teaching team Manueles is a bilingual and biliterate former administrative assistant who emerged as the ideal candidate to teach the Spanish half of the class. She said Jones and other officials were impressed with her friendly demeanor, her gift for working with children and her ease in both languages. Manueles recalled growing up speaking Spanish at home but being educated in English. She taught herself to read, write and study in Spanish – becoming biliterate on her own. She intends to pursue education credentials now that she is in a classroom. When Boston College officials were in town to train the staff, Jones said it was clear Manueles was the ideal person to teach alongside Wright. Manueles described the moment she


felt the call as her “Holy Spirit moment,” a concept that was deeply meaningful to her faith. As the teaching partners set up their classroom in late August, they split tasks and shared enthusiasm for the coming start of the year. “We are a great team,” Wright said. The program began with a single classroom, but Jones said the energy is infectious to the other classrooms in the building. “Everybody recognizes we’re on a train that is bound for great things,” she said. Jones said she’s pleased to see the state’s public school system embrace dual language education and hopes some dollars will follow pupils who attend private schools such as St. Patrick’s. Her advice to education leaders faced with implementing dual language programs

is to seek out the experts in their circles. For Catholic schools that is the TWIN program. For public schools, it is other public schools already offering the program.

State rollout Under the plan announced by OSPI, dual language will be available in grades K-8 by 2040. Under the Reykdal’s plan, the Legislature would expand on its investment in dual language by adding $189 million in the 2023-25 budget cycle, with money earmarked to train teachers and establish curriculum. Washington currently has 102 dual language programs offering Spanish, three offering Chinese-Mandarin, two offering Vietnamese and five offering tribal languages – Kalispel Salish, Lushootseed, Makah, Quileute and Quishootseed. According to OSPI, the existing dual language programs serve 35,000 publish school students in 42 districts and statetribal education compact schools. Reykdal links student success to studying foreign languages. “When young people become bilingual during the early grades, they have more cognitive flexibility and they perform better in school,” Reykdal said. “As our global economy changes and our world becomes increasingly international, dual language education must become a core opportunity for our students.” JONES, From page A29 be posted for a few months. Did area students catch up to pre-pandemic performance over last school year? The likely answer is no, but some progress also was likely. Whether that progress was substantial or slight remains an open question, however. If the answer is slight, the repercussions for especially older students are concerning. For those who haven’t gone on to some post-secondary education, there seems little chance of catching up. For those who have, some make-up classes may be in order, if a struggle in many core classes of a bachelor’s degree are to be avoided. In fact, Eastern Washington University instructors have observed an increase in math-challenged students who graduated from high school in the past two years. Younger students should have time to regain grade-level competencies, but not without extra effort from schools, students and parents. Longer-term, one can only hope that our school systems, both K-12 and higher ed, can bring our students back to expected grade level competencies. The stakes are high for the futures of our young people. They are also high for the economy of the greater Tri-Cities. According to data the Institute compiles for Vitals put out by the AWB Institute, the greater Tri-Cities is home to the largest concentration of STEM jobs in the state – as a share of the workforce. If a goal of local leaders is grow its own talent, future engineers, scientists and health professionals will need to be proficient in both math and language skills. 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.




New EWU president visits Tri-City business community By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

As many students returned to campus at the end of August, the new president of Eastern Washington University visited the Tri-Cities to meet with local business leaders. Shari McMahan wanted to learn how EWU could position itself to meet the needs of area employers and how to better prepare its students for the future workforce. Among McMahan’s goals as Eastern’s new president are to bolster student enrollment and retention rates and to fine-tune programs to ensure student success postgraduation. A first-generation college student, Mc-

Mahan has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in social ecology from UC Irvine, and a master’s degree in health science from Cal State Northridge. Shari McMahan She most recently worked as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, San Bernardino. McMahan said EWU is working on its five-year strategic plan as its current one expires at the end of the year.

She said the Tri-Cities is an important market for EWU, which is in Cheney. Nearly 500 undergraduate students from Benton and Franklin counties are enrolled in 2022, up from nearly 400 students in fall 2021. The top three majors are computer science, psychology and exercise science. Nearly 100 students from Benton and Franklin counties are enrolled in Eastern’s graduate programs. The top three majors are education, business administration and social work. The majority of EWU students come from Spokane County, where it is located. Declining student enrollment has been a cause for concern at colleges across the state and country in the wake of the Co-

vid-19 pandemic. Nationwide, undergraduate enrollment accounted for most of the decline, dropping 4.7% in spring 2022, or over 662,000 students from spring 2021, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Statewide, undergraduate enrollment fell 13.5% between spring 2019 and spring 2022, according to the center’s data. And EWU is no different. Fall 2021 enrollment was 10,892, down nearly 12% from fall 2019’s 12,326. McMahan’s main message for the TriCities? She encouraged students to choose EWU. “Come to Eastern. We’ll wrap our arms around you,” she said.


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Trios welcomes new residents, including 2 Tri-Citians By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Trios Health’s residency class recently started its three-year program and includes four new family medicine resident physicians and six new internal medicine resident physicians. The Class of 2025 applicant pool was competitive this year, with nearly 2,000 applicants. More than 170 candidates were interviewed to select the final 10 for residency positions. Two are TriCitians. They are: • Drew Ableman, DO, family medicine, Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University, hometown Spokane. • Blake Christensen, DO, family medicine, Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine, hometown Rexburg. • Shelby Johnson, MD, internal medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, hometown Moses Lake. • Thanmai Kaleru, MD, internal medicine, MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences, hometown Federal Way. • Daniel Kim, DO, internal medicine, Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University, hometown Tacoma. • Janhvi Rana, MD, internal medicine – American University of Antigua College of Medicine, hometown Pasco. • Eryn Reager, DO, family medicine, Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine, hometown Salt Lake City. • Daniel Shin, DO, internal medicine,

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Experienced driving instructors turn the key on new school By Robin Wojtanik

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

A new driving school opened in Kennewick, offering instruction and Department of Licensing testing from three professionals with a combined 20 years of experience in traffic safety, teaching and education. Top-Notch Driving School at 1350 N. Louisiana St., Suite E, opened over the summer by a mother-son duo, Myel and Steven Nundahl, who previously worked at another local driving school. Steven’s wife Kaylea is a co-owner. “I started doing it 10 years ago as a part-time gig in addition to working other positions,” Myel said. “About four years ago my son came in, and it just kind of became a passion for him. Right away he said he wanted to buy the business if there was ever the chance.” When their hopes of going from employees to owners fell through at the school they were working for, the pair didn’t give up on the dream. “My son said, ‘Mom, will you come with me?’ And I said ‘Yeah, of course.’ So, we just started on this journey,” Myel said. Their lead instructor is a former coworker, Pam Homer. “When Steven was talking about purchasing it, Pam had said, ‘I will go with you, whatever you do,’ ” Myel said. “So,

she came with us. Pam’s very knowledgeable and entertaining and has been in transportation for over 30 years.” Top-Notch offers classes for teens who are getting a driver’s license for the first time. It also offers adult refresher courses for those who want to brush up on their skills, or are mandated by the court system to do so. These classes are “quick teaching that doesn’t have you in a classroom with teenagers,” Myel said. The school near Costco also offers basic DOL-certified testing on a walkin basis since the service is no longer offered by the DOL. Testing must be done at a private location with certified state examiners and prices can vary. Teen classes cost $450 for six weeks of classroom instruction and include five practical drives for learning skills on the road. “I feel like our fees are reasonable within the area,” Myel said. Top-Notch students are offered a discount on taking their DOL knowledge or skills tests, commonly referred to as the “written” or “driving” tests. The school also provides the option of private lessons from a certified instructor. The Nundahls chose the location in a Kennewick strip mall for its central location. The fourth class of students is cur-

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Photo by Robin Wojtanik A new driving school has pulled into town. Top-Notch Driving School at 1350 N. Louisiana St., Suite E, opened in Kennewick this summer. From left are: coowners Kaylea and Steven Nundahl, lead instructor Pam Homer and co-owner Myel Nundahl.

rently in session at Top-Notch, which expects to top out at 25 students per class eventually. “It’s nice having small classes right now because we’re getting to know the kids,” Myel said. “We’re having fun

with it. I totally believe we’ll get busier as it goes.” search Top-Notch Driving School:; 509-7374001; @topnotchdrivingschoolkennewick.




Tapteal Native Plants offers drought-tolerant landscaping alternatives By Laura Kostad

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Tucked into a pocket of West Richland is a native plant haven. It’s a nursery in Ann Autrey’s backyard called Tapteal Native Plants. Her business is a grassroots effort to raise awareness about the value of native species, as well as to supply the Columbia Basin with region-specific varieties from its unique shrub-steppe habitat. Demand for native plants is on the rise. “Every year, the business has tripled in growth for plant sales,” Autrey said. “Last year, we hit our highest yet, and (this year) we’re at least going to match.” She’s seeing the growth in Tapteal’s customer base. “We’re definitely reaching more and more people. When we had our sale in spring, it was all new faces,” she said. Autrey and her assistant, Kelsey Kelmel, said there are several reasons people are attracted to native plants, ranging from a desire to honor the landscape, reduce maintenance, add diversity to edible landscaping, lower water bills or guard against future environmental conditions that may make conventional plantings less practical or even impossible. “Having done this for a few years, I can tell you that when it comes to native plant people, there’s no one type of person,” Autrey said. “Our customers span the whole political spectrum … and every other category.” “Plants don’t discriminate,” Kelmel added. “Our customer base comes from as far as Yakima, Moses Lake, a strong contingent in Walla Walla, Pendleton, Umatilla,” Autrey said.

Shrub-steppe diversity The area’s shrub-steppe landscape

Photo by Laura Kostad Tapteal Native Plants founder Ann Autrey and her assistant Kelsey Kelmel stand in the shade house full of plant starts, most of which will be sold at their annual fall plant sale. Autrey runs the nursery out of her multi-acre backyard, selling over 10,000 plants per year to home gardeners and professional landscapers looking to bring a touch of shrub-steppe to their landscaping.

boasts an astonishing array of native wildflowers and other less showy plants. “Our ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world,” Kelmel said. Yet, as Tri-Cities and other neighboring communities grow and diversify, many property owners don’t embrace the natural character of the existing environment, instead favoring green lawns and conventional landscape plantings – both which require lots of water. To Autrey and Kelmel, native plants and other arid climate-tolerant species provide a simple yet elegant solution to the challenges presented by the shrubsteppe environment. After all, they’ve naturally adapted to these conditions. The bonus? They require nearly no water, soil amendment,

or pesticides and herbicides. “Water conservation, sustainability and resilience for what’s coming for the future and pollinator health – that’s especially important here in Eastern Washington because we’re in ag country and we need to support all the pollinators we can to ensure our ag industry continues in good health,” Autrey said. It’s part of what led her to start Tapteal Native Plants five years ago after wanting to incorporate native plantings on her own property. She found herself driving between two native plant nurseries in Spokane and Peshastin to find what she was looking for. “It dawned on me that not everyone can take a day to go get plants and then again to replenish anything that didn’t

make it,” she said, adding that the Columbia Basin has a slightly different climate than those two areas. Adding to the challenge is transplants from the wild often don’t take well due to the long roots that shrub-steppe species put down to access water reserves. “So, I focused on collecting and germinating local seed that has the genetics to make it here,” she said. She said members of the Heritage Garden Program helped her out, particularly with seed donations. She also learned about different areas around the region to harvest seeds sustainably. Though Autrey believes it doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to incorporating native plantings, saying “there is value in the plants themselves because all around us we’re losing the valuable shrub-steppe habitat. “For example, on the Hanford reservation, there used to be sagebrush everywhere, but due to fires, it’s really decimated the population. Slow-growing sagebrush doesn’t come back after a fire … it’s a keystone species. When we lose those plants, it disrupts the whole ecosystem.” In “Singing Grass, Burning Sage” by Jack Nisbet, he wrote that of “the 10.5 million acres of shrub-steppe habitat present in Eastern Washington in the early 1800s, almost two-thirds have disappeared entirely and the rest has been irrevocably changed.” As Autrey explained, that change is due to human influence. “Planting natives shows an appreciation for where we’re at,” Kelmel said. “I think that celebrating that should be a part of our daily lives and our community. Why not celebrate our sense of place? There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from the shrub-steppe.”


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Plant sale, classes Tapteal Native Plants is gearing up for its annual fall plant sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5. Sales are also held in spring with a different selection of plants. “Our sales are focused around the life cycle of the plant,” Autrey said. “People are used to planting what they want right now, but really, most native plant starts Photo by Kelsey Kelmel are best planted in fall. We want people

to be successful. Their traditional way of gardening may not be what’s going to be successful for the plant.” Plants and seeds can be acquired throughout the year by contacting the nursery or visiting its limited Etsy shop, which is devoted to seed sales. Autrey offers her expertise through consultation as well. Homeowners and businesses can have their property evaluated. Then, she can create a plan, complete with plant species recommendations. She has designed over 200 native gardens to date. For those looking to learn more, Tapteal Native Plants’ website offers guides, articles and resources to help people get started. This fall, Autrey also will be hosting her first seed germination class and hopes to offer it again in the spring, as well as garden tours. search Tapteal Native Plants: 509-5786446, Open by appointment only. Follow on Facebook and Instagram for fall and spring plant sale information.


