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January 2017

Volume 16 • Issue 1

Kennewick businesses await completion of wine village BY SEAN BASSINGER

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Local News

Fitness trackers help keep kids active Page 11

Real Estate & Construction

VA to open 80-bed nursing home in Walla Walla Page 19

Legal & Taxes

Tax advisers encourage questions about deductions page 33

he Said It “The Tri-Cities is on fire in terms of growth. We certainly see it in our beverage business.” - Bill Dolsen of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities Page 21

Business owners in downtown Kennewick sense the excitement building as the new wine village takes shape along the Columbia Drive riverfront. “It’s just the perfect time to be there,” said Liz Thompson, who co-owns ET Estate Sales with her husband, Mark. The Thompsons are moving back to the retail area after outgrowing their space in Richland. The Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine Village — a 5.4-acre riverfacing development — already has two wineries that plan to open up their operations and tasting rooms there this summer. Neighboring business owners have been watching the progress. Ann Steiger, owner of Roxy Theatre Antiques & Gifts, said it’s an exciting time to be in downtown Kennewick as her own store on Kennewick Avenue approaches its 14th anniversary in February. She said she hasn’t seen a project this large in the historic downtown Kennewick area since she’s been there. She commended the port and city on their continued efforts to take advantage of the riverfront. “I think any momentum that we can get going within our business district here is wonderful,” she said. “We have a lot to offer — we think there’s a lot to be shared with the whole Tri-Cities.” Victorino Mendoza, who’s owned El Chapala Mexican Restaurant on Columbia Drive since 2006, thinks the wine village will be a good addition. He recently met with the port-commissioned artist who will paint a 672-foot Latino heritage mural in the wine village. Andrew Reid, a Florida-based muralist, had lunch at the restaurant last month to meet the Mendoza family. He will design the artwork that will span the two buildings currently under construction to celebrate and educate the Latino community’s contributions to the Tri-City region, including the wine and agricultural industries. uWINE VILLAGE, Page 9

Construction is nearly wrapped up for the new concessions and terminal viewing area at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. The grand opening celebration is Jan. 27 with the new terminal opening Jan. 30.

$42 million Tri-Cities Airport expansion nears completion BY SEAN BASSINGER

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Passengers waiting for flights at the TriCities Airport in Pasco didn’t always get to enjoy a view. That’s changed after the latest series of renovations, a nearly $42 million project more than two years in the making that’s finally ready for takeoff. “Passengers will be able to see the airfield and watch the aircrafts come and go,” said Ron Foraker, director of the Tri-Cities Airport. Being able to watch planes land and take off will add to the true airport experience once absent at the Pasco airport, Foraker said.

The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening. Public tours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 27. Reservations are required. Call 509-547-3378. The addition of a plane viewing gallery in the terminal areas, several new concourses and extra Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, screening lanes are some of the new features of the TriCities Airport in Pasco. First opened 1926, the airport is the largest in southeast Washington. uAIRPORT, Page 29

Ethos restaurant moves from north Richland to south Richland BY ELSIE PUIG

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If location is a barrier to your business’ success, find a new spot. That’s why Ethos Trattoria’s owners decided to move from north Richland to south Richland. Its owners also have some other changes up their sleeves. The former full-service service restaurant is changing its name to Ethos Bakery and Café and will offer quick-service dining — at least for now. “We’re playing around with what dinner may or may not look like,” said co-owner Angela Kora. “Initially we’ll keep with more daytime operations, but we have had a lot of customers who say they love our cocktail

program, they love our dinners, so once we get up and running, once we open up, we’ll start adding dinners.” Ethos moved from 800 Dalton St. on Dec. 30 into the former Sharehouse Coffee space at 2150 Keene Road in south Richland. It plans to reopen there in mid-January. Sharehouse ended its four-year run in that building Oct. 30, citing financial difficulties. Ethos’ owners renovated the interior, including extending a wall to create more kitchen space. “It’s a little bit bigger than the other space but the layout is different. The bakery is bigger, the kitchen is smaller but a little bit more tucked away. There will be less seating but it’s going to be a little cozier,” Kora said. uETHOS, Page 17


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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017

Union Pacific acquires 3 Railex properties

Camaros, Corvettes get ‘American Thump’ boost Kaizenspeed, McCurley to offer aftermarket performance packages



Union Pacific has acquired Railex LLC’s refrigerated and cold storage assets, including Wallula’s warehouse and supporting equipment. The deal, announced Jan. 3., includes two other Railex properties in Delano, California, and Rotterdam, New York. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Railex, a refrigerated rail service and third-party logistics intermodal transportation company, plays a key role in Union Pacific’s food network, transporting fruits, vegetables and other temperature-sensitive cargo across the United States, according to a Union Pacific release. “The Railex team developed a fantastic business changing how fresh food arrives on America’s tables, offering food shippers fast, reliable door-to-door rail-based transportation solutions,” said Brad Thrasher, Union Pacific vice president and general manager — agricultural products, in a release. “The integration of their highly efficient cross dock facilities and logistics capabilities into Union Pacific’s broader food network allows us to offer our customers increased access to a wider range of capacity and service solutions in a rail-centric cold chain.” Union Pacific food trains already directly serve Railex’s Wallula and Delano facilities. Wallula’s Railex has two miles of loop track on its property along with 38 refrigerated truck docks and 19 enclosed refrigerated rail docks, as well as 225,000 square feet of refrigerated space.

Two of America’s favorite fast cars — Corvettes and Camaros — can get an aftermarket horsepower and torque boost covered by a warranty, thanks to a new partnership between two Tri-City businesses. Kennewick’s Kaizenspeed and Pasco’s McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Cadillac teamed up to offer area consumers a performance package that includes improved torque and 565 horsepower covered by a three-year warranty. “If you have a stock Corvette or Camaro, how do you win the customer over? For any true car enthusiast, it’s with something truly unique. That’s what cars are all about. It’s an extension of yourself —something no one else has,” said Reid Lunde, Kaizenspeed president and founder. He’s confident that once people walk into McCurley and hear the Kaizenspeed version of a Corvette or Camaro, they’ll be hooked. “Once you feel a stock shifter versus our shifter, you’ll think about it every time you shift gears,” Lunde said. The process is smooth: McCurley orders Corvettes and Camaros that best suit a Kaizenspeed conversion. “They won’t sit here for more than 48 hours,” said Craig Cavanaugh, McCurley’s general manager. The cars then are taken across the cable bridge to Kaizenspeed at 110 N. Gum St. in Kennewick, where the performance platform is installed.

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Kaizenspeed President Reid Lunde, from left, Vice President Travis Timmons and McCurley General Manager Craig Cavanaugh stand near a 565-horsepower Camaro featuring Kaizenspeed’s performance platform. The car is on sale at McCurley and will be joined by a Kaizenspeed 565.N Corvette soon.

“The core of what we’re doing is the camshaft and valve train. That’s what brings these cars to life. It’s what gives them the American muscle sound that everyone wants. It’s also what provides the biggest gain in horsepower and torque. Beyond that, we lower the vehicle to give it a more aggressive stance, install a Hurst short-shifter and badge the vehicle’s interior and exterior with serialized badging so that everyone knows it’s unlike anything else on the road,” Lunde said. In about two weeks, the cars return to the McCurley showroom. The three-year contract between the two companies is the first of its kind in the Northwest, and the Pasco dealership is excited about the venture. “In all my years in the car business, we’ve never partnered with an aftermarket company that enhances the perfor-

mance of our automobiles. So, we thought, ‘This is a natural fit.’” Cavanaugh said. McCurley will have a few of the Kaizenspeed cars in stock at a time and though the project is in its infancy, Cavanaugh hopes to sell at least one of the performance models each month. “We forecast that we’ll sell six new Camaros per month in 2017 and we’re assuming some of those will be the Kaizenspeed models. Our goal for the new year is to sell 24 Corvettes and I’ll bet some of those will also be Kaizenspeed,” Cavanaugh said. “Our long-term goal is to continue another three-year contract again and again with them due to its success.”



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Calling all would-be entrepreneurs interested in putting their dreams into motion: Learn how to launch a food truck business in an upcoming series of classes. The fourth session of Mobile Vending University, or MVU, kicks off Jan. 28. “The MVU is one of the biggest advantages in the Tri-Cities and you need every advantage you can get. You get to talk to people doing it successfully,” said Charlotte Williams, who owns KC’s Biscuit Shop with her husband Kelly. They took the MVU class in the fall and said it was eye-opening. “We have a better grasp of what to expect,” she said. “It made us step back and gave us a reality check. Somebody who seriously wants to do this, if you’re still as serious about it as when you start MVU, you’re going to be successful.” The Williamses are working on securing financing for their food truck that will serve up breakfast sandwiches on homemade Southern buttermilk biscuits. They hope to set up shop in Kennewick’s new Columbia Gardens Wine Village on Columbia Drive to serve the Hanford commuter crowd. They originally wanted to open a “brick and mortar” restaurant “but man it’s expensive…When you start looking into details, you’re like, ‘Oh my!’ There’s so much that people don’t realize it takes,” said Charlotte Williams of Kennewick. The MVU series, offered by Pasco

Charlotte and Kelly Williams, from left, of KC’s Biscuit Shop talk about their food truck’s logo design with students from Columbia Basin College’s marketing class during the fall Mobile Vending University session. The students were in Ryan Malm and Gene Holand’s classes. (Courtesy Marilou Shea)

Specialty Kitchen and Columbia Basin College, covers five areas for prospective food truck owners: navigating licensing processes and understanding local code requirements; managing money and drafting a business plan; learning best practices in operations; sourcing a truck or trailer; and marketing, including social media. “If these people were to sit down and go through the class, they’re going to have a lot of tools, understanding and … resources they didn’t have before. It’s like having a coach — whatever you’re willing to put in is what you’re going to get out of it,” said Charlotte Williams. WorkSource Columbia Basin in Kennewick is offering tuition assistance for the $399 class to those who qualify for general unemployment benefits, such as

those receiving public assistance, dislocated workers who have been laid off, those receiving or who have exhausted unemployment insurance, and youth ages 18 to 24 years old not currently in school. “Being a successful food entrepreneur often means overcoming life lessons and capitalizing on a defined skill set, whether that’s cooking, operations or marketing,” said Marilou Shea, the program’s creator, in a release. “The metrics for successful food entrepreneurs are evolving and much of the time, it’s about sweat equity and a combination of skills that produce growth and ultimately are the ‘recipe’ for business success.” The classes are taught by industry experts and include private lenders, Broadmoor RV staff, current food truck vendors, officials from the Benton-Franklin Health District, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and Pasco inspection services, and sales and marketing professionals. The series is designed to provide a hands-on approach to all things mobile vending, Shea said. New add-ons for the winter session include expansion of field trips to food trucks, social media posts by participants and in-class menu sampling. The Pasco Speciality Kitchen has organized the popular Food Truck Friday event in downtown Pasco for the past two years where half a dozen food trucks serve up their tasty fare at the farmers market pavilion.

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When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 Where: Pasco Specialty Kitchen, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Registration: $399. Advance registration is required and in person only at Columbia Basin College, Building H— Hawk Central. The CBC registration form is also available online: www.columbiabasincollege. edu/continuingeducation or For more information: Contact Shea at 509-545-1172 or mshea@downtownpasco. com, or Michelle Mann at 509-542-4443 or

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 uBUSINESS BRIEFS Richland Albertsons store to close in February

The Albertsons store on Lee Boulevard in Richland will close by Feb. 25, citing financial difficulties. “We have been unable to reposition the store to better compete in the market place, and following an extensive review, we have made the difficult decision to close the store. Closing stores that have been underperforming allows the company to focus its capital on greater enhancements throughout our store network and better value propositions for our customers,” said Sara Osborne, company spokeswoman, in a statement. Boise-based Albertsons operates stores across 35 states under well-known names, including Safeway. Albertsons’ human resources team is “working diligently to place as many associates in nearby Albertsons or Safeway stores as possible,” Osborne said. The company filed in 2015 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial offering of shares of its common stock.

Tax season officially kicks off Jan. 23

The nation’s tax season begins Jan. 23, and the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. The IRS will begin accepting electronic tax returns that day, with more than 153 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2017. The IRS again expects more than four out of five tax returns will be prepared electronically using tax return preparation software.

Many software companies and tax professionals will accept tax returns before Jan. 23 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. The IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. There is no advantage to filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for the IRS to begin accepting e-filed returns, the IRS said in a release. The IRS also reminds taxpayers to keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least three years. Taxpayers who are changing tax software products this filing season will need their adjusted gross income from their 2015 tax return to file electronically. The Electronic Filing Pin is no longer an option. Taxpayers can visit IRS.Gov/ GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2016 tax return.

Grant recipients named at annual ceremony

Three Rivers Community Foundation distributed $108,226 at its annual grants ceremony Dec. 15 in Kennewick. The foundation’s mission of directing money “where it can make the biggest difference in our community” was demonstrated to 36 local grant recipients. Foundation donors enabled the organization to fund 64 percent of its requests this year. For more information, visit

Young Professionals group changes name, reorganizes

The board of directors of Young Professionals Tri-Cities has renamed the organization Emerging Tri-Cities and adjusted its scope. The group will continue to encourage and empower young professionals, but also wants them to be exposed to the talent of all ages in the community. The group’s mis-

sion is to empower meaningful professional development by attracting professionals across the region to attend events with passionate and thought-provoking public speakers. Frequently asked questions about the changes are online at emergingtricities.faq. html.

West Richland seeks to fill council opening

The city of West Richland is accepting applications for council Pos. 6 following the resignation of Scott Whalen. Whalen, who resigned due to medical reasons, was elected in November 2015 and began his term Jan. 1. The city is seeking a temporary replacement to fill the seat until the November 2017 general election. To serve beyond Dec. 31, the person appointed to the temporary position must be willing to file for election and be elected by West Richland voters for the two remaining years of the term ending Dec. 31, 2019. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Jan. 27 and are available at the city administration building at 3801 W. Van Giesen St., on the city website at or by emailing

Demolition of McCluskey Room underway

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. recently began demolishing the Americium Recovery Facility, also known as the McCluskey Room, at Hanford. The Americium Recovery Facility is the second of four major buildings that make up the Plutonium Finishing Plant to undergo demolition. During plutonium production, the facility separated radioactive americium for other


uses until a chemical reaction and explosion inside processing equipment occurred in 1976, exposing worker Harold McCluskey to a dose of radioactive americium that was 500 times the amount deemed safe. He was seriously injured and died 11 years later of unrelated causes. The facility never resumed operations after the 1976 incident. CH2M crews began demolition preparations in the room in 2014. Demolition of the entire PFP complex is scheduled to be completed by September.

