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July 2017

Volume 16 • Issue 7

Trios Health expects to clear bankruptcy in one to three years BY KRISTINA LORD


Service groups continually seeking new members Page 11

Real Estate & Construction

Patience, planning required when building new pools Page 21

Banking & Finance

Numerica set to open two new branches this year page 49

he Said It “Washington state is the toughest state in the country for small businesses. … It’ll be a burden in an already tough state.” - Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, on family leave law Page 3

The Kennewick Public Hospital District has filed for bankruptcy protection as it works to reorganize $221 million in debt. Trios Health, which operates two hospitals and multiple outpatient care centers throughout Kennewick, will continue to operate as normal as it works to regain financial footing. The district has reported losses over the past three years and its cash is depleted. “We have arrived to a point that we must restructure our debt so that we can sustain our operations and services to the Tri-Cities,” said Marv Kinney, president of the hospital district board, in a statement. “We have endeavored to avoid this process by working with our creditors. Unfortunately, a few are not amenable to negotiation so we needed to file so patient care can continue unhindered.” The public hospital district board voted unanimously June 29 to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern Division of Washington. Documents were filed with the court June 30. The process provides for the reorganization of municipalities, providing time to propose a plan for the adjustment of the hospital district’s debts to third parties. The next step in the process is to file a plan of adjustment and disclosure statement with the court outlining Trios Health’s plan for repayments. The court will then assign a date for presentation of this plan. Depending on the judge’s decision, the next steps in the process can vary. Trios Health expects to emerge from bankruptcy within one to three years. Trios Health CEO Craig Cudworth said the details of the debt reorganization plan are not finalized but Trios will continue to take deliberate steps to return to financial health as soon as possible. The administrative team and leadership are following the recommendations presented by Quorum Health Resources, a management consultant firm hired by the hospital board last year. uTRIOS, Page 46

A Walmart associate helps a customer sign for a grocery pickup order. Tri-City Fred Meyer and Walmart stores expect to offer grocery service pickup services before the end of the year. (Courtesy Walmart)

Order groceries online, then pick up curbside BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Whether it’s back-to-school lunch supplies or a Thanksgiving turkey, grocery shopping will get more convenient as stores begin to offer curbside pickup. Tri-City Fred Meyer and some Walmart stores expect to offer their version of the service before the end of the year. The Richland Fred Meyer will begin its ClickList service in conjunction with a regrand opening celebration. The store’s extensive $12.4 million remodel is expected to be complete at the end of next month. Shortly after, work will begin on the

Kennewick Fred Meyer store to ready it to provide the same curbside grocery pickup by late October. Online Grocery is also expected to be available at Tri-City Walmart locations before the end of the year. The retail giant was unable to confirm which Tri-Cities locations will offer the service currently available in five locations in Washington — three in Spokane and two in Vancouver. Building permits were requested for $120,000 in grocery remodeling at each of the three Tri-City Walmarts, with a specific mention of online grocery service at the Richland and Kennewick stores. uGROCERY, Page 38

Iced, blended or hot: new coffeeshops ready to brew Tri-Citians’ favorites BY JEFF MORROW

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Brianna Cervantes wanted to be a photographer when she was a little kid. Then at the age of 15, she found coffee, and her life changed. “I worked at Dutch Brothers for a year and a half,” she said. “I actually wanted to be a franchisee at Dutch Brothers. I tried three times.” Cervantes, who also worked at the local Roasters Coffee, never got that franchise. So at the age of 19, she started her own coffee shop, NorthWest Coffee, which opened up in early July at 2465 Stevens Center Place in north Richland amid a complex of office buildings near Mission Support Alliance, Washington River Protections Solutions and Bechtel National. “I just have always loved coffee,” said

Cervantes. “It’s a fun thing. You get to talk to people. I think it’s a way to get to know people. And that’s my goal: to make people connect.” Tri-Citians love their coffee, judging from the burgeoning growth of the coffeehouse industry, which includes the opening of several more: • Dutch Brothers is building two new stores: 3918 West Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick and at 924 George Washington Way in Richland. • Wes Heyden is finishing his ninth Roasters Coffee at Clearwater and Highway 395 at 300 N. Ely St. in Kennewick. It celebrated its grand opening with drink specials on July 14. He’s opening his tenth location before the holidays in south Richland near Keene and Kennedy roads. uCOFFEE, Page 3


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New state law provides paid family leave Employers, employees contribute to program through payroll tax BY JOHN STANG

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Washington has become the fifth state to require paid family leave for employees. “It’s going to be the best paid family leave program the country. It has better weeks, better benefits, and we’ll be the model for the other states,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, one of the lead Democratic negotiators on the bill by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn. “To someone with a serious illness, that means it doesn’t have to be poverty for that individual. ….Twenty-five percent of new moms have to go back to work two weeks after giving birth,” Fain said. From the Mid-Columbia, Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, and Rep Larry Haler, R-Richland, supported paid family leave. Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, and Reps. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, and Mary Dye, R- Pomeroy, opposed it.  “Washington state will have the best paid family leave program in the United States. It’s the product of both Republicans and Democrats, plus business, plus labor, and paid family leave advocates,” Inslee said July 5 as he signed the bill into law in front of about 100 people at the Capitol Dome.  The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce issued a statement on the bill: “In 2007, the state created a family leave program; however, this program did not achieve its potential due to lack of funding. The regional chamber is continuing to gather information on this

policy. As more details become available, we will share the information with our members.” The program will be financed by a 0.4 percent deduction on each paycheck beginning in 2019. An employee must work 820 hours at a business before becoming eligible.  In return, the state will provide paid family leave for up to 12 weeks after the birth or adoption of child. And it will provide up to 12 weeks at a time for sick leave for a seriously ill person or for a person to take care of a seriously ill relative. Multiple sick leaves cannot total more than 16 weeks a year with an extra two weeks allowed for pregnancy complications.  Sick leave pay will vary from $100 to $1,000 a week, depending on specific percentages of employees’ wages. Small businesses who pay all the premiums instead of the workers are eligible for various types of state aid in hiring temporary replacement workers. Companies can voluntarily set up stronger paid family leave programs. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from paying premiums. No matter the business size, employees will pay into the system and are eligible to receive benefits 
 On June 30, the Senate passed it 37-12, and then the House approved it 65-29.  The program goes into effect on Jan 1, 2020. California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York already have such programs. Thirteen GOP senators supported the bill, while 12 opposed it. That reflected a bitter internal fight within the Senate Republican caucus

over whether to pass it. The GOP controls what goes to a floor vote in the Senate. Fain’s bill came from more than two months of talks among Republicans, Democrats, business interests and labor group. The powerful Association of Washington Business supported the bill, as did labor and many other business interests. “The bill is a good compromise policy,” said Bob Battles, representing the Association of Washington Business at a hearing a few days ago. “There are a heckuva lot of business owners who care about their employees,” said Sen. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, on June 30. However, the National Federation of Independent Businesses recently came out strongly against the bill and found allies within the GOP Senate caucus, sparking renewed opposition. A strong incentive for businesses and the GOP to support Fain’s bill has been the threat of a labor-backed effort to take paid family leave to a public ballot in November. “As tough as it is for businesses now, it would be tougher down the road,” said Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, who voted for the bill. But Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, countered: “There’s a lot of pressure by lobbyists from big companies to support this. … It’s a job killer.” Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, argued: “The full context of this is that Washington state is the toughest state in the country for small businesses … It’ll be a burden in an already tough state.” But Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, replied: “The message we send to the rest of the world on how we treat each other … says volumes about Washington state.”


COFFEE, From page 1 • Starbucks recently opened at 2411 W. Court St. in Pasco, making it the 15th Starbucks store in the Tri-Cities and the second one in Pasco. Barracuda Coffee Company also recently expanded to Kennewick with the opening of its second shop at 320 N. Kellogg St. last fall. Don’t expect an end to the growth of coffee shops, either. “For me, the Tri-Cities is growing,” Heyden said. “And as the area keeps growing, there are opportunities to open more stores. I think there is still room for up to 20 Roasters. We haven’t touched Gage, Steptoe, east Pasco, east Kennewick. There is still tons of room. We’re growing at a fast rate.” Construction begins on his new south Richland shop in August with an opening planned before the holidays, Heyden said. “Our store in Walla Walla begins a build at the end of September and should open in the spring of next year,” he said. Heyden said his company will be opening stores in Spokane too. His confidence in the market is strong. “Serving is where we found support,” said Heyden, whose first store opened in 2009 during the economic recession. “We give (customers) a high quality product. People desire a good product. And our product is the best.” His company is also known for its service. “I still have baristas that started with me eight years ago. All of my people are 31 or younger. I’m 39,” he said. The growth in his company – a new store about every year – reflects that confidence in the Tri-City market. uCOFFEE, Page 4


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A LOOK BACK July 2002

• Oasis Waterworks continues to look for investors to keep the popular water park afloat. • Kennewick General Hospital, now known as Trios, was gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary Aug. 1 with an open house.


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COFFEE, From page 3 “We’re a bit different. We’re fully local,” Heyden said. “We’re not a corporation like Starbucks, and we’re not a franchise operation like Dutch Brothers. It’s a mom-andpop shop. “Roasters is between fast food and coffee. Everything is made in house. We’re really health conscious. We’re more a suburban coffee. I see us as a Chipotle or Panera, as in fast casual. I think that’s the way people are moving.” Heyden also admits that’s why he’d like to sell more health-conscious drinks, but customers still want their coffee and sugary drinks. “People want what they want,” he said. “For us, it’s people not drinking more coffee. They’re drinking less coffee. It’s more energy drinks, white coffee. We’re more into dairy. We go through more dairy than coffee.” In summer, he said, they serve more smoothies and flavored Red Bulls. Jennifer Wheatley, head of public relations at Dutch Brothers, agreed. “We’ve got more than coffee,” she said. “We also sell teas, chai tea, Italian sodas, seltzers, energy drinks. We have a new product called cold brewed coffee.” Dutch Brothers began in 1992 in Grants Pass, Oregon, by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma. Today, it’s the country’s largest, privately-held drive-through coffee company. “We have 290 stores,” said Wheatley, who said the new Clearwater store should be open by the end of the year while the new Richland store will be later. The future George Washington Way shop is on the same property as the former

Wes Heyden recently opened his ninth Roasters Coffee at 300 N. Ely St. in Kennewick, in the parking lot of the EconoLodge. It celebrated its grand opening with drink specials on July 14. Heyden is opening his tenth location before the holidays in south Richland near Keene and Kennedy roads.

Red Robin and City Buffet restaurants, but Wheatley said the coffeeshop will only use a portion of the land. The new shop will feature covered outdoor seating. The company’s 290 shops are in seven states and have more than 5,000 employees. Franchisees come from within the company. “Applicants have to have at least three years working in the company, and at least one year in management,” Wheatley said. “Then they go through interviews. It could be tough. There could be as much as 25 rock-star employees trying to get that franchise.” Dutch Brothers is also known for its outstanding service. “We’ve seen pretty considerable growth

here,” Wheatley said. “It’s interesting. We sell coffee, but as our CEO says, relationships are big. Our job is to love people, and at the end of the day, we want to make their day better. We want you here as a customer. And I think the longer we are in a location, the more people are drawn to us.” Meanwhile, the new Pasco Starbucks store — inside a former Dairy Queen restaurant — is 2,700 square feet. “This is our second Starbucks in Pasco, and we are excited to serve customers in a new neighborhood and show them what the Starbucks experience is all about,” said Starbucks regional manager Jason Ostrer. That Starbucks experience includes a good product and customer service. Each company’s customer base is varied. “It’s really a mix,” Wheatley said. “We have a lot of millennial customers and millennial employees, but we run the gamut in ages.” That’s why the Tri-Cities should expect more coffeehouses to come. “The Tri-Cities is fantastic. It’s been very good to us,” Heyden said. Wheatley agreed: “I know that franchisees are very optimistic about the growth in the Tri-Cities.” And that’s why the teen-aged Cervantes is taking notes. “The Tri-Cities is still growing,” she said. “It’s become common to go buy a cup of coffee rather than make it at home. People like their customer service and their coffee. And it’s affordable.”

uBUSINESS BRIEFS CBC, EWU to hold Hispanic Education Summit

Columbia Basin College and Eastern Washington University will host the first Washington Hispanic Education Summit on Aug. 18 at the college’s Gjerde Center. K-12 educators, business and community leaders and higher education representatives will discuss education access and student success. Registration is free, breakfast and lunch will be provided, and service credits are available. Register at Call 509359-2450 or email for more information.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017 uBUSINESS BRIEFS Washington is America’s top state for business in 2017

Washington state jumped into the top spot in the annual CNBC Top States for Business rankings. Work force, infrastructure, business costs, economy, quality of life, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living are scored by CNBC to come up with its annual ranking of America’s Top States for Business. The rankings were announced July 11. Washington moved up from sixth place in 2016. “Why did we top the list? Because we’re the most talented state, the most connected state and the most innovative state in the union,” said Gov. Jay Inslee in a statement. “My top priority as governor is to continue to nurture our thriving economic climate that spurs job growth and keeps us at the top echelon for years to come. We know that a cleaner planet, happy and healthy workers and a growing economy can go hand-in-hand.” Other states that led America’s Top States for Business list were Georgia at No. 2, Minnesota at No. 3, Texas at No. 4 and North Carolina at No. 5. According to CNBC, the ranking is based on 10 qualities that states “deem most important in attracting business” and draws mostly from publicly available data to analyze how each state performed in those areas. There were 2,500 points possible, and Washington received 1,621.

Job fair for school cooks, cashiers set for Aug. 3

Those interested in working in Kennewick school kitchens and lunchrooms as cooks and cashiers are invited to a job fair at 2 p.m. Aug. 3. The job fair will be in the main conference room at the school district’s MTS Building at 622 N. Kellogg St. Attendees should park in the parking lot of the neighboring Tri-Tech Skills Center and use the gate in the fence separating the facilities to access the MTS building. Nutrition services staff will explain the costs and requirements of a food handler’s permit and background check and review the district’s training program, wages and job requirements. Interviews with managers for those interested in pursuing a position also will be offered. Current open positions can be found online at Call 509-222-5073 with questions.

Tri-Cities Airport project wins construction award

The terminal expansion and modernization project at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco has been named the 2017 Airport Project of the Year by the Washington Airport Management Association. Bouten Construction Company of TriCities served as the general contractor/ construction manager for the $42 million, 110,000-square-foot project, which was completed this year. The award was presented to the Port of Pasco and the TriCities Airport at WAMA’s annual conference in May. Project team members also

included architect Mead & Hunt Inc. and Strategic Construction Management. The terminal’s expanded space houses airplane viewing areas, passenger concourses and hold rooms, an administrative conference room, an elevator tower and a gallery area with a restaurant, café and a gift shop. The improved space includes expanded ticketing and baggage areas, renovated Transportation Security Administration screening lanes, a greeting-area café, back-of-house spaces and car rental facilities.

BBB accepting nominations for business awards

The Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is accepting business nominations for awards to recognize companies with a commitment to trust and integrity. The BBB Torch Awards program was created to honor companies, charities and employees who demonstrate a high level of personal character, integrity and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics. These employees and organizations generate a high level of trust among their staff, customers and communities. Have a business in mind that demonstrates excellence in the marketplace? Nominate a business, individual or charity for any of the three awards by Aug. 14,. Self-nominations are accepted. Categories include: • Business of the Year: Honors businesses that demonstrate a commitment to ethics, integrity and building trust in the marketplace.


• Charity of the Year: Honors a 501c(3) organization that demonstrates its effectiveness in impacting positive change in its community in an ethical and responsible way. • Exceptional Employee Award: Recognizes an employee of an organization that meets the Torch Awards requirements, who demonstrates a daily commitment to providing exceptional customer service and illuminates the importance of establishing a positive reputation and public image of the organization. Entries are evaluated by independent, voluntary panels of judges comprised of business and community leaders. Businesses of all sizes are eligible to apply for this award.  To learn more about the Torch Awards criteria, or to make a nomination, visit go.

DOE managers to speak at July 26 chamber luncheon

Roger Snyder, site office manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest site office, Kevin Smith, manager of the DOE Office of River Protection, and Doug Shoop, manager of the DOE Richland Operations office, are the featured speakers at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon July 26 at the Pasco Red Lion. The DOE update program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Register at tricityregionalchamber. com, or by calling 509-736-0510.


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CBC students continue to pay extra tuition as state grapples to fix software Plans to install statewide software system at 34 community colleges delayed BY JOHN STANG

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Each year, full-time Washington community college students pay an extra $115.56 to upgrade their school’s computer software. That includes students at Columbia Basin College. The fee was supposed to lapse this December, but delays and cost overruns will keep the extra charge on the books for two or three more years — or possibly longer. Tuition and fees for a full-time CBC student for three quarters are roughly $4,400. Originally, the computer upgrades at CBC were supposed to be installed and running in January, with bugs then to be worked out as part of a statewide effort. Now, there is no new date set to install the new software at CBC due to a statewide delay in upgrades at most of Washington’s community colleges, said Tyrone Brooks, CBC’s vice president for administrative services. About 186,650 of the state’s almost 381,000 community college students attend full time and are paying that extra $115 if they stay enrolled for an academic year. The remaining students attend part time.