Franklin Historical Society lays cornerstone

The Franklin County Historical Society & Museum holds a cornerstone ceremony to celebrate its new addition at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at the museum, 304 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. The 5,180-square-foot annex allows the museum to consolidate a collection that was spread across the county, but pieces of Franklin County history stashed in the basement of the Pasco police station, at the Kahlotus Grange Hall and at the Port of Pasco. The museum was established in 1958 and eventually moved into the 5,000-square-foot building initially built with funds from Andrew Carnegie. The former library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

International Film Festival kicks off Oct. 14

The 14th annual Tri-Cities International Film Festival runs Oct. 14-16 and features the best of 120 submissions from filmmakers in 16 countries. Local filmmaker Augustin Dulauroy’s documentary about Hanford, which was picked up by Amazon Prime, will be featured. Rick Castaneda, a Yakima Valley native and writer/director/producer and cofounder of Psychic Bunny, is the guest director. Genres include animation, comedy, documentary, drama, fan film, horror, music video and sci-fi/fantasy. Genre films and the winners of the 72-Hour Film Challenge will be featured on Oct. 15. Indie shorts will be featured Oct. 16. Day passes are $10. An all-festival VIP pass is $25. Go to

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WORKSOURCE, From page A1 Over the course of three hours, traffic was light but steady and Miramar made two job offers. “Opportunity only comes once. You have to go for it,” said a Kennewick woman seeking an entry level IT job and waiting to be interviewed.

Job hunting In Washington, the unemployment rate stood at 3.7% in July, down from 5.2% a year earlier. In the Tri-Cities, it stood at 4%, the lowest unemployment level of the past three years, according to figures based on Employment Security Department data. As new companies arrive and existing ones expand, job hunting seems like it would be easy. But it’s not and that’s where WorkSource Columbia Basin provides a critical connection between employers, employees, training programs and the network of social services ready to help. The Columbia Basin office is part of the statewide WorkSource system and the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Job Center network. “Our primary goal here is jobs and employment,” said Crystal Bright, WorkSource system coordinator for the Kennewick office at 815 N. Kellogg St., south of the Miramar clinic. WorkSource services WorkSource sits at the heart of the local employment scene. It provides job seekers with workshops, resume assistance, interview training, networking opportunities and a full suite of career planning and training events. It hosts job fairs at work sites such as Miramar and links clients to nonjob support such as health care, housing, transportation, food assistance, translation services and even connects veterans to military service-related benefits. Its office on South Kellogg Street offers computers, Wi-Fi, printers and meeting rooms to support job seekers who need to create resumes and conduct interviews. Comfortable sofas and chairs offer a quiet place to sit and connect on personal devices, free from the distractions of home. It has classrooms to support job seeker education and conference rooms with dual computers so staff can support customers who aren’t comfortable online or need added assistance. The facility and all its services are ADA accessible. For those who are still daunted by online job hunting, WorkSource has a mul-

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Photo by Wendy Culverwell Ruby Aleman of WorkSource Columbia Basin visits with a job seeker from Kennewick during a job air at Miramar Health Clinic, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic that opened in Kennewick a year ago.

tilingual phone line that lists jobs where employers accept paper applications. Its services are free.

Working with employers Bright said its work is driven as much by helping new and newly unemployed workers find their way through job hunts, training and related programs as it is working with employers. Employers can upload job posts at, where they are marked as verified to protect job hunters from unscrupulous scammers. The site links to too, which extends recruitment beyond the state. WorkSource works with employers to research workforce issues such as local salaries, bonuses and other conditions they should consider when hiring locally. In recent months, it has worked with employers such as Amazon Inc., which is hiring seasonal workers for its call center, and Love’s Travel Centers, which opened its new full-service truck stop at Pasco’s King City on Sept. 7. Getting started WorkSource serves a diverse array of industries but keeps its focus on the most in-demand jobs, which currently are in the construction, health care administration and social services fields. Bright said the system works best when it supports the job hunter beyond the mechanics of writing and submitting job applications. Do they need help with trans-

portation? Housing? Health care? Food? Are they disoriented after being laid off from a long-term position? Do they want to pursue a GED certificate or high school equivalency diploma through Columbia Basin College, or do they need other training? “We want to get to know them,” she said. The job seeker’s WorkSource journey begins either in person or on a screen. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, job seekers typically began the process in person in Kennewick. The health crisis forced it to pivot online, and today that’s how most job

seekers enter the system. The process begins by scanning a QR code – which is posted on most WorkSource materials and on the electronic reader board outside its office. Visitors initiate the intake process by filling out a brief form. While the goal is jobs, WorkSource looks to make good matches. “We often tell people to slow down and get to know themselves. Not every employer is the right fit,” she said. Its business services are available to help employers by hosting job postings, supporting on-the-job training and screening candidates. The one thing it doesn’t do is facilitate claims for unemployment insurance coverage. “We can help with reemployment,” Bright said.

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• Amy Hubbard has joined Keller Williams Columbia Basin in Kennewick. The Tri-City native has a deep understanding of the community Amy Hubbard and real estate and enjoys mentoring new real estate agents. • Miramar Health Center in Kennewick has hired Monica Mendoza as a certified physician assistant. She earned her master of science Monica Mendoza in nursing from the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle. • New U Women’s Clinic and Aesthetics in Kennewick has hired Josie Ponce to its women’s health care team. Ponce is board certified Josie Ponce as a family nurse practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience working with patients of all ages and caring for a variety of health care issues. She has worked at Kadlec Regional Medical Center on the surgical unit and at Lourdes Medical Center in the emergency department. Prior to this she worked as a care manager, wound care nurse and per-diem travel nurse. • Mid-Columbia Opera on the Vine has named Mitzi Holmes as the new artistic director. She has been on the artist

roster since 2017 and served as program coordinator in 2021. Opera on the Vine provides a varied number of singers, generally Mitzi Holmes one to six, and a pianist for any casual gathering, formal or corporate event, or themed party. • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic board of directors has hired Christy Trotter as CEO of the $300 million health care nonprofit. She had served Christy Trotter as interim CEO since December 2021. She formerly worked as chief financial officer and has been with the clinic for more than 25 years. • Trios Health has hired Dr. Ethan Estoos as an intensivist in the intensive care unit at the Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, and his Critical Care Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. • Trios Health has hired Dr. Jozef Pavnica as a general surgeon. Pavnica works in the Trios Care Center at Southridge. He completed Dr. Jozef Pavnica his undergraduate education

at Creighton University and obtained his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also completed general surgery residency. • Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston hired internist & endocrinologist Dr. Sandeep Kunwar to Good Shepherd Dr. Sandeep Kunwar Endocrinology. He cares for conditions that affect the thyroid and endocrine glands, which include adrenals and pituitary. He also focuses on providing care for patients with diabetes through diabetes and metabolism management. He attended medical school at the University College of Medicine Sciences & Teaching Hospital in Nepal. He completed his residency in internal medicine from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and his fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at University of Nebraska Medical Center. • Pac/West Lobby Group in Hermiston has hired Amanda Spoo, an Eastern Oregon native with more than a decade of professional Amanda Spoo experience in agriculture, as director of communications. For the past seven years, she has worked in the communications department for U.S. Wheat Associates in Arlington, Virginia, most recently as the director of communications. She has experience in digital communications, media relations, association and stakeholder management, consumer outreach

NETWORKING and education. She has a bachelor’s of science in agricultural communications and journalism from Kansas State University. She will complete a master’s of professional studies in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University in December 2022. She grew up in Hermiston.

uELECTION • Benton REA trustees Mike Freepons of District 2 and Bob Evans of District 3 have been reelected to serve three-year terms on the Benton REA board of trustees. Final votes were counted during the 85th annual meeting of members on July 16 at Leona Libby Middle School in West Richland.

uDONATIONS • UScellular donated $30,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties to support K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and academic enrichment programs. This year the funding will support the club with increasing staffing, STEM equipment and supplies. This will allow more youth to participate in more than 10 STEM sessions. • Toronto-based public relations firm TIEJA Inc. Communications, founded by communications strategist Tieja MacLaughlin, has given a literary donation to the female inmates of Benton County Jail in Kennewick. The donation included more than 100 total books, valued at over $1,500. Titles included works of fiction and nonfiction – biographies, self-help, meditation guides, resume builders, GED prep study guides and more. The donation was matched by Kelowna-based accounting firm The Tax Pros, and supported by Toronto-based continuing education provider Asterid Group Inc. and Samantha Evans.


NETWORKING uPROMOTIONS • Pasco-based Elite Construction + Development has promoted two employees. Aryn Kerr has been promoted to director Aryn Kerr of operations. He joined Elite in 2020 as part of a core team charged with creating and developing the company’s government division and was responsible for the overall management of federal government construction projects including new infrastructure and facilities, facility improvements, hazardous waste cleanup and environmental remediation in and around the Hanford area. In his new role, he will continue to oversee government operations and adds the private division within his purview. He will provide overall management direction and ensure delivery of efficient projects across both sectors with a focus on the client experience and trade partner development. Kerr has almost two decades of experience in general contractor firm ownership and hazardous waste remediation management. Curtis “CJ” Black has been promoted to project executive within the operations department. He will provide leadership, oversight and direction to the private division. He will lead the project management team and all

private division developments. Black joined Elite earlier this year and excelled in his previous role as director, project controls, Curtis “CJ” Black responsible for comprehensive oversight of Elite’s projects on scope, schedule, and cost. He brings more than 14 years of project management and strategic business integration including construction management, strategic planning, risk management, project controls, scheduling and estimating in roles such as estimator, project engineer, project manager, and project controls. As project executive, he will focus on three key areas – exceeding client expectations, managing projects to meet business objectives, and leading and developing project teams.


• Kennewick-based Petersen Hastings has again been included in the listing of Financial Advisor (FA) Magazine’s 2022 RIA Ranking. The financial trade publication annually reports an exclusive list of the nation’s leading independent financial advisory firms based on their total discretionary and nondiscretionary assets under management, as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Petersen Hastings is the only firm in Eastern Wash-

ington to be recognized in the survey. • Wheatland Bank, which has a Pasco branch, has once again earned a top five-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc., the bank rating firm. Bauer rates every federally-insured U.S. bank with the same strict standards. To earn the rating, the bank must excel in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, loan quality and more. Wheatland Bank had earned Bauer’s top rating continuously since September 2007, or 62 consecutive quarters, earning it the added distinction of “Exceptional Performance Bank,” a designation reserved solely for banks that have earned this top rating for 40 (or more) consecutive quarters. • The Design-Build Institute of


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National used car chain expanding to the Tri-Cities By Wendy Culverwell

CarMax Inc., the national chain of used car stores, confirmed it intends to open its first Tri-City location within two to three years. CarMax, based in Richmond, Virginia, operates five stores in Washington, all located in Spokane and Western Washington. Richland will be the first in the area. “We are pleased to confirm that CarMax has identified the Richland, Washington, area as a good fit for our current growth plan,” the company said in a statement. CarMax will build an office, parking lot and related facilities at 1261 Tapteal Drive, north of the Columbia Center mall area, according to documents filed under the State Environmental Policy Act, or SEPA. The city of Richland determined the project will not have significant environmental impacts in August. While CarMax indicated a lengthy development schedule, city documents suggest the project could take shape earlier. SEPA documents indicate work could begin as soon as October. The project includes two buildings, one for service and the other for sales, with a combined 7,750 square feet. The structures will be surrounded by ample parking.

Courtesy CarMax CarMax Inc., a Richmond, Virginia-based used car retailer, will open a store at 1261 Tapteal Drive, north of Columbia Center mall.

The property is bordered by Tapteal Drive to the north and the Port of Bentonowned railroad tracks to the south. It will generate an estimated 249 vehicle trips per day at a rate of 15 an hour in the morning and 20 in the afternoon and evening. CarMax bills itself as the “nation’s largest retailer of used cars” through its physical stores and online sales. The company is publicly traded and its shares trade on the

New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KMX. It has 230 locations and reported 1.6 million sales and $32 billion in revenue during its 2022 fiscal year, which ended in February. In its most recent fiscal report covering the first quarter of 2023, results were mixed. CarMax sold 427,260 vehicles between March and May, down 5.5% from the prior year. However, net revenue rose 21% to

$9.3 billion. It bought more than 362,000 vehicles from consumers and dealers, an increase of 6.2%. In a call with analysts, officials estimated 40% to 45% of the CarMax inventory is priced under $25,000. CarMax also said the average price of a used vehicle was about $28,800 and that it earned a gross profit of $2,339 per vehicle during the quarter. “While the used vehicle market environment was challenging in the first quarter, we continued to make progress on the key strategic priorities that enable CarMax to grow profitable market share, now and into the future,” Bill Nash, president and CEO, said in a press release that accompanied the earnings report. The proposed CarMax site along Tapteal is part of an area targeted for economic development. The cities of Richland and Kennewick are collaborating to connect Center Parkway across the railroad tracks, providing better access to Tapteal and the hotels, stores and other businesses already there. Richland is the lead on the $6 million project and expects to hire a contractor to begin work this fall. Mail by the Mall, which sat in the path of the new road, moved to a strip mall near Olive Garden this summer.