Annual Legislative Council trip sign-up deadline is Jan. 20 The public is encouraged to attend the Tri-Cities Legislative Council’s annual trip to Olympia from Feb. 9-10 to learn about issues affecting the Tri-Cities, including higher education, energy sciences, revitalization financing, clean energy and transportation priorities. The Pasco Chamber, Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber, Tri-City Regional Chamber, TriCity Development Council, Visit Tri-Cities and West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce comprise the TCLC. Sign up by contacting Austin Neilson, or via the registration form at tricityregion-

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Red Level Games hopes to see green from marijuana video game BY JESSICA HOEFER

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A Richland company recently landed its biggest contract to date that will move a video game idea about the marijuana industry from the whiteboard to the motherboard. Red Level Games, a video game development company, said the six-figure deal with a private investor will allow it to move a step closer to offering players a fun, safe way to explore the pot industry in the game called Cash Crop. Players can manage their crops, including deciding whether to grow plants indoors or outdoors, regulate temperature and humidity, and feed and water plants as needed. As players’ businesses grow, they will have to analyze sales and expenses. They can use virtual profits to buy items such as grow timers to help keep their plants healthy and increase yields. Grant Williams, the company’s CEO and game designer, said the project will need another half a million dollars to turn

the prototype into a playable game. “(This initial) contract allows us to create a minimum viable product that will give us the gas to get going,” he said. Red Level Games partnered with Richland software developer Wildland on the pre-alpha design and development work for Cash Crop. While this is not the first marijuana game available on the market, Williams said there’s currently no commercialized marijuana game like Cash Crop for players interested in the business model genre. “We want to have a game that’s a pleasant experience and shows the business challenges, and I’m building a game that teaches people to grow, comply with laws, and build a business cycle,” he said, adding he’s also hoping to break through negative stereotypes associated with the marijuana industry. “People go to wineries and they want to see how the wine is made, how it works. You see a lot of marijuana users who care about the product they use, and you don’t see what goes on behind the scenes. We compare that with educating the public and our players so they can

During a creative meeting at Red Level Games, CEO and game designer Grant Williams, left, reviews how players will interact with 2D play space in Cash Crop when planting crops, clearing areas and building structures. Also pictured are Red Level Games employees Erin Schmit, from left, Amy Kennedy and Tyler Soldat.

understand how (the industry) works.” Williams said video games in the business genre, such as RollerCoaster Tycoon and Prison Architect—which, in 2015 reportedly earned more than $19 million from more than 1.25 million sales—continue to be popular with players. “Not everyone wants to blow stuff up or beat people up,” said Williams, whose first game, Dragon, is an action role-playing game. “We’re trying to have a non-violent game. The weed culture doesn’t have a reputation of violence.” Once the prototype for Cash Crop is complete, Williams will take it to Game Connection, an international event that attracted more than 2,700 developers, publishers, distributors and service providers in 2016. Buyers make an average of 2.85 deals at the convention with most deals ranging around $300,000, according to Game Connection. This year’s event is Feb. 27 through March 1 in San Francisco, California. “It’s usually in Europe, so we’re very lucky that the timing worked out for it to be national this year,” Williams said. Game Connection touts itself as the deal-making event for the game industry and believes it’s imperative to have a publishing partner for a video game to navigate through the industry. Daniel Parente from Hydra Interactive said partnering with a publisher can help cover the cost of salaries and work associated with producing a video game,

allowing companies such as Red Level Games to focus on creating the best product possible. If all goes well at the convention, Red Level Games will put a pre-finished product on Steam, a digital distribution platform that reaches players from across the world. There, players can test the earlyaccess product and provide feedback so Red Level Games can make improvements and fix any bugs or glitches. Updates will be ongoing, Williams said, because Red Level Games would like to incorporate fundamental policy changes into the game such as when laws change. “So if New Mexico legalizes marijuana, we can have a map and ask, ‘Do you want to enter a new market?’ We can notify players that a referendum is coming up in a state and ask if they’d like to start investing there. If it passes, it pays off. So you can really link policy into the game,” he said, adding Red Level Games is also actively seeking industry partners who want product placement in Cash Crop. Williams estimates a pre-finished product won’t be available on Steam until December, and at the earliest the commercial version of the game won’t be ready until summer 2018. “Our target goal would be to sell 70,000 in the first month with early access (on Steam),” Williams said. “If we do that, it’s shy of a million bucks. We feel like we can reach that goal by partnering with publishers.”

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PARTNERSHIP, From page 3 Lunde hopes to sell at least one performance platform Corvette and one Camaro through McCurley every quarter. “Long term, we’d like to be moving many more than that and we’re working to create a worldwide need for them. We fully realize that this is a huge undertaking and the bigger the goal, the longer the timeline,” Lunde said. “We were very clear that it will take years of steady pushing before it starts to gain momentum.” The first Kaizenspeed 565.N Camaro was delivered to McCurley in early December and its sound has already turned heads, Cavanaugh said. “I’ve sat in my office and heard it being started half a dozen times. I always know it’s the Kaizenspeed; that is the only Camaro that sounds like that. It reminds

me of when you hear a Harley (Davidson); it’s very distinct,” Cavanaugh said. It is on sale for about $57,000. A Kaizenspeed kiosk, complete with a tablet, speakers and a monitor, soon will offer McCurley customers a firsthand look and sound experience. “We call that (sound), ‘American Thump,’” Lunde said. “People want the thump of a ’69 Camaro with the reliability of a 2017 Camaro. When we make 500 horsepower, the next thought is, ‘How do I get to 600 horsepower?’ The search for more power is never-ending; it has brought us to 1,300-plus horsepower with some cars. We’re offering a supercar power with ‘American Thump.’ Cars can bring people back to their youth while providing the reliability available with modern technology.”

The Kaizenspeed performance platforms can be financed through McCurley. Instead of facing $10,000 in out-of-pocket aftermarket expenses, the package equals about $100 a month, Lunde said. McCurley’s three Camaro models range from $25,900 to $68,000 and the C7 Corvettes range from $69,000 to $115,000, depending on models and options. The Kaizenspeed 565.N dealership package adds $11,500 to the sticker price. The aftermarket package includes a threeyear, 36,000-mile drive-train warranty. “And if you can have all that for only 100 bucks more a month, it’s a no brainer,” Lunde said. Kaizenspeed also sells all of its packages through McCurley’s parts department and those range from $4,500 to $22,000. “We’ll be able to offer more depth in our

performance product here at the store,” Cavanaugh said. “We’ve got so many different options in the Corvette and the Camaro. It’ll add to our overall repertoire here at McCurley and it may bring in a different client than we’ve previously seen.” Lunde said he hopes to “drive enthusiasts to McCurley.” The relationship with McCurley was forged after surveying multiple Corvette clubs, Lunde said. “That was eye-opening for us. Not everyone is a full-time hot-rodder and they’re concerned that aftermarket modifications will hurt their engine and void their warranty,” he said. “The warranty is the single most important issue of all and we’re the only company to put a warranty in writing. You won’t find that anywhere else in the entire Northwest. If fact, there are only a few companies in the world that do that and none of them are building community like we are.” Travis Timmons, vice president of sales and marketing for Kaizenspeed, said the warranty is key. “This is not a common business practice to offer in the aftermarket performance scene. We worked hard to achieve this offer to our vehicle owners,” he said. “Now they can have the peace of mind that a reliable company performed this work and stands behind it. It takes the worry out of owning an aftermarket vehicle, spending less time worrying about reliability and more about where they want to cruise to — while turning heads.”

RAILEX, From page 3 The railroad’s food train network provides service from the area to the Midwest consumer base via Chicago and further into the Northeast region via the CSX Corp. transportation network. Railex will continue managing its facilities during the transition and integration of its operations with Union Pacific. Railex and Union Pacific officials declined to comment on details of the acquisition, including questions about cost, personnel and timelines. The acquisition does not include Railex Wine Services LLC, which is building a $10 million, 260,000-square-foot expansion in Wallula, about 25 miles east of the Tri-Cities off Highway 12 in Walla Walla County. Railex Wine Services was founded in 2012 as a wine storage, distribution and logistics platform that provides wineries and distributors across the United States with the latest technology to manage their storage and shipping needs. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates dominates the majority of its business. The expansion is scheduled to be completed and opened in spring 2017. Union Pacific connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail. It operates more than 15,000 food product boxcars, 5,200 refrigerated boxcars and 3,900 food grade covered hoppers, according to its website. The railroad transports a diverse mix of items, including agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal. It serves about 10,000 customers.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017  WINE VILLAGE, From page 1 The mural is anticipated to be finished in September. Several business owners, including Mendoza, take great pride in the area. “It’s a good thing — what they’re planning to do in this area,” he said, adding that it likely will bring in more customers to businesses in the Columbia Drive area. “I think it’s something good for us,” he said. “I think we can grow a little bit more.” Liz Thompson said she’s excited to be back in downtown Kennewick after eight years in Richland. Their new store, which employs seven people and specializes in estate liquidation services, is at 422 E. Columbia Drive, directly across from the wine village. They opened in 2005 in a 1,500-squarefoot space in downtown Kennewick. Then they moved to Richland in 2007, upgrading to 5,000 square feet in the Uptown Shopping Center. But they needed more space and found it on Columbia Drive. Their 18,000-square-foot complex includes a retail and processing center and warehouse. The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. “We have so much more space there than what we had in Richland,” Liz Thompson said. Clients often have to sell entire households of items to the Thompsons, which required more storage space. “It’s a huge service for the community, and we’ll be able to meet those needs

so much better,” she said. “It’s really nice to be back. It’s a little different area than we were at before, but it’s still downtown.” Port officials have continued to meet with business owners along Columbia Drive and downtown Kennewick to keep them informed about the project. Tana Bader Inglima, the port’s deputy CEO, said she continues to hear many positive comments about the wine village. “It’s quite a draw into the downtown area itself,” she said. The general plan is to have the waterfront tie into the historic downtown retail area, Bader Inglima said. A small loop road near the wineries will connect three or four parcels of land that could someday be home to other complementary businesses or more wineries. Also planned is a picnic area with space for four food trucks. Charlotte and Kelly Williams hope to operate KC’s Biscuit Shop in one of those spaces. They’re working on securing financing to launch their business that will specialize in breakfast sandwiches served on their homemade buttermilk biscuits. “That’s where we’d like to be,” Charlotte Williams said. “There’s nothing like it on this end of Kennewick near the cable bridge. If you’re up early in the morning on your way to Hanford, there’s no place to get breakfast.” The city’s new wine-effluent pretreatment center will give Kennewick a competitive edge in attracting future wine tenants to the village since state


Nearby business owners express enthusiasm about downtown Kennewick’s future as Columbia Gardens Wine Village takes shape on Columbia Drive. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

regulations are starting to tighten, Bader Inglima said. “That’ll give an advantage for all the wineries coming into the area,” she said. Two wineries — Palencia Wine Co. of Walla Walla and Bartholomew Winery of Seattle — will be the wine village’s first tenants. The port is continuing to negotiate with a third tenant but it has not yet been disclosed. Planned for the second phase of development is a custom 16,000-square-foot grape-crushing facility that could accommodate five to six wineries. Banlin Construction of Kennewick

received the $3.4 million contract to build the first winery tasting room and production buildings. Port officials said construction should be complete by July.

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Public input sought for stormwater permit

The Washington Department of Ecology is updating its construction stormwater permit it issues to developers. Updates to the permit clarify the threshold for how much recycled concrete on a site requires stormwater monitoring; rainwater runoff from recycled concrete can be corrosive and harmful to aquatic life. There are also new specifics about where and how wet, unhardened concrete may be washed. There is an online workshop and public hearing at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 and the public may review and comment through Feb. 10. For more information or to join the online meeting, visit or email Amy Moon at

Trios Foundation hosts annual breakfast

The Trios Foundation’s annual breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The free event will include an update of the foundation’s activities and plans, as well as an announcement of the winner of the Jim Mokler Outstanding Leadership Award and scholarship recipients for students pursuing or continuing health care-related education in the 2017-18 year. Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities. Pre-registration is required for the breakfast. To sign up, email or call 509-222-5776.

BBB releases list of most reported scams of 2016

The Better Business Bureau’s Scam track-

er received more than 30,000 reports of scams in Washington and Idaho during 2016 through its interactive online tool, scamtracker. Tax collection fraud topped the list as the most reported scam, with 196 instances in Washington and 295 in Idaho. Additional scam categories include online purchase, debt collections, phishing, government grants and fake invoices, among others. BBB Northwest serves more than 14 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and western Wyoming.

Dutch Bros. raises money for Humane Society

Dutch Bros. Tri-Cities raised $6,928 for the Benton Franklin Humane Society on Dec. 22. All Dutch Bros. Tri-Cities locations donated $1 from every drink sold to support the nonprofit.

The Humane Society will use the money to continue to raise awareness about the shelter and the benefits of adopting animals.

FSA offers emergency conservation program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is accepting Emergency Conservation Program applications through Jan. 31 at the USDA service center in Pasco. Farmers and ranchers suffering losses— including fences and range pasture loss— from last summer’s Palouse Falls and Kahlotus wildfires in Franklin County may receive financial assistance from the FSA. The program provides up to 75 percent of the cost. Conservation problems existing before the disaster are ineligible for ECP assistance; benefits are intended for situations where the problem is so significant that federal assistance is required. For more information, call 509-545-8543 ext. 2 or visit

uNETWORKING Bullock, Virden named AAAS fellows

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Morris Bullock and Jud Virden have been elected to the rank of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the society’s highest honor. Bullock is a laboratory fellow and director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center led by PNNL. He was recognized for his contributions toward developing a comprehensive understanding of how chemical and electrical energy is stored and utilized for Morris Bullock applications in the development of non-fossil fuel sources. Bullock earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Virden is the associate laboratory director overseeing PNNL’s energy and environmental research activities. He was recognized for his leadership in developing solutions to clean Jud Virden energy challenges and partnerships to move technology into the marketplace. He earned a bachelor’s and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Washington. AAAS is an international multidisciplinary scientific society that seeks to advance science, engineering and innovation for the benefit of all people.

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Tri-City fifth-graders get moving with free activity trackers BY JEFF MORROW

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West Richland’s Rosie Gregory has three sons, with the oldest two being pretty active. But her youngest, Drew, preferred television over physical activity. “He hasn’t really been an outdoors active-type of kid,” she said. That changed in October, when Drew got a Sqord, an activity-tracking device for kids. Think Fitbit, but for grade-schoolers. The wristwatch device communicates to an app to record how much activity the children complete. Unlike Fitbit, it is not a step counter. What the device has done is change Drew’s routines. “I think it is really fun,” said the Wiley Elementary School fifth-grader. “It kind of gets me to want to exercise more.” And that is the goal, said Edna Felix, a respiratory care specialist at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland who is also the Kadlec Academy and Sqord facilitator. “Our goal is also to expand this program,” she said. Kadlec is in the second year of the Sqord program. Last year, six Tri-City area elementary schools participated. “This year, we have 10,” Felix said. “Four in Richland, four in Kennewick and two in Pasco.” A Sqord costs about $35. But through

Fifth-graders at Wiley Elementary School in West Richland received Sqord activity trackers for free this past fall from Kadlec Regional Medical Center as part of its Kadlec Academy program. The goal is to get kids moving and prevent obesity.

this program, which typically involves fifth-graders, a child and family who sign up, get the Sqord for free. “We are able to get a little bit of a discount,” Felix said. “The bigger costs involve getting them to the students.” Felix said the program began a few years ago in Snohomish County through Providence Health and Services. Now that both Providence and Kadlec are affiliated, it made sense to bring the program to the Tri-Cities. For the past seven years, Kadlec also has run Kadlec Academy, an after-school program that teaches elementary school-aged children the benefits of being healthy.