In 2016, CBC enrolled 6,831 fulltime and part-time students, which translated to the equivalent of 5,324 full-time students. Three percent of each full-time and part-time student’s tuition goes toward the upgrade that has been in full swing since 2014, with a finish date projected for December 2016. Now, the completion date isn’t expected until 2019 or 2020, or later. When all the work is done, the three percent portion of the students’ tuition costs is supposed to be removed. The State Board of Community & Technical Colleges greenlighted in 2010 the installation of a new central software system for administration, academics, student finances, enrollments, payrolls and other data across all 34 of the state’s community colleges. In 2010, all of the state’s community colleges used 30-year-old software written in Cobalt, an outdated coding language. At CBC, this means a computer network that “is very clumsy with a lot more steps,” than needed to coordinate academics, human resource matters, student finances and other administrative work, Brooks said. The community colleges’ board hired a Denver-area international information technology firm Ciber Inc. for $100 mil-

lion to install new software — several varieties of the PeopleSoft ERP system — across the state. Starting in 2012, 2 percent of each student’s tuition went to paying off that project. It increased to 3 percent in 2014. The first stage was to install the software and work out the bugs at three community colleges in Tacoma and Spokane. The work began in 2013 with the systems scheduled to go “live” in August 2014 and to have the bugs worked out by January 2015. Instead, the three systems went “live” in August 2015 and bugs are still being worked out, state and community college officials told three Senate committees in a recent joint briefing. Meanwhile, the project’s costs have gone up to $109 million, mostly because of the delays. Problems have included software glitches, issues with training people to use the new software, and the fact that the 34 community colleges conduct their business functions differently from each other. Right now, the community colleges are working on getting their business functions uniform across the state so the new software will seamlessly fit all 34 systems, said Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. Most of the software glitches have been fixed. “It has had a very adverse effect on our enrollment” due to resulting computer problems, said Lisa Hjaltalin,

chief financial officer of the Spokane and community colleges. So far, Washington’s community college system has paid Ciber $87 million, which covers the software, but not all of the installation, training and testing. Then Ciber collapsed. It went on a buying spree of more than $1 billion, which backfired, reported the Law 360 news website. It filed for bankruptcy on April 10 and HTC Global Services of Troy, Michigan, bought it for $93 million in May. HTC eliminated roughly 200 of Ciber’s contracts, which included the one with the Washington community college system. That means the state colleges do not have Ciber or HTC employees to finished the installation and training for the remaining 31 schools. The community college system is working on how to tackle that loss of help, Brown said. And that puts the upcoming timetable of upgrades — in three or four stages — in limbo until the state settles on a Plan B. Complicating the issue is that Ciber has filed a lawsuit in federal bankruptcy court against Washington and its community college system to seek the remaining unpaid $13 million the state withheld due to uncompleted work. “The state has counterclaims it can make. But it is against a company in bankruptcy,” said David Stolier, a senior assistant attorney general.

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• Wine Growers Trial Drive & BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., various locations in Paterson. horseheavenhillswinegrowers. org. • 14th annual Art Walk & Wine Gala: 6 – 10 p.m., Sixth Street, Prosser. Contact 509-786-3177. • Evening for the Angels, a benefit for Chaplaincy Hospice Care: 7 – 10 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland.


• Pasco Chamber Luncheon: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP 509-547-9755.


• Walleye Derby, fundraiser for Rascal Rodeo: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Point Marina, 660 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. 509-528-5947.


• Tri-City Regional Chamber Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP 509-491-0510.


• Tri-City Regional Chamber Business Development University, Legal Issues for Businesses: 9 – 11 a.m., TriCities Business and Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP 509491-0510.

JULY 28 – 29

• Art in the Park: 9 a.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland.

JULY 28 – 30

• Tri-City Water Follies: various times, Columbia Park, Kennewick. waterfollies. com.


• Hunt & Gather Vintage Show: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland. Information: countrynesters. com.

AUG. 1

• National Night Out: 5 – 7:30 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick; 6 – 8:30 p.m., Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone, Pasco; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland; and 5 – 8 p.m., Flat Top Park, 4749 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland.

AUG. 2

• Startup Law and Fundraising class: 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Register at tricitiesstartuplaw.eventbrite. com.

• West Richland Chamber Luncheon: noon – 1 p.m., Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. RSVP 509-967-0521.

AUG. 4

• Wiyákuktpa The Gathering Place celebration: 10:30 a.m., Clover Island, Kennewick. Information 509-586-1186. • Kadlec Foundation Golf Classic: 11 a.m., Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 W. Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. Contact

AUG. 8

• Market Research for Government Contracting, presented by Washington PTAC: 9 – 10:30 a.m., TriCities Business and Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP 509491-0510.

AUG. 11

• Legends of Washington Wine Gala: 6 – 10 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Information:

AUG. 12

• CF Cycle for Life: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Reach Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. RSVP fightcf.cff. org.

AUG. 14

• Pasco Chamber Luncheon: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP 509-547-9755.

AUG. 18

• HAPO Golf Classic and Dinner: 11:30 a.m., Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 W. Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. RSVP 509-7373373.


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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Washington insurers propose 22.3 percent increase

Eleven health insurers filed 71 health plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual and family health insurance market with an average proposed rate increase of 22.3 percent. The highest proposed increases come from Molina Healthcare at 38.5 percent, Asuris Northwest Health at 31 percent and Regence BlueShield at 30 percent. No health insurer filed plans in Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said his department will spend months to review “every assumption insurers have made to make sure their proposed increases are justified.”

All rates, health plans and coverage areas are under review and may change. The state Health Benefit Exchange Board is scheduled to certify all plans for sale at Washington Healthplanfinder on Sept. 14. Open enrollment for the 2018 individual market starts Nov. 1.

Richland seeks code enforcement board member

The Richland City Council is accepting applications from city of Richland citizens who are interested in serving on its code enforcement board through March 31, 2018. The board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Visit the Government, Advisory Boards and Commissions tab at or call 509-942-7388 for details or an

application. The application period will remain open until the position is filled.

MSA awards 51 scholarships

Mission Support Alliance has awarded more than $650,000 in scholarships since it took responsibility as the Hanford site services provider in 2009. At its recent eighth annual scholarship recognition event, MSA presented 51 scholarships to qualifying employee dependents to be used at the school of the student’s choice. Additionally, three MSA co-op intern employees also received scholarships to be used at Columbia Basin College or Washington State University Tri-Cities. MSA also provides WSU-TC with funding annually to award scholarships to underrepresented students who are pursu-

ing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, and contributes to CBC’s general scholarship fund.

Ecology recruiting for 300 environmental positions

With a $1.8 million federal AmeriCorps investment, the Department of Ecology is recruiting for 300 full-time environmental positions across the state to serve in the Washington Conservation Corps. This is an opportunity for young adults and military veterans to gain experience implementing environmental restoration projects, engaging in environmental education, and providing disaster response services for communities across the state. The program seeks young adults ages 18-25, as well as Gulf War era II veterans, reservists and dependents with no age restrictions. Members will begin their 11-month service term on Oct. 2. To apply, go to

Duck Race tickets go on sale Aug. 1

Tickets for the Mid-Columbia Duck Race go on sale Aug. 1 at ticket outlets, including all Tri-City Griggs/Ace Hardware stores, Toyota of Tri-Cities, all area Banner Bank branches, Kennewick Ranch & Home and Garrison’s Home Appliance Center. Tickets are $5 each. Prizes include the grand prize of a 2017 RAV4 LE AWD, donated by Toyota of Tri-Cities. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser are distributed to local Rotary clubs to fund charitable projects.


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Kennewick man perfects kombucha recipe, opens brewery Fermented beverage touted for its digestive health benefits BY ANDY PERDUE

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The Tri-Cities’ first commercial kombucha brewery has been established in Kennewick. Joshua Steensland of Kennewick has opened Steensland Family Kombucha. Steensland, a veteran of the Marine Corps, spent the past year perfecting his kombucha recipe and now is confident enough to turn it into a commercial venture. Steensland Family Kombucha passed its Department of Agriculture inspection in late June. Kombucha is a lightly fermented beverage brewed from sweet tea that purportedly has many health benefits. Originating in China thousands of years ago as Mandarin tea, it has gained popularity in the U.S. in recent years, particularly with people who prefer to consume fermented foods for their digestive qualities. The first step is to brew tea – black or green – with sugar added. The concoction is then fermented by a SCOBY – a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast – which converts the sugar to very low levels of alcohol, as little as 0.2 percent by volume. By comparison, beer can be around 5 percent and a red wine can be as high as 15 percent. Kombucha often has the same alcohol content as orange juice that has been left out too long. After the yeast converts the sugar to alcohol, the bacteria degrades it to B vitamins. The result is an unfiltered product with strands of bacteria that can help repair stomach ulcers and help with digestion. “Although it’s very acidic, it alkalizes when consumed and restores pH balance to the body,” Steensland said. It took him about seven months to tool the recipe to make sure to keep the alcohol levels below 0.5 percent.

“That was the most time-consuming factor was getting our bacteria-to-yeast ratio low enough in our final ferment,” he said. After he got that dialed in, getting the proper licenses to open a commercial kombucha operation was fairly simple. “If you have your recipe down, it’s just a matter of jumping through a few hoops.” He found a simple commercial space in central Kennewick, and now is busy filling it with fermentation tanks and getting ready to gear up his local wholesale business. Flavors in the tanks now include kid-friendly apple and grape. The past decade has been big for kombucha, with national sales hitting $400 million in 2014, according to one report. Last year, Pepsi got in on the action, buying kombucha producer KeVita for $200 million. Steensland does not plan to open a tasting room or offer direct-to-consumer sales of his kombucha. Instead, he is working on distribution outlets and is in talks with Encore Wellness for Life — a kombucha bar in Kennewick — and the Growler Guys in south Richland. Either business would be able to fill growlers, a popular vessel for craft beers and now wines. Eventually, he hopes to offer a bottled product, but he isn’t sure the overhead

Joshua Steensland of Kennewick opened the Tri-Cities’ first commercial kombucha brewery, Steensland Family Kombucha. Steensland, back, is pictured with his partner Lacey Davis and their children, Angel, Azalea and Gunner, who help as taste-testers.

costs are commercially viable. “We want to get our brand out there before we jump in with both feet and start buying a lot of equipment,” Steensland said. Family is the basis for his brand. His life partner Lacey Davis helps with operations and marketing. Their children — Angel, Azalea and Gunner — are tastetesters. While most larger kombucha opera-

tions offer up to eight different flavors, Steensland’s initial batch of teas will have up to four choices. The combinations are simple to make by adding flavors to the finished base tea, such as raspberry or strawberry — he’s even toying with a kombucha sarsaparilla, to harken back to old-time saloon days. Track the availability of this locally made kombucha on Instagram @sfkom bucha and on Facebook.

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Civic-minded citizens making difference in Tri-City service groups Reaching new members to serve community always a goal BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Attend a weekly meeting at Columbia Center Rotary’s event center in Kennewick, and you’ll find a diverse group of members, ranging in both age and profession. The recent fiscal year-end meeting for the local service organization included the announcement of 16 new dues-paying members joining in the last year, adding to the ranks of 116 total members for the largest group of Rotarians in the Tri-Cities. It’s a stark contrast to some of the other service organizations in the Tri-Cities, which have struggled to maintain membership, or have even been forced to close due to a lack of participation or an aging member base. Columbia Center Rotary said it’s no accident membership has grown over the years. The perennial No. 1 club in its district, the chapter has taken a proactive approach to keeping its size near the 120-member mark. “We’ve used Facebook, we’ve used

membership open houses. We invite people to come in and see what the different avenues of service are in our club, (highlighting) what we’re doing, what we’re all about,” said Roger McDowell, newlyinstalled president of Columbia Center Rotary. Chartered in 1984, the club has grown from an average size of about 40 members in the 1990s to its current size today. McDowell has been a Columbia Center Rotarian for about 15 years. He joined after being invited to a meeting. He said he appreciated the group’s personal touch. It’s the same method used to find most new members today. “We are trying to reach out to dynamic people. We invite them to see if Rotary touches them, or engages them,” McDowell said. This group has connected people around the world with its outreach efforts. Donations and grants on behalf of Columbia Center Rotarians have been offered to groups in Mexico, Belize, Peru, Thailand and South Sudan in the last fiscal year.

Dave Lewis, left, and Corky Greenfield man the sign-in table at a recent Richland Kiwanis Club meeting. Service clubs around the Tri-Cities say maintaining and adding members is a key goal.

Projects in the last 12 months have included an inclusive playground, education for impoverished women and medicine for surgeries. Due to its continued efforts on behalf of students in the Kennewick School District, the group was awarded the 2017 Community Leadership Award on behalf of the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators (see page 71).

Columbia Center Rotary keeps its members engaged through various committees including community service, vocational/ educational service and special projects. The chapter is credited with starting the highly successful Mid-Columbia Duck Race, now in its 29th year and an event that has grown into a multi-club fundraiser. uSERVICE, Page 14


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Painted pianos to bring together community for art, music Richland studio owner seeking 88 ‘key’ partners for project BY ELSIE PUIG

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Painted pianos transformed into public works of art and gathering places have begun popping up in Richland with more planned around the Tri-Cities. The grass-roots arts project, spearheaded by Cynthia Vaughn, owner of Richland’s Magnolia Music Studios and director of Opera on the Vine, aims to bring together music and art through the indoor and outdoor art installation project. “A big part of this is spontaneous music-making. I want to get music out of the concert hall,” she said. The first piano was installed inside the Landing Bistro & Lounge in Richland where restaurant owner and artist Margaret Click is working on finishing painting. The second one is inside Richland Lifecare Center where it will be transformed by artist Deana Paulson. The first outdoor piano was installed outside Kagen’s Coffee and Crepes at the Uptown in Richland and will be painted by Cameron Milton. Academy of Children’s Theatre also will host another outdoor piano in its outdoor classroom. Although all the pianos currently are in Richland, Vaughn said she hopes future pianos will make their way to

Kennewick, Pasco and West Richland. Vaughn helps to find the donated pianos and plays matchmaker between the location or business and the artist. “I feel an obligation to match the piano with the right place and the right artist,” she said. All the artists are paid. “As a professional performer, I feel an obligation to pay creatives for their creative work, so there will be money collected to pay the artists for their work. It could be enough money to cover art supplies or could go up to $400,” she said. She said once the pianos are installed and finished, she hopes they will become a place where musicians and music students can come together for recitals or impromptu concerts. Vaughn said the project was inspired by similar projects across the country, including one in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she used to live. “I was familiar with the concept but the way this catalyzed here was that I was friends and colleagues with Margaret ... and she mentioned to me in passing a couple of months ago, ‘I would really love to put a piano in the restaurant, but I have a lot of other expenses and that’s just not going to happen right now,’” Vaughn said.

Singer and Songwriter Kate Larsen plays a painted piano, while Cynthia Vaughn, founder of the Richland’s Painted Pianos Project Tri-Cities and owner of Magnolia Music Studios, sings along inside the Landing Bistro & Lounge in Richland. Vaughn plans to install more of the painted pianos around the TriCities and is looking for community support.

Vaughn said she kept thinking about Click’s comment. “The next day I happened to look online and saw all these pictures from pianos in Fort Collins in Colorado, because I have a lot of friends there and they started popping up in my Facebook feed,” Vaughn said. She told Click she would buy her the piano, but she that would need to paint it. “I started explaining to her this idea of painted pianos and it fit in exactly with

what she wanted to do,” Vaughn said. It’s already gaining attention inside the restaurant. “Last night I had people come in and start playing it. People think it’s really cool,” Click said. Vaughn said finding the pianos is proving to be the easiest part of the project. “I found out that people were desperate to give pianos away. I bought one for $100,” she said. uPIANO, Page 16

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29-year-old nonprofit adopts new name, image to reach more clients

Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network is now called You Medical BY KRISTINA LORD

The Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network decided to shed its name of 29 years and embrace a new one as it plans to expand its program offerings. The pro-life, Christian-based agency known around the region for offering women free pregnancy testing and support became You Medical on July 1. But the name change doesn’t mean the nonprofit’s mission has changed. “Knowing we are expanding beyond pregnancy, we didn’t want a name that limited us. We wanted a name that reflected us in the community. We want to be a brand, especially for young people who are sexually active, so that they can come to us without being judged and to provide support and encouragement,” said Andrea Riggs, who has served as executive director for the Kennewick-based agency at 5040 W. Clearwater Ave. for three years. The clinic also plans to expand its services beyond the Tri-Cities so it needed a more inclusive name, Riggs said. You Medical plans to begin a capital campaign in the fall to raise up to $200,000 for a mobile medical unit. Riggs said the agency wants to use this traveling bus to offer ultrasounds to women in Connell and Walla Walla. The clinic also wants to begin offering sexually-transmitted disease, or STD, testing to sexually active teens. “Sex is designed to be between a man and a woman in marriage but that’s not what society is telling people. STDs and pregnancy are huge risks but what are emotional things that come with being sexually active? We want to be able to talk to them about that,” she said. You Medical also wants to be a resource

for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. “God’s calling us to this,” Riggs said. The new name also is meant to focus on the clients. “We feel this speaks to our clientele. After almost 30 years with same name, some are resistant to that change but they’re not the ones we’re trying to reach who are considering an abortion,” Riggs said. The process to change the name was two years in the making. Pregnancy centers across the nation used to showcase photos of distraught teens in their promotional materials, Riggs said, but now the information online and on social media is “fresh and hip. You can see they’re relatable pictures. (Our website) is now mobile friendly, too.” The fundraising arm of the agency used to have its own separate website but it’s been folded into the main You Medical website and shares the same domain name, “Our name appealed to pro-life Christians but didn’t appeal to the abortion-minded woman,” Riggs said. More than half of the agency’s clients are women ages 15 to 24 and about 60 percent come from low-income households. There’s no financial requirement to seek help from You Medical. On average, 95 clients a week are served at two centers. A second clinic is near Pasco High School at 817 N. 14th St. It’s a service that’s needed as Benton and Franlkin counties have higher teen birth rates than the state average, Riggs said. The combined total number of births in Benton and Franklin counties among girls ages 15 to 19 was 271 in 2015.