County to complete KGH deal, lease for another facility By Wendy Culverwell

The dream of a Three Rivers Behavioral Health Recovery Center is close to becoming a reality as Benton County moves to secure two sites to serve Tri-Citians facing mental health and substance abuse crises. The county expects to complete a $1.6 million deal to buy the now closed Kennewick General Hospital from Trios Health on Oct. 25. It is also negotiating a separate deal for

quarters, reportedly in downtown Kennewick, to house aspects of treatment that can’t be carried out at the old hospital under terms of the deal. The county has already taken on some responsibility for the six-acre hospital campus, which is at 10th Avenue and Auburn Street. Crews laid out temporary drip lines to try to reverse the effects of a well failure, which left the mature landscape parched after going without water during the hottest summer months. Benton County said an irrigation well at the site failed about the same time Trios

relocated its birthing center from the former Kennewick General earlier this year. The property is not served by the Kennewick Irrigation District. Shyanne Palmus, spokeswoman for the city, said county crews put out drip lines to try to save the trees and shrubs. But it expects the grass will die. “We’ll have to address the landscaping and water system once we take ownership of the building,” she said. Neighboring properties include a city park and school properties and are unaffected by the lack of water reaching sprin-

klers. In addition to the parched greenery, litter is visible on the grounds and there is evidence of light dumping near the Auburn Street entrance, where cardboard boxes and a pallet were left in the bushes. Trios officials cited the well failure for the situation and said it would begin irrigating with city water. Trios, which is owned by the for profit LifePoint Health, acquired the old hospital and the other assets of the former KenneuKGH, Page B2




Benton County expects to complete a $1.6 million purchase of the former Kennewick General Hospital property on Oct. 25, setting the stage to develop a recovery center serving people experiencing mental health and substance abuse crises.

KGH, From page B1

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wick Public Hospital District from RCCH Healthcare Partners. RCCH in turn acquired the assets after the taxing district filed for bankruptcy in 2018 following a financial crisis triggered by the costs associated with building the Southridge Hospital, now Trios Southridge Hospital. The old hospital has a storied history. It opened in 1952 after Kennewick voters approved a $350,000 general obli-

gation bond. That, coupled with a lively community fundraising campaign and a $150,000 gift from the Atomic Energy Commission paid for the communityowned facility. The landscape reflects the age of the facility. Trios consolidated operations at Southridge, leaving the old hospital empty when it moved the birthing operation to a new $20-plus million facility at its Southridge hospital. Enter the Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition, an advocacy group led by Michele Gerber to push for a recovery center. The Tri-Cities is one of the few communities without such a facility. The vacant hospital offered up the ideal location. Benton County reached an agreement to buy the site, but with a caveat. The purchase-sale agreement prohibits it from using the old hospital for behavioral health services. The county is negotiating to lease a facility to house that aspect of the recovery program. Matt Rasmussen, deputy administrator for Benton County, said a lease for the undisclosed location could be signed by October as well. Benton County has secured more than $9 million in state and federal funding and has committed up to $5 million of the funds it received through the American Rescue Plan Act. Benton and Franklin counties both approved a sales and use tax to support the new recovery center. The 0.01% tax took effect in Franklin County on April 1 and in Benton County on July 1.


Mirror Ministries dedicates recovery home

Mirror Ministries has broken ground on Esther’s Home at an undisclosed location in rural Pasco. Esther’s Home creates a safe place for minors who have survived being trafficked for sex in Washington state. It is one of about 30 so-called “restoration homes” serving minor survivors nationwide. “What may seem like a small step will make a huge difference in the lives of young survivors,” said Tricia MacFarlan, executive director of Mirror Ministries, which bought the 20-acre property for the project in January 2022. The property included a home that has been renovated with five bedrooms, as well as offices for staff and therapy, and activity areas. Residents will have an opportunity to complete online schooling and therapeutic activities. It will serve up to five survivors, ages 11-18, at a time. Residents will live at Esther’s House for up to a year. The nonprofit has raised more than $3 million of the $4 million needed to support the project as well as future operating costs. Fundraising is ongoing. Mirror Ministries reports serving an average of 50 sex trafficking survivors a year. Donate at


Richland apartment complex sells for $49 million

Shoreline Village, a 216-unit apartment complex near Richland’s new Duportail bridge, sold for $49 million, or $227,000 per unit, in a deal that closed Aug. 22. The buyer, Kirkland-based 11 Capital, was represented by Berkadia Real Estate Advisors Seattle, which did not provide a capitalization rate signifying the anticipated return on the investment for the transaction. However, the price paid makes it one of the largest apartment complex transactions in Benton County in recent years, according to assessor records. The highest price paid for any multifamily property since 2017 was a $21.25 million deal recorded in 2020, according to county records. Shoreline Village, 2555 Duportail St., was built in 2003 and offers a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. It is at the intersection of Duportail Street and Highway 240.

Popeyes partner buys restaurant site in Richland

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is expanding its Tri-Cities presence after debuting this summer in Kennewick. Ambrosia QSR Chicken Real Estate LLC, representing Popeyes, paid $1.84 million for an undeveloped 2.5-acre site on Duportail Street northwest of the Keene Road intersection. The property is between Yakima Fed-


eral Savings Bank & Loan and an office building that’s home to Tri-City Orthodontics and Smile Surfers. The Kennewick Irrigation District was the seller. NAI Tri-Cities represented Popeyes. Popeyes, part of Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International, opened its first Tri-City restaurant at Highway 395 and Vista Way-Clearwater Avenue in August. A second restaurant is planned in Pasco, where the city approved plans for a Popeyes near Sandifur Crossing, 5814 Road 68, in April. Hogback Development is constructing the Pasco building. Ambrosia QSR is a Vancouver-based company that develops Burger King and Popeyes brands. From its base in western Washington and Oregon, Ambrosia has moved to develop markets in the TriCities and Spokane.

Our Cookie House expands to Pasco

Our Cookie House, a locally-owned cookie shop known for its oversized treats, is expanding to Pasco. Our Cookie House announced the expansion on its Facebook page. The new shop is being built at 6605 Burden Blvd., in a strip mall opposite the HAPO Center. Owner Ashley Meehan, a former TriCitian who commuted from the west side to run her business, opened the original at 8530 W. Gage Blvd., Unit D, in Kennewick in late 2020, using recipes she developed. Go to


Parade of Homes is Sept. 16-18 By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The 2022 Parade of Homes highlights four new Tri-City homes and runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16-18. The Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities event is a showcase for the latest in construction, architectural trends, design and décor for physical tours. All four Parade homes are in Richland. The Parade of Homes magazine is inserted into the September edition of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and offers detailed information about the tour, including home locations. The 2022 builders are Prodigy Homes

Inc., Riverwood Homes Washington LLC, Brett Lott Homes, and New Tradition Homes. Intrigue Custom Homes and Hayden Homes are offering virtual-only home tours for projects in Kennewick and Prosser, respectively. For those unable to participate in the in-person tour, a virtual Parade of Homes launches Sept. 19 at Tickets are available at local Circle K stores and include admission to each of the four homes, as well as to the Fall Home Show at HAPO Center in Pasco from Oct. 7-9. Go to







Motorcycle Training Inc. fuses fun, safety and is for sale By Jeff Morrow

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Dusty Powers has had a love-hate relationship with motorcycles his whole life. Fortunately for local riders and those who want to learn to ride, it’s been a love affair for more than a decade. Powers, 66, joined Motorcycle Training Inc. in north Richland as an instructor and later became its owner. The company, which is for sale, teaches people to safely ride motorcycles — both two-wheelers and three-wheelers. Powers says his 12 instructors train and test anywhere from 550 to 600 motorcycle riders during motorcycle season, which runs from March through late October. The company closes from November to February because of winter weather. “We do permit and endorsement tests, based off of knowledge and skill levels,” Powers said. “Motorcyclists can complete all four tests (a knowledge and skill test for a permit; a knowledge and skill test for an endorsement) in one afternoon, if they want.”

Safety first Why do people need an endorsement to ride a motorcycle? “Motorcycle riding is probably one of the most dangerous things we do,” he said. “Most of us don’t go BASE jumping. And without the license, you can get an additional $364 fine, plus the option of having your motorcycle impounded.”

Photo by Jeff Morrow Dusty Powers promotes safe riding at Motorcycle Training Inc. in north Richland.

Since 2012, motorcycle riders around here have had to take their endorsement test at Motorcycle Training, Inc., or a similar facility instead of the state Department of Licensing. Its classes cover beginner riding, basic, intermediate and sidecars and trikes. Classes are limited to 12 people and run from three to 15 hours. The company owns 23 bikes of various models, shapes and sizes. “We have a lot of different bikes, but there are different sizes of people,” Powers said. “Some bikes are lower to the ground, others higher up. Then you have to account

for maintenance).” Powers draws 95% of his customers from within a 50-mile radius. He also has four of the three-wheel CanAm bikes. And he’s the only person in the region who has a deal with the company, Bombardier Recreational Products, that makes the Can-Ams. “We get customers from Montana and Oregon,” Powers said. “The three-wheels take different techniques to drive them.”

Born to ride Powers’ business is just one of two in the state that has a classroom with dedicated

training, as well as a testing range on the same property. It’s one of the reasons his company gets such a draw of potential riders. “There is an emotional response to motorcycles,” he said. “They may struggle when they first come out. And they struggle and they finally get it. I’ve had grown men come up to me afterwards with tears in their eyes.” He says he gets people who’ve suffered an accident and their doctor recommended they don’t do this. “Or there is the spurned spouse, who wants to show their spouse that they can do this,” he added. “I still have others who want to ride to honor somebody who rode. “It’s fun to help them realize their dreams,” Powers continued. “The counterpart to that is some of them have to realize this isn’t for them.” Powers found out at the right time this was for him in 2006. He and his brother own Telco Wiring and Repair in Pasco. “I joined my parents in 1988, and did phone systems repairs with my brother,” he said. “My brother and I still own the company.” Powers admitted that the fast-changing technology passed him quickly. And while he still works with some larger customers, Powers found this opportunity. It just took some time to love motorcycles again. uMOTORCYCLE, Page B6



MOTORCYCLE, From page B5 “I grew up in Burbank Heights, and at the age of 6, I rode a Yamaguchi motorcycle with my father,” he said. From the age of 12 to 25, he rode and loved it. But he scared himself because he took chances. Stupid chances. “So, I sold the bike when I got married at 25,” he said. It wasn’t until his 50th birthday that his wife bought him another motorcycle. “But I started riding dangerously again,” Powers said. His son convinced him he needed to take a motorcycle class, at Motorcycle Training Inc. “That one class completely changed my way of thinking,” Powers said. “I found that it wasn’t a physical activity. It’s a mental activity. And when I took that class, I started loving motorcycle riding again.” That was June 2006. He became a certified instructor for the company two months


Fuel, asphalt and lumber prices fell this summer

The cost of some materials and services used in nonresidential construction fell slightly in July relative to June, according to Associated General Contractors of America. The industry association noted that concrete and other materials continue to rise, but diesel fuel, asphalt, lumber and some metals fell 1.3% in July, the most recent month available. “Contractors welcome any relief they


later, in August. He worked as an instructor for six years, then bought it when the owners wanted to get out of the business.

For sale Now, he is looking to sell it. “It’s time. I mean, this is a fun job. I like dealing with students and instructors. But it’s time,” he said. But even if he does sell, he’ll still ride. Because he still loves it. “Riding a motorcycle, people always use the word ‘freedom,’ ” he said. “It is an experience, you are outside. One guy told me, ‘I have to be in the moment when riding a motorcycle. I’m free from outside influence. I can’t be mad at my boss. I can’t be mad at my wife.’ In a way, it’s an artistic escape.” Search Motorcycle Training Inc.: 2125 Robertson Drive, Horn Rapids Business Park, Richland;;; 509-3710888. Hours are Mondays: 1 to 5 p.m.; and Tuesdays-Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. can get in the cost of most construction materials. But it is still too hard to acquire most materials and prices remain quite elevated for many key products,” said CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. Contractors’ bid prices rose 5.4% over the same period, AGC noted. The producer price index, which tracks the cost of construction materials and services, remained 14.6% above 2021 levels. “We are not out of the woods yet when it comes to high materials prices and supply chain problems,” Sandherr said. “Unless public officials can put in place

Photo by Jeff Morrow Dusty Powers of Motorcycle Training Inc. in north Richland has a variety of motorcycles available for customers to learn to ride on.

measures to arrest materials price inflation and unjam supply chains, contractors will continue to be squeezed by high prices.”

Historic preservation grants available

Benton County is accepting applications for its 2023 round of historic preservation grants through Oct. 7. The program is funded by document recording fees and aims to promote historic preservation within the county. The program is open to government entities or IRS-recognized nonprofit 501(c)

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Goodwill breaks ground on new retail store

Goodwill of the Columbia is building a new retail store and employment center in College Place near Walla Walla. The nonprofit serving people with disabilities and other barriers held ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the 20,000-square-foot project in August at 1017 NE C St.




Mini storage, apartments and more coming to the Tri-Cities 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 have hit the SEPA register in the past month.

Taggares Mini Storage Kennewick A 328-unit mini-storage facility is being proposed at 4621 Southridge Blvd., near the Washington State Patrol office in western Kennewick’s Southridge area. The $12 million project will consist of 10 buildings and 47,800 square feet and was submitted on the owner’s behalf by Knutzen Engineering. The project will be built in two phases and is under review by the city of Kennewick. Construction of the first phase is expected to begin in spring 2023. The property owner is identified as Pride of Pasco Development LLC. Canal Landing Preliminary Plat Kennewick A 7.78-acre parcel at 4711, 4717 and 4721 W. Canal Drive, on the south side of West Canal Drive and West Quinault Avenue, will be subdivided into 92 residential lots intended for zero-lot line duplexes. Existing structures on the lots that comprise the property will be demolished. The site is zoned for medium-density residential development. At build-out, the new homes will serve about 300 residents. The project includes 101 units of housing to serve families with low incomes. The city previously determined the proposal will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. Zintel Canyon Apartments Kennewick Evergreen Housing Development Group, a Seattle-based developer, plans to build a 195-unit apartment complex at 4303 S. Zintel Way. The 7.5-acre project will be constructed on a 13-acre site near Ridgeline Drive and South Boffer Canyon Road-Zintel Way in western Kennewick. Evergreen expects to begin construction in spring 2023, with the first tenants expected to move in by fall 2024. The remaining land will be developed with single-family homes as well as open space. The project will feature five three-story, wood-framed buildings with carports and related amenities, including an office/clubhouse. The developer will build southwest along the property’s east-facing frontage, with a connection to West 40th Avenue. Residence Inn Kennewick Ignite Hotels, represented by Knutzen Engineering, plans an 80,000-square-foot, five-story hotel with 120 parking spots at

1123 N. Columbia Center Blvd. The city of Kennewick has determined it will not adversely affect the environment. Construction is expected to begin in summer or fall 2022 with a targeted completion of winter 2023. Ignite, led by Gurbir Sandhu, first announced the project in 2019, which will be built on land next to the Red Lion Columbia Center, which Ignite also owns.