The Sqord program was the next step. “We’re trying to find ways to get our children active,” Felix said. “This is a key time. If you’re overweight in fifth grade, there’s a chance you could be overweight in 10th grade. If they’re not active outside, they can get some bad habits.” Felix says each classroom is its own team, and that team competes against other schools’ classes. To promote safety, “we have random user names so each child’s identity is secure,” Felix said. Felix has been getting some good reviews about the program. “One group of kids were running around

their desks to keep active,” she said. “Others were standing, jogging in place while they talked.” Felix realizes not all students and their families can afford a computer. So Kadlec provided an iPad Mini to each school for those who want to track their activity report. “In the summer, we’ve paired up with the libraries so that kids can check on their progress,” Felix said. It’s all about keeping kids active. For the Gregory family, the program has seemed to work. “I do know it has definitely encouraged my son to definitely be more active,” Rosie Gregory said. Gregory says her son has asked to walk the dog more. “And he’ll sleep with it on because he says he moves around a lot in his bed while he sleeps,” she said. The program has made her and Drew believers. “I’m really surprised,” his mother said. “I thought (the interest) might fizzle out after a month when he started in October. But he’s still doing it.” That’s music to Felix’s ears. “Kadlec and Providence are very committed to improving kids’ health,” Felix said. “We believe that healthy kids equal healthy families, and healthy families equal healthy communities.” Drew is on his way with that philosophy. He asked for and received a Simply Fit board for Christmas and looks forward to using it.

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Kadlec Foundation aims to improve community’s ‘breast health’ BY KRISTINA LORD

As Kadlec Foundation’s board president steps into his new role this month, he’s hoping to educate the community about its greatest health challenges. Chief among them is breast cancer, said David Lippes. Lippes, 49, said the foundation will be focused this year on raising $1 million to improve breast health in the Tri-Cities. It has already raised $425,000 toward that goal. The nonprofit foundation wants to help expand the capacity of Kadlec’s mammography services with new equipment, funding the Mammogram Assistance

Program and other patient support services. Lippes said he also wants “to help express to the community what the Kadlec Foundation is and does. I think people kind of get it — they raise money for the hospital. But that’s the least important thing we do,” he said. Lippes went on to explain that helping people understand the health needs of the community is key. “And then connecting those needs with donors to help bridge the gap. That’s the thing — a bunch of people trying to build a stronger, healthier community and I don’t think that’s really well understood.” “That’s where we need to come together and try to help,” said Lippes,

who has served as the foundation’s vice chairman for a year and on Kadlec’s board of trustees for eight years. He is the founder and former CEO of wheelchair maker TiLite in Pasco. Lippes said he’s learned “quite a bit about breast cancer as a result” of the foundation’s focused effort to raise money for services and equipment. About one in eight U.S. women, or 12.4 percent, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Last year, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer were projected to be diagnosed, a number nearly equal to the population of the Tri-Cities metro area. Breast cancer has a higher death rate than almost any other type of cancer, with about 40,450 women expected to die from the disease this year, according to information from the foundation.

“Our 2017 goal is to raise money to enable women who wouldn’t otherwise get care, to get care.” - David Lippes And that’s why breast health is a critical issue for the community, Lippes said. Kadlec’s Mammogram Assistance Program provides mammograms at no cost to women in financial need. The program served 188 women in 2015, and the need is growing, according to information from the foundation, which hopes to raise $400,000 to support the program. “Our 2017 goal is to raise money to enable women who wouldn’t otherwise wouldn’t get care, to get care,” Lippes said. “(The program is) designed primarily to build a fund of dollars so that women who are underserved and who don’t have mobility to get mammograms routinely can get them.” The foundation also wants to raise $450,000 to buy equipment. Kadlec currently has two 3-D mammogram machines and sees an average of 72 patients a day. “Another machine would allow us to schedule more women

in need of mammography services and shorten the timeline for return appointments when a patient requires a second visit,” according to information from the foundation. “Our equipment is so busy…just enabling more women to access our system would solve the problem,” Lippes David Lippes said. The money raised also would buy a mammography positioning chair that could move patients into optimal positions for 3-D breast biopsies. The chair Kadlec currently has is not adjustable. The foundation also is keying in on support services with a goal of raising $150,000 to provide patients and families with a single point of contact in mammography services. This patient navigator would guide patients by coordinating appointments with providers, sharing biopsy results, answering patient questions and managing communications about care plans. The group also wants money raised to go toward offering more community outreach classes and small group sessions to discuss topics, ranging from the difference between 2-D and 3-D mammograms, how to conduct breast self-exams to when to schedule a mammogram. Lippes said the foundation has solid data on the mammography and breast health needs in the Tri-City area but the community “really needs to investigate what is the health of our community and identify where is it healthy and not healthy. We have to investigate these things,” he said. He said Kadlec Foundation’s goal is to continue to identify the area’s health needs and then to connect those needs to donors. The foundation’s new board members include Patrick Galloway, attorney, Advance Legal Services; Nick Gonzales, branch manager, Bouten Construction; Dennis Janikowski, team leader, Numerica Credit Union; and Jeffery Lewis, president and founder, Epic Trust Advisors.

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Amusement park exhibit travels to children’s museum BY DORI O’NEAL

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Ever wondered how an electrifying roller-coaster ride can go so fast, flip its passengers upside down, make hairpin turns at warp speed and still stay on the tracks? Well, it’s all about science. The Tri-Cities’ newly organized children’s museum, called Hands In for Hands On — or, HiHo for short — plans to bring the California-based Amusement Park Science exhibit to the Tri-Cities later this year. The exhibit will give kids and their parents the chance to explore the physics behind the fun involving movement, force of motion, gravity and inertia when it comes to amusement park rides. The exhibit will open Oct. 17 and run through November at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams event center in the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick. The exhibit will take a break through most of December then reopen Dec. 31 and continue through Jan. 18, 2018. Admission will be $1 for kids through fifth grade and $5 for adults. Hours will be determined closer to the exhibit opening. HiHo is a nonprofit that was formed two years ago by a handful of parents looking for ways to entertain their children through educational means. The group brought its first educational exhibit to the Tri-Cities last September

with the traveling Oregon Museum of Science and Industry exhibit, “A View from Space,” which was on display at the planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The exhibit was an overwhelming success, motivating HiHo board members to keep Stephanie Button the momentum going by bringing the Amusement Park Science exhibit to town, said Stephanie Button, vice president of the board. “We have been very fortunate to have some great sponsors for our exhibits,” Button said. Some of those sponsors include Bruce Inc., McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Cadillac, Bechtel, Devfuzion IT, realtors Bob and Meri Lee Tippett, and Tri-City area Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. HiHo is not the first children’s museum in town. The Three Rivers Children’s Museum incorporated in 1989. After struggling to stay afloat financially for several years, it closed in 2008. Scott Butner, a well-known Tri-City photographer, was one of that museum’s founding members. “Three Rivers started much like the current Hands In/Hands On effort, as a series of pop-up events at various loca-

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High call volumes slow state’s unemployment benefits website BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

The state Employment Security Department launched new online services for unemployment claimants and employers Jan. 3 — but the website has been experiencing slower than anticipated response times due to high call volumes and the start-up of the system. The claims center received about 64,500 weekly claims requests and more than 5,100 initial benefit applications in the first week of the year. It also received 49,000 claims via phone or internet and nearly 1,400 new benefit applications from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9. For context, the agency generally serves 60,000 unemployment claimants each week. Workers from the state’s claims center and information technology department worked with WaTech staff, Washington’s consolidated technology services agency, to answer messages, assist with claims and address outstanding IT issues in the days after the system launched. “We apologize and we are working as hard as we can around the clock to resolve these issues,” the agency said in a release. While the majority of customers have been able to access the system online, some customers continue to experience difficulty uUNEMPLOYMENT, Page 14


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What happens in the ‘other’ Washington matters, too BY KRIS JOHNSON

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Last month, two dozen business leaders from Washington state headed to the “other” Washington to meet with our state’s congressional delegation and hear from key insiders about what to expect on everything from trade and health care to environmental and immigration policy. It was the third annual “D.C. Fly-in” led by the Association of Washington Business, and it came at a remarkable time in our nation’s history. In the last 24 years, there have been just three Decembers with a presidential transition underway. The trips are important because decisions made at the national level can impact Washington employers and the economy, just as the decisions made by state lawmakers in Olympia impact employers. Given Washington’s dependence on exports, it will come as no surprise that trade was one of the top issues AWB members discussed in D.C. Imports and exports are major economic drivers across the state, with

more than 430,000 jobs directly sustained by Washington’s $86.4 billion in total exports and hundreds of thousands more indirectly supported, according to the Washington Council on International Trade. With a full 40 percent of jobs tied to trade, congressional and administrative talk of completely upending the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) or retooling the North American Free Trade Agreement has ripples all the way to cities and towns across our state that rely on robust trade to create the financial base needed for families and local governments. Likewise, most congressional districts rely heavily on agriculture to sustain the local economy and the industry is a mainstay for the job base. And the technology sector is fueling strong growth in the Seattle area. So, it’s no surprise that employers stressed to congressional leaders that Washington state requires a coherent immigration policy that meets the needs of both workers and farm families, and the tech sector. In addition to these important topics, business leaders shared their concern about the rising cost of health care

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insurance even as access falls, particularly in rural parts of the state. Presidentelect Trump has committed to “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Voice of Care Act AWB (ACA) and to Kris Johnson authorizing carriers to sell insurance across state lines. It’s not clear yet what that looks like or how it will impact our state. But, as a state heavily invested in the ACA state health insurance exchange program, employers are rightly concerned that state budget impacts from a change to the ACA could fall directly on them in the form of new and higher taxes. They are also concerned about the potential impact to association health plans, which provide affordable health care to thousands of small businesses and their employees. Similar to Washington state, the curUNEMPLOYMENT, From page 13 with the sign-on, according to the state. WaTech is working with its vendor to correct the service problem. The new e-services website is part of an upgrade to the agency’s unemployment benefits computer system. The site provides additional security and new self-service options for claimants and employers. Unemployment benefits also will now be available via debit card for those wishing to eliminate paper checks. The website allows customers to apply for benefits; submit weekly claims; sign up for, change or cancel direct deposit;

rent federal administration has relied on Executive Orders to make regulatory moves on issues Congress failed to pass. Many of the regulations, whether it is climate or overtime policies, have a negative effect on the economy. These policies create uncertainty in both cost and tax obligations to reach compliance and raise understandable concern about unelected bureaucrats promulgating expensive polices for which they have no clear legislative authority. All of these topics are woven into what AWB aims to do through its advocacy and action: grow the economy in every corner of the state, creating prosperity in communities and lifting up families. It was a great trip and served as a good reminder that what happens in the “other” Washington matters just as much as actions in Olympia. Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturing association.

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Inductees honored for their contributions to agriculture, agribusiness BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

This year’s inductees to the MidColumbia Agriculture Hall of Fame will be honored at a Jan. 19 dinner and installation gala at the Pasco Red Lion, sponsored by the Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Pasco. In its 17th year, the Hall of Fame honors Mid-Columbia farmers, families and agribusiness leaders in Franklin County and neighboring Mid-Columbia counties. The new inductees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and agribusiness in five categories.

Pioneer Award

The 2017 inductee is William W.T. Bennett of BB Cattle Co. in Connell. This award honors those who have had a significant influence on the development of agriculture and unselfishly served their communities. Bennett was born in 1926 and grew up on a cattle ranch in Colfax. He attended Washington State University William W.T. Bennett and managed the WSU beefcattle herd for six years before becoming a manager and partner in TT Herefords of Connell. He bought the company land in 1969 and founded BB Cattle Co.. Bennett has received numerous honors as a cattleman and seed-stock producer and has been active in serving the Connell community.

Agriculture Advisor Award

Gerry Ringwood, director and principal of Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick, a school that serves seven school districts and teaches vocational skills to more than 900 students a year, was honored Gerry Ringwood for making a significant impact through mentoring of young people in ag-related industries. Ringwood studied ag education at WSU and graduated in 1977. He taught agriculture courses and advised FFA students in Finley for 18 years, taking a year off to get a master’s degree in adult education. He has directed Tri-Tech since 1997. He has served and chaired many education organizations, earned numerous awards for his service and testified on vocational training before legislative committees. He is also co-owner of farming operations in Finley, Quincy and Sprague.

Stewardship Award

Merle Booker, owner of Booker Auction Co. of Eltopia, received the Stewardship Award for serving the community and displaying leadership in agriculture over a long period.

He earned a degree in animal science at WSU in the mid-1970s, and his first jobs after graduation were on area farms and in sales of pivot irrigation systems and area real estate. When the farm economy slumped in the 1980s, he began helping Merle Booker farmers liquidate their property and equipment, and formed the Booker Auction Co. The company grew to regional and national prominence, and today has a modern marketing facility in Eltopia. Booker has served on the boards of many industry organizations and “worked unselfishly for the betterment of the community,” according to a release. The entire Booker family is involved in the auction business and in actively supporting youth programs such as the Junior Livestock Show.

Visionary Award

This year, three people share the Visionary Award honor for their key roles in the creation of the Pasco Processing Center: retired Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield, retired Port of Pasco Executive Director Jim Toomey, and retired Franklin PUD General Manager Ken Sugden.

Faced with declining employment at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the 1980s, their vision was to develop an industrial park for food-processing operations. Gary Crutchfield Under their leadership, the plan became a key economicdevelopment strategy of each of their organizations. The Port of Pasco purchased land north of Pasco, Jim Toomey the city leased surrounding farmland to receive treated wastewater, and Franklin PUD installed the needed electrical infrastructure. They worked togethKen Sugden er to secure the first tenant, J.R. Simplot, in 1995. uAGRICULTURE, Page 18

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Rising Star

Rob Mercer, owner of Mercer Estates Winery, is this year’s Rising Star, an award that acknowledges a young person committed to agriculture and community service. Four generations of the Mercer family have farmed in the Horse Heaven Hills, and they were among the first to plant wine grapes in the region in 1972. Rob graduated from WSU, served as a Marine Corps officer and returned to manage the family business in 1995. He has served on the boards of the Columbia and Snake River Irrigators and Washington Wine Commission, and has been a Rob Mercer tireless promoter of the Washington wine industry. He serves on the WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council, which was instrumental in the development of the WSU Wine Science Center in Richland. The Mercer family is known for their patriotism and community service, and in 2010 the winery was honored with an Environmental Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Business for its exemplary environmental practices.