Andrea Riggs, executive director of You Medical, shows off the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network’s new name and logo in front of the Kennewick office on Clearwater Avenue. The Christian-based agency rebranded itself July 1.

Benton and Franklin counties’ birth rate was 28.9 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 in 2015 compared to the state’s birth rate of 17.3 the same year. “We are here to help those who are in truly in crisis and unsure of their choice. Our mission is not to be a social service or diaper service but a service to those considering abortion in a crisis moment. We help those in crisis,” Riggs said. The educational component of You Medical seeks to address other issues young adults face, including homelessness, addiction and unhealthy relationships. “Our clients are coming in for pregnancy tests but so many things are going on with them. When they realize they aren’t going to be judged, they’re willing to just share,” Riggs said. You Medical recently began offering services for dads. The father program, which began in 2014, is growing and has evolved to include monthly dads’ night

out. “Most of the dads coming in have not had role models themselves. They don’t know what that looks like,” Riggs said. You Medical staff and volunteers visit the Benton-Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center two to three times a month and Kennewick and Southridge high schools every semester to talk to young men and women about healthy views of self. These outreach programs started up about two years ago. Riggs, 40, said the agency’s mission is important to her personally. She had her 23-year-old son when she was a senior in high school. Years later she had an abortion after another pregnancy. She said she carried the guilt and shame around with her for years. She signed up to take one of You Medical’s Bible study courses to come to terms with her guilt. uYOU MEDICAL, Page 32


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SERVICE, From page 11 A thriving membership base and diversity among its members is the goal of Richland Kiwanis Club’s president-elect, Shasta Meyers. One of the youngest members of her club, Meyers, 39, was motivated to join because of the group’s commitment to service. “I’ve been to a lot of different service clubs and I’ve been a member of a lot of different ones, but this group is way different. Their focus is 100 percent on service. It’s not about exchanging numbers, climbing the professional ladder, or networking,” Meyers said. Kiwanis International has a focus on improving the lives of children. The group is active with the Children’s Developmental Center and credited with the establishment of the library located within the Benton-

Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center. Besides collecting books for the library, the group provides volunteers to operate the library. “They’re just such devoted people, willing to give their time in so many different ways. Not only do they fund raise to support different programs in the Tri-Cities, they are also active volunteers as well. I was really moved by that,” Meyers said. As she prepares to take the helm of her chapter, Meyers knows she has a challenge ahead of her to keep the ranks of Richland Kiwanis growing. She reports the average age of club members is 75 years old. Yet most show no sign of slowing. The club is still fully responsible for the pancake breakfast fundraiser held each year for hundreds who attend Cool Desert Nights. Meyers worries the loyal membership base will “age out” as the years roll on, and

Nonprofits knows of at least two local Kiwanis Clubs which closed due to lack of enrollment. She sees the ongoing membership recruitment challenge as a mix of people focusing their interests on specific charities rather than overall service, or just a general unwillingness to serve or volunteer their time. Soroptimist International of Three Rivers meets as a group once a month. During the time between, various committees are dedicated to both outreach and fundraising. With a focus on empowering women and girls through social and economic means, the local chapter is comprised of women only, though men are allowed to be “Soroptimisters.” The group hovers around a membership of three dozen, with most people joining based on the referral of a current member. Soroptimist International of Three

Rivers President Jana Kay Lunstad is finding that the more people exposed to their club through outreach and volunteer efforts, the more they are interested in signing up. But the goal is not simply to add to the rolls. Lunstad is most encouraged by the group’s growing increase in fundraising, while keeping membership steady. The organization relies on two major fundraisers for the base of its annual budget, including a winemaker dinner and a holiday dinner and auction, which will instead be held in the fall this year. These events helped provide $17,000 in scholarships for women in the last fiscal year. Lunstad’s group also has focused on social media as a way to grow its membership and increase awareness of the organization. “Every Facebook post addresses one of our four pillars: membership, fundraising, public awareness or programs,” Lunstad said. Using these pillars, the group hopes to strengthen its position to help women and girls around the world. Local Soroptimists brought its unique “Dream It, Be It” program to Kennewick’s Tri-Tech Skills Center. The seven-week program focuses on career mentoring of teenaged moms. “Dream It, Be It” was such a success, Lunstad said Tri-Tech may adopt the curriculum on its own. Three Rivers Soroptimists skew younger than most local service organizations, with half of its membership under age 40. It’s a position Meyers would like the Richland Kiwanis Club to be in one day, and she intends to focus on new recruitment once she begins serving as club president. Fighting the assumption that service organizations are for a different generation than today’s millennials, McDowell said, “We are aware of the changing times,” and posed the thought, “For young people, ‘Where do you go to develop leadership skills?’” To answer that challenge, Columbia Center Rotary is preparing to offer a leadership development program to its members ages 40 and under. Collectively, chapters of Rotary International, Kiwanis International and Soroptimist International consist of about a dozen different clubs in the Tri-Cities, with Rotary International having the greatest number of individual clubs, ranging in membership size from 25 to 116. This doesn’t include other service organizations including Lions Club International and Key Clubs located at local high schools. Both are active in service projects and outreach within the Tri-Cities. Each service club is actively seeking new members, “We invite people to come try us on for size,” said McDowell. Through referrals, open houses and even the offer of a free lunch, the voluntary nonprofits hope potential members will consider finding a new purpose for their time and passions through hands-on involvement in projects throughout the Tri-Cities and around the world, keeping the legacy of service alive for future generations. Each service organization offers a “club finder” option on its website to locate chapters around the community, also listing their regular meeting times and locations.

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Gifting offers several advantages, including reducing tax exposure BY BEAU RUFF

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The concept of gifting is simply that you give something to someone or something for no value in return. That is, the donor gives something worth value to the donee (or the recipient). The concept is simple but it is one of the most powerful tools utilized as an estate and business planning strategy. Many people believe gifts are limited in value to $14,000. That figure instead represents the “annual exclusion” gift – the maximum amount that may be given by an individual without the need to report the gift to the IRS. In fact, a person can give any amount he or she chooses. If it is under $14,000 per year, there is no reporting requirement. If it is more than $14,000 but less than the federal unified credit (currently $5.49 million for 2017), then the giver would need to file a gift tax return but would pay zero gift or estate tax. If a person gifts more than the unified credit amount, then he or she would owe tax equal to 40 percent of the value of the gift over the unified credit. This provides a substantial opportunity for gifting for the average person where the gifts will not exceed the unified credit of $5.49 million. Gifting offers several advantages. First, Washington state imposes an estate tax but does not track or tax gifts like the federal government. Thus, gifting in any amount is an effective strategy to avoid the Washington state estate tax. Second, with regard to the federal gift and estate tax regime (where gifts are tracked and potentially taxed), a person can use the annual exclusion amount to move substantial assets out of his estate. Though seemingly limited to $14,000, a person can gift that figure to as many recipients as he wants (think $14K to each child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc., every year). For a couple, each can gift the $14,000 and therefore pass $28,000 from the combined estate. Third, gifting also removes the appreciation of the asset out of the donor’s estate. So, if a person has an appreciating asset (maybe land for example) it would likely reduce estate tax exposure to gift the asset while the value is lower rather than waiting until the value increases. Gifting can be used as an effective tax

mitigation strategy for individuals and couples who have a taxable estate. Alternatively, gifting also can be an effective strategy to preBeau Ruff serve and protect Cornerstone assets when a Wealth Strategies person doesn’t have much money and has extensive medical or assisted living needs (e.g. Medicaid assistance). So, if you have a lot of money, we can use gifting to reduce tax. If you don’t have a lot of money, we can use gifting to preserve the estate for your heirs. Both goals have different strategies and different applicable gifting rules. Gifts can further be leveraged with the use of valuation discounts. When we prepare large gifts (gifts in excess of the annual exclusion), it is often worthwhile to hire a company to prepare a valuation for the gift. Typically, the gift is structured as a gift of a minority interest in the asset. For example, mom and dad might gift a 49 percent interest in the family farm LLC to their children. That minority interest likely will discount the reported value of gift. The gift will be further discounted by the lack of marketability discount and potentially others. The end result is the parents may be able to report a gift valued at less than anticipated which is a method

to pass assets to the next generation outside of the estate tax. Let’s use an example for a federally taxable estate. In very rough numbers, if you make a $1 million gift and those assets appreciate just 10 percent, your potential tax savings would be about $40,000 for the federal government and up to $200,000 for the state government for a total of $240,000. However, we can leverage the gift further through the use of valuation discounts discussed above. Assuming a 30 percent discount for lack of marketability and minority interest discounts, the tax savings could be even higher. Please keep in mind that the discounts are different for every case and every business and the Treasury Department has proposed regulations which may affect the ability to obtain some of the inter-family transfer discounts. For gifts, the donee pays no tax on the receipt of the gift. And, for most gifts (except those gifts that exceed the $5.49

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million unified credit), the donor pays no tax either. But, it is important to note that when you make a gift, the recipient inherits the donor’s tax basis in the asset. Conversely, when a person dies and an heir inherits an asset, the heir has a socalled “step-up” in tax basis which makes the tax basis of an asset equal to the fair market value of the asset as of the date of death (which equals a win for income tax planning). So, care must be taken to choose the appropriate asset for gifting that considers likely appreciation, tax basis of the asset, goal of gifting, and other factors. Talk to your local advisor to see if gifting is a good strategy for you. Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a full-service independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick, where he focuses on assisting clients with comprehensive planning.

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Nonprofits PIANO, From page 12 Since then, she has fielded many requests from people wanting to give away their instruments. Help-U Move in Pasco became the official piano mover and agreed to move the pianos for a flat rate. “Which, thank God, because the first piano is a full upright super heavy piano and they brought it up the fire escape. It took two hours and 15 minutes,” Vaughn said. Randy Hansen Piano Services in Kennewick agreed to provide piano tuning services for a discounted rate. “It’s such an interesting project that is attracting the attention of people all over the Tri-Cities,” she said. Vaughn hopes in the future to be able to install the pianos in public places. Although she hasn’t approached the cities yet, it’s a conversation she is willing to have. “I want to show them that this is successful first, instead of this being just a concept on paper. I know that conversation will happen,” she said. Vaughn has already filed the paperwork to be incorporated as a nonprofit and can now accept donations. “I had people convince me that I needed to do that because there has to be absolute fiscal responsibility. Right now I have so many people who are wanting to donate but I didn’t have an avenue to do that yet,” she said. Vaughn is seeking 88 key partners (that’s the number of keys on a piano) to support the project, either by donating a piano, time, money, hosting a piano, becoming a commissioned artist, or one of the performers. “I want every single penny to go into this project. There is zero admin charge. I am doing this as a labor of love and because it’s fun,” Vaughn said. For more information, find the TriCities Painted Pianos Project on Facebook. The group’s Facebook page has a link to sign up to be a “key” supporter.

uBUSINESS BRIEF Distracted driving law takes effect July 23

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a distracted driving bill into law, with an effective date of July 23. The tougher distracted driving law prohibits use of hand-held cell phones and all electronic devices such as laptops, games and tablets. Drivers can use these devices when parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic, or to contact emergency services. Handsfree use, such as through Bluetooth, is allowed. Electronic devices may be started using a single touch to activate a program, such as a GPS mounted on a dashboard cradle. Using a handheld device while driving is considered a primary offense under the new law. The first ticket will be at least $136 and the second ticket within five years will be at least $234. Distracted driving violations can be reported to insurance companies to use for rating and underwriting purposes. Drivers can get a $99 ticket for other types of distracted driving, such as smoking, grooming, eating or reading if they are pulled over for another traffic offense.

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From programs to playhouses, STEM remains focus Nonprofits introduce science, technology, engineering, mathematics to area kids BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The Tri-City community benefits from both grass-roots and professional efforts to spread awareness of STEM concepts, projects and ideas in the region. From small ideas with the potential to make a big impact, to large projects affecting thousands, there is a strong push by nonprofits to make today’s youth aware of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – collectively known as STEM. The local drive ties into a national effort to increase the number of Americans proficient in these fields. The Mid-Columbia STEM Network is working to advance awareness of the wide array of STEM jobs available right in the Tri-Cities and to overcome what’s known as the STEM skills gap. Simply put, this is the separation between the jobs available and the qualified work force to fill them. The network’s annual budget is $225,000, with the majority raised from businesses across the state, outside of the Mid-Columbia, thanks to a partnership with the state STEM group based in Seattle. One of the ways the network is working to close the gap is through its pilot program, STEM Like ME!, or SLM. Targeted to middle schoolers, SLM addresses the immediate disparity of students pursuing STEM subjects as they prepare to enter high school. Through this program, the nonprofit brings STEM careers to life by scheduling one-day visits at middle schools in the greater Tri-City school districts. During these sessions, STEM professionals meet with students in small groups and tell them about the education and experience needed to find employment in their current field.

These mentor volunteers also bring a hands-on demonstration or depiction of their jobs for the students to more easily connect with. Organizers hope the effort will inspire students to consider a STEM career and register for more challenging STEM courses at the high school level. The SLM program recently received a $15,000 National Governor’s Association Policy Academy grant after being named a Learning Lab by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee. STEM Like ME! is one of 22 careerrelated programs in the state set for study on its successes in career-connected learning. The governor’s office is working with Washington STEM, based in Seattle, and the state Workforce Board to evaluate and identify best practices to create more work experience for Washington’s youth, especially in STEM careers. “We are delighted that a program that is uniquely Tri-Cities, designed by local STEM educators and professionals, is being shared across the state,” said Deb Bowen, executive director of the MidColumbia STEM Network. Bowen delivered a presentation on STEM Like ME! at the Governor’s Summit on Career-Connected Learning in May in Redmond and at regional sites throughout the state, including the campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. First established in 2008, and known exclusively at that time as the Washington State STEM Education Foundation, or WSSEF, the Richland-based nonprofit has a vision of becoming a national model for support in STEM education. The group sees STEM literacy as a building block for all career fields. It focuses on critical thinking and collabora-

Washington River Protection Solutions volunteer Bree Smith, left, watches McLoughlin Middle School students use straw rockets to test their trajectories during a STEM Like Me! session. The program addresses the disparity of students pursuing STEM subjects as they prepare to enter high school.

tion, beneficial skills that are applicable to all disciplines. The WSSEF was one of the organizations behind the establishment of the region’s STEM-focused public school, Delta High, a collaborative effort between public and private partnerships drawing students on a lottery-based system in the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland school districts. After operating for years within Columbia Basin College buildings in Richland, the school got its own new building on Broadmoor Boulevard in Pasco, opening for the 2015-16 school year. It enrolls about 400 high school students annually. The WSSEF eventually became a local network for Washington STEM, which

resulted in its second name, the MidColumbia STEM Network. Using support from the statewide nonprofit, the foundation expanded its reach, providing additional STEM resources to the local community. As proof you don’t need a large budget or board of directors to also impact students in STEM concepts, Jillian Cadwell is seeking community support on her effort to build a series of energy-efficient playhouses at locations throughout the Tri-Cities. She was inspired by the playhouses available on both the Washington and Oregon sides of Bonneville Lock and Dam. Those houses teach young visitors about multiple concepts, including environmental stewardship. uSTEM, Page 27

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Kennewick church launches new Christian-based cancer support group BY KRISTINA LORD

Marilou DeWoody helped to launch the state’s first Cancer Companions program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kennewick. The free Christian-based support group is for people undergoing treatment or who have had treatment in the past, as well as cancer caregivers and loved ones.