The Falls Kennewick Elite Construction of Pasco will build a mixed-use project on a 3.43-acre site at 4112 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick. The project will consist of a

117,000-square foot, four-story building, two 5,500-square-foot commercial buildings and 172 parking spots. Knutzen Engineering represents the owner. The site is west of Highway 395, near Windsong, a residential facility serving seniors.

The Dunes Subdivision Pasco Dave Greeno, representing Big Sky Developers, proposes to create a 222-lot subdivision on a 47.63-acre parcel south of Burns Road about three-quarters of a mile west of Broadmoor Boulevard. The city of Pasco has determined it will not have a probable adverse impact on the environment.

Project Sigma Burbank Business Park The project includes construction of a 29,300-square-foot steel building at 98 Gateway Road in the Burbank Business Park. The building will be used as a warehouse/fabrication shop and office and will include 90 truck/trailer stalls and 104 parking spots. RND Land Holdings LLC is the applicant. The Port of Walla Walla owns the property but could not identify the tenant because of a nondisclosure agreement. search Monitor the register at Filter by county under the “Filter Results” section on the left.




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Reaction mixed to salmon study rejecting Snake River ‘status quo’ By Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, released the final edition of a study, Lower Snake River Dams: Benefit Replacement Report, that concludes the status quo is not an option when it comes to whether or not to remove the four dams. The study, released in late August, falls short of recommending they be removed. Instead, it says that while saving salmon and other species in the Columbia Basin is imperative, the loss of power and other impacts must be mitigated before breaching can begin. It lays that responsibility on the federal government, their owner and operator. “The state and federal governments should implement a plan to replace the benefits of the Lower Snake River Dams


Bed Bath & Beyond to close 150 stores

Bed Bath & Beyond, the national home goods chain, will close 150 “lower-producing” stores, cut jobs and retreat from private label plans as it combats mounting losses. ChainStore Age, which monitors the retail industry, said the company secured $500 million in loans and credit “to shore up its business ahead of the holiday selling season.”

to enable breaching to move forward,” they said in a joint recommendation. Not surprisingly, reaction was mixed among those who favor removal to save salmon and those who object to loss of hydropower, navigation and other benefits of the Ice Harbor (dedicated 1962, 603MW). Lower Monumental (dedicated 1969, 810MW), Little Goose (dedicated 1970, 810MW) and Lower Granite (dedicated 1984, 810MW) dams. Here is a sample of reactions: U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside: “Governor Inslee and Senator Murray are trying to have their cake and eat it too with their recommendation released (in August) calling for a plan to replace the benefits of the Lower Snake River Dams to enable breaching to move forward. This report outlines what Central Washington has known all

along: there is no reasonable replacement for the Lower Snake River Dams.” Newhouse is running for reelection against Democrat Doug White in November. Delano Saluskin, chair, Yakama Tribal Council: “Yakama Nation agrees with the report’s conclusions that a comprehensive and aggressive basinwide approach to salmon recovery, and that Lower Snake River dam removal is a feasible option to aid the recovery of Snake River populations, which would in turn help remove restrictions on main-stem Columbia River Fisheries.” Todd Myers, environmental director, Washington Policy Center and member, Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council: “The governor’s report on the Snake River dams ignores the consensus science on salmon and the Snake

River dams, and puts politics before true salmon recovery efforts. Destroying the dams would divert funding from salmon runs at greater risk, would not help southern resident killer whales, and would increase CO2 emissions.” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: “Oregon, Washington, and a bipartisan group of leaders from across the Northwest all agree: Salmon and steelhead are central to the Columbia Basin’s ecosystem, economy, and way of life, and we must find a collaborative path forward to prevent their extinction while serving the interest of everyone in the region.” Read the full report at Read Inslee’s and Murray’s recommendations at

Bed Bath & Beyond outlined its plans in an Aug. 31 business and strategy update. who fell from a high-rise apartment building in New York City on Sept. 1. The company planned to slash costs to lower expenses by $250 million in its 2022 fiscal year to address losses that widened to nearly $358 million in its most recent quarter, leading to a downgrade in its credit rating by S&P Global ratings. Bed Bath & Beyond operates a store near Columbia Center mall in Ken-

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the city worked to build a 6 million-gallon reservoir and related pipelines while retiring an existing 10 million-gallon one. The construction site is surrounded by homes in the Creekstone subdivision. Rotchsky Inc. is the main contractor. The new reservoir is expected to be complete in September and demolition of the old tank has begun. The city said Creekstone Park should reopen to residents in September. Crews have installed fencing and landscaping around the new facility.

Kennewick water tank project wrapping up

The city of Kennewick reports it is nearing the end of a $15.1 million project to replace an aging water tank in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The reservoir replacement project off Irving Street began in 2020 and included massive excavation and construction as


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 Since late 2019, there have been 112 new apartments built in Mattawa. From 2019-22, 191 new residential units have been constructed in surrounding areas around Mattawa, including but not limited to Desert Aire. A residential housing developer recently announced a project to build 101 single-family homes and duplexes on the north side of Mattawa. Lars Leland, the port’s executive director, said the housing developments support economic, commercial and tourism growth. He also noted the area’s proximity to Interstate 90 and it being centrally located between the TriCities, Yakima, Ellensburg, Moses Lake and Wenatchee.


Housing projects grow in Mattawa-Desert Aire area

Housing projects have been increasing over the past three years in the Mattawa and Desert Aire communities, according to the Port of Mattawa. More than 300 new residential units (single-family homes and apartments) have been built in the greater Mattawa area, population 10,000, with another 200 new residential units projected to be built in late 2022 and in 2023. The area sits about an hour northwest of the Tri-Cities, along the Columbia River between Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams in southwest Grant County. Paid Advertising


Richland Community Center closes for renovations

The Richland Community Center is planning to be closed from Sept. 26 to Oct. 13 for renovation work. The center is at 500 Amon Park Drive at Howard Amon Park. Stay updated about the project and operating schedule by checking the city of Richland’s Parks and Recreation website at or by calling 509-942-7529.

Vintners Village plans block party and ribbon-cutting Vintners Village in Prosser will hold a block party and ribbon-cutting from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 15 at 236 Port Ave.

The program welcomes two tasting rooms and a boutique and bakery that opened in the Port of Benton-owned property during the Covid-19 pandemic. The new businesses are Corks and Taps, owned by Jason Domanico, Sister to Sister on the Ave, owned by M’Liss Bierlink, and Wautoma Springs, a collaboration between winemaker Jessica Munnell, vineyard owner Tom Merle and tasting room manager Rachel Mercer. The port constructed the second phase of Vintners Village in 2018. The newcomers join the Prosser Economic Development Association and 12 other local businesses. Go to

Fat Cat Garages 300 Wellhouse Loop, Richland

Bush Developments, led by Tim, TJ and Blake Bush, expects to complete Fat Cat Garages, an $8 million condominium-style hobby garage project near the Richland Fred Meyer, by October. Fat Cat Garages offers luxury storage units ranging from 1,176 square feet to 1,736 square feet, which are available for sale or for lease. Units are finished and temperature controlled and are marketed for personal and business storage and personal workshop spaces. The property at 300 Wellhouse Loop includes a wash bay and on-site RV dump. The property is secure and offers 24-hour access. Bruce Baker with Baker Architecture designed the building and Teton West was responsible for the metal buildings. Hummel Construction and Development was the general contractor. For leasing, sales or other information, contact TJ Bush at 509-947-7905.

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Port celebrates latest phase at Columbia Gardens

The Port of Kennewick celebrates the completion of the second phase of its Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village near the cable bridge with a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m. Sept. 15. The event was rescheduled after being canceled in July because of extreme heat. The second phase added a new building with room for two wineries and a food truck plaza. Gordon Estate Winery and Muret-Gaston Winery opened tasting rooms, joining Bartholomew and Monarcha wineries, which moved into the first phase prior to the pandemic.


Columbia Gardens, 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way, is across from Zip’s on East Columbia Drive. The food truck plaza is home to a regular lineup of vendors: Culture Shock Bistro, Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food, Taste of Wok, Only Tacos, Bobalastic, Rollin Ice Cream and Swampy’s BBQ. The second phase added six readyto-build parcels, which are available for private development. Swampy’s has closed a deal to build a permanent kitchen at the site. Columbia Gardens is zoned urban mixed-use and is in a federally designated Opportunity Zone. RSVP via email to

Carpenters union opens Kennewick training center

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC) has added Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to the council. This brings the union to 10 states total. The council’s membership is now at more than 63,000. Four new Locals have been added to Southwest Carpenters’ brotherhood: Local 59 in Spokane, Local 635 in Meridian, Idaho, Local 808 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Local 82 in Great Falls, Montana. Five new training centers also have been added to SWRCC: Spokane, Kennewick, Meridian, Idaho Falls and Helena. “We look forward to welcoming the brother and sisters of Eastern Washing-


ton, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters,” said Pete Rodriguez, executive secretary-treasurer/CEO of the SWRCC. “We’ve had a lot of success with securing solid union jobs, wages and benefits in the southwest. We will be bringing that same success to the mountain states. There is a lot of work coming to the region because of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will put a lot of union carpenters to work.” SWRCC works with contractors, developers, and elected leaders to raise the standard of building and living for all workers. It is an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and is the largest council in the brotherhood. Paid Advertising

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PUBLIC RECORD uBANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up nonexempt property and debt is discharged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers or fishermen to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to pay a percentage of debt based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay debts. Information provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.

Chapter 7 Marisa Tews, 904 Winslow Ave., Richland. Maria O. Mendoza, 2502 S. Kellogg St., Kennewick. Autum Marie Kelly, 2555 Bella Coola Lane, #S345, Richland. Danica Dallas, 536 N. 60th Ave., West Richland. Charles Smith, 904 Winslow Ave., Richland. Jason Gregory Torgerson & Lisa Michelle Torgerson, 8104 S. Toro Place, Kennewick. Nadia Morales, 1936 W. Yakima St., Pasco. Sergio Luna Rocha & Rachel Amy Luna, 6208 Coventry Lane, Pasco. Amanda Nichole Flores, 203106 E. Bowles Road, #55, Kennewick. Joseph Frank Gauthier, 5717 Wallowa Lane, Pasco. Kenneth Richard Morris, 1514 W. Fourth Ave., Apt. G, Kennewick. Paul Lawrence Eikenbary, 4705 Hilltop Drive, Pasco. Jasmin Gonzalez, 7912 Budsage Drive, Pasco. Roberto Martinez Jr. & Jessica Chrystal Martinez, 1731 Clark Road, Pasco. Leonardo Barrera Diaz, 415 N. Cedar Ave., Pasco. Joatsen Ismael Brambila & Jessica Brambila, 106 Craighill Ave., Richland. Chapter 13 Delia Gonzalez, 4331 Hendricks Road, Connell. Steven Paul Manship & Desirae Marie Manship, 409 E. Eighth Ave., Kennewick. Jesse Jonathan Campos & Myriam Campos, 808 N. Elm Ave., Pasco. Stephanie Lynn Fiander, 3896 S. Lincoln St., Kennewick. Ryan C. Femreite, 3089 Riverbend Drive, Richland. James Blake Barrett & Audrianna Noel Cantu-Yoerger, 1403 N. 16th Ave., Pasco.