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uNETWORKING Dodge promoted to VP, regional manager

Vesna Dodge has been promoted to vice president and regional manager of Baker Boyer’s Kennewick office. Before starting to work for Baker Boyer as a trust adviser six years ago, Dodge was an estate planning attorney. She received a Vesna Dodge bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla University and a juris doctor from Willamette University. Dodge has “Certified Trust and Financial Advisor” designations from the Institute of

Certified Bankers, and is a member of the Oregon Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council and Benton-Franklin Bar Association.

Roth has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and previously worked for United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties.

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Michele Roth is Second Harvest’s new community impact director at its Pasco distribution center. In the newly created role, Roth will continue to develop Second Harvest programs, including Bite2Go, mobile Michele Roth food banks, nutrition education and hunger relief network relationships.

Richard Gierth has been honored by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for “Two Years, 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.” The third-party attorney rating organization publishes an annual list of the Top Ten family law attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass a rigorous election process based on client/peer nominations, research and independent evaluation.

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Casey’s ‘Maximizing Every Minute’ published

Paul D. Casey has self-published a time management and productivity book, “Maximizing Every Minute: Accomplish More Than You Ever Have Before.” Cost is $12, or $10 each for employers who wish to buy five or more for their employees. Visit maximizingevery-minute for more information. Paul D. Casey Originally from Chicago, Casey has been a professional speaker for more than 23 years. He has a master’s in education and has held roles in education, administration and operations at five nonprofits.

Fielding Law Group adds litigation attorney

Russell Mikow has joined Fielding Law Group as a litigation attorney. Mikow received a political science degree from Western Washington University and a law degree from University of Idaho. For the past 13 years, Mikow’s practice primarily focused on representing business clients engaged in commercial litigation. In his new role, he will be responsible for representing clients at trial who have been injured in motor vehicle and other accidents. Fielding Law Group is an eight-lawyer firm, with five offices located throughout western and eastern Washington state and Boise, Idaho.

Cascade Natural Gas names new regional director

Cascade Natural Gas Corporation named Steven Kessie director of the company’s central region, effective Jan. 12. Kessie will oversee all aspects of operations for the more than 75,000 customers in the region, which includes Walla Walla, the Tri- Cities to Yakima and the Steven Kessie Wenatchee area. Kessie has 38 years of experience, most recently as director of operation services for Cascade Natural Gas. He joined the utility company about a year after graduating from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick and has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities, including laborer, backhoe operator, service mechanic and district manager.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 ETHOS, From page 1 Ethos Group, owned and operated by Kora and Scot Newell, began in October 2011 as Ethos Bakery, a wholesale and retail wood-fired bakery and pizzeria in the Horn Rapids Business District. Ethos Trattoria debuted more than a year ago but in September curtailed its evening hours. At the new location, Ethos will still be serving its signature pizzas, as well as sandwiches, salads and soups. It also expanded its pastry offerings and hopes to start selling bread. Kora hopes to offer entree and pasta specials for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. They hired a new chef from Phoenix, Nick Henry, and recently added a new baker from Seattle, Jennifer Campbell. Kora hopes to do more business and special event catering. Ethos recently started catering at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser. “We’re going to hopefully expand the bakery and offer more daily and just have more special ordering and catering opportunities,” Kora said.

North Richland challenges

Kora said the former north Richland location wasn’t meeting her expectations. Although the restaurant did well with the lunchtime crowd due to its proximity to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Hanford contractors, she said not many people would stop in to grab coffee or a pastry on their way to work or stop in for happy hour on their way home. “Lunch was usually pretty good, but we expected a lot more. You have 10,000 cars

passing through every day. We expected a lot more people stopping on their way to work or people stopping by on their way back. On paper it looks great, but when you start to understand the Tri-Cities culture even more, we thought we had a pretty good idea, but what we found out is people don’t stop on their way home. It was just a barrier for a lot of people,” Kora said. “Scott and I had a lot of conversations of, ‘What do we do? Do we try to hang on as much as we can out here? How long can we keep it going out there?’ And it’s not easy. We spent so much time and energy and money in that location and had so many expectations for it,” she said. Kora said her customers and other supporters motivated her to keep going and give it another shot in a new location. “Seeing how well we did at the farmers markets helped us realize, ‘OK, so maybe it’s not us. Maybe it is location.’ We were thinking what else can we do to make it work for now, that was our biggest motivation, wanting to provide the service that we provide for our customers. That’s really what helped too — to see it as, ‘We have another opportunity to not close up shop,’” Kora said. “Dinner did well when we first opened and it did well through winter, but in summer is when we noticed it started to taper off and then it didn’t come back and we did try to adjust a few things but it wasn’t enough to get it to where we wanted it to be,” she said. Tentative hours at the new location are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to or find them on Facebook.


Angela Kora, co-owner of Ethos Bakery and Café, stands in front of her woodfired oven at the restaurant’s new location in the former Sharehouse Coffee location at 2150 Keene Road in Richland. Ethos will serve its signature pizzas, as well as sandwiches, salads and soups. It also expanded its pastry offerings and hopes to start selling bread.

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New Walla Walla Veterans Home to open in February BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

A new Walla Walla nursing care facility will welcome its first residents on Feb. 15. The $34 million center features 80 beds and will be on the campus of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla. The center will draw residents from the nearest 10 counties, including Benton and Franklin counties, where about 50,000 veterans live. Of these, 20,000 are age 65 or older. The state Department of Veterans Affairs has been fielding a lot of questions from those interested in moving into the home, said Lonna Leno, the VA’s admissions coordinator. “It’s been overwhelming – literally. We’ve had a very positive response,” she said, indicating there’s been a lot of interest from the Tri-Cities as well as surrounding counties. The VA’s goal is to move in the first residents on Feb. 15, Leno said, explaining that the facility will open in phases since there will be eight individual homes. It will celebrate its grand opening Feb. 18.

The new $34 million Walla Walla Veterans Home is an 80-bed nursing care facility providing care for veterans and their families on the campus of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center. Applications are being accepted for the facility, which is scheduled to open Feb. 15. (Courtesy of state Department of Veterans Affairs)

The facility will provide 24-hour nursing care, specifically for short-term Medicare A rehabilitative care, long-term nursing care and end-of-life care, including hospice. The new home will serve veterans and

in some cases their spouses or widows and create 100 permanent jobs in Walla Walla, the VA has reported. Ongoing operating costs are projected at $6.8 million for this fiscal year. However, the facility will operate without


ongoing state appropriations, instead relying on Medicaid, VA per diem, Medicare and local contributions. To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria: • Served at any time, in any branch of the Armed Forces • Received an honorable discharge • Reside in Washington State • Be the spouse or widow of an eligible veteran • Be a Gold Star parent, or a parent of a service member killed in action. Veterans with a disability rating between 70 percent and 100 percent receive nursing home care at no cost. The center will dedicate one 10-bed house to care for veterans with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The state and federal governments are jointly paying for the project with 65 percent of the cost paid by federal Department of Veterans Affairs, or about $22 million, and 35 percent paid by the state, or about $12 million. Washington’s other state veterans’ homes are located in Orting, Retsil and Spokane. For more information about admissions, contact Lonna Leno at 509-5400312 or at


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Educational Service District 123 celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded Professional Development Center this month at 3924 W. Court St. at the corner of Court Street and Road 40 in Pasco. Partnering with Kennewick contractor G2 Construction and principal architect Design West, ESD 123 broke ground on the $3.6 million expansion in late February 2016. ESD staff moved into the building on Dec. 19 and it was available for public use on Jan. 3. The original Professional Development Center was built in 2005 as a two-story, 11,800-square-foot building that housed the agency’s media center and three conference rooms. The new expansion more than doubles the size of the original building by adding 12,000 square feet, 14 offices and two more conference rooms. The expansion also shifted the agency’s central office and public entrance around the corner and out of the one-story, original campus at 3918 W. Court St. Features of the new building include additional office space to house growing programs, new conference facilities

available to school systems and educational community partners, and a state-of-the-art “Classroom for the Future,” intended to serve as a resource to the educational community in furthering education and improving teaching practices. “Communities from Prosser to Asotin, Othello to Walla Walla and beyond will benefit from this expansion,” said ESD 123 Superintendent Darcy Weisner. “Our ESD programs bring schools and families significant savings and special programs that might otherwise be unavailable to them.” ESD 123 is one of nine educational service agencies in the state responsible for linking schools to state and national educational resources. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties. The legislatively mandated, not-for-profit organization serves more than 70,000 students from birth to age 21. More information is available at esd123. org.

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The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities is expanding its Pasco warehouse to accommodate significant growth in the Tri-Cities. “The Tri-Cities is on fire in terms of growth. We certainly see it in our beverage business,” said President Bill Dolsen. O’Brien Construction Co. in Kennewick is working on the $2.2 million expansion, which Dolsen said should be complete toward the end of February. It will add more than 13,000 square feet of warehouse space and 8,000 square feet of additional office space. The warehouse at 1225 Road 34 also will get additional loading docks to accommodate the arrival of more distribution trucks. The company also plans to start distributing Coca-Cola products in the Moses Lake area after securing territory rights for the area in the last quarter of 2016. Dolsen’s family has managed the independently-owned Coca-Cola franchise since 1972. The late Bob Dolsen bought the business, and his family has managed it since. The company distributes packaged products to retailers, large and small, and provides Coca-Cola vending to hundreds of businesses throughout Benton and Franklin counties. “We distribute to everything from the barbershop to Walmarts and everything in

between, even Hanford,” Dolsen said. It’s the third time Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities has expanded since it opened. The first time was in the 1980s with an additional 20,000 square feet of space and the second time was in 1994 with an additional 10,000 square feet. The company went from distributing a handful of brands to dozens of carbonated soft drinks, water and juice brands. “Powerade is becoming huge. Diet Coke is holding its own. Energy drinks and bottled waters are strong. Talking Rain has been a strong brand as well,” Dolsen said. Although the company has been adding employees consistently throughout the years, Dolsen said it has not added any with the expansion. The company’s distribution area includes Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Grant and Yakima counties. The company employs 150 employees between the Yakima and Pasco warehouses. The Pasco warehouse employs 75 people. “We’ve grown a lot in the past 10 years and it’s been really challenging for us to operate out of such a small facility,” Dolsen said. “I really attribute our success to our people in the Tri-Cities. They really take care of things for us, and we’re selling a lot more drinks than we used to. We’re loving it — we just ran out of room.”

Randy Daniels, sales manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities, stands in the new office spaces under construction on Road 34 in Pasco. The improvements will add 8,000 square feet of additional office space and 13,000 square feet of warehouse space.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities’ new Pasco warehouse will feature seven new loading docks where they previously had one. The $2.2 million in improvements are expected to be completed by the end of February.


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A new extended stay hotel is scheduled to open in February in the Queensgate Drive area in Richland. The Home2 Suites by Hilton Richland is next door to the Queensgate 12 Cinema. Hotel officials say the project is a result of growth in the Richland Queensgate area and in the Tri-Cities as a whole. It’s within walking distance to restaurants and shopping. The four-story hotel features modern styling and 120 guest suites.

The 18,561-square-foot building includes lobby space called the Oasis, saline (chemical-free) pool and spa; Home2Mkt, a 24/7 on-site store with items ranging from groceries to toiletries; a business center, and Spin2Cycle, a fitness and laundry center. The hotel’s outdoor space includes a fire pit with expansive seating area, gas barbecues and a walking trail for pets. Western States Lodging & Management is building the $9 million project at 2861 Lincoln Landing. The

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Tri-Cities Food Bank finds home in West Richland strip mall BY KRISTINA LORD

The Tri-Cities Food Bank recently opened its fourth branch in West Richland, where it expects to fill a growing need. The 2,400-square-foot facility opened Jan. 12 and is located in the Plaza II strip mall at 4096 W. Van Giesen St. in the former Golden Paradise tanning salon, just a few doors down from Thai City Restaurant. It will provide food to those in need twice a week: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The new branch is near a Ben Franklin Transit bus stop and the building features enough storage to accommodate four chest freezers and two refrigerators. Those who come to receive food must prove they live in West Richland by providing photo identification and their latest utility bill showing their home address, said Bill Kitchen, executive director of the Tri-Cities Food Bank. They can visit every two weeks and receive a week’s worth of food. The food bank was left scrambling to find a new home days before it was scheduled to open in the West Richland Senior Center in mid-October. Space to accommodate two freezers and a refrigerator, as well as enough electrical outlets, proved to be a challenge there. Food bank officials will be closely

monitoring how many families visit the West Richland branch in the coming months. The food bank signed a sixmonth, $300-a-month lease with building owner Chuck Sheeley. Sheeley said the food bank officials did their homework and he’s willing to give them a trial run. “I gave him a smoking deal of a space to see if it’s going to work. I don’t do business in a normal way,” he said. The longtime owner believes there is a need for such a branch. “West Richland is an odd little town. We have one of highest incomes in the area with the all fancy homes on top of the hill, but there’s the old part of town with old people who aren’t financially well off and poorer people. It’s kind of a diverse economy,” Sheeley said. The lease goes through July, giving the food bank enough time to determine the need and then possibly negotiate a longer lease or consider building a facility, Kitchen said. Kitchen expects to serve between 75 to 500 families at the new branch. The Tri-Cities Food Bank conducted test runs in West Richland in 2015 and 2016 and found the need is evident, and officials already know a significant number of West Richland residents visit the Richland branch. The agency also has seen a seven percent increase in the number of families served each year since 2006. “We also looked at the number of


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students who qualify for low income breakfasts at Tapteal (Elementary in West Richland). That evidence was kind of shocking. I had no idea it was that high. That indicated we are not meeting the needs of everybody we should be,” Kitchen said. Nearly 48 percent of Tapteal’s students qualify for free or reduced price meals. This means their families’ households have income levels below certain thresholds. At West Richland’s other two schools, nearly 19 percent of stu-

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Kennewick’s fifth middle school opened its doors to students Jan. 4. The $40.07 million Chinook Middle School is 110,400 square feet and features 37 classrooms, two gyms, fitness lab, library, cafeteria, orchestra, band room, flexible performance spaces, five computer labs and sports fields, including the TriCities’ second middle school track (The new Desert Hills Middle School has the other.) Chinook Middle School at 4891 W. 27th Ave., north of Southridge High School, is visible from Southridge Boulevard.

The school can accommodate 900 students and features the same design as Desert Hills on Clodfelter Road. Chinook is Kennewick School District’s fifth middle school. Its students started the year at the old Desert Hills Middle School site and moved to their new building after they returned from holiday break. The district’s capital projects team oversaw the project with Doug Carl serving as director. The contractor was Fowler General Construction of Richland. Jeff Durfee was project manager.

Pasco’s Strategic Construction Management Inc.’s David L. Robison also helped oversee the project. The architect was Design West of Kennewick. Brandon Wilm was project architect. The Kennewick School District is the largest school district in the Tri-Cities, serving more than 18,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. District officials said they have a supportive community invested in providing schools and facilities that create an optimal learning environment for students.