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A cancer diagnosis can make patients and their loved ones question their faith. But a new program at a Kennewick church is reminding those affected by the disease that God plays a larger role. “A person needs to be reminded of that — that God is bigger than their cancer,” said Marilou DeWoody, Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s ministry coordinator. DeWoody helped to launch the state’s first Cancer Companions program at the church in January. The Christian-based support group is for people undergoing treatment or who have had treatment in the past, as well as cancer caregivers and loved ones. Participants in the free nine-session program receive a workbook and meet twice a month. At each session, they pray, watch a video and review the workbook together. For those who don’t think a group session is for them, private one-onone sessions also are available. DeWoody said starting up the program at Bethlehem Lutheran was “a God thing.” She walked into a church seminar to catch up with a friend at a conference in Phoenix without a second thought about the session’s topic, which happened to be Cancer Companions. First came the shivers. Then the calling. And eventually, a new program for her church. To become a trained Cancer Companion, volunteers undergo several hours of training. Lynn Moate, 69, of Richland, volunteered for the training as soon as she “saw they were trying to get this program going,” she said. She’s been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran since 1965. “I’ve experienced so many family members with cancer and it’s just what drew me there,” she said, explaining her 37-year-old daughter died from cancer, a

sister died from ovarian cancer at age 55, another sister is a 10-year breast cancer survivor and another is a lung cancer survivor. She also recently lost her son-in-law at age 44 from cancer treatment complications. “Hearing that God is bigger than your cancer is very helpful to me,” she said. “It’s OK to voice your anger to God. He already knows anyway. I was so angry after my daughter died and reading some of the Psalms where the Psalmists rage out at God for different things they’re going through, helped me. You may as well just voice it.” Participating in the Cancer Companions program also is very personal for Lee Pearson, 68, of Kennewick. Her husband was diagnosed in February 2016 with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. “For the longest time, I had to hold my breath with my husband…it was such a strain not to say anything for so long and to finally get to meet other people to talk about it. … We all have to deal with it and it’s good to deal with it.” Pearson, who has been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran since 2005, said the program’s workbook “just takes my breath away.” “I do love the support I’m getting there and things I’m learning … When you read some of these stories and some of the verses that go with them, it’s like your light comes on: this did happen but I was too stressed out to even see it was even affecting me,” she said. Karen Tripp, a licensed marriage and family therapist developed the Missouribased program after working with a cancer center in St. Louis. Her first support group began in 2011 and the program grew quickly from there, from one church to 12 churches within the first year. The program runs on a shoestring budget of $70,000 a year with a staff of 24 in 21 states. uSUPPORT, Page 29

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New building allows SARC to expand counseling, sex trafficking services

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ing program, the larger building allowed for an on-site counseling program. “We had one counseling position a Moving into a building twice the size few years ago, but it was high-end burnof its previous facility has served as a out due to one person seeing victims catalyst for the Support, Advocacy & with serious issues all day,” Garretson Resource Center to expand its on-site said. The new program is set up differcounseling services and increase its ser- ently to prevent burnout. It includes a vices for sex trafficking victims. clinical director and at least two internThe move to the $1.2 million building ships, but up to four counseling posion Richland’s Fowler Street, completed tions. in mid-June, offers the advantage of “Being able to interview and receive space for the 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling at the same facility is very support and advocacy for victims of helpful to victims,” Garretson said. crime – sexual violence, human traffick- “Insurance and finances won’t be an ing, physical assault, homicide, gang obstacle.” Each counseling position can violence, identity theft, elder abuse and serve up to six clients per day, though harassment and preventive education that number is dependent on individual and awareness. cases. SARC provided Counseling needs 1,124 services to are so great that the 450 new clients in clinical director’s services 2016 and received schedule is already 597 calls for inforfull, Garretson said. provided to mation and crisis In September, interns information. completing their new clients in 2016 “I think as far as master’s degrees service delivery, the through Walla Walla new building has University will join really helped us enhance and expand our the team. Each intern will work 16 to 20 outreach,” said JoDee Garretson, SARC hours per week and as many as four executive director. “We’re providing counselors will cycle through. more comprehensive services to human “The interns are provided at no cost trafficking victims now. Having dedi- to us. It’s very beneficial because we cated staff is essential, as there’s more have space for two full-time, quality involved in trafficking cases.” counselors to meet the complex needs of Trafficking victims face complex our clients because our clinical director issues that may include the need for a has had special training to lead them,” restoration home/treatment facility, Garretson said. which isn’t available in the Tri-City Besides the enhanced sex trafficking area, Garretson said. This necessitates program and addition of on-site counmore contacts and time spent making seling, the new building has the added arrangements for them. Trafficking vic- benefit of space. tims often face drug/alcohol issues, live “In our previous facility, we had a on the streets, have financial struggles really small waiting room. When people and therefore need transportation and came to receive services for such perclothing. sonal issues, it was difficult to have all “Many are also in the criminal justice of them stacked in one small space,” system, related to their victimization, so said the director. “Sometimes children we have more work to do in that area,” have parents in hostile relationships and Garretson said. it’s best to separate them. Other times, SARC received a state grant to our adult survivors of abuse would get expand its sexual trafficking program, triggered by the children in the waiting which enabled the not-for-profit organi- room. It would often take a long time to zation to add a human trafficking advo- address that incident when meeting with cate, program assistant and clinical them.” director for the counseling center. The new facility on Fowler Street in “It’s not necessarily that the rate of Richland’s Spaulding Business Park, trafficking has increased; we’re all just has two separate waiting rooms, which better trained to identify victims and provide “more privacy and comfort for better know when it’s taking place,” the clients,” Garretson said. It also Garretson said. Whether the rate of sex includes an additional conference room trafficking has increased has been nearly for team meetings between law enforceimpossible to track in the past. SARC ment, prosecutors, Child Protective annually reports victim statistics to the Services and advocates. state, said Garretson, though “sexual Another change in the new building is trafficking” hasn’t previously been a state-of-the-art recording equipment and category. technology. SARC previously had one“It was included under ‘sexual way glass to interview children, which assault,’ but now has its own category,” is unnecessary due to the teams’ ability Garretson said. “It’ll take some time to to watch interviews on monitors as see whether there’s growth in that area.” they’re recorded. In addition to the expanded traffick“It’s been a transition. We had one-


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The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center’s new building at 1458 Fowler St. in Richland’s Spaulding Business Park features two separate waiting rooms, which provide more privacy and comfort for clients. The new facility is twice as big as its previous building, allowing SARC to expand its offerings. (Courtesy SARC)

way glass for 17 years,” said Garretson, who has served as director for nearly 22 years and was previously a volunteer advocate. The new courtyard area, which the building surrounds, is a source of comfort and tranquility for clients. “Hearing clients comment that it felt so good for them to be able to calm down, relax in a safe place and breathe at SARC prompted us to add a relaxing courtyard with walking paths and trees,” Garretson said. A water feature soon

will be added. “We just found out that the Team Battelle Project took on the courtyard and donated $20,000. They will finish the work in the courtyard, which will include small, private coves with benches, flowers and plants,” Garretson said. “They’ll add the water feature. Nature is therapeutic and will add comfort for our clients.” The building’s inner windows open to the courtyard. uSARC, Page 29


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10 tips to detect, prevent fraud in nonprofits BY TIMOTHY WARREN

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The culture of most nonprofits is based on trust, honesty and a commitment to public interest. But a noble mission and sparkling public image are not bullet-proof protection against fraud. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2016 Report to the Nations, while only 2.4 percent of fraud found in 2016 was attributed to religious, charitable and social services organizations, the median fraud loss for these groups was $82,000. The association defines occupational fraud as, “The use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the

deliberate misuse or misapplication of the employing organization’s resources or assets.” For an organization already operating on a shoestring, such a loss could spell disaster. That’s why administrators, boards of directors and financial managers need to be proactive in their approach to detecting and preventing fraud. Most of the actions that follow carry a price tag, so fraud prevention usually begins with the setting of goals, priorities and budgets. 1. Hire the right people. Although the majority of fraud perpetrators are first-time offenders, weeding out the criminally inclined is not impossible. A great deal can be learned from a candi-

date’s references, work history, credentials, pre-employment drug testing and criminal background checks. If nothing else, background checks put job applicants on notice that the organization values integrity. 2. Develop a formal fraud policy and code of conduct. Put policies in writing and have all employees sign documents saying they will follow the rules. This is an area where you will probably want to work with an attorney to make sure you’re staying within the law. 3. Prosecute offenders. Cost and fear of notoriety keep some organizations from exposing fraud and taking legal action, but lax attitudes make it that much easier for the next person to com-


mit fraud without fear of reprisal. 4. Establish internal controls. Controls can be preventive or detective. Preventive conTimothy Warren trols might CliftonLarsonAllen include keeping blank check stocks under lock and key, setting authorization limits and requiring multiple signatures on checks. Detective controls include having an independent employee reconcile bank statements, surprise inventory counts and independent reviews of accounts payable lists. 5. Require vacation and job rotation. When an employee stays in the same position for a long period, or never takes a vacation, there are ample opportunities for that person to design, commit and conceal fraud. Mandatory vacations and job rotation make it difficult for an employee to continue concealing a crime. 6. Create a whistleblower’s hotline. Studies show that most frauds are initially detected through tips from employees, clients and outside vendors. The reporting system should be anonymous, managed by a third party and available 24/7. This service doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Some vendors charge as little as $500 a year for a hotline. 7. Educate employees and volunteers. Employees and volunteers are the eyes and ears of your organization, but they can’t report fraud if they don’t know what it is. For a moderate investment, you can locate self-training resources online. If the budget allows, send employees to training or conduct internal training on a regular basis. 8. Discourage a “win at all costs” attitude. Keep the organization’s purpose and mission at the center of everything. Undue pressure to meet goals, or an overly generous bonus structure, can lead employees to bend the rules, falsify records, or commit other offenses to meet expectations. 9. Institute appropriate personnel policies and procedures. Employees might commit fraud because they have been passed over for a promotion, believe they have been underpaid or are otherwise treated unfairly. Make sure that all policies are applied equally and fairly. 10. Provide counseling services. An employee assistance program or similar outreach initiative can help prevent fraud by providing professional help with personal problems such as alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and gambling. Timothy Warren is the partner-incharge of the nonprofit group for the CliftonLarsonAllen Massachusetts offices. Emily McCann is the engagement director for the nonprofit group for CliftonLarsonAllen based in Kennewick.

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Pool builders say to plan ahead before installing backyard oasis Experts say many new homeowners choosing pools as economy improves BY JEFF MORROW

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As temperatures in the Mid-Columbia soar to triple digits, wouldn’t it be nice to have a swimming pool to cool off in? You better plan ahead then. Don’t wait until June or July. “Most builders should be scheduling jobs three to six months out in a best-case scenario,” said Lacy Simmonds of Mirage Pool ‘N’ Spa in Kennewick. “Most of my spring and summer construction jobs are lined up and scheduled by October or November of the previous year.” And do your research, said Brad Johnston, owner at Desert Springs LLC in Kennewick. “Most people haven’t done their research, and they should,” he said. “It’s an education for the customer. They’ll see the price and be surprised.” Simmonds said pricing depends on a lot of factors, such as what the site is like, how level it is, what kind of access it has, what kind of ground builders are working

with, what kind of features the customer is looking for and what kind of size or shape the customer wants or is able to fit in their space. Johnston said most pools being built in the Tri-Cities are a medium to large size. “The pools I build generally take a month to build,” he said. “But they are high end, usually costing $80,000 to $100,000. If a customer wants quality, it takes time. Even inexpensive pools cost $40,000.” Johnston compares buying a pool to buying a boat. “How much do you plan on using that boat?” he said. “What options are there? Then decide what to do. A pool is just an addition to a lifestyle for people to enjoy their home and live in the Tri-Cities.” Simmonds said it can be tempting to save a few thousand dollars on a less expensive pool. “But the negatives are that there will be much more spent on chemicals and time,” Simmonds said. So those customers need to spend time

Pool builders encourage customers wanting to install a backyard pool to plan ahead and use local contractors. The photo highlights a pool installed by Kennewick’s Mirage Pool ‘N’ Spa. (Courtesy Mirage Pool ‘N’ Spa)

with the pool builders. “I think it’s really important for the first-time pool customer to get a good idea of what they think that their needs will be in a pool, and then sit down with a pool professional and go over the pros and cons of different pool scenarios,” Simmonds said. “We think that it’s important that you choose your pool builder based at least

partly on the local service factor. “All of the local brick and mortar stores offer pool construction and, although we all may do things slightly different from one another, we all have the added benefit of knowing what certain aspects of the pool construction look and behave like five, 10, 20 years down the road.” uPOOL, Page 29


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The two men who helped design and build the new Westgate Elementary School in Kennewick once attended it. Architect Doug Mitchell and contractor Gary Chervenell once frequented the halls of the old Westgate Elementary at 2514 W. Fourth Ave. before it was demolished to make way for a new school,

according to district officials. Both men say they have fond memories of the K-5 school and the students and staff they knew during their time there, the school district reported. Mitchell spent his entire elementary education at the school in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while Chervenell spent the latter part of his sixth-grade


year at Westgate in the early 1960s, after his family moved to Kennewick from Spokane, the district reported. The new Westgate building replaces the original one built in 1952. The two-story, 60,500-square-foot school features 30 classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, library, music room, computer lab, reading rooms and a playground. The new school cost $18.4 million to design and build. The work is part of a school bond passed by voters in 2015 to build new schools and replace outdated buildings. The first day of school is Aug. 29. The community is welcome to attend a ribboncutting ceremony and tour the school at 10 a.m. Aug. 25. Chervenell Construction Co. of Kennewick is the general contractor. MMEC Architecture & Interiors of Kennewick is the design agency. Construction updates and project details may be found at

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Real Estate & Construction STEM, From page 17 It’s an idea Cadwell wants to replicate in the Tri-Cities to teach students about energy and water efficiency. By providing these concepts in a playhouse, Cadwell expects students will be entertained while also learning something. “The big piece is hitting the kids early with these STEM ideas because I feel like that would have changed how I would have looked at my career possibilities, if I had known about things like this earlier,” she said. One goal behind the demonstration house is to offer the playhouses to Tri-City area grade schools to use on their campuses. Cadwell has found quick support from Deidre Holmberg, principal of Rosalind Franklin STEM Elementary School. Holmberg envisions an entire neighborhood of houses on the campus of the Pasco school. Cadwell expects to provide a whole host of technologies within one playhouse, purchased from a mass market retailer. Using community support and in-kind donations, the roof of the initial house is likely to feature solar shingles and energysaving skylights. The interior will have the ability to switch out different insulation materials so students can test out options to discover which is most energy-efficient. Also inside the playhouse, a play kitchen using Energy Star model appliances will show students how to conserve power and water. Cadwell is reaching out to her contacts within the community to outfit the home with energy-efficient windows, a gutter system and rain barrels. Water collected could even be used for a school garden. The feature Cadwell is most effusive about is a digital monitor that could track energy inputs from the solar shingles, as well as the amount of rainwater collected in the barrel. The monitor would display results in real time for students to observe and analyze. Signs will also be displayed within the houses telling visitors how to save energy in each part of the home, with the

idea that these tips will be brought back into a child’s home life. Cadwell is no stranger to introducing students to STEM concepts, as she serves as STEM outreach consultant for academic affairs at Washington State University TriCities. Despite this tie, Cadwell bought the prototype playhouse on her own and is spearheading this project outside of her role with the university. It’s something Cadwell is passionate about, as she felt she wasn’t fully aware of STEM subjects and careers even after graduating high school and starting college. “It’s vital to get kids interested in STEM topics early in their education journey if they are to continue on that path into adulthood,” she said. It’s also why Cadwell wants to offer a mentoring component to the energy-efficient playhouses, allowing these advisors to work with students on experiments using data gathered from the house. And thanks to her prior experience with teaching, Cadwell will offer lesson plans for teachers who use Next Generation Science Standards, research-based K-12 science standards. Cadwell’s desire to bring these energyefficient playhouses to the Tri-Cities will require the involvement of organizations and community groups to be successful. She sees the first home as simply a jumping off point for “better, future playhouses” to be designed around. As a passionate believer that success in STEM brings success elsewhere in life, Cadwell is still seeking volunteers to lend their time, talents and company resources to make a wide range of playhouses available at many sites throughout the Tri-Cities. To get involved, search for the group “Energy-Efficient Playhouses” on Facebook. To take part in the STEM Like ME! program in the upcoming school year, contact the Mid-Columbia STEM Network, or 509-4209316.