611-, 865-, 774-, 609-, 609- and 837-squarefoot homes. Price: $1.5 million. Buyer: Northwest Holdings Co. LLC. Seller: Katherine & Rick T. Sterling. 7510 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, 1,316-square-foot commercial building. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Bank of Idaho. Seller: Homestreet Bank. 3320 S. Walnut Ridge PR SE, Kennewick, 3,640-square-foot home on 4.6 acres. Price: $913,000. Buyer: Charles Lauren. Seller: Wesley B. & Tricia A. Lewallen. 7000 block of Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, 1.3 acres of commercial land. Price: $889,000. Buyer: Clearwater Lofts LLC. Seller: ABC Optometric Services dba Clearwater Family Eye Care. 6205 W. Okanogan Ave., Kennewick, 15,400-square-foot industrial flex building. Price: $2.4 million. Buyer: Mad 3 Props LLC. Seller: 3 Blanks LLC. 29351 S. 932 PR SE, Kennewick, 2,553-square-foot home. Price: $790,000. Buyer: Benjamin T. Pearson. Seller: Ryan Kerr. 94008 N. Northstar PR NE, Richland, 3,353-square-foot home on 5.3 acres. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Warren L. & Sarah S. Emmons. Seller: Kathleen L. Walker. 1123 S. Kansas Court, Kennewick, 2,900-square-foot home. Price: $725,000. Buyer: William H. & Lorena Y. Ker. Seller: Lucas E. & Leah M. Ronning. 4230 Lolo Way, Richland, 3,870-square-foot home. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Lucas E. & Leah M. Ronning. Seller: Titan Homes LLC. 79430. W. 757 PR NW, Prosser, 2,564-squarefoot home on 5.2 acres. Price: $760,000. Buyer: Fabricio Yael Valencia & Zaida Naveli Valencia Guzman. Seller: Manuel Viera. 2435 Saddle Way, Richland, 2,560-square-foot home. Price: $798,000. Buyer: Nathaniel D. & Kathleen M. Hathaway. Seller: Carolyn M. Wood. 847 & 849 Duke Lane, West Richland, two 736-square-foot homes. Price: $750,000. Buyer: John Brent & Melinda Gill. Seller: Urban Range

LLC. 106205 E. 297 PR SE, Kennewick, 3,160-square-foot home and pole building on 2.5 acres. Price: $880,000. Buyer: Brian D. & Shaleen A. Severson. Seller: Robert W. & Katherine D. Coffland. 4182 Potlatch St., Richland, 2,907-square-foot home. Price: $711,000. Buyer: Donavan & Tracy L. Nickerson. Seller: Tanninen Custom Homes Inc. 8400 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick, 5,680-square-foot commercial building. Price: $2.3 million. Buyer: Choy Oregon LLC. Seller: Stephen D. & Carolyn K. Henager. 88033 Calico Road, Kennewick, 3,270-squarefoot home. Price: $987,000. Buyer: Joseph W. & Melissa Ferris III. Seller: JK Monarch LLC. 58401 N. Griffin Road, Grandview, 2,953-square-foot home with pole building on 5 acres. Price: $850,000. Buyer: Henry & Brenda Kaye Koetsier Jr. Seller: Belly Acres LLC. 16717 S. Ridge View Lane, Kennewick, 2,730-square-foot home. Price: $850,000. Buyer: Daniel Scott & Debra Kathleen Smith. Seller: JK Monarch East LLC. 4285 Potlatch St., Richland, 2,440-square-foot home. Price: $772,000. Buyer: Dan R. & Holly L. Hansen Trustees. Seller: Tanninen Custom Homes Inc. 4851 Rau Lane, Richland, 2,949-square-foot home with two pole buildings on 2 acres. Price: $998,000. Buyer: Leonard James & Lucinda Donnette Foster. Seller: Wayne K. & Debra K. Mapstead. 108133 217 PR SE, Kennewick, 3,782-squarefoot home on 10 acres. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Wendy Lyn & Duane Michael Ashby. Seller: Ryan S. & Amanda R. Renslow. 104305 E. Tripple Vista Drive, Kennewick, 2,729-square-foot home. Price: $704,000. Buyer: Ian T. Boyd. Seller: Youngki & Sangwon S. Chung. 807 E. Eastlake Drive, Kennewick, 2,515-square-foot home. Price: $704,000. Buyer: Fredericus Vosman & Maggie Butler


Murphy. Seller: Joe W. Sullivan. 2940, 2930 & 2910 George Washington Way, Richland, two 20,000-square-foot office buildings on 1.8 acres. Price: $2.7 million. Buyer: Henning Richland LLC. Seller: Croskrey Brothers LLC. 56504 N. East Roza Road, Benton City, 1,506-square-foot home, 13,280-square-foot commercial building, 1,400-square-foot home on 3 acres. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Terra Vinum LLC. Seller: Roll ‘Em Ranch LLC. 4815, 4905 & 4827 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, 14.3 acres of commercial property. Price: $8.1 million. Buyer: Columbia Mobile Village Holdings LLC. Seller: Linda Butler & Debra Adcock. 4126 Highview St., Richland, 3,454-squarefoot home. Price: $1.3 million. Buyer: Steven & Jessica D. Lee. Seller: P&R Construction LLC. 79773 E. Country Heights Drive, Kennewick, 8,635-square-foot home on 11 acres. Price: $2.6 million. Buyer: Daryl Christopher & Joanna Deidre Kelly. Seller: Scott K. & Brenda J. Weide. 101 Reata Road, Richland, 6.6 acres of commercial land. Price: $2.7 million. Buyer: W-5 Investments LLC. Seller: Croskrey Properties LLC. 1620 Milan Lane, Richland, 3,061-square-foot home. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Jeffery Paul Ziemer & Michelle Ann Stairet. Seller: Daniel J. & Donna M. Berger. 1374 Country Ridge Drive, Richland, 2,562-square-foot home. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Morris Family Trust No. 1. Seller: William W. & Susan E. Peterson. 45802 S. Fremont Road, Kennewick, 2,940-square-foot home. Price: $875,000. Buyer: Roberta VB & Russell L. Herman. Seller: Kevin W. & Teresa A. Lechelt. 2555 Duportail St., Richland, apartment complex on 11 acres. Price: $49 million. Buyer: Shoreline Village Richland 216 LLC. Seller: Yuksel Inc.



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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2796 Sunshine Ridge Road, Richland, 2,038-square-foot home. Price: $775,000. Buyer: James B. & Veronica M. Wilcox. Seller: Jeffrey D. & Julie A. Woodbury. 46712 N. Ninth St., Benton City, 1,782-squarefoot home on 13.28 acres. Price: $960,000. Buyer: HHIF VI LLC. Seller: Donald J. & Susan H. Gerend. 4678 Highview St., Richland, 2,721-squarefoot home. Price: $710,000. Buyer: Eric M. & Alicia Ann Flones. Seller: Cartus Financial Corporation. 5304 Collins Road, West Richland, 4,758-square-foot home. Price: $845,000. Buyer: Robert Mundt. Seller: Travis Paul & Hannah Rae Bellamy 517 N. Johnson St., Kennewick, mini-storage facility. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Ozcorp LLC. Seller: Gordon L. & Sherry L. Davis. 1296 Medley Drive, Richland, 2,642-squarefoot home. Price: $730,000. Buyer: John A. & Jaclyn W. Hargarten Trustees. Seller: Jeffrey A. & Julie A. Nichols. 88237 Calico Road, Kennewick, 2,730-squarefoot home. Price: $890,000. Buyer: Sergio & Linda Luna. Seller: JK Monarch LLC. 386 Columbia Point Drive, #302, Richland,

3,389-square-foot home. Price: $1 million. Buyer: Jonathan R. Carr. Seller: Teri Carr. 5241 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick, 2,606-square-foot home. Price: $879,000. Buyer: Jane Chiu. Seller: GIS Construction LLC. 15911 S. Ridge View Lane, Kennewick, 3,270-square-foot home. Price: $1.1 million. Buyer: Michael Lee Thorpe. Seller: JK Monarch East LLC. 6011 Collins Road, West Richland, 3,968-square-foot home. Price: $850,000. Buyer: James Welby & Tyanna Aaryn Averett. Seller: Bryan J. Hanna. FRANKLIN COUNTY 10416 W. Court St., Pasco, 4,012-square-foot home and pool house. Price: $2.1 million. Buyer: Derek & Kristy Peacock. Seller: Matthew E. & Misty A. Fewel. 6509 Saddlebred Loop, Pasco, 2,577-squarefoot home. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Brent Sweet. Seller: Heather I. Kirk. Property north of East A Street, Pasco, 2.16 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $800,000. Buyer: Broetje Orchards LLC. Seller: Juan & Maria Montalvo. 1817 Road 80, 2,316-square-foot home. Price:

$715,000. Buyer: William H. & Donna M. Dalton. Seller: David & Jean Conklin. 1740 N. Fifth Ave., Pasco, multi-residential property. Price: $1.7 million. Buyer: PS17 LLC. Seller: 1740 N. 5th Ave. 6705 Sandy Ridge Road, Pasco, 2,669-squarefoot home. Price: $820,000. Buyer: Lauren Gayle & Allen Dean Noble. Seller: Dustin & Melissa Hornbeck. 6710 Olivia Court, Pasco, 2,690-square-foot home. Price: $730,000. Buyer: Theodore Alan & Tamara Jane Wedell. Seller: Greggory L. & Sharon M. Suisingh. 11415 Woodsman Drive, Pasco, 2,606-squarefoot home. Price: $745,000. Buyer: Micah Daniel & Sandra Lea Gearheart. Seller: Dion & Jasmin Schmidt. Property near Columbia River Road, 30.57 acres of undeveloped and ag land. Price: $1.9 million. Buyer: Rotschy LLC. Seller: Pomona Properties & Investments LLC. Property near Basin Hill Road, 377.2 acres of ag land. Price: $4.2 million. Buyer: BC 140 LLC. Seller: Cody A. & Debby Easterday. 1427 N. First Ave., Pasco, 61,897 square feet of barns, potato storage, office building. Price: $2.8 million. Buyer: 3E Properties. Seller: Jody

Easterday (et al). Property off Road 52, 41 acres of ag land. Price: $3.2 million. Buyer: Pro Made Construction LLC. Seller: Allen & Cheryl Olberding. 2501 E. Lewis Place, Pasco, 4,225 square feet of garage and shed buildings on 6.82 acres. Price: $875,000. Buyer: West Family LLC. Seller: John R. Rada. 7740 Taylor Flats Road, Pasco, 3,840-squarefoot shop building on 102 acres. Price: $1.2 million. Buyer: Isaac W. & Audrey L. Carlson. Seller: Bruce & Diana Carlson.

uBUILDING PERMITS BENTON COUNTY Wycoff Farms Inc., 164806 Lemley Road, Prosser, $166,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Columbia River Steel & Co. Goose Ridge Estate, 63615 E. Jacobs Road NE, Benton City, $125,00 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Fire Control Sprinklers. L7 Ranches LLC, no address listed, $120,000 for grading. Contractor: Design 7 LLC. Monson Ranches, 63615 E. Jacobs Road, Benton City., $2.8 million for new commercial. Contractor: Clearspan Steel LLC. Agrium US Inc., 227515 E. Bowles Road, Kennewick, $8,700 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: M Campbell & Co. CONNELL KB Heritage II LLC, 414, 442 & 470 Fifth Ave. North, $935,000 for three duplexes. Contractor: KB Heritage II LLC. FRANKLIN COUNTY Roger L. & Pam Danz, 380 Palmer Drive, Mesa, $96,000 for new commercial. Contractor: T & S Sales Inc. Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, 3152 Selph Landing Road, Pasco, $3.2 million for new commercial. Contractor: Tanco Engineering Inc. KENNEWICK Chris Corbin, 6481 W. Skagit Ave., $8,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Advanced Protection Services Inc. Charlie Patton AMB, 240 N. Ely St., $5,400 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Michael Straatman. Hungry Generation, 5121 W. Canal Drive, $50,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Mastec Network Solutions. Mark Petterson, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Unit 491, $311,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Columbia Center Partners, 321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Unit 400, $51,000 for mechanical. Contractor: owner. Clover Housing Group, 4202 W. Albany Ave., $10,000 for plumbing, $10,000 for heat pump/ HVAC. Contractors: Kustom US Inc., owner. Cody Haggermann, 12 S. Morain St., Units A-F, $63,000 for siding/windows. Contractor: Silver Bow Roofing. SR McConnell LLC, 326 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $40,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co. Bryce Holmes, 8305 W. Quinault Ave., #110, $6,000 for sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication. DFU Property Management, 131 N. Ely St., $25,000 for demolition. Contractor: owner. Wallace Properties, 2905 W. Kennewick Ave., B & A, $225,000 for commercial remodel, $125,000 for heat pump/HVAC, $50,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Yost Gallagher Construction. Pepper Tree LLC, 507 N. Arthur St., $27,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Perfect Circle Construction. Caott LLC, 3902 W. Clearwater Ave., $8,000 for mechanical Contractor: owner. City of Kennewick, 2620 W. 27th Ave., $22,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Apollo Mechanical. Viviana Sanches, 4311 W. Clearwater Ave., #110, $9,000 for sign. Contractor: Fuse Heating & Air. Deborah L. Smith EDM LMHC, 6816 W. Rio Grande Ave., Suite B, $750,000 for commercial remodel. Ilya Parkhotyuk, 1120 N. Edison St., $58,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Innovative Solutions. Robert Myers, 6208 W. Okanogan Ave., $350,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Logon Business Systems. Costco Wholesale, 8505 W. Gage Blvd., $30,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Ferguson Construction. John Tran, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite A, $7,500 for commercial remodel. Contractor: TKO Construction. Columbia Mall Partnership, 1321 N. Columbia


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 Center Blvd., $65,000 for commercial mechanical. Contractor: owner. 8200 Gage LLC, 8200 W. Gage Blvd., $15,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Camtek Inc. Aaron Hayes, 8551 W. Gage Blvd., $125,000 for commercial remodel; $20,000 for heat pump/ HVAC; $7,500 for plumbing. Contractors: Leone & Keeble Inc., Total Energy Management, Columbia River Plumbing & Mechanical. James M. Carey, 419 N. Yelm St., $58,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: C L EnterprisesGC Inc. Pepper Tree LLC, 507 N. Arthur St., #H101, $15,500 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Perfect Circle Construction. CWS Holdings LLC, 8905 Gage Blvd., $19,600 for sign. Contractor: Yesco LLC. Columbia Mall Partnership, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, $190,000 for commercial remodel, $35,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: Planit Construction USA, Apollo Sheet Metal. P & R Construction LLC, 2715 S. Sherman St., $27,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: RP Development LLC. Hendrickson Fir Grove LLC, 1305 W. Fourth Ave., $65,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Mastec Network Solutions. Douglas Griffith, 807 S. Auburn St., $92,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Fortunato Inc., 6500 W. Clearwater Ave., $65,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Mastec Network Solutions. River City Services, 19 W. 10th Ave., $8,400 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Columbia Roofing Inc. DWP General Contracting, 7960 W. 10th Ave., #108, $100,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. PASCO Brantingham Enterprises LLC, 1417 E. St. Helens St., $29,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Fire Control Sprinkler Systems. Cittagazze LLC, 1336 Dietrich Road, $45,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection Co. Inc. Road 68 Properties, 4605 Road 68, $15,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection. Port of Pasco, 3416 Swallow Ave., #59, $6,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Mechanical Inc. Reser’s Fine Foods, 5526 N. Capitol Ave., $1 million for commercial addition. Contractor: Preston Refrigeration. CJM Investments LLC, 720 W. Lewis St., $33,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: owner. Goodwill Industries, 3521 W. Court St., Suite C, $11,000 for sign. Contractor: Eagle Signs LLC. Landstar NW LLC, 6005 Burden Blvd., $151,000 for tenant improvement. Contractor: to be determined. Court Street LLC, 3825 W. Court St., $10,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Project Oyster Pasco, 1351 S. Road 40 East,