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5215 W. OKANOGAN PLACE• KENNEWICK A favorite Tri-City coffeehouse recently opened a new location in Kennewick. The new 900-square-foot Roasters Coffee features a drive-thru window at 5215 W. Okanogan Place, next to Kamiakin High School. Roasters Coffee wanted to honor Kamiakin High’s Braves by implementing a Native American theme throughout the coffeehouse. This is location number eight in just over seven years, and with each location Roasters Coffee strives to bring quality, high-scoring coffees sourced from around the world and roasted locally.

The local coffee chain opened in April 2009. It serves fresh-roasted coffee daily that is roasted by another local coffee roaster, Resilient Coffee Roasters in Richland. Roasters Coffee serves baked goods from TSP Bakeshop in West Richland. Wes Heyden is the local owner, operator and sole proprietor. The coffeehouse was completed Dec. 9 and the grand opening was Dec. 16. MH Construction of Kennewick was the builder and overseer of the project. Mike Holsten was the

general contractor. Wave Design Group of Kennewick was the architect. The interior design and theme was led by Shannon Heyden of Roasters Coffee. Roasters Coffee is set to expand outside the TriCities in 2017. It has secured locations in both Walla Walla and Yakima, and plans to move into the Spokane market in 2018. For more information, contact Roasters Coffee at or 509-492-0212.


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terminal through a series of outdoor tents. The final stages of construction include completion of the plane viewing gallery, two gates in the main terminal. The project was listed as more than 90 percent complete at the end of the first week of January, according to the airport’s website. Flights operated by Delta, Alaska/ Horizon Air and United are among the airlines offering flights from Pasco to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and other cities. “The space we had for the public was just packed,” Foraker said. The addition of more gates and the four lanes for TSA passenger screening should help with the continued increase

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 of passengers at the airport, Foraker said. TSA officials also will get their own offices for the first time. “Now they truly have some nice space to kind of call home,” Foraker said. Construction crews and designers didn’t skimp on aesthetics. Tiled floors near the new screening areas were curved to resemble the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers. Several new flatpanel monitors added for passengers who want to see an up-to-date geographical map of where their flights are. In addition, a Visit Tri-Cities informational kiosk was installed just outside of the TSA passenger screening area near the baggage claim section in


June. Foraker said the construction project has been successful, with few challenges along the way. He commended each of the organizations and officials involved. “It’s been a really wonderful work effort amongst all the parties,” he said. “For the most part, most of the workers were Tri-Citians.” Work on the expansion began in 2014. It has been a combined effort between airport officials, the Port of Pasco, Bouten Construction in Richland, Strategic Construction Management in Pasco and Wisconsin-based Mead & Hunt Inc.


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Bruchi’s Cheesesteaks & Subs has opened its sixth location in the Tri-Cities at 5209 W. Okanogan Place, just north of Kennewick’s Kamiakin High School off Edison Street. The $1 million restaurant features large storefront windows, reclaimed wood flooring and reclaimed brick on the walls, ample parking and a drive-thru window. The project was completed Dec. 31. Michael Scott is the owner. MH Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor. Harvey Prickett of Wave Design Group in Kennewick is the architect. Bruchi’s Subs and Sandwiches was founded in 1990 in Spokane. The following year, cheesesteaks were added to the menu and the name changed to Bruchi’s Cheesesteaks & Subs. For more information, call the restaurant at 509-491-3330, visit or find them on Facebook.


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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 uNETWORKING Malepati joins Trios women’s services team

Dr. Shumal Malepati has joined Trios Health’s women’s services team practicing obstetrics and gynecology. Malepati is accepting new patients at her practice at 320 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick. Prior to joining Trios, Malepati worked Dr. Shumal as an OB/GYN Malepati for PMH Medical Center in Prosser and as a resident physician for Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Malepati attended Mamata Medical College in India and completed her specialty training through Mount Sinai Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities.

Charbonneau honored by

Charbonneau, a Holiday Retirement Community, was recently recognized by, a ratings and reviews site for senior care and services, as part of its Best of 2017 awards program. The senior living community was honored for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in 2016. To qualify for a Best of 2017 award, winning communities must offer assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, independent living, low-income senior housing, skilled nursing or in-home care in the U.S. or Canada, have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars and have received three or more new reviews in 2016. Ninety-one Holiday Retirement communities were recognized by the site.

WSU’s Moo-Young named 2016 fellow

H. Keith Moo-Young, chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities, has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Moo-Young led an industry consortium research project on manufactured gas plan remediation strategies for the Electric Power Research Institute that included 15 utilities. As a result, he shares a patent with

colleagues Derick Brown and Andrew J. Coleman for a process to quantify coal tar in the environment. Moo-Young has published more than 200 research papers on solid and hazardous waste management and on fate and transport in the environment, and has secured research funding from a number of federal sources. Election as an NAI fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded to academics whose inventions have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.

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Tax advisers field unusual questions to help clients maximize deductions BY JESSICA HOEFER

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For many Americans, tax season comes with spring. But for Ty Schatz, a certified public accountant with Michels & Schilperoot PS Inc. in Sunnyside, the season kicks off in mid-November. “Clients want to know where they stand tax-wise and what could be done prior to year-end to reduce their tax bill,” he said. Saving clients money is the ultimate goal, and Schatz has spent 12 years helping people maximize their tax deductions. The tough part, he said, is making customers realize that everyone’s situation is unique, and that a yes on a deductible for one person may not mean a deductible for another. “So if a friend tells you about a great deduction that they got, don’t run out and make the same purchase thinking you’ll get the same,” Schatz said. Financial experts’ main message this tax season? Talk to a professional to figure out what works best for you.

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Sean, Lola and Dabney McFarlane, clients of Michels & Schilperoot PS Inc., sold their home and bought a new one at the end of 2016. CPA Ty Schatz will work with them on deductions they can take when it comes to moving and how to reduce their taxable income.

about deductible items this time of year. “However, more likely than not, someone has tried to deduct it in the past. As a tax preparer, it’s important for us to not immediately discount the question,” Schatz said. He said he will check to see if there’s a precedence to allow a specific deduction. For instance, in the case of personal

trainers who also compete in bodybuilding competitions, he recalled a tax ruling allowing for the deduction of the cost of baby oil. He’s heard questions about body enhancements and elective cosmetic surgeries, which generally aren’t deductible. “A client that is self-employed does

their best thinking and writing when on a treadmill and has asked if it could be deducted,” he said, adding that over the years he’s also been asked if funerals and weddings qualify as a business expense. Jennifer Mitchell, who has owned and operated Account Sense in Kennewick for more than a decade, said she’s had some interesting questions on deductibles over the years, too. “A lot of people have fur babies, and so they spend a lot of money on their animals. So I do get that question asked a lot, ‘Can I deduct my cat?’” she said. “Or people want to deduct all their food because they have to eat all gluten-free. But it’s not deductible.” There are items that can be deducted for medical purposes, however. A breast pump, for instance, can be a write-off. And in one case, a client was able to deduct a hot tub. “The client had a doctor’s note, and it was medically necessary,” Mitchell said. “I had to find out that it was going to be legitimately allowed, and the doctor said it was going to help the condition he had. So there are some times when you get to take advantage of those quirky laws.” uDEDUCTIONS, Page 36


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Charitable giving gives back with tax breaks BY JEFF MORROW

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Many people in the Mid-Columbia region donate to their favorite charities, especially during the holiday season. It feels good to help the less fortunate. But why not help yourself too by getting tax credits for giving? Darren Szendre, a certified public accountant and owner of Tri-Cities Tax in Kennewick, believes in the spirit of giving. “You should give regardless of whether you can deduct or not,” said Szendre, who is involved in many charitable organizations and serves as president of the nonprofit Trios Foundation. “The Tri-Cities has so many excellent charitable groups. They do a good job of keeping their costs low. We have excellent charities that do a great job with that.” Todd Peck agreed. He’s a CPA and tax manager at Account Sense in Kennewick. “People donate to charity because it makes them feel good,” he said. “Most people I’ve dealt with donate to charity first. They say ‘I’m going to give to these charities.’ Now, is it nice to get a tax benefit doing that? Absolutely.” While it’s too late to donate and get credit for 2016 tax returns, donations made through the end of this year will count for 2017 taxes. “You can give up to the last day of the year, as long as you get the documentation for it,” said Peck. “Get some kind of receipt.” But planning for the 2017 tax season is a pretty good idea, especially if you’re going

to be donating to charity. “For 2017, try to have an idea of how much you want to give,” Peck said. And find the right charitable fit. “Research your charities,” Szendre said. “Make sure it’s the right fit for you. And keep track of your donations to your charity. Get the documentation from that charitable organization. “And make sure the charity is a qualified 501c3 organization. You can check those online. I try to keep things local. There is a published list of qualified organizations.” Both Peck and Szendre agreed the key is to itemize what you donate. According to an Account Sense publication, you can deduct the full amount of contributions you make to a charitable organization that qualifies, up to 50 percent of your gross adjusted income for the year. If you made a rather large donation, you can carry the excess forward for up to five years. Just get written acknowledgement from the charity for monetary gifts of $250 or more. “Itemizing. It goes along with sales tax, your home taxes, etc.,” Peck said. There are other ways to donate charitably, according to Account Sense: • This for that gifts: Of more than $75 entitle you to receive goods or services in return. • Gifts for your time: Meaning out-ofpocket expenses (long-distance travel, lodging, local transportation). • Gifts of property: Up to 30 percent of your gross adjusted income. It can carry over for five years. You’ll need an independent appraisal for gifts over $5,000.

Szendre has seen other optional charitable giving avenues. “One of the things people do, they’ll bunch up their donations —they’ll do $10,000 of tithing in 2016. They may also know they’ll do $10,000 of tithing in 2017. So they’ll bunch it up if they have the means to do so,” Szendre said. Check into programs about giving to your favorite college or university. “There are a lot of cool programs through universities,” Szendre said. “Oregon State University used to have a charitable program … where you donate and get state income tax credits.” Be sure to also check with your employer. They may have a program where they could match your donation to a charity. And don’t forget hard goods donations, one of the biggest avenues of giving. “Hard goods that maybe are going to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Grace Clinic, other places, is another example,” Szendre said. “People give beds, blankets, infant items.” Szendre said the IRS has tables on its website to help you get the value of items donated. “There’s no substitute, when you’re talking about hard goods donations, for good documentation,” Szendre said. “When you’re donating $2,000 to $3,000, you definitely want a list of what’s being donated, pictures of things. And get a receipt.” So when you’re thinking about the 2017 tax season, remember to sit down with your CPA and do some planning – including charitable giving. Most people give out of the goodness of their heart. But it just makes sense to save money on your taxes too. “I would say 85 to 90 percent of the people we deal with give to charity. And they itemize,” said Peck. “And you’re giving, which is cool,” said Szendre. “But it’s also allowed for federal tax credits. So why not do it?”

LEGAL & TAXES uNETWORKING Cashiola named regional vice president

Steve Cashiola has been named regional vice president of Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking in central Washington and eastern Oregon. Based in Steve Cashiola Yakima, Cashiola will lead a group of 10 local bankers who serve family-owned, privately held middle-market companies across all industries with revenues of $20 million or more. Cashiola has more than 15 years of financial services and agricultural experience, most recently as regional loan team leader for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking in San Francisco.

Tri-Tech students win app-design challenge

Tri-Tech Skills Center’s Tobias Williams, Jamas Middleton and Elijah Stiham won the Fourth Congressional District’s second annual Congressional App Challenge, an app competition for high school students. The trios’ app, Trinity Complex, is an open-world, first-person game app in which the player must navigate through a virtual environment to collect six keys. The winning app was selected by a panel of judges, and its developers will receive a prize tour of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and share $400 in Amazon web services credits donated by Amazon. The challenge was created because Congress recognized that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, education skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts.


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Washington’s new Power of Attorney Act deserves special attention BY BEAU RUFF

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Estate planning attorneys often remind their clients that laws change frequently and estate plans should be updated periodically to take into account not just changed family circumstances, but also new laws. And, sometimes a new law has such broad implication for estate planning that it is deserves special attention. Such is the case with Washington’s new Power of Attorney Act. The power of attorney is a powerful and ubiquitous piece to your estate plan. A completely new Power of Attorney Act took effect Jan. 1. As a reminder, a power of attorney, or POA, is a document that allows a person, or principal, to give an agent power to transact the principal’s affairs as if the agent were the principal. Arguably, the POA is the most important piece of your estate plan as it directly affects what happens to you while you are still alive. The POA Act was introduced in Washington state in the 1970s and had little updating until the robust revisions took effect at the first of the year. It is important to note that although the new act applies to all POAs (including those executed before Jan. 1, 2017), POAs executed before the first of the year are exempt from both: (1) the new formal execution requirements (discussed below); and (2) the interpretation of the authority granted (discussed below). It is for those reasons that most POAs will not need to be updated. But, some practitioners believe the new POA Act provides a more streamlined process for acceptance of a POA drafted under the new law and for that reason many people may want to consider updating the POA, especially if it has been a while since the plan has been dusted off. The new POA Act deviates from the previous act in several important areas. In this column, I explain those area and discuss how they might affect you. Please

understand this is a summary review. Every case is unique and you should consult your attorney for specific information. 1. New formalities for execution. Previously, a POA did not need to be witnessed or notarized. The new law will require either the POA be witnessed or notarized. Most law offices in the area have the internal practice of notarizing POAs anyway, so this is not likely to affect the documents received from attorney’s offices. Plus, as mentioned before, the new law does apply to your old POA, but not with regard to how it was executed (so your old POA need not have been executed with the formalities required by the new law). 2. New termination provisions. The law was updated to provide that a POA will terminate upon: (1) the filing of dissolution of marriage or a domestic partnership; or (2) the court appointment of a guardian, conservator or fiduciary. This is slightly different from the old law. With regard to divorce, the old law terminated the POA only upon a final decree of dissolution. Practically speaking, anyone going through a divorce should have a new POA drafted. 3. New co-agent default provisions. Co-agents (two agents who are appointed at the same time to exercise the same power) must exercise their authority jointly unless the document specifies that each agent has independent authority. 4. New broad powers when generally granted. The new law allows the principal to give a general grant of power (e.g. over real property) with a simple and short sentence because specific key words grant lengthy statutory powers. Here again, the old POA will be subject to the old POA laws. Because of this change, new POAs might be much shorter than those previously drafted. 5. Agents may be exonerated from liability. The new law allows the principal to exonerate an agent from liability for his or her actions — with limitations. This is

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Report: Washington state has highest cellphone tax rate in country BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Washington state has the highest cellphone tax rate in the country. That’s according to a recent study by the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit independent tax policy research group based in Washington, D.C. Taxes and fees on wireless consumers increased to a record high of 18.6 percent of the average U.S. customer’s monthly bill, according to the study. Washington customers pays the highest wireless taxes with total taxes and fees adding more than 25 percent to the bill, the report said.