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NAI Tri-Cities principal moves to Spokane-based firm BY MICHELLE DUPLER

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A principal of NAI Tri-Cities has joined a Spokane-based real estate firm that’s expanded into the Tri-Cities. Former NAI Tri-Cities principal Lance Bacon has joined the Kennewick office of Kiemle & Hagood Co., which opened satellite offices in Eastern Washington and Missoula, Montana, about six months ago. Gordon Hester, Kiemle & Hagood vice president and co-owner, said the firm has always done business in the TriCities, but in the past year inked a deal with Providence Health Care that included handling real estate matters for Kadlec Regional Medical Center and its clinics. “It became important to have a local presence (in the Tri-Cities),” Hester said. With the addition of Bacon, the Kennewick office of Kiemle & Hagood will employ 11 people. Kiemle & Hagood was started in 1973 and offers a full range of commercial real estate services, including property management, brokerage, leasing, sales and building maintenance. The Spokane-based company expanded with a Coeur d’Alene office about eight years ago, Hester said. Hester noted that Spokane and the Tri-Cities have many similarities, including similar economies. “We are excited about the strong, diverse business climate in the TriCities,” he said. “It is very attractive to us.” Kiemle & Hagood manages a portfolio of about 7 million square feet of commercial real estate, including 600,000 square feet in the Tri-Cities. Hester said

the firm offers a level of sophistication in its management and customer service that local customers should appreciate. “We have a strong focus on relationships,” he said. “One important thing we’ve learned is we always must hire locally and utilize that local talent and marketing. With Lance joining us, it is a tremendous opportunity to use local talent and help us do our job better.” Hester said he’s known Bacon for several years as a competitor and respected his work ethic Lance Bacon and customer focus. “It will be a pleasure to help him grow his business down in the TriCities,” Hester said. Bacon was one of five principals who founded NAI Tri-Cities in 2009, according to the company’s website. The company is affiliated with NAI Global, a worldwide commercial real estate firm with member offices in 55 countries. According to his online bio, Bacon is a Tri-City native who has worked in the construction and real estate industries since 1996. Before co-founding NAI Tri-Cities, he worked for Windermere Commercial Tri-Cities, Benton Franklin Title & Escrow, and the Tri-Cities Construction Council. Bacon and NAI Tri-Cities principal Todd Sternfeld did not respond to multiple emails and voice mails seeking comment.


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Benton County ranks No. 3 in the state among places where Social Security dollars go further, according to a recent SmartAsset study. The financial technology firm analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data and taxes across all counties in Washington. Benton County’s index ranked at 78.07, trailing only Lincoln and Wahkiakum counties at 79.57 and 84.7, respectively. Franklin County ranked No. 19. Review the full study at smartasset. com/retirement/social-securitycalculator#Washington.


Northwest hop acreage reaches record high; wheat production, yield down

Hop area strung for harvest in 2017 in Washington, Oregon and Idaho is forecast at 54,135 acres, 6 percent more than the 2016 crop, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Washington accounts for 72 percent of the United States’ total acreage; Oregon 16 percent; and Idaho 13 percent. Idaho’s acreage increased 27 percent over the previous year. If realized, total hop acreage will be record high in each of the three states and the U.S. The USDA expects the winter wheat production in Idaho to be down 13 percent from last year, to 690,000 acres,

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Real Estate & Construction SUPPORT, From page 18 Tripp said the Christian-based group is needed as mainstream cancer treatment clinics typically don’t “like talking about Jesus” and “because of that, people who want to, aren’t comfortable in them.” Churches also need such programs, Tripp said, explaining that all too often laypeople don’t know how to help families and patients cope with cancer. “Cancer has a tendency to slip through the cracks. The manpower in every church — I would say no matter how big or how small — is not enough to care for the pastoral needs of the church,” she said, explaining the focus is on visiting members in the hospital and those who are homebound and can’t come on Sundays to receive communion. “Where does cancer fit into that? It doesn’t.” Tripp said it’s not always obvious when someone is undergoing cancer treatment as many patients continue to go to work and church — until the disease takes a turn for the worse. “That can happen in days or weeks and then they’re in hospice. Then the church shows up at hospice time. The family then looks at the church and says, ‘Where have you been?’” Churches play a key role in Cancer Companions by paying for starter kits and training. The cost to train a person is $110 and a minimum of three must attend. Workbooks cost $16 each. Starter kits also must be purchased, depending on the church size. Those kits range from $395 to $500 and include participant guides, a web seminar manual and interactive video set, among other resources. “A Cancer Companion is a person who is giving you permission to talk about your cancer. Tomorrow you may end up at lunch with your very best friend, but you don’t know if you’ll feel comfortable to

SARC, From page 19 “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new facility,” Garretson said. “The clients have been so positive about the colors, the layout of the building and the comfort it provides. Some have said they didn’t realize how less inviting the other building was until coming here. Law enforcement and team members have also said they really like it.” The public is invited to SARC’s grand opening event on Oct. 5, which coincides with the organization’s 40th anniversary. SARC’s focus on expanding the sex trafficking program will continue, with the goal of “raising awareness in the community” and helping clients through the on-site counseling program, Garretson said. Those interested in donating items such as hygiene products, diapers and non-perishable food are welcome to drop it by the facility at 1458 Fowler St. in Richland. Those interested in becoming volunteer advocates may visit or call 509-3745391. The next volunteer advocate training kicks off in September for those wishing to work with clients on an afterhours basis.

talk about your cancer … When you have someone connected in your life that’s a cancer companion, you get to talk about your cancer. That permission is there to hear it. They’ve signed on to that,” Tripp said.

How to register

The next Cancer Companions support group at Bethlehem Lutheran begins at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the church’s library, 2505 W. 27th Ave. in Kennewick. The free nine-session program is held the second and fourth Monday of the month. Cancer Companion volunteers also can meet one-on-one with people if they feel more comfortable.  To sign up, call Marilou DeWoody at 509-582-5858.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017 POOL, From page 21 But Simmonds also said a homeowner doesn’t necessarily need a local company to build a pool. “Homeowner installations are entirely possible as well, if they’ve got a bit of construction know-how and the desire to get dirty,” Simmonds said. “Choosing a pool kit customized with a local pool store is the best way to set up your self-installation project.   “Job-site delivery, help with permitting, help with installation issues and questions as well as warranty are all good reasons to stay local. Homeowner installations can often be set up for delivery quite quickly.” A list of local pool construction companies can be found on the Home Builders


Association of the Tri-Cities website. The growth of the Tri-City economy has prompted a number of new homes to build in the area. “People are getting $20,000 to $30,000 more than the list price,” said Johnston, who left his job as a crime lab specialist for the Washington State Patrol 16 years ago to build pools. Many of these new homeowners want pools. “This year has been busy,” Johnston said. “I’ve been in the business 16 years, and this by far is the highest number of pools I’ve seen being built.” Why? “The economy is great,” he said. “I’ve lived here 30 years, and the economy is the best it’s been here.”


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The Tri-Cities’ newest event center is scheduled to open this fall. At Michele’s Event Center at 2323 Henderson Loop is in north Richland off Highway 240. The 4,000-square-foot building will feature a restaurant, lounge area, dance floor, indoor stage and private party room. Owner Michele Abrams originally planned to open the facility as a night club but expanded her vision to include weddings and other special events, from reunions to corporate parties. The facility includes a bridal room and outside wedding venue with outside stage. The restaurant will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday with frequent live music. At Michele’s planned $1.5 million in renovations for the building that will be able to accommodate 100 people inside. The stucco modern architecture complements the Hollywood glam interior design, Abrams said. Cliff Thorn Construction of Richland is the general contractor. Jason Archibald of Archibald & Co. Architects in Richland and Virigina Pitts of Resource Designs designed the building. For more information, call Abrams at 509-3081510 or visit

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Cummins opens new service, sales center in east Pasco BY KRISTINA LORD

A global company known for its expertise in servicing engines recently closed its Pendleton operation and moved it to the Tri-Cities. Cummins invested $250,000 to open a service center at 1708 E. James St. in east Pasco. It expects to employ up to 15 people. The Columbus, Indiana-based company closed its Pendleton shop June 9 after 58 years. The Oregon facility employed five people. The 16,000-square-foot Cummins Sales and Service Tri-Cities facility is more than twice the size of the original service location in Pendleton. The new shop features eight service bays and will provide certified technicians for in-shop and field service for engine work, including on-highway truck, transit and recreational vehicles, construction and agriculture, as well as generator applications for recreational vehicles, residential and commercial buildings. The company also does a lot of warranty work. Cummins warranties vary by market and application, but the typical HD automotive warranty is two years/250,000 miles. The Tri-City location also will offer an extensive inventory of new and refurbished Cummins parts. The Pendleton service center didn’t have nearly as much space to house inventory, said Sandra Ihly, general manager for the Pasco center. It relied on about four sea containers for storage. Ihly said the Pasco warehouse also is more centrally located to better serve Cummins customers. “Pendleton was on the I-84 corridor but the area never took off and boomed,” she said.

The Pasco facility will serve the entire region, from Pendleton and Hermiston to the Tri-Cities north to Othello, said Susan Hong, Cummins marketing manager for the Pacific region. The company also has service centers in Spokane and Yakima. Two more service centers are opening in western Washington this summer as well, in Sumner and Everett, Hong said. “We’re trying to position ourselves better to be in a more convenient locations for stops. That was case for the Tri-Cities as well,” Hong said. Cummins is making investments in new and renovated branch locations throughout North America. The upgraded facilities feature larger service bays to help service a variety of equipment, improved lighting and better environmental efficiency. All of the new Cummins facilities are equipped to service natural gas vehicles. Cummins signed a seven-year lease for the Pasco warehouse with three extension options of three years each with Maiers Enterprises LLC. Cummins employs about 55,000 people worldwide and serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and about 7,200 dealer locations. A grand opening for the Pasco service center is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 and includes tours of the facility, lunch and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guests are asked to RSVP at The Pasco service center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 509-547-6499 or visit for more information.

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uBUSINESS BRIEF Columbia Generating Station wraps up outage

Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station, the third largest generator of electricity in Washington state, re-connected to the Northwest power grid on June 19 after completing its 23rd refueling and maintenance outage. Energy Northwest and Bonneville Power Administration, which buys all of Energy Northwest’s electricity at-cost, time the biennial outage to

coincide with spring time snow melt and runoff—which maximizes power output from the region’s hydroelectric system and minimizes the impact of taking the nuclear station offline. During the outage, workers replaced 272 of 764 nuclear fuel assemblies and installed a low-pressure turbine rotor, part of Columbia’s $32 million turbine lifecycle plan to refurbish the three lowpressure turbines to satisfy the plant’s license extension to 2043.


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YOU MEDICAL, From page 13 “After going through two of our studies and finding healing and freedom, I could forgive myself for making that choice,” she said. It also helps her to better understand her clients, she said. “I promise you someone here has gone through and was feeling exactly what you’re going through. … We don’t have to act like we have it all together. It’s very empowering,” Riggs said. The clinic has 10 employees, ranging from part-timers working two days a week to four full-time staffers. Two nurses work part time, three nurses volunteer and two credentialed sonographers provide the ultrasounds. About 70 volunteers help at the clinic. Pam Wise, 70, of Pasco, is one of them. She’s been volunteering with You Medical

for more than a decade. When she first heard about the pregnancy network, she said it “was like the clouds parted and the sun came Pam Wise out and God said, ‘This is what I have for you.’ And I said, ‘I’m on it.’” Wise said she views her role as walking alongside clients through their mess, not fixing it. “We do a pregnancy test, and it’s either positive or negative, so regardless of which it is, it’s my opportunity to speak with her about everything. I have that window. She has come to me. That gives me the freedom to say whatever is on my heart. I try very

Real Estate & Construction hard never to finish a counseling session without asking if I could pray for her,” Wise said. Wise said all the volunteers “share a common way to relate to the clients on one level or another because of our own history” and this helps clients feel comfortable to talk freely. “It’s one girl at a time. It’s one story at a time. Then it’s one prayer at a time,” she said. Wise said she also tells clients who do choose abortion that they’ll be welcome back if they have “trouble getting past it.” “I am so invested in this. It is my heart,” she said. You Medical is considered a parachurch ministry, or an extension of the church, but it isn’t associated with any one church, Riggs said. The agency is under the medical direc-

tion of Dr. Kelsey Shay, a surgeon at Lourdes Health. Dr. Adam Smith of Trios reads You Medical’s ultrasound scans. Riggs oversees a $360,000 annual budget that comes from fundraisers, churches and donations. You Medical is in the middle of its baby bottle campaign. Two thousand baby bottles were shared among 25 congregations around the Tri-Cities so church members could fill them with coins and cash. The goal is to raise $30,000. The spring banquet, where the clinic’s new name was unveiled, raised $80,000, which exceeded what You Medical had planned, Riggs said. A fall Walk for Life fundraiser is planned the first weekend in October. A six-member board oversees the agency and Karen Sinclair, who’s served on the board since 2010, said she’d like to double its size. The board is seeking new members who have a passion for the agency’s ministry. “We are a governing board and are very engaged in supporting activities and fundraising for the center,” she said. She said the board supports the rebranding efforts. “We believe it’s going to broaden the amount of people we serve and services we give in an immense way,” Sinclair said. “I’m completely confident in the path we’re moving in and the direction God is directing us to go.” You Medical will have a ribbon cutting to celebrate its name and brand change at 11:30 a.m. July 21 at the Kennewick clinic, 5040 W. Clearwater Ave. Information: 509-491-1101 in Kennewick; 509-544-9329 in Pasco; you

uBUSINESS BRIEFS Union Pacific invests $5.1 million in state rail lines

Union Pacific is spending $5.1 million to increase the safety and efficiency of its Washington rail infrastructure this year, including $500,000 to replace a section of curve rail in the line north of Wallula and $3.5 million for an infrastructure project south of Hooper in Whitman County. The company has spent more than $45 million to strengthen Washington’s rail lines since 2012. Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corp.

Vista Arts Center gets $30,000 from Bechtel

Bechtel National Inc. recently donated $30,000 to help build the Vista Arts Center. The planned 800-seat Vista Arts Center depends on businesses such as Bechtel, as well as individuals in the community to help fund it through donations and grants. It will be located at the heart of the Vista Field redevelopment project, and is envisioned as a catalyst for further development of the area as an urban center and an arts and entertainment district. Bechtel is among the initial Capital Club donors for the project. The Capital Club recognizes donations of $20,000 or more. Contact Kathryn Lang at 509-375-3474 for more information.

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Perfection Glass plans expansion to Walla Walla market Downtown Kennewick company also considering move to Richland in fall BY JESSICA HOEFER

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Kennewick’s Perfection Glass has acquired Yale Glass Company Inc. in Walla Walla and will begin serving more residents in the southeastern region of the state beginning in September. Dennis Yale, who has owned Yale Glass Company for 40 years, approached Kennewick-based Perfection Glass in December 2016 as he neared retirement. “We’ve known Dennis forever, and he’s a great guy, so we opened up negotiations,” said Robert Rojas, vice president and part owner of Perfection Glass. “We weren’t even thinking about expanding.” Details of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. Rojas said Perfection Glass was already doing a couple of hundred thousand dollars worth of business in Walla Walla annually, but the distance made it challenging to service the area. Plus, he emphasized, community loyalty is strong there. “They buy local,” said Rojas, adding that Perfection Glass will keep the Yale Glass Company name for a while as it makes the transition and educates the community about the change. “We’re working with PS Media and we’re going to be hitting it hard,” he said. Perfection Glass will keep as many employees who want to stay on, but Rojas said he knows a few have plans to retire. The location of Yale Glass at 904 N. Fourth Ave. also will stay the same. However, there will be some changes in the services provided, as Rojas and Perfection Glass’ majority owner, Shawn Linhoff, move forward this fall. “Yale Glass Company’s primary focus was the commercial field. They did a small portion of (residential) work compared to us,” Rojas said. “That’s where our focus will be. There’s a lot of older homes that could use some upgrading—we’ll definitely be breaking into that field up there.” Perfection Glass focuses about 65 percent of its time on residential work, he said. Commercial projects include an addition for Kadlec Regional Medical Center, the first phase of Trios Southridge Hospital and Westgate Elementary. Last year Perfection Glass recorded about $13.1 million in sales, which Rojas said is fantastic for an area the size of the Tri-Cities. “We’re very pleased and poised to do the same, if not more, this year,” he said. Perfection Glass, which was started 40 years ago by Shawn’s father, Ron Linhoff, moved to its current location in downtown Kennewick in the late 1970s. The company has grown in size and services, and today it sells and installs windows, doors, shower doors and mirrors, along with a wide variety of commercial and residential glass. Recently, the company added Dynamic

Glass to its offerings. “The glass system itself … comes sealed and all the glass plugs in together—so you can change the glass system to allow more natural heat to come into the building,” Rojas said. “It’s almost like the glass itself is what’s changing. You can change the window depending on the weather type.” The glass is expensive, and it’s been a learning experience for the team, which installed its first Dynamic Glass panels on the Columbia Basin Health Association building in Othello. “We’re happy with how the project’s progressing,” Rojas said. Perfection Glass has a similar project lined up in Chelan and expects more builders—even residential contractors— to look at Dynamic Glass as an option. “I think what you’re going to find with Dynamic Glass, our views are amazing around here, and when you tint the window, you darken it up and don’t have a clear view, but when you can control the glass a bit, you’re going to be extremely surprised what it will do for a view,” Rojas said. In Kennewick, Perfection Glass currently occupies four buildings to manufacture the windows it installs. “We have a machine that can cut and drill our metal for commercial projects, but that machine is so large it has to be in one warehouse, and then you need to take the parts to another building to put them together,” he said. The company has 58 employees and 36 trucks and is running at capacity in the Tri-Cities, which is why the owners plan on making a change locally soon after the Walla Walla business is up and running. In October, Perfection Glass plans to consolidate its manufacturing processes and operate under one roof. Rojas said they’ve got their eye on a location in Richland with a 15,000-square-foot building. But before they can think that far ahead, they want to ensure Walla Walla customers are taken care of. “It should be an easy transition. We use the same equipment, and we may have to hire some new installers, but we