$92,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Raon LLC, 6605 Burden Blvd., $5,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Kenyon Zero Storage, 5701 Industrial Way, $12,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Pasco Family Housing, 801 N. 22nd Ave., $12,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell Cool Electric Plumbing. Tri-Cities Prep, 9612 St. Thomas Drive, $10,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell Cool Electric Plumbing. Marathon Building, 5024 Road 68, $9,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Ringold Refrigeration LLC. City of Pasco, 1312 S. 18th Ave., $10,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bob Rhodes Heating & Air Conditioning. Prem Singh, 1879 N. Commercial Ave., $3.8 million for new commercial. Contractor: RM Construction and Interior Design. Pasco School District, 9507 Burns Road, $25,000 for accessory building. Contractor: to be determined. Pasco School District, 8125 W. Argent Road, $150,000 for accessory building. Contractor: to be determined. CV the Alegre LLC, 1520 N. Oregon Ave., $24,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Advanced Protection Services. Port of Pasco, 3601 N. 20th Ave., Building 92, $108,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Columbia Basin Sheet Metal LLC. Hogback Road 68 Taco, 5326 Road 68, $7,500 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection. Lixsandro Villafan, 3405 N. Commercial Ave., $88,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection. City of Pasco, 204 W. Clark St., $33,000 for tenant improvement. Contractor: owner. Walmart Real Estate, 4820 Road 68, $309,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Engineered Structures. Reser’s Fine Foods, 5526 N. Capitol Ave., $8.7 million for commercial addition. Contractor: Reser’s Construction. Pasco School District, Parcel 112 264 336, $65,000 for fence/retaining wall. Contractor: to be determined. Pasco School District, 301 N. 10th Ave., $125,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. George Dress, 327 N. Front Ave., $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Capstone Solutions Inc. Pasco School District, 125 S. Wehe Ave., $15,000 for fence/retaining wall. Contractor: Frontier Fence Inc. Big Sky Developers, 5810 Midland Lane, $21,000 for fence/retaining wall. Contractor: Rotschy Inc. Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave., $679,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Pahlisch Homes, Parcel 126 160 357, $500,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Rotschy Inc.

Team Bouchey Inc., 620 N. Oregon Ave., $210,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Almond Asphalt. St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish, 1320 W. Henry St., $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: to be determined. Edmund & Joycelin Harrington, 2407 N. Commercial Ave., $20,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: to be determined. Expansion Contracting LLC, 730 W. A St., $15,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Pasco Haven LLC, 301 S. 20th Ave., $92,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Firepower Inc. Walmart Real Estate, 4820 Road 68, $20,000 for sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. KR Properties LLC, 2251 N. Commercial Ave., $10,000 for sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Pasco Housing Authority, 333 W. Court St., $20,000 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Cosco Fire Protection. Extreme Diesel LLC, 2060 N. Commercial Ave., $3.3 million for new commercial. Contractor: Clearspan Steel LLC. Omar Araiza, 802 S. Myrtle Ave., $35,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Pasco School District, 4403 W. Court St., Suite A, $84,000 for tenant improvement. Contractor: to be determined. Amaze-Investment LLC, 7425 Sandifur Parkway, $71,000 for tenant improvement. Contractor: PAI Construction. Kissler Enterprises, 420 N. Oregon Ave., $15,000 for sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Reser’s Fine Foods, 5526 N. Capitol Ave., $50,000 for sign. Contractor: to be determined. Port of Pasco, 3405 E. Ainsworth Ave., $14,500 for fire alarm system. Contractor: Fire Control Sprinkler System. K & S Family Enterprises, 1935 E. Superior St., $30,000 for new commercial. Contractor: Clearspan Steel LLC. RICHLAND Regency Park Apartments, 3003 Queensgate Drive, $195,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: DGR Grant Construction. Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2774 Q Ave., $41,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Raymond Handling Concepts. ADSG LLC, 1363 Columbia Park Trail, $500,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Siefken & Sons Construction. Urban Range LLC, 4408, 4417, 4424, 4440 4456, 4472, 4488 & 4449 Starlit Lane, $6.4


million for eight multifamily homes. Contractor: Ranchland Homes LLC. Taylor Properties, 1950 Keene Road, Suite K, $30,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Ginkgo Gold Acupuncture. Vandervert Development & Hotels, 1086 George Washington Way, $36,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Pro-Duct HVAC LLC. Columbian Club Inc., 2500 Chester Road, Building A, $30,000 for accessory building. Contractor: owner. CV the Franklin LLC, 1515 George Washington Way, $65,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Mastec Network Solutions. Richland School District, 1330 Lee Blvd., $10,000 for sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Hope & Health Inc., 1445 Spaulding Ave., $30,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Mechanical Inc. Conagra Foods, 2013 Saint St., Building B, $10,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: M. Campbell & Co. Corp of Catholic Bishops, 1111 Stevens Drive, $148,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: M. Campbell & Co. STK Hosford South, 615 Jadwin Ave., $3.5 million for multifamily housing. Contractor: Cliff Thorn Construction. Lighthouse Community Church, 1007 Wright Ave., $12,000 for tenant improvements. 2360 Hood Avenue LLC, 2377, 2373, 2365 & 2361 Hood Ave., $50,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Budget Construction. Justin Henning, 2770 Einstein Ave., $84,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Leslie & Campbell Inc. Washington Square Apartments, $8,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Total Quality Air LLC. Fluid Controls & Components, 3095 Kingsgate Way, $25,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: owner. SRA-CH Richland 1, 425 Bradley Blvd., $11,000 for grading. Contractor: Cedar & Sage Homes LLC. HAPO Community Credit Union, 631 Gage Blvd., $60,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Flynn Bec LP. Jarrett Properties, 2235 Henderson Loop, $50,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor O’Brien Construction. 650 GWW LLC, 622 George Washington Way,




$40,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Design Concepts Construction. 707 Parkway LLC, 709 The Parkway, $40,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. WRP Washington Plaza, 1767 George Washington Way, $150,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Total Site Services LLC. Western Holdings LLC, 801 Aaron Drive, $65,000 for antenna/tower. Contractor: Mastec Network Solutions. Store Master Funding, 624 Wellsian Way, $233,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Atomic Bowl/Jokers. HTK-Richland LLC, 1330 Tapteal Drive, $25,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: O’Brien Construction. JJA Properties LLC, 2504 & 2492 Manufacturing Lane, $440,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Clearspan Steel LLC. WEST RICHLAND Urban Range LLC, 3805 W. Van Giesen St., $5,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner.

uBUSINESS LICENSES KENNEWICK Mamma’s Kettle Corn, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. La Chaparrita, 4311 W. Clearwater Avenue Players Sports Bar and Grill LLC, 118 W. Kennewick Ave. Cozy Home Renovations LLC, 5619 Washougal Lane, Pasco. TC Soda, LLC, 206 Sitka Court, Richland. Elias Construction Services LLC, 750 SW Third St., Irrigon, Oregon. Cleancor Lng LLC, 2200 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A1 Furniture Restoration, 1625 W. A St., Pasco. Home Town Rebuilders LLC, 12464 W. Coyote Lane, Post Falls, Idaho. Mercedes LLC, 2207 W. 20th Ave. Mimi’s Daycare, 8400 W. Clearwater Place. Rogue Stitch Leather, 3700 S. Newport St. Tri_bilt LLC, 512 S. Dawes St. SSHI Inc. dba: Dr Horton Inc., 11241 Slater Ave. NE, Kirkland. Legacy Power Systems, 1566 E. Weber Road, Ritzville. Ground-up Construction, 9605 S. Lexington St. Select Comfort Retail Corporation, 1321 N.

Columbia Center Blvd. AJW Construction LLC, 1130 Meade Ave., Prosser. Advanced Resource Management Solutions LLC, 2625 S. Everett Place. Krisco Aquatech Pools & Spas, 17537 132nd Ave. NE, Woodinville. Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin, 8203 W. Quinault Ave. Premier Woodworks LLC, 109 N. Washington St. Dennis G. Herron, 1920 N. 14th Ave., Pasco. Zip’s Drive Inn, 400 E. Columbia Drive. Smart Energy Today Inc., 2500 Mottman Road SW, Tumwater. Moore Fire Protection, 11301 186th Ave. SE, Issaquah. Butterfield Construction, 1104 Adams St., Richland. Elite Environmental Services LLC, 1702 Englewood Ave., Yakima. Beltone, 6 W. Joseph Ave., Spokane. Frontier Communications Northwest Inc., 135 Lake St. South, Kirkland. Prime Roofing & Sheet Metal, 421 E. Eighth Ave. Volt Electrical Contractor, 95805 E. Clover Road. Laroman Finishing, 4406 W. Sixth Ave. BD Trucking LLC, 5516 Coolidge Court, Pasco. Nichole Thornton, 4303 W. 27th Ave. Urban Mechanical LLC, 4511 Artesia Drive, Pasco. Delicious Crepes & Waffles, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Lani Lane Co., 321 W. Canyon Lakes Drive. KG Masonry LLC, 3517 Tierra Vida Lane, Pasco. Blissful Smiles, 2618 W. Sixth Ave. State Wide Contracting LLC, 1111 N. First St., Yakima. Silva’s Contractors LLC, 198610 E. 2013 PR SE. Do It All Handymen LLC, 51 Link Road, Naches. Oasis Lawn And Construction Inc., 6725 W. Clearwater Ave. Integrity Finish Carpentry LLC, 315 N. Waldemar Ave., Pasco. 1st Choice Plumbing & Repair LLC, 263 Johnson Road, Selah. Squatch Fiber LLC, 10251 Ridgeline Drive. Valley Pros Construction LLC, 261 W. SR 22, Prosser. Springfield Earthworks LLC, 90 Country

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Haven Loop, Pasco. El Punto Del Sabor, 6481 W. Skagit Ave. Luxury Home Renovations, 725 N. Center Parkway. Kaci K Construction LLC, 6203 Skeena Lane, Pasco. Badass Contractors LLC, 504 S. Elm Ave., Pasco. Ventura Masonry LLC, 1751 N. 23rd Ave., Pasco. New Courage Counseling PLLC, 2326 W. 16th Ave. Guzman Plastering LLC, 7807 Pender Drive, Pasco. Galvan Flooring, 5031 W. Clearwater Ave. In Good Hands LLC, 3805 S. Goose Gap Road, Benton City. Kohler Plumbing LLC, 11905 S. Bermuda Road. Tim Todd dba Todd Jobs, 1720A W. Seventh Ave. HTM Construction LLC, 4811 Kalahari Drive, Pasco. Union West Homeowners Association, 1912 S. Hartford Place. Revive Wellness LLC, 8705 W. Fifth Ave. Popeyes #13797, 240 N. Ely St. Fresh Start Microgreens LLC, 4604 Saguaro Drive, Pasco. Tacos El Giro, 6481 W. Skagit Ave. J Con3ras LLC, 2516 W. Seventh Ave. Sawtooth Pest Control, 26702 Country Meadows Lane. Animal House Self Service Dog Grooming, 4303 W. 27th Ave. Best Tux, 420 W. 21st Place. Rbiz LLC, 308 W. Kennewick Ave. Ryan Murphy Pain Coaching, 307 S. Perry Place. Mapleway & Steele, 110 S. MckKinley Place. R&E Concrete LLC, 523 Pradera Court, Pasco. Majestic Barber Crew LLC, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave. DCT General Construction LLC, 511 S. Alder Place. Fitness With Flowers, 24 S Quay St. Strickercre Dealflow LLC, 8486 W Gage Blvd. Blossoming Insight Counseling PLLC, 1325 N. Cleveland St. EG Customz Repair Shop LLC, 10 W. Fourth Ave. E&L Construction, 2108 Road 30, Pasco. Beauty By Kenia Lash LLC, 5702 W. 23rd Ave. From The Heart, 1 1428 W. First Ave. Real Life Art Studio LLC, 6306 W. 16th Ave.