Nebraska, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania round out the “top five” states with high wireless taxes. Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho customers have the lowest wireless taxes and fees in the country. A typical American household with four wireless phones paying $100 per month for wireless voice service is now paying nearly $225 per year in taxes, fees, and government surcharges, the report said. The foundation suggested that competition between wireless carriers has caused monthly bills to drop by about 11 percent in the past eight years while taxes and fees have increased by 23 per-

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 uNETWORKING Mid-Columbia SCORE leads all chapters

The local Chapter of SCORE, which provides small business mentoring and workshops in 16 counties in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, recorded more than 14,000 mentored sessions in a three-month period. This is more than most states nationally, according to a release. Founded in 1964, the nonprofit utilizes the volunteer work of 11,000 business experts in 320 chapters throughout the U.S. and has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs.

Engelke selected to represent Franklin County FSA

Hans “Jochen” Engelke from the Basin City/Mesa area was recently elected to represent local administrative Area 2 on the Franklin County Farm Service Agency, a department of the United States Department of Agriculture. Rod Rottinghaus will serve as first alternate and Kim English will serve as second alternate to Engelke for the seat on the Franklin County FSA committee. County FSA committee elections are held annually. Candidates are nominated by local farmers and ranchers and must live in the local administrative area they will represent.

Gordon-Nelson named to AgForestry program

After an application, interview and selection process, Katie Gordon-Nelson of Pasco was selected to participate in Class 39 of the AgForestry Leadership program, a leadership development program for those who work in the natural resource industries and related services in Washington State. As part of the 18-month program that

began in fall, Gordon-Nelson, of Kamiak Vineyards Inc. and Gordon Estate Winery, will attend seminars and study local, state, national and international public policy issues and how they relate. The Katie program consists Gordon-Nelson of 12 in-state seminars, a seminar in Washington, D.C., and a two-week seminar in a foreign country. The AgForestry leadership program provides participants proficiency to increase awareness and demand for natural resource commodities, and to drive industry growth and economic vitality. The value of each seat is $21,000, with $15,000 funded by contributors to the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation.

Shumway passes professional engineering exam

Meier Architecture Engineering’s Kristi Shumway recently earned a professional engineering license to become a registered professional engineer in the state of California. Shumway received a bacheKristi Shumway lor of science in architectural engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Community First named No. 1 SBA lender

In late December, Lisa Vincent of Northwest Business Development Association awarded the 2016 Top Lender Award for the Central Washington Division to Community First Bank. Community First Bank was named the No. 1 lender for its commitment to the Small Business Administration’s 504 program that offers low down payment, fixed rate loans to help small businesses become their own landlords and provide opportunities for business expansion.

PNNL chemical physicist elected fellow to APS

Xue-Bin Wang, chemical physicist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected to the rank of fellow of the American Physical Society. Wang has made numerous contributions over the past 18 years in condensed phase chemistry, Xue-Bin Wang both scientifically and in technology development. This field of chemistry looks at small molecules that carry charges and tries to


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Tri-City Home Instead earns quality award

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Kennewick restaurant adds steak dinners to menu, changes name BY DORI O’NEAL

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The owners of Holy Mac & Deli restaurant in Kennewick are expanding their offerings to include a steakhouse menu starting in February. Carrie and Doug Lundgren currently specialize in gourmet macaroni and cheese dishes, New York-style deli sandwiches, along with other comfort foods like homemade soups, breakfast sandwiches and salads. The deli opened in 2015 with plans to eventually include a steakhouse. Once the steakhouse opens — tentatively scheduled for Valentine’s Day — the restaurant’s name will change to Holy Mac Steaks & Spirits. After the deli closes at 4 p.m., white tablecloths will be spread out for a finedining atmosphere for evening meal services which will begin at 6 p.m. The steak dishes will range from $35 to $40 and will feature large steaks, Carrie said. While Carrie monitors the kitchen and menu, Doug takes over the duties of running the restaurant. “Doug is a former cattleman and grew up on a cattle ranch, so adding a steakhouse is perfect for him,” his wife said. The airy interior of the 2,200-squarefoot restaurant features high ceilings with exposed air ducts and pipes, and tall windows that let in natural light and feature a panoramic view of the Tri-Cities. The kitchen sits in the middle of the restaurant

Doug and Carrie Lundgren, owners of Holy Mac & Deli in Kennewick, will add a steak menu and dinner service to their restaurant near Canyon Lakes in the Southridge area.

where customers can watch their meals being prepared. There also is a terrace for outdoor dining during warmer months. Carrie developed all the recipes for the restaurant and does its bookkeeping. When she isn’t overseeing the books, she runs her realty office, River Realty, which is next door to the deli. She’s been a Tri-City realtor for 27 years. All dishes the restaurant offers are prepared fresh daily, like a delicatessen, Carrie said. The meats and cheeses are sliced daily and the mac and cheese is

prepared to order. Nothing is made in advance. The specialty mac and cheese dishes are sprinkled with panko bread crumbs. The variety ranges from traditional to a bacon cheeseburger dish with seasoned hamburger and bacon bites and a jalapeño popper mac with minced jalapeño, sharp cheddar, gruyere and pepper jack cheeses. “The Tri-Cities is a franchise town but we wanted to find our own unique niche,” Doug said. “And who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? Especially Carrie’s

recipe for mac and cheese.” The comic book theme of the restaurant came about after a family friend drew a caricature of various members of the Lundgren family. “We decided on that theme and name after researching fun names of other places around the country,” Carrie said. “We wanted something catchy that would appeal to adults and kids both. We designed the logo after deciding the name. The (caricature) drawings came a year later. We decided that was fun and added them to our menu.” The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. When the steakhouse opens, dinner will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed Sundays. The restaurant is at 3801 S. Zintel Way, Suite 110, just off Highway 395 near Hildebrand Avenue. For more information, call 509-4911774 or check out the restaurant’s Facebook page. Reservations are encouraged for the steak dinners as the restaurant seats 24 people.

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Yellow Dog arts studio opens its doors in Richland BY KRISTINA LORD

The owner of a new Richland integrative arts studio never planned to become an artist. “My life is a creative work in progress,” said owner Lexie Forbes with a laugh. Forbes recently opened Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio at 214-B Torbett St. She envisions the space being used for all kinds of classes — some she’ll teach, like acrylic painting — and others will be taught by community members. They all won’t be painting classes either, she said. They’ll range from fiber arts to water colors, to tai chi and yoga, to paper crafts and music. “I want there to be a lot of activity going on here. I want independent artisans here to have a creative environment for all different kinds of healthy, creative things,” she said. More teaching studios are needed in the Tri-Cities, said Gail Roadhouse, a retired painting therapist, full-time professional artist and part-time instructor who has lived in the Tri-Cities for 21 years. “I teach at The Reach and Allied Arts gallery and the classes fill up quickly. We are in serious need of more teaching studios for all age groups. Our Tri-City area is very large and there is less and less art in our classrooms,” said Roadhouse, who will be teaching kids ages 7 to 14 years old to make Valentine’s cards at Yellow Dog on Feb. 1. The airy studio is family-friendly as

teaching children is close to Forbes’ heart. She spent about eight months teaching acrylic painting classes — many to kids — at Kat Millicent Custom Art in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center, but she said she’s been dreaming about owning her own studio for years. The studio can be rented for $35 an hour for one to five hours a month, $30 an hour for five to 10 hours a month, or $25 an hour for more than 10 hours a month. It also can be rented for all-occasion parties and other events, Forbes said. Forbes, who grew up in the Palouse, said her path to becoming an artist began after her children finished high school. The Richland artist, 60, said she felt her “creative life had taken a hit” and had been neglected. So, she started drawing and taking art classes. She also began connecting with other artists because “it fed my soul,” she said. She wasn’t a confident artist — she cried the first time her artwork was seen in public. Then, in 2002, she landed a job painting a 12-by-50-foot mural for Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho. “I had gone from this crying over my stuff being seen to ‘I can paint in front of people,’” she said, explaining the mural was a monthlong public process. When her husband took a job in Colorado, she began working for a nonprofit that did mission work in Ecuador. There, she painted more murals.

Lexie Forbes, owner of the new Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio at 214-B Torbett St. in Richland, stands with her two dogs, Lucy, left, the studio’s namesake, and Bullet. She envisions the space being used for all kinds of classes — some she’ll teach, like acrylic painting — and others taught by community members.

She soon started teaching art to children after a co-worker who volunteered at a private school asked her for advice on how best to do it. She taught for more than 10 years, mostly in a remote log cabin north of Colorado Springs, and found it to be “very consuming and rewarding and purposeful.” In 2012, her life took a new direction when she woke up and heeded the voice in her head that told her she had thyroid can-

cer. “I figured if God was talking to me, I best listen,” she said. Doctors confirmed her suspicion and discovered it had spread to the lymph nodes. Her cancer treatments and subsequent recovery forced her to cut back her work hours as she struggled with fatigue, memory issues and a slow physical recovery. uSTUDIO, Page 40

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uNETWORKING Columbia Generating Station sets new record

Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station produced more nuclear energy for the Northwest Power grid in 2016 than any other year in its 32-year history. Columbia sent more than 9.6 million megawatt-hours of electricity to the grid, beating the previous generation record of 9.5 million megawatt-hours. Columbia has set new generation records four of the past five years. The record came despite two setbacks: an unplanned outage in March, and an equipment malfunction at the Bonneville Power Administration’s Ashe substation in December that required Columbia to shut down for a week. Columbia Generating Station is the third largest generator of electricity in Washing-

ton state, and all its electricity is sold at cost to BPA.

Briggs joins Kennewick’s Petersen Hastings

Cory Briggs has joined Petersen Hastings as associate wealth adviser. In his role, Briggs will provide financial planning and investment management services for clients. Briggs has a Cory Briggs bachelor’s in business administration from Central Washington University and a master’s in business administration in finance from Washington State University.

Brown named deputy leader of Senate Majority Coalition Caucus

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus chose state Sen. Sharon Brown of Kennewick to serve as its deputy leader. The Tri-City lawmaker was elected Jan. 4 when the Republican-led coalition’s senators met to finalize their slate of leaders for the next two years. “I am very honored to have been chosen by my colleagues for this important role,” said Brown, R-Kennewick, in a statement. “I’ve worked hard on behalf of the people of the 8th Legislative District and spent my time in the Legislature focused on creating a jobsfriendly environment for our employers and workers. I will bring that same dedication to this new leadership position, as we work together to solve the many challenges our state will face over the next two years.” As deputy leader Brown will assist the Senate majority leader, Sen. Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, on legislative goals, policies, issues and priorities. She also will act as the MCC leader in Schoesler’s absence. “This is yet another great opportunity to make sure that we in the Tri-Cities have a seat at the table,” Brown stated. “As a member of Senate leadership, I get to be a voice for our region and our concerns.”

Vintners Logistics earns high inspection score

In November, the American Institute of Baking International audited Vintners Logistics in Kennewick. After an inspection of the company’s facility and its food safety and sanitation practices, Vintners Logistics received 990/1,000 points. The company received perfect scores in maintenance for food safety, cleaning practices and integrated pest management; and very high scores in operational methods, personnel practices and adequacy of prerequisite and food safety programs. Vintners Logistics’ 160,000-square-foot

STUDIO, From page 39 She said the cancer made her reevaluate her priorities and eventually brought her to the Tri-Cities to care for her aging 84-year-old mother and to open the new studio. Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio is named for her 7-year-old dog Lucy, a lab mix, who used to be a regular visitor when she taught in Colorado. Lucy provided comfort to anxious children struggling to read. “They would put their hand on her and she would calm them down,” she said. Forbes said she hopes to work with

facility is constructed with phenol-free products and was specifically built to protect and maintain temperature and humidity. It is registered and regularly inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Washington State Department of Agriculture. Robert Thompson founded Vintners Logistics in 2007 to provide food-grade, third-party warehousing and transportation services. The company consolidates food and beverage products and packaging materials for shipment in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and other U.S. cities.

Stangeland named Fuse community manager

Jessica Stangeland has been named community manager of Fuse, a co-working space and business accelerator in downtown Richland. The role of community manager was created to celebrate the growth of Fuse and to embody the organization’s mission of bringing people together through collaboration and meaningful community support. As part of the new position, Stangeland will be responsible for expanding Fuse’s reach into the regional area and ensuring growth and profitability. Stangeland graduated from Seattle University with a degree in economics and has worked in numerous fields, including real Jessica Stangeland estate, nonprofit administration, retail management and the creative arts. She is a board member of Leadership Tri-Cities and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was also the executive producer of TEDxRichland, an interactive speaking experience held in September in the Tri-Cities and streamed online.

retirement homes, cancer survivors, caregivers, autistic children and anyone who needs a creative release. “Sitting in creative community — it’s good for your health and good for your mental health. I see a benefit in that,” she said. A grand opening is planned in the spring. For more information and upcoming class schedules, call 719-510-1260, email or find Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio on Facebook.

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PUBLIC RECORD uBANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is charged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers 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 Dylan D. Eskeli, 5908 Taft Drive, Pasco. Keooudone Thavone and Genoveva Salinas, PO Box 824, Connell. Antonio Mora, 9121 Taylor Flats Road, Pasco. Philip K. Hiner, 1323 Buena Ct., Richland. Tammy L. Parsons, 243 Ashwood St., Richland. Jason A. Muszynski, 4103 Watkins Way, West Richland. Sherrill Branstetter, 31 Cosmic Lane, Richland. Fermin B. and Bertha R. Mendoza, PO Box 1074, Benton City. Matthew P. Pearson, 310 Armistead Ave., Richland. Ronald E. Grace, 4203 W. Kennewick Ave., Apt. 8, Kennwick. Kerri L. Piche, 250 Gage Blvd., #L2085, Richland.

Susan R. Huntoon, 624 Lonetree Lane, Richland. David W. Stafford, 73204 N. Demoss, Benton City. Cathy Perise Fisk, 8519 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick. Katherine J. Toole, 6406 W. Arrowhead Ave., Kennewick. Ronald A. and Kelly R. Bray, 1923 S. Vancouver St., #B180, Kennewick. Matthew P. and Alexandria D. Srubek, 6215 Candlestick Drive, Pasco. Pedro F. Ortiz and Ruth F. Ramirez, 925 N. Elm Ave., Spc #50, Pasco. Ashlee Albert, 1114 W. 10th Ave., #T-201, Kennewick. Heidi Lochridge, 2917 W. 19th Ave., #53, Kennewick. Bruce A. Schieno, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave., Apt. D6, Kennewick. Kerry L. and Melodie Griffin, 435 W. Byron Road, Prosser. Nicholas Tsoukalas, 916 S. Alder St., Kennewick. Hector R. Alvarez and Cilvia L. Lucatero, 505 S. Ivy St., Kennewick. Ursulina Allende-Lopez, 1505 S. Road 40 E. #518, Pasco. Ignacio and Elena Reyes, 807 N. Owen Ave., Pasco. Donna R. Tate, 106 N. 68th Ave., West Richland. Richard D. Fazzari, 2015 Austin Place, Richland. Edward J. Ard, 471 N. Washington Pl., Kennewick. Patrick T. and Dorothy Reilly, 7101 W. 20th Ave., Kennewick.