Perfection Glass’ Robert Rojas, vice president, and Bob McCord, commercial manager, show off a Dynamic Glass panel. The company recently started using the specialty glass, which can be altered depending on the weather. The downtown Kennewick-based company recently acquired Walla Walla’s Yale Glass Company.

can train here in the Tri-Cities,” said Rojas, who’s said he’s excited about the changes and growth ahead for Perfection

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Volm Companies Inc. expects to complete a 98,000-square-foot warehouse this month at 5702 Industrial Way. It’ll be located inside the Pasco Processing Center. MH Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor. The company makes mesh bags and other packaging as well as packaging machinery and parts for growers, primarily in the potato and onion industries. The new facility will serve as the Northwest distributing and sales center. Volm officials said the new building will increase its presence in the Tri-City to provide more service and products to the food processing industries. The new $6 million warehouse features 60,000 square feet of warehouse space, 30,000 square feet of available lease space and 8,000 square feet of office space. The Port of Pasco sold the 7.5-acre lot to Volm for about $623,000. Although headquartered in Wisconsin, Volm is not new to the area. The new building will be less than two

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Clover Island mixed-use parcels expected to be available in fall BY AUDRA DISTIFENO

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Two commercial mixed-use parcels overlooking Clover Island’s marina and shoreline improvements should be available to developers this fall. “We’d hoped it’d be done at the end of June, but the (subcontractors) are really busy,” said Tana Bader Inglima, Port of Kennewick deputy CEO. The port has been working over the past several years to transform Clover Island, connect the community with the historic downtown area and attract new businesses and jobs to the waterfront. “We’re really trying to create a destination waterfront,” she said. “We are currently under construction on improvements to Clover Island’s south shoreline.” Enhancements include a public pathway connecting existing sections of sidewalk, new lighting, seating, landscaping, artwork and an interpretive area called the Gathering Place to honor Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s history and culture in the area. “The Port of Kennewick owns Clover Island, some of the only waterfront commercial property in the Tri-Cities area; the Corps of Engineers owns most waterfront around the Tri-Cities. We’re really trying to bring new attention to the island,” Bader Inglima said, pointing out artwork already installed on the island, new infrastructure, roads and office buildings. By September, the port will be able to offer two commercial mixed-use parcels — with residential opportunities — to developers. “The port owns the island so there is no issue with these parcels being fettered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and we don’t have to wait for the land to be transferred for development to occur,” Bader Inglima said. The parcels’ exact sizes are unknown at this point and discussions about parking needs for different types of land use are under way, Bader Inglima said. “The island is beautiful in the evening and mixed-use would be terrific,” she said. “Our focal point right now is extending the public trail and sidewalk on the south side of the island. We want the public to have access to the entire shoreline.” The most exciting part of the improvements has been the port’s partnership with

the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Bader Inglima said. “We’re working on artwork to honor the tribes. There will be two bronzes in a pond area; one will be an older woman in traditional buckskin clothes who is gathering tule reeds,” she said. “The second bronze is a younger gentleman in tennis shoes, shorts and a T-shirt who is also gathering tule reeds. The two will be looking at each other across the pond, to signify looking across generations. It will focus on their heritage.” Port staff worked with a representative from the confederated tribes to make sure the dress was accurate and the portrayal honors the tribes’ heritage, Bader Inglima said. Artist Rodd Anborson was commissioned for the project. A public event to commemorate the improvements is at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4 with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The transformation of the island includes the popular 62-foot tall lighthouse and surrounding 15,000-square-foot plaza. It’s common to see photographers and their clients in the area, as well as parents pushing strollers and couples walking hand in hand. “The lighthouse has become an iconic element of the island. You will see it in photos, on the front cover of the phone book, and more than 100 weddings have taken place there,” Bader Inglima said. “It has given people a place to meet and has helped people realize the beauty of the shoreline.” The port continues to build landscaped pathways between the island’s entrance and lighthouse because the path ended somewhat abruptly at the lighthouse. The first phase of work was made possible with financial support from the port, city of Kennewick and state Aquatic Lands Grant Project. “The second phase will add a path all along the north shoreline to give people more places to walk,” Bader Inglima said. The port is working with the Corps of Engineers’ habitat restoration project; continued riverwalk and plantings will be made possible through 75 percent federal monies and 25 percent local match. “After we’re done, we’ll have more economic development projects available as well, which is exciting.” Less than 10 years ago, the port partnered with the Clover Island Yacht Club to

Construction is under way on Clover Island on a public pathway connecting existing sections of sidewalk, new lighting, seating, landscaping, artwork and an interpretive area called the Gathering Place to honor Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s history and culture in the area. Two new mixed-use parcels also will be available to developers in the fall. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

tear down a 60-year-old building and build a new two-story, 6,000-square-foot facility that now houses the organization’s club house and Wave 7, a software manufacturing company. The port shares a two-story building on the island with Ice Harbor Brewing Company. “The important part is we’re trying to bring new life, new energy and new jobs to the older part of Kennewick. All of our work helps people access and recreate the shoreline,” Bader Inglima said. “We’re also changing the perception of east Kennewick as a gathering place and in turn, attracting

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GROCERY, From page 1 Once rolled out, the competing services will look similar in their order and pickup process, but Walmart’s is free and Fred Meyer’s is not. To use Walmart’s online service, most stores require a $30 minimum purchase. Fred Meyer’s “ClickList” will have no minimum purchase, but each order will add a $4.95 fee. The first three orders are complimentary. Each store will allow orders to be placed through a website or mobile device. Customers will place items into their virtual basket, compiling a cart and scheduling a pickup time. Groceries will be held in storage, even chilled or frozen, until the customer arrives at the store and uses the retailer’s notification system to alert a worker to bring the groceries to the car.

At both Walmart and Fred Meyer, this requires a phone to call the number posted on the parking stall, alerting employees of your arrival. While customers wait in their cars, the purchases will be brought out and loaded into vehicles by the attendant. Items purchased through each retailer’s online service cost the same as they do in the store. Items must be paid for ahead of time, using a credit or debit card. Neither store will accept cash, checks or EBT as payment for online orders. For items priced based on their weight, like produce, deli or meat, the system will calculate an estimate for the item as part of the total, which will be finalized once the order is compiled. Both Fred Meyer and Walmart guarantee the prices paid for items bought online are the same as if items had been shopped

for in the store. Instead, a store employee is doing the work. Walmart reports its associates take a three-week training course to become certified as a personal shopper for the company’s Online Grocery service. Each store boasts a selection of 30,000 to 40,000 items available for purchases made through their online services, listing sale prices in the same way you would find in the store. Fred Meyer allows customers to make specific requests about items that might vary, like choosing a ripe avocado versus a firm one. If an item is purchased online but sold out in the store, a similar substitute will be provided. Customers will have the ability to decline the substitute at the time of pickup. Same day pickup service will be available at both Walmart and Fred Meyer locations. This offers an added convenience for

shift workers. Online Grocery orders through Walmart placed by 1 a.m. will be available for pickup by 8 a.m., and orders placed by 10 a.m. will be available for pickup after 4 p.m. And if a customer wanted to set up a grocery order to pick up on their way back into town from a vacation, orders can be scheduled on Walmart’s website up to three weeks in advance. The same-day pickup service is not available in all Fred Meyer locations, but will be a feature of the Tri-City stores. Yoke’s Fresh Market is looking at whether grocery pickup service is a future option for its stores. John Orton, vice president of marketing, said Yoke’s is speaking with a third party company next month to assess its options. Orton says the Northwest chain is too small uGROCERY, Page 39


West Richland’s second middle school will open in August. The $35 million Leona Libby Middle School is located at 3259 Belmont Blvd. Voters passed a bond in 2013 to build the Richland School District’s fourth middle school. The 108,000-square-foot school will house 800 students in grade six through nine on the 30-acre


campus near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. Leona Libby will be a STEAM school, which stands for science, technology engineering, arts, and mathematics. The home of the Chargers is named after the Manhattan Project’s most well-known female scientist. She was on hand when the B Reactor shut down after being “poisoned” by Xenon-135, and worked with the rest of the reactor team to resolve the problem, according to an Atomic Heritage Foundation profile.

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017 GROCERY, From page 38 to be able to operate an online pickup service on its own and would most likely hire an operator to do so, if it decides to offer the option to customers. Albertsons/Safeway, Winco Foods and Amazon Fresh did not return requests for comment on plans to offer online grocery services. Walmart hopes to entice customers to try its online grocery service when it becomes available in the Tri-Cities. It offers a $10 off discount for a first order of $50 or more for those using a promo code. Fred Meyer waives the $4.95 pickup fee on customers’ first three orders, with no minimum purchase required. It also expects to offer in-store specials at the Richland store’s grand re-opening in late August.

uBUSINESS BRIEFS Greater Columbia receives funding for Medicaid project

The Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health recently received $1 million from the state Health Care Authority. “This funding will support the design phase of the Medicaid demonstration project, and allow Greater Columbia to kick-start health improvement initiatives in our region,” said Carol Moser, executive director for Greater Columbia, in a release. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Washington state’s request for a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration

on Jan. 9. Under this demonstration, the state will make performance-based funding available to regionally-based Accountable Communities of Health, tribes, and their partnering providers with the goal of transforming the delivery system for Medicaid beneficiaries. The work will be supported by payment reform efforts to move Medicaid payment from primarily volume-based to primarily value-based payment over the course of the demonstration period.

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017 uBUSINESS BRIEFS DOE awards $67 million to 85 projects

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $67 million to 85 projects, including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University. PNNL will receive $1 million to design an ultrasonic sensor for deploying at the TREAT reactor in support of transient testing of pre-irradiated nuclear fuel rods, as well as $30,000 to develop atomic scale data on the phase stability and thermo-mechanical properties of FeCrAl accident tolerant cladding under the combined effects of radiation and elevated temperature. WSU will receive $800,000 to study the effects of simulated used nuclear fuel chemistry and microstructure on its dissolution in geologic repository conditions, as well as $11,163 to replace an existing 1970s exhaust gas monitoring system with a modern system.

MOD Pizza grand opening raises $6,739 for nonprofit

Community Action Connections, a Pasco-based nonprofit organization, recently received $6,738 from MOD Pizza in Richland’s grand opening in late May. CAC aims to improve the quality of life for those in need in Benton and Franklin counties with emergency needs, weatherization, housing rent or home energy assistance. MOD Pizza was founded in Seattle in 2008.


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WSU wine team honored at world conference

A team from Washington State University Tri-Cities, consisting of wine science postdoctoral researcher Caroline Merrell, associate professor of enology Jim Harbertson, and assistant professor of wine science Tom Collins took home top honors at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The team was recognized for its research on a technique called hydrophobicity typically used to evaluate the characteristics of wine. The trio expanded the wine evaluation application to analyze distilled whiskey, tequila, rum, cognac and Armagnac. Its initial research shows the importance of barrel selection in making distilled spirits. The trio hopes to acquire distillation equipment at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center to prepare, develop and analyze their own spirits.

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Tri-Cities’ first Orangetheory Fitness studio to open this summer BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Excitement is building for a unique, new fitness studio preparing to launch later this summer in Richland. The first Orangetheory Fitness for the Tri-Cities is expected to open in August on Queensgate Drive. Recruitment of new members began in May inside a construction trailer near the construction zone. Orangetheory promotes itself as scientifically-designed group training focused on results for its members. The name comes from what it calls the “orange effect,” when participants find calorie-burning benefits for up to 36 hours after a workout finishes. Orangetheory claims it accomplishes this by raising a member’s heart rate to the desired target, known as the “orange zone,” for 12 to 20 minutes during a onehour workout. The company uses the term “taking a workout” to describe the 60-minute experience, broken into intervals of cardiovascular training with strength training. Richland Orangetheory owner Richard Cote promises every workout is different. A workout may include use of a rowing machine, treadmill and free weights. Participants buy and wear an orange heart rate monitor on their wrist or chest. Data from each person’s monitor is displayed during the class on a large monitor mounted on the studio wall. This allows the instructor and participants to quickly reference data throughout the workout. Cote said unlike a typical gym membership that sells access to its facility, Orangetheory is selling results. He doesn’t consider himself in competition with current gyms and studios located in the Tri-Cities. “I would have opened in the Gold’s Gym parking lot if there was room,” he said. He explained that other facilities allow members to use their machines and weights, while it’s up to the user to achieve the desired results on their own. “We’re results-focused. The way we do it is secondary,” Cote said. The Richland fitness studio will be the second Orangetheory location for Cote and his wife, Melissa. Their first franchised studio opened on Spokane’s South Hill on Jan. 1, just in time to take advantage of those making New Year’s resolutions. The couple are currently working on a second location in Spokane as well. The Cotes are dividing their time between Spokane and the Tri-Cities while the Richland building is under construction. Richard Cote says he never set out to own a franchise of any kind, “It gave me the creeps to have someone else with control over the business,” he said. His opinion changed when a colleague referred to Orangetheory Fitness as a model for a franchised business. The Cotes had never heard of the brand and began to research it. They got in touch with a developer in Seattle and “took their first workout” there. Richard

Cote said the experience “sealed the deal,” and “passed the smell test in terms of criteria we were looking for in a business.” The couple increased efforts to become owners of their own studio. Following membership presales and other marketing, Richard Cote said the business was profitable the day it opened in Spokane. He’s expecting the same success in Richland, comparing it to the release of a new Apple iPhone. “There is just so much anticipation for the product,” he said. Richard Cote is bolstered by energy and optimism as he and two employees meet daily with potential members interested in taking advantage of pre-opening rates. Compared to the opening in Spokane last year, Richard Cote said far more people recognize the brand and are aware of it. Mindy Poland, 37, heard about the opening when she took part in the TriCities Ultimate Wine Run in late May. She signed up for a premier membership, giving her unlimited access to classes each month. Poland said she is, “looking for a good workout, hoping to lose some weight and get in better shape.” As a former member of the gym Physzique, Poland says she learned her capacity to “push myself is higher than I thought it was.” She’s up for the challenge offered by a workout that promises to help participants push past plateaus

and achieve their goals. Orangetheory promotes itself as a “science-based workout,” targeted around post-exercise oxygen consumption, known as EPOC. On its website, the company reports clients burn an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories per workout. If this sounds daunting, Richard Cote circles back to the motivation and support from working as a group. Using a color system ranging from green to red, with green being the least intense, he said most of the 60-minute workout is actually within the Orangetheory Fitness’ Studio Manager Monique Thoelke and Trainer Dominique Blackman are launch“green zone.” He said the recov- ing the new fitness studio focused on providing intervals ery points built into of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants’ progress is measured by heart rate monitors that post the workout are just results on a big screen during workouts. as important as the time participants keep their heart rate in the desired include increased energy and a stimulat“orange zone.” ed metabolism. Calling it the “after burn,” Richard Cote said the post-workout benefit will uORANGETHEORY, Page 45

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Legislators still seeking compromise on Hirst ruling Ruling affects rural development related to digging new wells BY JOHN STANG

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The Washington Legislature had no solution as of press time on how to loosen up a strict state Supreme Court ruling on digging wells in rural areas. If no compromise bill is passed by July 20, the Supreme Court’s 2016 Hirst ruling will stand unchanged, and landowners won’t be able to dig new wells without proving they won’t threaten

nearby stream levels needed for fish. Without a Hirst compromise, rural development in the Mid-Columbia will face more hurdles. “People with property who can’t build, those are the losers,” said Sen Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, the GOP leader on this legislation. She said the new permitting and mitigating processes could cost a well digger an extra $10,000 to $30,000. “We’re looking for a way forward, but we’re running out of time,” said Rep

Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, the Democratic leader on the issue. The current legislative session ends July 20. Another ripple effect might be delays in some state-assisted construction projects in the Mid-Columbia. The Hirst ruling stemmed from a lawsuit by the environmental organization Futurewise against Whatcom County over a complicated technical involving the Growth Management Act.  As of press time, the Democrats’ latest offer was to pass a bill to study the matter for 18 months to find a compromise, while wells could still be dug under preHirst rules during that time. Meanwhile, the latest Republican offer was to eliminate the requirements

of the Hirst ruling for rural areas, trim the proposed permit fee and allocate $10 million to the state ecology department every two year to help find extra sources of water for drinking and fish. Neither side liked the other’s proposal. Warnick said delaying Hirst-related legislation for 18 months could lead to people and companies digging wells during that time and then getting hit with new rules and costs at the 18-month mark when it is too late to change their minds. Stanford contended that if no compromise is reached by July 20, the GOP will be stuck with the current Hirst ruling and its restrictions with no guarantee of any changes in the future. Another wrinkle is Senate Republicans appear to be holding the state’s 2017-19 capital  budget hostage — saying if they don’t get a Hirst compromise by July 20, they will not pass a capital budget. The budget includes construction projects all throughout Washington, including building schools and other education facilities, mental health centers, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. In the Mid-Columbia, that translates to construction of or improvements to an Interstate 395 interchange, the Tri-Cities Readiness Center, the Othello water system, water projects in the Yakima River basin, a building at Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus, Alder Creek Pioneer Museum in Bickleton, a LIGO-STEM education center  and a farm workers clinic in Kennewick. Because construction work on schools would be slowed or stopped without a new capital budget, Gov. Jay Inslee said: “ It is morally repugnant to hold children hostage.”

uNETWORKING Arts Center Task force elects board members

The Arts Center Task Force added two members to its board of directors: Kavita Patel-Stenoien and Denice Bruce. Patel-Stenoien is a financial specialist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and is owner of Fast and Curryous, a food truck serving Eastern Washington. Bruce is a communicator at PNNL and has 30 years of experience in communication and public relations. Returning board members include Steven Wiley, chair; Rick Walling, vice chair; Eva Baroni, treasurer; Reg Unterseher, secretary; Julie Wiley, fundraising chair; Justin Raffa, membership chair; John Veysey, planning committee chair; and trustees Jeff Brown, Jo Brodzinski, Kathryn Lang, John McDonald and Joel Rogo. Rogo, Levy, Brodzinski and Boyce Burdick continue as representatives of the Task Force’s investment partners: MidColumbia Ballet, Mastersingers, Musical Theatre and Symphony.