KFFX Fox-TV, 6725 W. Clearwater Ave. Via-BFT Connect, 707 S. Jean St. Lashes with Elizabeth, 3902 W. Clearwater Ave. Whimsy Apothecary, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Planting Seeds Financial, 419 W. 30th Ave. De La Rosa Real Estate LLC, 303 W. 19th Ave. Trusted Accounting Services, 1201 Third Ave., Seattle. Los Brothers Landscaping LLC, 6274 James St., West Richland. Angle’s Nails, 8551 W. Gage Blvd. Churros Mi, 2481 W. Skagit Ave. Antojos 509, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Artisan Stone & Design, 223 N. Benton St. 3-D Installations ,3504 W. Fourth Place. D&D Disposal, 2909 W. Hood Ave. Fiber Ops ,1824 W. 16th Ave. Bfam Enterprises LLC, 45420 S. 2066 PR SE. Assessment & Treatment Associates, 3030 W. Clearwater Ave. Caserio PLLC, 8 N. Quincy St. T S Customs LLC, 7803 W. Deschutes Ave. 1derful Food Park, 6494 W. Skagit Ave. 1derful K-BBQ, 6494 W. Skagit Ave. The Glam Lab, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave. Port of Kennewick, 350 Clover Island Drive. BFG, 30 S. Rainier St. Groups Recover Together, 3180 W. Clearwater Ave. Three Cities Real Estate, 503 S. Pittsburg St. Forever Clean LLC, 815 W. Klamath Ave. Serenidad Cleaning Services LLC, 417 S. 23rd Ave., Pasco. Siren Case Management LLC, 2807 W. Washington Ave., Yakima. Flying Fish Hunter Jumpers, 2804 S. Huntington Court. Divine Moments, 214 E. Albany Ave. 1621 S. Auburn LLC, 200 W. 50th Ave. Smile Surfers Kids Dentistry – Kennewick, 3911 W. 27th Ave. Malerie Rebecca J. Fateley, , 6855 W. Clearwater Ave. T1 Express LLC, 1411 N. Nevada Court. Lovisa, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. KDL Therapy PLLC, 100 N. Howard St., Spokane. One Key Away LLC, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd. Leonel S. Kitchen, 10 E. Bruneau Ave. Zinns Sports Photography LLC, 3416 S. Huntington Loop. Desert Pearl LLC, 1827 S. Palouse St.


– ADDITIONAL MEMBERS – Michael McKinney Riverside Collision

Emily McKee Brookdale Senior Living

Justin Dodd Dayco Heating and Air

Lisa Goodwin Elijah Family Homes

Jennie Oldham Kennewick Flower Shop

Debbie Thornington Home Town Lenders

Mark Monteith AAA of Washington

Zane Lane Smooth Moves

Aaron Jorgensen Northwest Injury Clinics

Michael Thorn Cliff Thorn Construction

Robert Burges Burges Carpet Cleaning

Tonya Callies Windermere Group One

Jon Dickman Estherbrook

Mike Duarte Paintmaster Services Inc.

Joe Klein McCurley Integrity Auto Dealerships

Dawn King Spectrum Reach

Marcia Spry Aloha Garage Door Company

Larry Duran Rudy’s Tree Service

Tim Rosenthal Perfection Glass

Amy Truscott Ideal Dentistry

Ken Hatcher A.I.M.M. American Institute of Mind Mastery, LLC Elsie Leman UPS Store in Pasco Tim Mether Kestrel Home Inspection Services Allyson Rawlings Rawlings Flooring America & Design Angelita Chavez CHUGH, LLP Victoria Yocom Victoria Lynn’s Andrew Ziegler Moon Security

Troy Woody Mr. Electric Angela Dryden Action 2 Awareness Carlos Mares Superior Granite LLC Steve McPeak We Speak Medicare James Atwood PCL Financial Group Jim Carey Cruise Holidays

TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 Clean Up Crew, 395 Wright Ave., Richland. Diamond Housing LLC, 7511 W. Arrowhead Ave. Fjkj Properties LLC, 1512 N. Montana Court. Mid-Columbia Polygraph, 6216 W. Eighth Ave. Meth Daddy Art, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Miguel Aquila LLC, 3523 W. Hood Ave. JLC Truck & Trailer Repair LLC, 1904 N. 18th Drive, Pasco. Carter Andres Colunga, 8705 W. 11th Ave. Contour Construction, 3420 W. Wernett Road, Pasco. Motto Mortgage Partner Group, 35 S. Louisiana St. D.O.C.S. Notary Services, 5710 Three Rivers Drive, Pasco. Omtrap Art, 803 S. Olympia St. Cobracommander64, 10251 Ridgeline Drive. Aa Delivery, 2853 Jacob Court. Diosa Beauty, 8236 W. Gage Blvd. Thrive Family Counseling and Coaching, 110 W. 34th Ave. PASCO Star Rentals Inc., 1912 W. A St. Waterways Inc., 2118 SE 12th Ave., Suite 101, Battle Ground. Tri-City Taps, 5236 Outlet Drive, Suite A. Zidi, 3403 W. Court St. Stromstad LLC, 6203 W. Marie St. Trujillo Transportation LLC, 3814 Whimbrel Lane. Labor Ready Resources LLC, 4302 Cornish Lane. Vintage 62 Photobooth, 4302 Cornish Lane. J & S Richardson LLC, 7813 Agate Court. Limitless Heating and Cooling LLC, 5320 Mariner Lane. Clover Planning & Zoning LLC, 6904 Rogue Drive. Lemberg Homes LLC, 2405 E. Ainsworth Ave., #T-231. Carly Allred Studio, 4301 NW Commons Drive. Bank of Idaho, 5234 Outlet Drive 5234. Tech Rush, 6301 Melita Lane. Llamas Furniture & More, 411 W. Clark St. Joyita Childcare, 1115 Lincoln Drive. Alex’s Carpet Cleaning LLC, 3820 W. Margaret St. Logan Contracting LLC, 4101 Sturdee Lane. Thomas Horrocks, 1324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. Franklin Andre Adams, 225 W. 52nd Ave., Kennewick. Brett Baker, 1324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226,

Liberty Lake. Cameron Bradshaw, 1324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. Kaliopasi-james Uhi, 1324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. John Bryant, 324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. Asa Seversike, 324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. Tyler Warren, 324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. William Dennis, 324 N. Liberty Lake Road, #226, Liberty Lake. Pa Que Vuelva, 6506 Morrison St., West Richland. Urenas Flooring Covering LLC, 924 N. Elm Ave. Hooked Up Pasco Inc., 616 S. Road 40. JJ’s Barber Shop, 524 W. Clark St. Lineage Logistics LLC, 5701 Industrial Way. Ashley Tiegs Designs LLC, 5209 Black Belle Court. J&A Quality Roofing LLC, 5903 Taft Drive. Angel Brook Farm, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Tailored Living of Richland and Kennewick, 1310 Hains Ave., Richland. Columbia Fitness, 433 E. Columbia Drive, Kennewick. Ringo Family Enterprises LLC, 2694 Grayhawk Loop, Richland. Desert Farms NW LLC, 8013 Naches Court. SM Bodegon Artesanal, 416 N. 20th Ave. Zuniga Auto Body, 200 S. 20th Ave. My Staff Hero LLC, 8603 Desoto Drive. Ashley Gonzalez Photography, 3506 Royce Lane. River Valley Appraisal Services, 1524 W. Howard St. Mission Express LLC, 535 N. First Ave. Mountain Peak Electric LLC, 19326 E Dove Circle, Spokane Valley. All In One Heating & AC LLC, 629 Westwind Drive, Zillah. Builtwell Homes LLC, 2312 S. Ely St., Kennewick. A & T Construction, 1731 N. Seventh Ave. Acosta Lawn Care, 2611 Spruce St. Erick V Guzman, 3602 El Paso Drive. KP House Cleaning, 203 N. Cedar Ave., #205 A.L.J. Carpentry Inc., 803 W. 22nd Ave., Kennewick. Drone Direct Photography LLC, 137 Canterbury Road, Kennewick. Bee Happy, 9805 Merlot Drive. Lineage Logistics LLC, 5812 Burlington Loop.

Robert T Baker III - Via, 50 Douglas Way, Wallula. Anderson Physical Therapy LLC, 3603 W. Court St. Mountain View TC LLC, 4108 Kechika Lane. Ammon R. Alldredge, 635 Kate Way, Kaysville, Utah. S&J Construction Services LLC, 7821 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick. Rafa’s Lawn Care, 5013 W. Livingston Road. Hunnicutt’s Inc., 3910 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham. Delta Auto Sales, 114 N. Oregon Ave. Hair By. Madalyn, 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd., Suite A1046626. Jennifer M. Walker, 2434 W. Bruneau Ave., Kennewick. TC Excavation LLC, 30553 Oldfield St., Hermiston. Jeffrey M. Ferritto - Via, 2343 N. Pittsburg St., Kennewick. Taco Feliz LLC, 306 W. Lewis St. Kyle Merkt - Via, 6808 Boulder Drive. Justen Merkt - Via, 6808 Boulder Drive. Kirsten Peterson - Via, 906 W Fifth Ave., Kennewick. RICHLAND Tricon Commercial Construction LLC, 175 Hutton Ranch Road, Kalispell, Montana. Great Floors LLC, 505 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Cipe Solutions LLC, 10385 Ironwood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A-list Painting LLC, 80404 N. Hill Drive, Hermiston, Oregon. UV Residential LLC, 999 18th St., Denver, Colorado. TC Excavation LLC, 30553 Oldfield St., Hermiston, Oregon. Independent Masonry Restoration Inc., 4620 SE Madison St., Portland, Oregon. A.S. Renovations LLC, 608 Wine Country Road, Grandview. Tolman Media, 2230 N. University Parkway, Provo, Utah. The Dog House LLC, 2018 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. A1 Furniture Restoration, 1625 W. A St., Pasco. Makenna Richards RN LLC, 1674 Venus Circle. Usta/Pacific Northwest Section, 9746 SW Nimbus Ave., Beaverton, Oregon. Fallon Fiberglass, 1919 Lassen Ave.


Yeckler LLC, 2404 Camden St. TC Soda LLC, 206 Sitka Court. Guajardo Transport LLC, 123 Oakland St. Twine And Fern, 1005 Klickitat St. Little Raven Productions LLC, 526 Fuller St. Jag Transport, 203 Rowell, Mesa. Koelling Enterprises Inc., 109303 E. 245 PR SE, Kennewick. Dynamic Solar & Electric NW Corp., 902 S. 85th Ave., Yakima. Legacy Power Systems, 1566 E. Weber Road, Ritzville. Uptown Shoe, 260 Williams Blvd. Manipura Yoga, 310 Armistead Ave. Prestige Assisted Living at Richland, 1745 Pike Ave. Matson Capital Management, 114 Columbia Point Drive. Pow Contracting, 1105 E. Columbia St., Pasco. Clearwater Construction and Management LLC, 5711 W. Garden Springs Road, Spokane. Dura-Shine Clean LLC, 6216 W. Court St., Pasco. Roddan Industrial LLC, 9601 179th Avenue Place East, Bonney Lake. Joe Villa, 709 The Parkway. Moss Adams LLP, 999 Third Ave., Seattle. Rainier Freight Solutions Inc., 1901 Anna Ave. Frontier Communications Northwest Inc., 135 Lake St. South, Kirkland. Volt Electrical Contractor, 95805 E. Clover Road, Kennewick. Desert Wind Development LLC, 92505 E. 83 PR SE, Kennewick. Sol Company, 1318 Haupt Ave. Preferred Industrial Electric LLC, 158904 W. North River Road, Prosser. James King Roofing LLC, 12407 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood. Dunright Construction LLC, 9802 Silverbright Drive, Pasco. Big Foot Home Improvements, 2307 W. 36th Ave., Kennewick. McKensie Cleavenger Therapy LLC, 404 Bradley Blvd. Performance Systems Integration LLC, 19310 North Creek Parkway, Bothell. DC Sweets, 1514 Mahan Ave. DLC Excavating Corp., 1111 N. Viall Road, Grandview. Brian Smith CPA, 2550 Duportail St. State Wide Contracting LLC, 1111 N. First St., Yakima.




Expansion Home Flooring LLC, 914 S. Cleveland St., Kennewick. Strategic Home Health PLLC, 535 SW Bennett Ave., Prosser. Do It All Handymen LLC, 51 Link Road, Naches. JVC Jacinto Viramontes Construction, 2409 S. Oak St., Kennewick. The Academy of Acrobatic Sports LLC, 1977 Fowler St. Jah Yireh Construction LLC, 402 Maple Ave., Sunnyside. Valley Pros Construction LLC, 261 W. Highway 22, Prosser. Evolution Services LLC, 2712 Fleming Lane, Pasco. Roberts Construction Group LLC, 472 Keene Road. Springfield Earthworks LLC, 90 Country Haven Loop, Pasco. Strawns Roofing LLC, 216719 E. Bryson Brown Road, Kennewick. Perfection Connection, 8209 Wenatchee Court, Pasco. Shed Crafters TC, 2912 Road 48, Pasco. Smooth Transitions Flooring and Remodel, 2308 Frankfort St.

On-Point Plumbing, 4875 Mount Adams View Drive, West Richland. AD Quality Construction, 4423 Moline Lane, Pasco. Franchise Acquisition Services LLC, 2039 Newhaven Loop. Kadlec Clinic Primary Care/Richland, 1135 Jadwin Ave. Loken Lane Designs, 2801 Sawgrass Loop. Caffeine Bar LLC, 460 Williams Blvd. The Peridot Printing Co., 2949 Cashmere Drive. Design Drywall LLC, 2511 W. Park St., Pasco. Tattoos by Ryan Hall, 1309 George Washington Way. Pai Construction LLC, 723 The Parkway. Kaci K Construction LLC, 6203 Skeena Lane, Pasco. Only Tacos, 325 E. Columbia Drive, Kennewick. Badass Contractors LLC, 504 S. Elm Ave., Pasco. Remodel The Standard, 1204 George Washington Way. Renew Therapeutic Massage, 719 Jadwin Ave. Tri-Level Sports, 449 Wishkah Drive. Claussen Transportation LLC, 723 Hanford St.