Janet M. Bradley, 510 Greenbrook Place, Richland. Samantha L. Gray, 51 N. Edison St., Apt. E201, Kennewick. Justin C. Wikstrom, 311 Benham, Richland. Jamie L. and Erick Smith, 1780 Pike Ave., Richland and 56911 SR 225, Benton City. CHAPTER 13 Bobby D. Foreman, 1221 Gowen Ave., Richland. Paul E. Richard, 406 S. Dennis Place, Kennewick. Isaac L. Zamora and Carly M. Hetterscheidt, 1117 Cottonwood Drive, Richland. Larry P. and Melissa A. Norstrom, 1905 Poplar St., Richland. John A. and Kerri L. Dodge, Jr., 4711 Desert Plateau Dr., Pasco. Yadira M. Mellin, 8518 Lasalle Drive, Pasco. Terrence R. Baker, 1003 Snow Ave., Richland. Holly J. Douglass and Jossimar Solorzano, 4606 Seville Drive, Pasco.


Top property values have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

FRANKLIN COUNTY Description: 1,428-square-foot, single-


family residence on 84.3 acres of agricultural land, 1171 Merion Road, Mesa. Price: $760,000. Buyer: Ryan and Krystal Theroff. Seller: Growther Family Trust. Description: 102.6 acres of agricultural land and various farm buildings, 181 Settler Road, Connell. Price: $1,380,000. Buyer: Herrman Land & Holdings. Seller: 4440 Farms LLC. Description: 1,506-square-foot, singlefamily home and various farm buildings on 277 acres, undisclosed location. Price: $1,400,000. Buyer: Predator Ridge Orchards. Seller: Donald and Mildred Heinen. Description: 11,640-square-foot of commercial property, 6215 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Price: $600,000. Buyer: Tri-City Investors. Seller: Scott and Claudia Thomason. Description: 4,652-square-foot, singlefamily home on 0.63 acres, 9804 Schuman Lane, Pasco. Price: $722,000. Buyer: Gloria Scott. Seller: Richland and Heather Davies. Description: 91-unit mobile home park on 17.56 acres, 700 Road 32, Pasco. Price: $3,900,000. Buyer: Golden Bell LLC. Seller: Russell and Janet Dean (et al). Description: 3,554-square-foot, singlefamily home on 1.13 acres, 12231 Scenic View Drive, Pasco. Price: $479,000. Buyer: Luis and Lonnie Montes. Seller: Thomas and Michele Lenberg.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 41

Contractor: General Dynamics Info.

Description: 1,444-square-foot, singlefamily home, 1304 N. Beech Ave., Pasco. Price: $1,219,000. Buyer: US Bank. Seller: David Silva. Description: 7,650-square-foot church on 4.36 acres, 791 Country Haven Loop, Pasco. Price: $450,000. Buyer: Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of Tri-Cities. Seller: Cypress Country Estates. Description: 133.9 acres of agricultural land, 4041 Rangeview Road, Othello. Price: $2,625,000. Buyer: Othello Blueberry. Seller: Kyle Haugen. Description: 233.4 acres of agricultural land, undisclosed location. Price: $4,112,500. Buyer: FLF Columbia. Seller: Cody and Debby Easterday. Description: 1,060-square-foot, singlefamily residence on 207.6 acres of agricultural land, 401 & 413 Smith Lane, Mesa. Price: $3,700,000. Buyer: WI-Franklin County WA #2. Seller: Adam and Nancy Machugh. Description: 119.7 acres of agricultural land, 745 Mail Road, Connell. Price: $450,000. Buyer: Michael and Ryan Bernsen (et al). Seller: Joseph Brescia.



Building permit values have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

BENTON COUNTY Ecosphere Development, 236006 E. Legacy PR SE, $511,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: W McKay Construction. CSS Self Storage, 105106 E. Wiser Parkway, $9,000 for a sign. Contractor: CRF Metal Works. Energy Northwest, 76 N. Power Plant Loop Road, $15,000 for mechanical.

Verizon Wireless, 1221 Cemetery Road, $6,300 for an antenna. Contractor: Kasco of Idaho. KENNEWICK Wallace Properties, 2825 W. Kennewick Ave., $10,000 for commercial remodel, $11,900 for heat pump/HVAC and $5,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Curt Faus Corp, NW Mechanical Group and Campbell & Company. Zen Holdings, 3221 W. Kennewick Ave., $32,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Alberti Builders. FC4, 2909 S. Quillan St., $195,900 for tenant improvements, $63,000 for mechanical and $15,000 for plumbing. Contractor: owner and Riggle Plumbing. PM2 West Limited Partnership, 8551 W. Gage Blvd., $160,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing. INP Corporation, 526 W. Columbia Drive, $15,400 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing. SGC Development, 4504 W. 26th Ave., $70,000 for tenant improvements and $5,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Gretl Crawford Homes. Hendrickson Fir Grove, 1305 W. Fourth Ave., $40,000 for tenant improvements, $9,500 for plumbing and $6,300 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: Vargo General Contractor, Silverline Electric and Dayco Heating & Air. Kennewick Properties, 3030 W. Fourth Ave., $29,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Zion Restoration. Charles Stack, 3300 W. Clearwater Ave., $6,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air.

Seattle First National Bank, 7600 W. Quinault Ave., $7,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Bosch Construction. Ted and Amy Wong, 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $82,800 for tenant improvements. Contractor: LCR Construction. Vista Field Professional Center, 7105 W. Hood Place, $20,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: A-Z Enterprises. Benton County, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, $23,800 for demolition. Contractor: Andrist Enterprises. PASCO Marathon Building, 5024 Road 68, Ste. B, $6,000 for a sign. Contractor: YESCO. Big Sky Real Properties, 2828 W. Irving St., $5,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Permobil Pasco, 2701 W. Court St., $10,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. McDonald’s Corp, 2202 W. Court St., $34,600 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Teton Gold, 5806 Industrial Way, $1,346,300 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Teton West of WA. Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave., $75,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Apollo Sheet Metal. City of Pasco, 11412 W. Court St., $140,200 for pump station/water treatment. Contractor: to be determined. G&E Pasco Properties, 202 N. Third Ave., $21,200 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Innovation Roofing & Siding. Johnny Martinez, 3425 King Ave., $32,700 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Twin City Foods, 5405 Industrial Way, $309,400 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Western Mechancial

Contractors. Pasco Coke, 1225 Road 34, $138,500 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection and Camtek. Volm Companies, 5702 Industrial Way, $175,000 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection. Port of Pasco, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd., $6,900 for a fire alarm/system and $61,800 for tenant improvements. Contractors: Cascade Fire Protection and Banlin Construction Company. PROSSER Love’s Travel Stop, 700 Wine Country Road, $20,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: JEI Masonry. RICHLAND Richland School District, 450 Hanford St., #1, $3,264,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Pacific Mobile Structure. WRP Washington, 1803 George Washington Way, $10,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Curt Faus Corp. Michele Abrams, 2323 Henderson Loop, $41,300 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Cliff Thorn Construction. Alffled, 59 Columbia Point Drive, $24,900 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing. Kadlec Regional Medical Center, 888 Swift Blvd., $35,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Bouten Construction. Circle K Stores, 2601 Queensgate Drive, $15,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: TLM Petro Labor Force. Battelle Memorial Institute, 790 Sixth Ave., $275,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: DGR Grant Construction. Parameters, 1108 Williams Blvd., $5,500 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Delta Heating & Cooling. Black Dog Industries, 2000 Saint St., Building A, $283,400 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Blue Star Enterprises. Rocket Mart, 2111 Van Giesen St., $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication. Marsh Queensgate, 2150 Keene Road, $30,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Ethos Bakery. Battelle Memorial Institute, 540 Fifth St., $120,000 for demolition. Contractor: DGR Grant Construction. WEST RICHLAND Paws Claws & Hooves, 4900 Paradise Way, #100, $11,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. US Cellular, 5375 Astoria Road, $15,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: General Dynamics Info. Mountain States Construction, 8060 Keene Road, $5,250,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Mountain States Construction. Grace & Truth Community, 1301 Bombing Range Road, $5,800 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Delta Heating & Cooling.

uBUSINESS LICENSES RICHLAND Tannia’s Agency, 153110 W. Johnson Road, Prosser. SGO Services, 1001 Wright Ave. Upscale Cleaning, 5925 Boise Dr., Pasco. Elena Birrueta Interpretation, 3121 W. Hood Ave., Kennewick.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 42 Tri-Cities Community Health, 915 Goethals Drive. Geptec Polytech Services, 6216 W. Eighth Ave., Kennewick. Story Family One dba Van Giesen Car Wash, 311 Van Giesen St. Eric Thoma, 110 Columbia Point Drive. Hypnosis by Cindy, 750 Swift Blvd. JLR Interpreting, 29 N. Perry St., Kennewick. Chandlers Painting, 826 S. Hartford St., Kennewick. Keene Edge Salon, 480 Keen Road. Washingon River Protection Solutions, 2620 Fermi Drive. LuluRoeTraciEllig, 2750 Rue Court. Old Style Kettle Corn, 11707 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. PDG Summit Gear GMCH, 1306 Hazelwood Ave. Judith Emerson Delegation and Consulting, 750 Swift Blvd. Arshee, 1780 Pike Ave. EZ Fix Cellphone Repair Richland, 1733 George Washington Way. Patronus Systems, 3610 Harlock Road, Melbourne, Florida. Shear Days, 707 W. 12th St., Benton City. Homan Planning Services, 1105 Cedar Ave. Tektoniks Corporation, 306 W. Moore St., Walla Walla. Meraki Objectives, 4111 Riverhill Drive, Pasco. Reliable Rooter, 6521 W. Richardson Road, Pasco. Lash Doll, 303 Casey Ave. A1 Appraisal Services, 1907 Orchard Way. Rumsey Fine Art Photography, 451 Westcliffe Blvd. Confluence Anesthesia, 4 Buttercup Court, Pasco. M&L Construction, 12918 N. Freya St., Mead. Infotech South, 1130 Stallion Place. Wellness Umbrella, 6407 W. Victoria Ave., Kennewick. Drewboy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd., Richland. Detailed Design and Staging, 2248 Copperleaf St. Refrigeration Plus, 874 Pikes Peak Drive, West Richland. Columbia Point Building, 114 Columbia Point Drive. Performance Abatement Services, 11145 Thompson Ave., Lenexa, Kansas. Jamin’s Home Repair & Handyman Services, 1320 S. 38th Ave., West Richland. Extraction Recording Studio, 212 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. KLR Transport, 81 Bremmer St. Taxes D & Notary, 303 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Susmart C., 2500 George Washington Way. Custom Welding & Ornamental Iron, 118 N. Gum St., Kennewick. WEC Carolina Energy Solutions, 244 E. Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Fit Moms with Abigail, 60 S. Dawes St., Kennewick. The Landing Bistro and Lounge, 430 George Washington Way. Innovation Roofing & Siding, 2525 W. Pearl St., Pasco. WEST RICHLAND Northwest Playground Equipment, 345 NW Dogwood St., Issaquah. Live Smart Automation, 4175 Cameron St., Las Vegas, Nevada. Bombing Range Kennels, 495 Bombing Range Road.

P&R Construction, 6159 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 508, Kennewick. Columbia Basin Sheet Metal, 2115 W. A St., Pasco. Elizabeth McCort, 4033 W. Van Giesen St. Arrow Services, 214 S. Eastern Road, #3126, Spokane. Superior Interiors, 11802 SE Stark St., Portland, Oregon. Air-Tech Services and Filters, 6001 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 601, Kennewick. Arnold’s Painting, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite B209, Kennewick. Lundeen Simonson, 3609 E. Crown Ave., Spokane. The Cabinet Guy’s Installation & Millwork, 3807 Webster Ave., #E, Yakima. Peca’s Cleaning Service, 222 Columbia Road, Burbank. Lularoe Laura Meinecke, 5256 Monica St. Think Vinyl, 712 S. Taft St., Kennewick. A U Security, 2615 N. Cincinnati St., Suite 101, Spokane. Grampa’s Fix-It and Horse Boarding, 196 Basin Drive, Burbank. PASCO Imperial Cleaning Services, 2503 W. Pearl St. Jose’s Martial Arts School, 507 N. Fourth Ave. #201. Solid Rock Custom Flooring, 3216 W. Opal St. #3220. KENNEWICK Aalvarado Electric, 2105 N. Steptoe St. AG Solutions, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave., Spc. 144. Air-Tech Services and Filters, 6001 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 601. New Era Landscaping, 310 S. Date St. All Wall Contracting, 723 S. Lochsa St., Post Falls, Idaho.

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Peca’s Cleaning Services, 222 Columbia Road, Burbank. Arnold’s Painting, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., #B209. B&Z Appraisal, 5366 W. 28th Ave. Chapin Technologies, 1428 S. Quillian Court. Think Vinyl, 712 S. Taft St. Custom Welding & Ornamental Iron, 118 N. Gum St. Derrick’s Custom Painting, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave. Devan Hunt, 8121 W. Quinault Ave. Workpointe, 9877 40th Ave. S., Seattle. Donatos Autos, 209 E. Eighth St., Warden. Beckncall Service, 8220 W. Gage Blvd. Edison Place, 5927 Q. Quinault Ave. Boss Homes, 77004 E. Reata Road. Enercon Services, 8904 W. Tucannon Ave. GMA Construction, 1426 E. Third Ave. Ngenious Photography, 720 W. 32nd Ave. Griffin Technical, 2517 S. Fillmore Place. Torres Flooring, 34 Vista Way. Ichiban Lawn & Landscape, 1360 N. Louisana St. Inland Empire Fire Protection, 3832 E. Boone Ave., Spokane. Live Smart Automation, 4175 Cameron St., Las Vegas, Nevada. J Cuevas Painting, 616 W. Clark St., Pasco. Wonderful Space, 8101 W. Bruneau Ave. Grampa’s Fix-It and Horse Boarding, 196 Basin Drive, Burbank. Jorge Luis Castro Diaz, 1001 W. Fourth Ave. Jose Castillo, 215 W. Second Ave. JRM Engraving, 2720 W. 45th Ave. Kenneth Perkes, 6602 W. Sixth Ave. Larry R. Seifert, 5616 W. First Place. Liquid Glass, 2451 W. 49th Ave.