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Tri-City-based fishing charter business expands to Australia DownUnderSportFishing to offer package deals in 2018 BYJESSICA HOEFER

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A Tri-City fishing business will expand its operations to open a branch more than 7,000 miles away next year. DownUnderSportFishing, which offers sightseeing trips and fishing excursions, will offer fishing charters in Australia. Mike Palmus and his wife, Rosemary, of Kennewick say Australia is the perfect destination for their fishing business. “Australia is pretty phenomenal, and the fishing is not really developed,” said Palmus, whose wife is from the land down under. “Other than a plane ride, basically it’s like a trip to Alaska. People go to Alaska, and we think we can offer them fishing in Australia for the same type of experience.” Palmus and his future wife met in Australia, although they didn’t marry until two decades after their first encounter. Both were avid anglers, but Palmus moved back to the states. In the 1990s, he settled in the Tri-Cities and started working at Apollo. “I became a contractor, but the owner knew that I had fished extensively and asked if I would do it for Apollo clients, customer appreciation and employees. I started running a corporate boat. The company paid me and I took people fishing. During the salmon season, I was never even on projects,” he said. During that same time, social media reconnected Palmus with the girl he’d met when he was 21. “We hadn’t spoken in 20 years. We got back together, and we’ve been married for five years,” he said.

Life has been good for the couple, but Palmus was lured by the idea of starting his own business. With his wife’s support, they started DownUnderSportFishing. By 2014, Palmus quit his job and started offering corporate and private fishing excursions along the Columbia River. This year, DownUnderSportFishing was approached by Visit Tri-Cities to provide sightseeing tours of the Hanford Reach. Palmus said the business ran its first trip in June—a four-hour boat ride along the Columbia River. He said as long as a fishing trip isn’t scheduled, they’re open to doing more tours. During salmon season, charter boat excursions are $800 per day. Palmus said he’s usually booked every day from the second week of September through the month of October. “Last year I booked out in one week,” he said, adding that corporate bookings accounted for 80 percent of his business. “I enjoy taking people salmon fishing. They’re impressed by the fish. Some of the girls (who’ve gone out) have caught bigger fish than their boyfriends.” When it’s not salmon season, seats are $180 per person. Fishing trips, which typically run from about 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., include all tackle and gear, and cleaning, filleting and bagging of the fish at the end of the trip. On full-day trips, lunch, snacks, water and soda are provided. “We fish salmon, steelhead, walleye and sturgeon,” said Palmus, who is excited to offer customers an experience to catch something new in Australia. “They don’t have king salmon there.

Mike Palmus and his wife, Rosemary, flank customer Kyle Whitby as they pose for a photo after a fishing excursion. DownUnderSportFishing will open a location in Australia in 2018. (Courtesy DownUnderSportFishing)

Over there, we fish barramundi and flathead, brim and estuary cog. The three we target the most are barramundi, Australian bass and flathead. They’re delicious,” he said. “Barramundi are a beautiful white meat, and they grow to be 40 to 50 pounds.” The couple currently have a home on the Gold Coast just south of Brisbane. After salmon season this year, they’ll

travel to Australia to start preparations for the new business venture. “We’ll be there from November to June,” he said. “We’re chasing summer.” The idea is to never have an off season since Australia and the United States have opposite seasons. uFISHING, Page 45


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Food trucks play key role in region’s economic development BY MARILOU SHEA

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With all the hoopla surrounding the popularity of food trucks you’d think they were just invented. They weren’t, of course. Food trucks, or mobile vending, date back hundreds of years to when pushcarts began serving prepared foods. One source says this began in 1691 in New York City with the arrival of Dutch settlers. Fast forward to a more current data point: the guys who put gourmet food trucks on the road map as we know and love them today were KogiBBQ in Los Angeles and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar in New York City. Because the barriers to launch a food truck are much lower than opening a bricks and mortar restaurant, they can be more attractive to fledgling entrepreneurs, foodies, chefs, second career couples and those on the cusp of retirement. An eligible unemployed or displaced worker dreaming to pursue a food truck business also has funding resource options available. Initial start-up costs for a brick and mortar restaurant can run from $125,000 up to $550,000 according to the website And that’s with no land purchase included. Conversely, starting a food truck business can set you back between $7,500 to $50,000 for a food cart, truck or trailer to $200,000 for a more high-end rig. Food trucks play a role in economic

development in our region because they encompass local commerce drivers and encourage new enterprises; support the growth of particular clusters of businesses and small- and medium-sized enterprises; and encourage the formation of new enterprises. They also generate jobs. Currently, there are about 125 mobile vendors operating in the Mid-Columbia. There’s also a statewide association for them called Washington State Food Truck Association. Its mission is to serve as a central hub of communication and information, and catering referral and information source, as well as provide local and state-level proactive lobbying and advocacy. Nationally, the annual growth rate in the food truck industry is at an impressive nine to 10 percent. As of last year it was about 31 percent for our area, according to Asja Suljic, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. Rex Richmond is a good example of a “locally grown” entrepreneur. He operates Rex’s Top Shelf. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Richmond made his decade-old dream a reality a few months ago by deciding to pursue a food truck business. A graduate of Mobile Vending University in 2015, it took him a while to make the decision. He refused to go into debt for his dream so he sold his house and quit a 17-year food and beverage stint at Meadow Springs Country Club this last

spring. A savvy and creative cook with an index of more than 100 favorite recipes, Richmond describes his menu as gourmet, eclectic. His dishes run the Marilou Shea gamut from carPasco Specialty nival chili dogs Kitchen and freshlycaught king salmon personally chauffeured from Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, to locally sourced and perfectly trimmed filet mignon from Knutzen’s Meats in Pasco. Western Restaurant Supplies (formerly Western Equipment Supplies) in Kennewick retro-fitted his food truck. Richmond is proud of the full-size commercial kitchen installed in the truck, which includes five sinks and three refrigerators. All told, he spent about $60,000 for the truck, half of that locally. Richmond said he loves the flexibility and freedom running a food truck affords him. He’s not stuck in one location serving one menu to the same customers. He can accommodate catering events from 30 to 500. His goal is to hire four people in the next year. Within three years, he’d like to open another truck and potentially double the number of employees

depending on his rate of growth. On the flip side, Richmond’s challenges echo the sentiment I’ve heard from many prospective food truck vendors: the permitting and licensing process is onerous, time consuming and confusing, not to mention regulations and codes are not very business friendly. It’s worth noting the city of Kennewick is making progress in the right direction with its adoption last October of a new ordinance for foodbased vehicles. All cities could do with a review of their regulations and codes if they’re committed to fostering this growing food niche. Food trucks are awesome for communities. They get customers out on the street and create a sense of community. In addition to using public space, food trucks offer local municipalities tax revenues and stimulate job growth, tourism and entrepreneurship. Small businesses are the major driver of the economy and food trucks tend to be micro-enterprises, with five employees or less. Food trucks serve as hyper-local small businesses to develop the communities they operate in. They hire local people, buy from local sources and sell to local customers. It doesn’t taste any better than that. Food Love columnist Marilou Shea is the director of the Pasco Specialty Kitchen, creator of Food Truck Friday and Mobile Vending University and board advisor at the Washington State Food Truck Association.

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Richland software development company acquires BrandCraft Media BY ELSIE PUIG

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Wildland, a Richland software development company, recently acquired BrandCraft Media — a move that will merge Wildland’s software development capabilities with BrandCraft Media’s creative and marketing expertise. The move makes Kennewick’s BrandCraft Media a subsidiary of Wildland. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The acquisition gives BrandCraft access to Wi l d l a n d ’s growing pool of Torey Azure technical and creative talent, said Torey Azure, BrandCraft’s founder and director of marketing. “We were doing well. We had some growth going but we were trying to get over the struggle of finding the right people at the right time,” Azure said. “The challenge in a service-based industry is finding the capital to grow, the ease of merging with a company that shares your same values is that barriers to growth are reduced, the team can help execute projects, the overhead is reduced, including things like accounting, rent, because now it’s spread across a 16-person team.” “We have high respect for what Torey has done with BrandCraft Media, the brand he has created, and quality of product he has put out, and just Torey as a person,” said Ty Mulholland, president of Wildland. Last year both companies began partnering to launch a third company, Azentix, focused on search engine optimization, or SEO, services. But as both companies

FISHING, From page 43 “Some of our clients are farmers, and we have friends over there that are farmers or own wineries, so we’d be able to show people from here some of the stuff going on in Australia,” he said. “Not just fishing, but ecotourism.” Palmus stated that DownUnderSportFishing has no plans to offer any offshore fishing, such as catching marlin. Instead, they’ll be fishing in the estuaries in Australia. “We know enough people in the TriCities and have clients on this side that want to go to Australia, and we know people in Australia that want to fish in the Northwest,” he said. “We’re trying to put together a package deal.”

worked together, it became obvious how a possible acquisition could benefit both. “It was a good opportunity for BrandCraft. We could have these employees as well, that’s initially why it started, it also became Ty Mulholland clear as far as company culture, it was a good fit,” Azure said. Mulholland said the acquisition will allow Wildland to focus on custom integrated software development projects and better position BrandCraft Media to handle more complex planning, digital media buying, SEO, social media ads and software development, in addition to existing services in graphic design, web design, marketing, video production, web hosting and printing. “We were so busy on the creative side but we needed a leader to maintain and grow that, so it was a perfect fit,” Mulholland said. Both companies are experiencing growth and recruiting for several positions they hope to fill in the next 60 days. But growth hasn’t come without challenges. “The challenge was less about work and more about coming in and culturally trying to fit in and figure out workflows and processes and how everyone communicates internally. It’s much different than what I am used to,” Azure said. “In the beginning, there was a bit of slight panic, thinking if this was the right move, but 30 days in, I’ve gotten good feedback from the questions I had, and ever since it’s been smooth sailing. It’s been even better than what I imagined.”

Once clients arrive, Palmus said they want to make the experience as stress free as possible. “We’ll pick you up, take you to your hotel or accommodations—maybe a houseboat—and basically play tour guide everyday,” he explained. The goal is to open the DownUnderSportFishing’s Australian branch by winter 2018. The husband and wife team will travel back and forth, chasing the sunshine, and occasionally get a fishing trip in for themselves. “My wife is the better fisherperson,” Palmus admitted. “I spend more time running the boat.” Find DownUnderSportFishing on Facebook or call 509-820-1100.

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ORANGETHEORY, From page 41 Facebook users will likely know which of their friends have joined Orangetheory Fitness. The company is active on social media and encourages members to “check in” online when they visit. Each check-in is quantified through a third-party system and results in a donation to a nonprofit. The chosen charity is determined by the local studio. The corporate office recently spearheaded a national campaign to raise $1 million in two weeks to benefit Augie’s Quest, a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for ALS. After two weeks, Orangetheory members nationwide had instead raised more than double the original goal. Augie’s Quest is named for founder Augie Nieto, who helped found the exercise bike known as Lifecycle. The Richland Orangetheory will share a building with Oasis Physical Therapy and a financial management office. The studio will be larger than the location on Spokane’s South Hill, and will employ about 10 people. Orangetheory already has three former professional athletes on its staff who are taking workouts weekly in Seattle to prepare and train for the opening in Richland, but it is still hiring. Orangetheory Fitness doesn’t publish its rates or disclose them over the phone. One free workout is always offered


to those interested in becoming a member, and valued at a minimum of $28. Monthly membership prices are expected to increase after the studio opens in late summer and pre-opening rates won’t be offered again. Interested members may schedule an appointment to learn about the sign-up options by visiting the construction trailer located on the property where the studio is being built. There are no yearly contracts; Orangetheory operates only on a month-to-month basis. Those who commit to a monthly membership prior to the grand opening may take part in two weeks of VIP classes and giveaways expected in mid-August. The studio will be open seven days a week, with operating hours likely to be from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. Only one class is offered at a time, with every attendee completing the same workout simultaneously in a large room. Due to the size constraints, the studio encourages members to reserve a workout spot, but it is not mandatory. The company’s app will display class bookings so an attendee can check ahead before attempting to drop in. To schedule an appointment, call 509-492-5949 or visit the construction trailer just north of Keene Road at 1020 Queensgate Drive.

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TRIOS, From page 1 The $395,000 contract with Quorum is for one year with an option to renew another one to two years. Quorum delivered a 401-page report in December describing a perfect storm following the construction of a new hospital and outpatient facility when industry-wide realities and local competition collided. Trios began a series of layoffs in April affecting about 25 employees. The layoffs eliminated about 95 full-time equivalent jobs. The reductions were realized through attrition, or not rehiring positions when possible, changes to shift scheduling and hours worked, voluntary layoffs and layoffs. The Quorum report recommends the

elimination of 115 FTE jobs. Documents filed with the court show the “gap between Trios’ actual and forecast revenue growth rates is largely attributable to two unforeseen actions undertaken by Kadlec.” The first is Kadlec successfully negotiating for the exclusion of Trios from coverage under the HMO and PPO plans offered by Group Health in 2011, court documents said. Prior to this development, payments from Group Health represented about four percent of Trios’ total revenue. After losing the contract, Trios experienced an annual reduction in net patient revenue of about $5.3 million and it wasn’t able to replace that lost revenue. Kadlec’s free-standing emergency room built close to the new Trios

Southridge Hospital also negatively affected Trios. Following Kadlec’s opening of its Southridge emergency room, “Trios experienced an immediate decline in patient visits to its own emergency room, along with a corresponding decline in hospital admissions that are normally associated with such visits,” court documents said. In 2010, Trios had 34,211 emergency room visits. By 2014, that number decreased to 27,265 patient visits, a decline of more than 20 percent. Also, Trios could historically expect that about nine percent of emergency room visits would result in admissions, implying a potential loss of more than 600 admissions annually by 2014, according to court documents.

Court documents list 20 of Trios Health creditors with the largest claims. Two local businesses are on the list: TriCities Laboratory ($359,961) and TriCities Chaplaincy ($91,180). Cudworth acknowledged there will be concerns among creditors. “It’s important that our vendors and partners understand that we sought to avoid this,” he said in a statement. “We have tried to work out payment plans that would give us some room, but that was not agreeable to all. In the interest of continuing patient services, this is what we must do.” The hospital district has more than 3,000 creditors holding about $221 million in claims, according to court documents. These creditors include bondholders, real and personal property lessors and lenders, current or former employees and retirees, political subdivisions or state or federal agencies, and others who may be unknown, each with varying interests. Here’s how Trios breaks down its outstanding debt: • $110 million for Trios Southridge Hospital lease financing agreements. • $48.8 million for the six-story medical office building lease financing agreements. • $24 million for certain equipment capital lease financing agreements. • $4 million in outstanding principal for hospital system revenue improvement and refunding bonds. • $4 million in outstanding principal for limited tax general obligation bond. • $6.9 million in outstanding principal and past-due interest under certain notes. • $22.1 million in outstanding amounts payable to vendors of which at least $19.8 million is past due. Creditors and interested parties may follow the proceedings and review information on a website set up by Trios Health’s legal counsel, Foster Pepper of Seattle, at http://cases.gardencitygroup. com/kphd/. “What is important right now is that our team remains focused on moving forward and staying our course,” Cudworth said in a statement. “Over the last few months, we have significantly reduced our expenses throughout the organization and adjusted our workforce to match our patient volumes, which continue to exceed years past. It’s not too late for us to fix the financial challenges and we have every reason to be successful in doing so.” Other strategies to improve the district’s financial health include pursuing a $150 million loan from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to restructure its debt and negotiating acquisition/merger offers. Trios documents posted online say filing for bankruptcy makes the district “more attractive due to an improved market valuation position” for a merger or acquisition and “may improve our chances of successful refinancing through HUD.”