Biobeard Co., 212 Sitka Court. Landscape Solutions LLC, 220 N. Eighth Ave., Pasco. The Therapy Corner, 404 Bradley Blvd. Waymaker Wealth Advisors, 114 Columbia Point Drive. Isms-Navarro LLC, 1950 Keene Road. Kirsten M. Peterson, 906 W. Fifth Ave., Kennewick. Two See’s Sewing, 1017 Klickitat St. D & J Construction, 15406 W. Old Inland Empire Highway, Benton City. CPL Anesthesia LLC, 15103 102nd Ave. NE, Bothell. High Point Renovation & Roofing LLC, 4215 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick. BRNT Multimedia, 2555 Duportail St. Prime Builders LLC, 4618 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick. Healthy Massage Spa LLC, 660 Jadwin Ave. Bliss Beyond Birth LLC, 8720 Massey Drive, Pasco. Guzman Plastering LLC, 7807 Pender Drive, Pasco. Heritage Drywall LLC, 807 N. Beech Ave., Pasco. Pretty In Pink, 2035 Rainier Ave.

Victor’s Lawn Services, 3703 Lakelse Lane, Pasco. Ag Richland Properties LLC, 1950 Keene Road. Deborah Riley LMT, 719 Jadwin Ave. In Good Hands LLC, 3805 S. Goose Gap Road, Benton City. Kohler Plumbing LLC, 11905 S. Bermuda Road, Kennewick. Neely Learning Community, 350 Driftwood Court. Tim Todd dba Todd Jobs, 1720A W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. Silver Key Agency Corp., 1834 Terminal Drive. Family Health Center, 1903 George Washington Way. Shannon Buchanan Tax Accountant LLC, 2537 Harris Ave. HTM Construction LLC, 4811 Kalahari Drive, Pasco. Kealencphotography, 106 Oakmont Court. Solfa Scents, 2286 Veneto St. Burris Music Services, 503 Blue St. Fresh Start Microgreens LLC, 4604 Saguaro Drive, Pasco. Aimoutdoors.Co, 87 Symons St. Bright And Beautiful, 2602 E Broadway St., Pasco. Frezko Productions, 708 Smith Ave. Kasma Anesthesia PLLC, 888 Swift Blvd. Delta Endurance, 529 Charbonneau Drive. Tbw2 Logistics LLC, 2249 Veneto St. R&E Concrete LLC, 523 Pradera Court, Pasco. Double G’s Wellness LLC, 1900 Stevens Drive. DCT General Construction LLC, 511 S. Alder Place, Kennewick. Via-BFT Connect, 707 S. Jean St., Kennewick. Three Rivers Painting, 1411 McPherson Ave. Infinity Solutions LLC, 162 Erica Drive. Creative Music Learning Center, 430 George Washington Way. Ana’s Cleaning, 508 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco. Los Brothers Landscaping LLC, 6274 James St., West Richland. Allwest, 1798 Fowler St. Ubaldo Cardona Gregorio, 507 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Crafty Shieldmaidens, 1662 Jadwin Ave. Leah Lewis, 221 Torbett St. Blanca’s Cosmetic Clinic, 1313 Goethals Drive. Nufology Plus LLC, 101 Edgewood Drive, Port Ludlow. PNW Whiskers Cattery, 2779 Ketch Road. Cashpoint ATM, 1181 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco. One Time Services, 451 Westcliffe Blvd. Serenidad Cleaning Services LLC, 417 S. 23rd Ave., Pasco. Jia Nailroom, 2572 Queensgate Drive. Divine Moments, 214 E Albany Ave., Kennewick. Smile Surfers Kids Dentistry – Richland, 3200 Duportail St. Rent Me Trailers LLC, 1010 E. Bruneau Ave., Kennewick. Levi Kendrick Tattoos, 204 Lehigh Ave., Metaline Falls. Romita LLC, 1608 N. Harrington Road, West Richland. Atlas Commercial Floor Covering Inc., 1200 S. 45th Ave., West Richland. JLC Truck & Trailer Repair LLC, 1904 N. 18th Drive, Pasco. Contour Construction, 3420 W. Wernett Road, Pasco. Maria Torres, 5805 Jefferson Drive, Pasco. D.O.C.S. Notary Services, 5710 Three Rivers Drive, Pasco. WEST RICHLAND Solar Power NW LLC, 3612 Verbena Court, Pasco. Country Mobile RV Repair LLC, 1883 W. Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City, Utah. Zomedica Inc., 100 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, Missouri. Lieb’s Fine Homes LLC, 4199 Highview St., Richland. Great Stones by SS LLC, 808 Madrona Ave., Pasco. Ideal Mini Storage, 4050 W. Van Giesen St. Universal Cleaning Tri-Cities LLC, 6407 Morrison St. Starr -Sanctuary Training and Rehabilitation Rescue, 6321 Meyers St. Morgan Ashley Stephenson, 462 Bedrock Loop. Galin Drywall LLC, 1021 S. 10th St., Sunnyside. Ace Handyman Service Tri-Cities, 4457 Highview St., Richland. Fontana Telecommunications LLC, 32 Pine Brook Drive, Palm Coast, Florida. Bonanza Drywall LLC, 20 Nuclear Lane, Richland. Apollo Earthworks LLC, 2487 Robertson Drive, Richland.


TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 DNCL Construction LLC, 3913 Montgomery Lane, Pasco. Solufix Heating & Cooling LLC, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Williams Landscaping & Construction LLC, 28707 S. Finley Road, Kennewick. M&B Construction and Landscaping LLC, 5803 Middle Fork St., Pasco. J&I Professional Landscaping LLC, 5710 Coppercap Mountain Lane, Pasco. V & D Northwest Construction, 7301 W. Oak, Union Gap. Podium Construction, 625 White St., Walla Walla. Anata Construction LLC, 617 N. Ione St., Kennewick. State Wide Contracting LLC, 1111 N. First St., Yakima. Ohmco Electrical Inc., 73303 E. Grand Bluff Loop Kennewick. Rowell Trucking LLC, 1814 N. 13th Ave., Pasco VM Carpet Installation LLC, 2917 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. Splash Power Washing & Home Services LLC, 2805 S. 1987 PR SE, Kennewick. Mankind Hair Studio, 4034 W. Van Giesen St. Blissful Beginnings, 2702 Timberline Drive. Interstate Sawing & Drilling LLC, 1407 Beaudry Road, Yakima. Concrete Elite, 1314 Stevens Drive, Richland. Garden Geeks Landscaping Company, 10 Green Road, Pasco. Poise Accounting, 3529 Curtis Drive. Charae Kent, 6249 Marble St. Spence Hauling, 5193 Pinehurst St. Atlas Commercial Floor Covering Inc., 1200 S. 45th Ave.

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.

Taller El Paisa LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 2. 509 Gutter Girl LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 2. iClean Building Services LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 2. J. Cruz Murillo Magallanes, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 2.

JJJ Landscaping LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 2. Barajas Auto Body LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 2. Wendy Moreno dba Stunnin, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 2. Eastern WA Construction, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 2. IClean Building Services, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 2. Virtual Reality Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 5. P J R Construction Inc., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 8. Sandra Aparicio, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 8. Olympic Cascade Drive Ins LLC et al., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 9. Ermenio Cuevas, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 15. HDZ Construction Services LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 15. Pasco Xpress Mart LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 15. Billie Jo McQuilkin et al., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 15. Mission Express LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 16. Nimble Worldwide Inc., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 16. Rivera Investments LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 16. MKW Construction LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 16. Vanguard LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 16. Raul Nmi Bogarin Avalos, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 18. Alex B. Najera MD PS, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 24. Precision General Construction, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 24. B3Intelligence Ltd., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 24. Reed Group Management, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 24. Tishman Speyer Properties, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 24. Garibay Farms LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Aug. 24. Trigo Antonio Jorge, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 24. Wave Design Group LLC, unpaid Department

of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 24. Vincio Marin Gomez et al., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 30. Xmen Tires LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 30. Bradley’s Auto Sales LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Aug. 30.

uLIQUOR LICENSES BENTON COUNTY NEW El Buen Gusto Restaurant, 708 Sixth St., buildings 708 & 710, Prosser. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant service bar. Application type: change of location. Honey Dog Productions LLC, 7425 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. License type: beer/wine theater. Application type: new. Jones of Washington, 2471 Robertson Drive, Richland. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: change of location. Players Sports Bar & Grill, 118 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: spirits/beer/wine


restaurant lounge-. Application type: assumption. Under Creation LLC, 7903 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite S, Kennewick. License type: snack bar. Application type: new. Harry and David LLC, 101 Max Benitz Road, Suite F, Prosser. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. Aquilini Brands USA, 63615 E. Jacobs Road NE, Unit C, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. IHOP, 6511 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. 1derful K-BBQ, 6494 W. Skagit Ave., Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer. Application type: new. APPROVED Players Sports Bar and Grill, 118 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: spirits/ beer/wine restaurant lounge-. Application type: assumption. Elk Haven Winery LLC, 34101 N. Demoss Road, Benton City. License type: domestic win-



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TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2022 ery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. SM Produce for Less, 135 Vista Way, Suites A, C & F, Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: new. Café Magnolia, 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite 100, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. Barrel Springs Winery, 46601 N. Gap Road, Prosser. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. Fat Olives, 255 Williams Blvd., Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant service bar. Application type: in lieu. Muret-Gaston, 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way #120, Kennewick. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: added/ change of class/in lieu. Kabana-King, 4311 W. Clearwater Ave., Unit 10, Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: new. Barnard Griffin, 878 Tulip Lane, Richland. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: change of corporate officer. Winco Foods #2, 4602 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/ wine. Application type: change of corporate officer. Brady’s Brats and Burgers, 6481 W. Skagit Ave., Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. Longbranch Saloon, 230006 E. Highway 397, Kennewick. License type: cocktails, wine to-go; Application type: new. Tapteil Vineyard, 65509 N. Demoss Road, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. Osaka Sushi & Teriyaki, 4101 W. 27th Place, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: assumption. Kabana-King, 1305 Jadwin Ave., Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver-in/out WA. Application type: added/change of trade name. Monte Scarlatto Estate, 28719 E. Highway 224, Benton City. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: added/change of class/in lieu. DISCONTINUED Café Magnolia, 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite 100, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: discontinued. Barrel Springs Winery, 46601 N. Gap Road, Prosser. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. Kabana-King, 4311 W. Clearwater Ave., Unit 10, Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: discontinued. Ariel Gourmet & Gifts, 617 The Parkway, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Application type: discontinued. Mezzo Thai Fusion, 110 Gage Blvd., Suite 200, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: discontinued. Riverside Restaurant & Lounge, 40 Comstock St., Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Application type: discontinued. Shari’s of Richland, 1745 George Washington Way, Richland. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: discontinued. The Folded Pizza Pie, 421 Wellsian Way, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Application type: discontinued. The George Washington, 1515 George Washington Way, Suite B, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: discontinued. Venezia Ristorante, 3280 George Washington Way, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: discontinued. Wit Cellars, 2880 Lee Road, Suite A, Prosser. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: discontinued. Wit Cellars, 505 Cabernet Court, Building B, Prosser. License type: winery warehouse. Application type: discontinued. Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel, 1515 George Washington Way, Richland. License type: hotel. Application type: Discontinued. Longbranch Saloon, 230006 E. Highway 397, Kennewick. License type: cocktails/wine to-go. Application type: discontinued. Super Mini Mart, 2400 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: grocery store – beer/ wine. Application type: discontinued. FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW La Palma Express LLC, 2020 E. Lewis St., Suite A, Pasco. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: new. Family Dollar #32785, 920 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: new. Kinta Restaurante, 528 W. Clark St., Pasco. License type: curbside/delivery endorsement; cocktails/wine to-go; spirits/beer/wine; restau-

rant lounge+; catering. Application type: new. Hjellum Wines, 8116 Babine Drive, Pasco. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters; curbside/delivery endorsement; growlers curbside/delivery. Application type: new. Pasco IHOP, 5015 Road 68, Pasco. License type: beer/wine restaurant – beer/wine. Application type: new. APPROVED Garibaldi, 2125 E. Hillsboro St., Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: new. Hjellum Wines, 8116 Babine Drive, Pasco. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. Love’s Travel Stop #811, 2252 E. Kartchner St., Pasco. License type: grocery store – beer/wine. Application type: new. Tri-City Taps, 5236 Outlet Drive, Pasco. License type: curbside/delivery endorsement. License type: added/change of class/in lieu.

uBUSINESS UPDATES NEW LOCATION Q Home Loans Tri-Cities has opened at 8202 W. Quinault Ave, Suite B. Contact: 509-5542611; MOVED Tri-Cities Water Store has moved to 6510 W. Okanogan Ave., Kennewick. Southridge Dental has moved to 2431 S. Quillan Place, Kennewick.

Edward Jones – Dustin Clontz has moved to 112 Columbia Point Drive, Suite 104, Richland. CLOSED Asian Market & Lotus Snack Bar at 1325 George Washington Way in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center has closed. To submit news about a new business opening, business move or name change, go to: business-listing.


DISCONTINUED Garibaldi, 2125 E. Hillsboro St., Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge+. Application type: discontinued.

uMARIJUANA LICENSES BENTON COUNTY NEW Cordus LLC, 234805 E. Straightbank, Suite CA, Kennewick. License type: cannabis producer tier 3; cannabis processor. Application type: added/ change of location/in lieu. Cannasourc’d Logistics, 17504 W. Yakitat Place, Suite A, Benton City. License type: cannabis transportation. Application type: new. APPROVED Sunnyside Northwest, 41305 N. Griffin Road, Grandview. License type: cannabis producer tier 3. Application type: added fees. Washington State Cannabis Company, 2415 Robertson Drive, Richland. License type: cannabis retailer. Application type: assumption. Cordus LLC, 234805 E. Straightbank, Suite CA, Kennewick. License type: cannabis producer tier 3. Application type: change of location.


2501 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland 509-735-0300 •