Loresam and Associates, 616 S. Ione St. Tri Cities Diamond, 30 Galaxy Lane, Richland. Lulabooks, 725 S. Yelm Place. Comprehensive Nursing Services, 217 S. Highland Drive. Mail by the Mall, 8220 W. Gage Blvd. Marc’s Ridesharing Service, 1820 W. 12th Ave. Day-to-Day Home Care, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd. Northwest Mechanical Group, 4243 SE International W., Suite E, Milwaukie, Oregon. Oscar’s Tree Service and Lawncare, 3805 W. Seventh Ave. Pearce Moody Construction Company, 615 Abbott Road, Walla Walla. Princess Hair Extensions & Wigs, 135 Vista Way. Quinault Village LLC I, 5927 W. Quinault Ave. Quinault Village LLC II, 5927 W. Quinault Ave. Quinault Village LLC III, 5927 W. Quinault Ave. Anytime Cleaning, 614 S. Beech St. Uber, 1455 Market St., Floor 4, San Francisco, California. RDM & Consulting, 515 W. 18th Ave. RJ Esparza, 1921 Garfield Road, Eltopia. Riding Tall Construction, 2638 Jason Loop, Richland. Rojas Builders, 1205 Estes Lane, Gillette, Wyoming. Progress, Not Perfection, 2907 S. Waverly St. Specialty Environmental, 2626 E. Trent Ave., Spokane. Stacie Jones Writing, 4810 S. Reed St. The Picket Fence, 319 W. Kennewick Ave. The Speech Pathology Learning, 8514 W. Gage Blvd.



Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 43 Tri-Cities Community Health, 721 S. Auburn St. Tri-Cities Framing Company, 527 W. Bonneville St., Pasco. Trusted Med Supply, 201 N. Edison St. TVH Real Estate Investments, 1801 S. Fillmore St. WT Aichele, 5300 W. 18th Ave. 10th Ave. Square, 3001 W. 10th Ave. 1113 Buchanan LLC, 1113 N. Buchanan St. Al Basha Kabab Restaurant, 3600 W. Clearwater Ave. Yashua’s Workshop, 865 Ardith Ave., Stanfield, Oregon. Salud Y Sabor, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave., #F. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra DDS, 3711 Plaza Way. B&E Realty Holdings, 8710 W. Victoria Ave. Barajas Auto Body, 214 E. Albany Ave. Amethyst Garden, 3508 W. Hood Ave. Sunburst Graphics, 425 S. Olympia St. Chandlers Painting, 826 S. Hartford St. Barracuda Coffee Company, 320 N. Kellogg St. Cleaning with Davis, 694 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, Oregon. CNCTNOW, 1867 S. Honeysuckle St. Taco Bell No. 32196, 3623 Plaza Way. Columbia Safety, 418 N. Kellogg St. Complex Painting, 803 S. Olympia St. Consuela Elena Floats, 4110 W. 34th Ave. Consuela Es, 4110 W. 34th Ave. Consuela Vest, 4110 W. 34th Ave. Cyprexx Services, 525 Grand Regency Blvd., Brandon, Florida. First Choice Interpreting, 8901 W. Rio Grande Ave. Canfield House Creates, 715 N. Quillan St. Gangnam Style Korean BBQ, 7903 W. Grandridge Blvd., #T. Energy Management Group, 4103 S. Irby St. Fine Consuela, 4110 W. 34th Ave. Fit Moms with Abigail, 60 S. Dawes St. Fortunato Inc, 1030 N. Center Parkway, Suite 213. Green2Go Pineapple Productions, 2 E. Kennewick Ave. Grizzly Glass, 817 S. Hartford St. Erhart Consulting, 6211 W. Eighth Ave. Hawthorne Court, 524 N. Ely St. Holy Mac Steaks & Spirits, 3801 S. Zintel Way. IK Development, 2515 N. Road 72, Pasco. Innovatek Inc, 5050 S. Olympia St. JLR Interpreting, 29 N. Perry ST. Jerry and Britt Han, 5000 W. Clearwater Ave. Davis Family Law, 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. Jiminy6 Enterprises, 2701 W. 36th Ave. JLI, 3512 W. 46th Ave. Dreamview Design, 8428 W. Gage Blvd. K-Designers, 14105 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon. Lux 22, 7303 W. Canal Drive. Grooms by Kat, 3030 W. Clearwater Ave. KatieMae LLC, 1808 W. 43rd Place. Vanity by Leigh, 4309 W. 27th Place. Lifextend, 3905 W. 46th Ave. Tri-Cities Tree Care, 3002 W. 46th Ave. Wellness Umbrella, 6407 W. Victoria Ave. Mariah Erlenbush, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave. Tri Cities Complete Dental, 2620 S. Williams Place. The Underground Hair Studio, 640 Cedar Ave., Richland. Columbia Basin Estate Services, 713 W. 42nd Ave. Mindful Millwork, 1431 Judson Ave., Richland.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • January 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 44 N&N Excavation, 7708 N. Standard St., Spokane. Noni’s Custom Creations, 8811 W. Clearwater Place. Hilishez, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave. #F. Chemdry of TriCities, 219 W. 49th Ave. Farmers Insurance District Office, 3205 W. Kennewick Ave. Partronus Systems, 3610 Harlock Road. PeopleReady, 3108 W. Clearwater Ave. Pioneer Plumbing, 716 W. 22nd Ave. Post Construction Cleaning, 4509 Desert Plateau Drive, Pasco. Ramsay Signs, 9160 SE 74th Ave., Portland, Oregon. Life Safety Group, 502 W. 50th Court. A&R Professional Painting, 142 Basin Drive, Burbank. Realty Resource Magazine, 2908 S. Morain Place. Referred Real Estate, 1030 N. Center Parkway #213 & 214. Refrigeration Plus, 874 Pikes Peak Drive, West Richland. Reliable Rooter, 6521 W. Richardson Road, Pasco. Meraki Objectives, 4111 Riverhill Drive, Pasco Elena Birrueta Interpretation, 3121 W. Hood Ave. Rosa’s Lularoe Garden, 2001 S. Edison St. Heron Design Company, 1825 W. 10th Ave. SL Christensen OD & Associates P.C., 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Your Greatest Champion, 3108 W. 47th Ave. All About You Massage, 3108 W. Clearwater Ave. She-D, 350 N. Clover Island Drive. Speedy Angeles Concrete, 519 W. Shoshone St., Pasco.

Superior Interiors, 11802 SE Stark St., Portland, Oregon. T&M Beck Properties 2, 8801 W. Gage Blvd. Lularoe Tammie Shreve, 922 S. Green St. Taxes D & Notary, 303 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. The Andre House, 8109 W. Hood Ave. Real Consuela II, 4110 W. 34th Ave. Rock, 11 S. Benton St. TA Peterson Co, 4604 S. Beech St. Tri-Cities Tactical, 3902 W. Clearwater Ave. Upscale Cleaning, 5925 Boise Dr., Pasco. The Wax Room and Beauty Services, 4508 S. Beech St. Wiberg Photography, 8613 W. Third Ave. 4th Base Pizza, 20 S. Auburn St. Leds Shoes, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd.

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 and Franklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

CLT Lawn Care, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 2. Sakul LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 2. RT LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 5. Integrity Services, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 5. Llotd Ornelas, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 5. Basin Eyecare, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 6. Salomon Garcia-Macias, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 6. Speedy Angels Concrete, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes,

filed Dec. 6. Kathryn E. Silva, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 9. Antonio B. Donaciano, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 9. Mirna Contreras, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 9. Evergreen Drywall/Paint, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Dec. 14. Luis Armondo Tavares, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 14. Maria Eloida Barragan, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 19. Alejandro G. Gonzalez, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 19. Maria del R. Morales, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 19. Brookside LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 21. Alex B. Najera MD PS, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 21. Gabriel Valdez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 21. Jose Paulo Contreras, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 21. Farm 2010 LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 21. Elvira Contreras, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 28. Juan Herberto Rojas, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 28. Manuel Enriquez, Jr., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 28. Recarga Movil LLC Sin Claves, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 28. Luis Armonda Tavares, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 28.


Yadira Mellin et al, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 28. Frontier Trading, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Dec. 28. Ainsworth Collision Center, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Dec. 30.

uLiquor Licenses BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Eatz Pizzeria & Deli, 109 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, has applied for a beer/ wine restaurant license. Rockabilly Roasting Co., 101 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite A, Kennewick, has applied for a beer/wine restaurant and direct shipment receiver in/out WA license. Wines of the World, 480 N. Quay St., Kennewick has applied for a change of location direct shipment receiver in WA only and beer/wine specialty shop license. Fredy’s Steak House, 3617 Plaza Way, Unit B & C, Kennewick has applied for an assumption spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge license. Mustang Market, 335 Wine Country Road, Prosser, has applied for a direct shipment receiver in WA only and grocery store beer/wine license. 4th Base Pizza, 20 S. Auburn St., Kennewick, has applied for beer/wine restaurant license. Valicoff Family Farm, 500 Merlot Drive, Suite C, Prosser, has applied for a domestic winery <250,000 liters license. The Landing Bistro and Lounge, 430 George Washington Way, Richland, has applied for a spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge license. Mi Linda Sierra, 5610 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, Kennewick, has applied for a spirits/beer/wine restaurant bar license.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 45 APPROVED Bruchi’s Cheesesteaks & Subs, 5209 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick, has been approved for a beer/wine restaurant license. Tommy’s Taphouse and Bistro, 1312 Lee Blvd., Richland has been approved for a direct shipment receiver in/out WA license. Whiskey River Bar & Grill, 775 Goethals Drive, Richland has been approved for a spirits/wine/beer restaurant lounge license. Holy Mac Steaks & Spirits, 3801 S. Zintel Way, Suite 110, Kennewick, has been approved for a spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge license. Pik-A-Pop, 505 Ninth, Benton City, has been approved for an assumption grocery store beer/wine license. Water from Wine, 220407 Sandpiper Driver, Paterson, has been approved for a

domestic winery <250,000 liters license. Bento Teriyaki, 61 Columbia Point Drive, Richland, has been approved for an assumption beer/wine restaurant license. Caterpillar Café, 227 Symons St., Richland, has been approved for a direct shipment receiver in WA only license. DISCONTINUED Roxy Bar, 101 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, direct shipment receiver in WA only license has been discontinued. Downtown Diner, 20 S. Auburn St., Kennewick, direct shipment receiver in/out WA license has been discontinued. Lucky Bridge Casino, 101 S. Gum St., Kennewick, spirits/wine/beer restaurant lounge license has bene discontinued. FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Gordon Estate Wine Bar, 5236 Outlet

Drive, Pasco has applied for a spirits/beer/ wine restaurant lounge license. Vaquero Elegante, 1901 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco, has applied for a direct shipment receiver in WA only and tavern beer/wine license.

uMARIJUANA LICENSES BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Wautoma Valley, 511 Wautoma Road, Sunnyside, has applied for a marijuana producer tier 3 and marijuana processor license. Calamity Gold, 15505 N. Webber Canyon Road, Suite A, Benton City, has applied for a change of location marijuana producer tier 2 license. APPROVED The Bake Shop, 19705 N. Griffin Road, Prosser, has been approved for a change of officer marijuana retailer license. Hydro Pro, 128507 W. King Tull Road, Suite A, Prosser, has been approved for a marijuana producer tier 3 license.

uBUSINESS UPDATES NEW BUSINESSES Belu Salon has opened at 4504 W. 26th Ave., Suite 140, Kennewick. The salon offers haircuts and styling for women, men and children. Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509820-3848,, Facebook. Envoy Mortgage has opened at 8836 Gage Blvd., Suite 201-B, Kennewick. The company offers loans for new or current home owners. Contract: 509-588-1448, Longship Cellars, has opened a tasting room at 404 Bradley Blvd., Suite 100, Richland. The business offers wine tastings and sells wine by the bottle. Hours: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact: 509-713-7676,, Facebook. LUX 22 has opened at 7303 W. Canal Drive, Suite B102, Kennewick. The store sells the latest in women’s fashion. Hours:

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contact: 509-579-0500, Facebook. Strong Foundations has opened at 2909 S. Quillan St., Kennewick. The gym offers personal and small group training classes, boot camps and other workout programs. Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-579-0809, Facebook. ADDITIONAL LOCATION HomeStreet Bank has opened a new branch at 7510 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-396-5200, MassMutual Seattle Financial Group has opened at 303 Bradley Blvd., Suite 100, Richland. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact: 509-7137411,, Facebook. Roasters Coffee is now open at 5215 W. Okanogan Ave., Kennewick. Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Contact:, Facebook. MOVED Haberling Accounting Services has moved to 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A-106, Kennewick. Contact: 509-3740731, Tri-Cities Life Real Estate has moved to 924 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 220, Kennewick. Contact: 509-578-1500,, Facebook. NAME CHANGE Young Professionals Tri-Cities has changed its name to Emerging Tri-Cities. Contact:, Facebook. McKay’s Taphouse at 1312 Lee Blvd., Richland is now Tommy’s Taphouse & Bistro. Contact: 509-943-1300, Facebook. CLOSED Downtown Diner at 20 S. Auburn St., Kennewick has closed. Roxy Bar at 101 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite 201, Kennewick has closed.

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More than 3,000 teddy bears were tossed onto the ice during the Tri-City Americans’ game against the Victoria Royals on Dec. 10. The stuffed animals fly through the air when the Americans score their first goal during the popular annual game. The toys are donated to area children.

Officials celebrate the dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home in Pasco on Dec. 17. Maung Aye and Lay Nay Paw, from left, join Max Clary, holding key, his mom Michelle Clary of Thrivent Financial in Kennewick, and Lisa Goodwin of Habitat for Humanity. Thirteen churches partnered with Thrivent Financial on the Apostles Build project. Construction began last summer, when church volunteers worked together to raise the walls. Each individual church then had its own week to volunteer. (Courtesy Thrivent Financial)

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection and Bechtel National Inc., the contractor responsible for the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, kicked off the final stage of testing intended to resolve one of the remaining technical issues at the treatment project last month. WTP personnel have begun the final phase of full-scale testing of control equipment and systems designed to safely mix radioactive waste in vessels at the pretreatment Facility. The vessels will store and process liquid radioactive waste before it is vitrified in other WTP facilities. The 65-ton vessel with capacity for 22,000 gallons was barged up the Columbia River in July. (Courtesy Bechtel National)


Spencer Pidcock, a client from The Arc of Tri-Cities, cuts a snowflake last month as part of the Washington State University Tri-Cities Peer Lunch Club. A class of 12 WSU Tri-Cities education students and adults with developmental disabilities share lunch, games and activities once a month to make friends and develop their professional and social skills. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

Columbia Basin College in Pasco celebrated the opening of its new Social Sciences and World Languages Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 5. In addition to 21 new classrooms, the facility includes labs for forensic science, anthropology and languages. The center opened for winter quarter on Jan. 3.

Kadlec’s volunteer Auxiliary members presented a check for $260,000, their largest donation ever, to Kadlec Foundation, on Dec. 29 in Richland. Auxiliary members collected the money through personal donations, proceeds from the Kadlec gift shop, which is staffed by volunteers, and other Auxiliary fundraisers. The group is made up of volunteers who donate more than 50,000 hours per year, the equivalent of more than 24 full-time employees, to helping in many areas throughout the medical center. The donation will support select capital and program needs, including the mammography assistance program, Intensive Care Unit, birth center, Kadlec Neurological Resource Center and Our Little Lambs infant bereavement program. (Courtesy Kadlec)

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