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Kennewick and Richland are among the five Washington cities ranked among the best places in the West to live on a six-figure salary, according to MagnifyMoney’s Best and Worst Cities To Live on a Six-Figure Income Report. The five metro areas in the state making the list were: No. 4, Yakima; No. 5, Spokane; No. 7, Wenatchee; No. 8, Longview; and No. 9, Kennewick-Richland. MagnifyMoney analyzed 381 major metros across the U.S. to see where a family earning $100,000 can live most – and least – comfortably. The analysis found that – after factoring in basic budget items like taxes, housing and transportation – sixfigure families can easily struggle to make ends meet. Here are key findings: • In 11 out of 381 metro areas analyzed, households earning six figures would spend more than 90 percent of their total take-home pay on basic monthly expenses. The average across all 381 metros is 75 percent of take-home pay spent on monthly expenses. • In 71 out of 381 metro areas, households earning six figures are spending more than 75 percent of their budget on basic monthly expenses. • Housing is a budget buster: In 64 out of 381 metros, six-figure households are spending more than onequarter of their monthly income on housing. In 18 out of 381 metros, sixfigure households are spending more than one-third on housing. • Child care isn’t cheap: Child care expenses consume 10 percent or more of household budgets in 42 percent of all metro areas (161 of 381). The worst metro area for a family earning $100,000 is Washington, D.C., and neighboring cities Arlington and Alexandria. After factoring in monthly expenses, these families would be $315 in the red. Stamford, Connecticut; San Jose, California, San Francisco, California; and the New York City area round out the five worst areas for affordability.

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The Tri-City area’s population grew by 1.7 percent over last year to 283,830 people. That’s up from 279,170 last year, according to the state Office of Financial Management’s data released June 30. Since 2000, the population of the TriCities metropolitan area — which includes all of Benton and Franklin counties — jumped about 48 percent, adding 92,008 people to the area. The area’s five-year growth rate is 8.1 percent and the 10-year growth rate is 12 percent. West Richland showed the highest yearover-year growth with a 2.2 percent increase, bringing the population to 14,660.

Pasco reported 1.6 percent growth with 71,680 people; Kennewick, 1.5 percent growth with 80,280 people; and Richland 1.4 percent growth with 54,150 people. Over the past 10 years, Pasco’s population added 39,614 more people, growing by 123 percent, the highest 10-year growth rate of any of the Tri-Cities. The state’s year-over-year population grew by an estimated 126,600 people, a 1.76 percent increase over the past year — the largest percentage increase since 2006. As of April 1, there were more than 7.3 million Washington residents, according to the state’s annual estimates. Migration is once again the primary driver behind Washington’s population growth, according to OFM. From 2016-17, net migration (people moving in versus moving out) to Washington totaled 90,800,

up 3,700 from last year. Net migration accounted for 72 percent of the state’s population growth this year, with natural increase (births minus deaths) responsible for the other 28 percent (35,800 persons). The top 10 cities for population growth, in descending order, are Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Federal Way, Kent, Tacoma, Auburn, Redmond and Everett, OFM said. The state added 39,500 housing units in 2017, compared with 34,400 in 2016, an increase of 15 percent. The level of housing growth remains below the prior decade average of 43,500 units per year. Statewide, more than 52 percent of all new housing units were associated with multi-family structures. Information on population estimates for the state, counties, cities and towns is available at

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Numerica to open two new Kennewick branches this year BY JESSICA HOEFER

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Numerica Credit Union is opening two new branches in Kennewick this year. The company experienced tremendous growth in 2016, with loans growing by more than $224 million and deposit accounts by more than $175 million. The Spokane-based Numerica, which also serves northern Idaho and the Wenatchee Valley, saw an increase across the region— but especially the Tri-City area. “In the Tri-Cities we saw 28 percent growth pertaining to the loans net of allowance, as well as in deposits,” said Andy Stirling, vice president of Central Washington branches. That’s why Stirling said Numerica is thrilled to provide members with two more branches this year. The 8551 W. Gage Blvd. location will open its doors this summer and construction has already begun at 4898 W. Hildebrand Blvd. near Southridge, which is expected to be complete by early fall. “Additionally, Numerica has expanded our presence in business lending and have staff in a temporary office until we can start a major remodel of our (Kennewick Avenue) branch,” Stirling said. “The remodel, which will begin later this year, will allow for convenient member service in one centralized location.” The Kennewick Avenue branch opened in December 2004 and was the first branch established in the Tri-Cities. It serves as a

Numerica’s Jimmy Rutkowsky helps member Galt Pettett with a banking transaction. Numerica plans to open two new branches in Kennewick this year.

mini-headquarters for the Tri-City region. The Pasco branch opened in 2007 inside the Walmart off of Road 68. In 2010, Numerica merged with School Employees Federal Credit Union (SECU), which helped lead to a presence in Richland. “We have been working on expanding our presence in the Tri-Cities for over five years, adding staff and working on new locations,” Stirling said. “In 2014, Numerica opened a new branch in Richland off of Queensgate. This was the first branch model

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in the Tri-Cities which showcased our new branch design.” The color-scheme—lime green and navy—aligns perfectly with the Seahawks, Stirling said. He described the open floor plan as “financial modern.” A lobby manager is present to greet people and direct traffic. Customers can use one of several iPads to log into their accounts and deposit checks if they need to make a quick transaction and don’t need to speak with a teller. uNUMERICA, Page 52

Few lenders bank on churches to finance loans BY MICHELLE DUPLER

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When the leaders of Columbia Community Church in Richland started planning an expansion, they knew they’d likely have to finance a portion of the $3.2 million construction project. What they didn’t anticipate were the challenges they’d face in obtaining a construction loan at terms within their comfort zone. “At the time, we had a church bank account and ran our finances through Bank of America, but found out they don’t have a lending arm for churches,” said Pastor Mark Barker. As it turns out, that’s fairly common. Many banks don’t lend to churches or other religious institutions for a host of reasons. And those that do are conservative in their lending standards, which can present challenges when a religious institution seeks financing for a construction project or any other purpose. “I think I understand why most banks are hesitant to lend to churches,” Barker said. “A bank would feel horrible having to foreclose on a church.” After researching a few options and comparing terms, Barker and Columbia Community Church inked a deal with Bank of

Bank of the West financed a portion of Columbia Community Church’s $3.2 million construction project at the corner of Gage Boulevard and Bellerive Drive in Richland to add 7,000 square feet of space. The bank has a lending division specializing in religious institutions.

the West, one of the banks with a lending arm that specializes in religious institutions, and one of the few with a presence in the Tri-Cities that works with churches on construction financing. Barker said the bank had some stipulations — like moving the church’s banking to Bank

of the West and having purchase cards for church staff issued through the bank. But the trade-off is that the bank notified the church when the Federal Reserve appeared to be about to raise interest rates and offered to lock the loan in at a lower rate. uLENDERS, Page 50


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LENDERS, From page 49 “For the most part, it seems like it’s been a good relationship,” Barker said. Now the remodeled church looks to be complete in time for Christmas services, he said. Dan Mikes, vice president and head of the national Religious Institution Banking division at Bank of the West, said the bank has a three-decade history of working with churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions on construction financing and term loans. It’s a service line the bank inherited when it acquired Central Bank in 1990, but one that proved to be a solid performer. Bank of the West opted to continue lending to religious institutions and to expand that portion of its busi-

ness when Mikes joined the bank in 1997. Mikes said in more than 25 years, Bank of the West has made more than $4 billion in loans to religious institutions and had only two foreclosures. During the recession that started in 2008, the Religious Institutions Banking division saw only a handful of delinquent payments. “The Religious Institutions Banking division within our large bank has the best history of the entire bank in terms of credit performance,” Mikes said. “It is an extremely safe business for us.” Mikes said Bank of the West has been highly successful as a lender to religious institutions for a few reasons. “One thing that separates us from our competitors is we look at the leadership

Banking & Finance and bylaws and like to see that there is decentralized governance,” he said. “We like to see spiritual leaders accountable to a board of governors.” Bank of the West also is conservative in the amount of money it will lend to a church so that the church doesn’t become overextended, Mikes said. The bank offers a service to religious institutions to help spiritual leaders target capital campaign amounts and project size based on their financial information and debt capacity. The net result is a transaction that is most likely to succeed, he said “These spiritual leaders may do something like this once or twice in their spiritual career. They may welcome this kind of guidance and input,” Mikes said.

Barker told the Journal of Business he expected Columbia Community Church to pay the loan off within five years at the most. Mark Helland, a CPA based in Tulsa, Okla., who advises religious institutions across the nation, said in his experience a common reason why banks shy away from lending to churches is that churches, especially smaller ones, often tend to be volunteer-run and don’t typically have professionals on staff trained in accounting practices. They may not know how to write a financial statement or how to document assets, such as vehicles or buildings, in a way that shows the bank that the church is a good credit risk. “So when they go to the bank, it looks like they don’t have any assets,” Helland said. “Banks operate in a world of collateral.” Helland advised any religious institution considering a construction project or capital campaign to consult a CPA to make sure financial documents are in order before applying for a loan. “Get help to get financial statements that speak the language of the banker, that are in the right format,” Helland said. “If you’re trying to get a loan with a bank, you absolutely should have an outside CPA unless your internal staff is really sophisticated.” Another tip Helland offered is to start building a cash reserve once the religious institution thinks it might have a capital project on the horizon, even if it’s years away. “Churches tend to operate with very little cash reserve,” he said. “If a church doesn’t keep much in the way of reserves, it hurts them when they try to get a loan.” A final tip Helland offered is to make sure that any money raised through a capital campaign goes into a distinct and separate account from other church funds because that money has to be restricted for the campaign purposes. “Keep that segregated so you can show where it was received and where it is, who gave what. A separate account makes a lot of sense,” Helland said. Mikes said Bank of the West will carefully scrutinize a religious institution’s financial documents when considering a loan, especially if the church does any kind of charity or missionary work overseas in countries linked to possible terrorist activity. Increasing federal regulations in recent years require banks to monitor transactions flowing to and from the church if it is active in other countries. “It’s more labor intensive from a customer due diligence standpoint,” he said. Mikes said that’s one reason why many banks may be reluctant to work with religious institutions — the additional scrutiny is work they just don’t want to do. But because Bank of the West had already been working with religious institutions for decades, it already had the infrastructure to continue doing so as regulations tightened, he said. “We had such a longstanding and deep experience,” Mikes said.

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Solarity Credit Union opens Richland branch as it expands digital presence Yakima-based credit union located in former AmericanWest Bank building sionals who are a call or click away. The Tri-Cities has experienced tremendous growth, and as new residents A digitally-focused credit union has continue to steadily stream into the opened its first Tri-Cities office to reach region, demand for home mortgages has personal and commercial customers in skyrocketed. “The Tri-Cities area has the busy Queensgate Drive area in Rich- led in new mortgage market prospects land. for the past couple of years,” DeLuca Solarity Credit Union is offering ser- said. vice by appointment only at the busy In addition to personal mortgages and corner of Queensgate and Duportail commercial loans, DeLuca identified Street near Walmart. The branch is construction lending as a large portion located inside the former AmericanWest of Solarity’s business in the rapidly Bank building. expanding Tri-CitAs members and ies. consumers transiDespite the estab“Our objective tion to digital banklished presence of ing, the need for larger credit unions is to become a more “typical” in the area, such as digital credit branches is decreasGesa and Numerica, ing, as evidenced DeLuca said the union.” with branch cloYakima-based Solarsures, according to - Gene DeLuca, ity brings added Solarity officials. value to the credit vice president of new “The (Richland) scene for its more market development, than 55,000 memlocation we have is Solarity Credit Union bers. not a typical branch,” said Gene “Why compete DeLuca, vice presiwith the larger credit dent of new market development at unions? I say, ‘Why not?’” DeLuca said. Solarity. “As we build our digital pres- “We’re always happy to compete with ence in Tri-Cities and other markets… all lenders and we appreciate the roots we’re looking to meet changing market- of the top credit unions, banks and mortplace needs with better digital technolo- gage companies. That’s why we fit well gies.” here. We strive to bring the same serSolarity has eight locations, with the vices to the table.” majority in the Yakima area. Offering both personal and commerDeLuca said about 24 percent of cus- cial lending services, DeLuca said that tomers seeking mortgages want to meet although Solarity aims to compete with in-person to address their lending needs. larger lenders, “We have a unique expe“The majority of marketplace needs rience for each member; we don’t can be met digitally,” he said. believe in one size fits all.” As streamlined and expedient webServing customers within Washingbased applications continue to be adopt- ton state school districts, DeLuca said ed, Solarity is “not only looking at the Solarity boasts the highest performance existing needs of the marketplace, but scores he’s ever seen in the industry, the ever-changing needs. Our objective which he attributes to the credit union’s is to become a digital credit union.” primary objective of anticipating borIn the meantime, Solarity customers rower needs and making customer expewill find the new Richland branch rience a top priority. staffed with five lending specialists who DeLuca reported that mortgage lendmeet by appointment and who are sup- ing accounted for 657 loans at about ported by a larger network of profes- $117.5 million last year.


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Key elements of Solarity’s success are its “great products, conforming and nonconforming loan options, shorter cycle times and in-house operations. We service all of our loans — we don’t sell them — in order to ensure a great member experience,” DeLuca said. Solarity puts a major focus on mapping out what customers can expect at every step of the loan-seeking process, he said. “This reduces anxiety and opens the door for a great experience all the way around,” he said. Solarity also employs an uncommon, yet innovative tactic, according to DeLuca. Rather than seek input on customers’ experiences at the end of transactions, Solarity provides customers with a survey 10 days in, so customers can voice concerns. “This allows us to address the situa-

tion and get it turned around,” DeLuca said. Though Solarity is not planning to open more branches in the Tri-Cities, DeLuca said it’s still early and the company is always reassessing. “Less brick and mortar, more focus on new services,” he said. Solarity is investigating new lending operating systems, new front-end systems that are more user-friendly, and enhanced digital and video capabilities, he said. “You’re either out front or behind,” DeLuca said. “We have forethought to where we’re going. We’re cutting edge. We desire to be integrated with everything that goes on in Tri-Cities.” Solarity: 2590 Queensgate Drive, Richland; 800-347-9222; location/tri-cities-loan-productionoffice, Facebook.

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NUMERICA, From page 49 “We’ve done away with the traditional teller rows and we’ve created pods. So you see our refreshment bar and service representatives ready to greet you, and they’re sitting at two-person pods as well,” he said. “We want people to come in and feel welcome—take care of their banking in the comfort of our home. Not all the designs are going to be exactly the same, but it’s a big open branch,” Stirling said. While the ambiance is open and airy, there will still be private offices, called hoteling stations, for customers to discuss loans and finances. ATM machines also will be available 24 hours a day for customers to deposit and withdraw money, as well as make loan payments.

Numerica started more than 75 years ago when railroads were expanding in the Northwest and workers wanted to pool their resources together to support one another. Back then, it was called Spokane Railway Credit Union. The name stuck around until the turn of the century when it adopted a more inclusive name. It also expanded to serve more areas in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho. In 2000, Numerica merged with North Central Credit Union, gaining about 8,000 members and three branches in the Wenatchee Valley area. Over the last six years, Numerica has grown membership by 54 percent and increased its assets by 70 percent. As of June 20, Numerica reported 132,854 members. And with the stability in the Tri-City market, coupled with career and

Banking & Finance real estate opportunities, Stirling expects membership to keep climbing. “The Tri-Cities is an amazing combination of farmers markets, wineries and breweries, agriculture, education and so much more,” he said. “Since Numerica is a not-for-profit credit union owned by our members, we are able to be nimble and responsive to their needs. The diversity of industries in our region allows for Numerica to protect and advance our members’ financial health by offering better rates, lower fees, innovation solutions to reduce stress and outstanding support.” Numerica has 470 employees, with almost 50 located in the Tri-Cities among the branches. Stirling said the credit union plans to hire about 10 people after the Southridge and Gage Boulevard

locations open. “As we continue to grow and prove the Tri-Cities is high potential for future growth, we continue to see resources (from Numerica). I anticipate us having more back office opportunities for our employees—depending on what our members need—we could have future branch growth,” said Stirling. “The sky is the limit.” Numerica: 800-255-9194; numericacu. com; Facebook.

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Income, assets can affect student financial aid planning BY MEGAN NICHOLS

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Parents often wonder how their income and assets will impact their child’s eligibility to receive financial aid. Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid, even if it isn’t needs-based. Colleges use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as well as federal tax returns, when determining eligibility for aid. The focus here is outlining the effect that income and assets — for both the parents and the (dependent) student — can have on financial aid eligibility.


Colleges will assume that 50 percent of “eligible” student income and 22 percent to 47 percent of “eligible” parent income will be used to pay for college. The FAFSA asks for financial information about the parent (and step-parent) with whom the student lived most of the time. Some income earned by parents and their dependent student is automatically protected (not counted). Currently, the FAFSA protects dependent student income up to $6,420. For parents, the allowance depends on the number of people in the household and the number of students in college. For 2017-18, the income protection allowance for a

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married couple with two children, both in college, is $24,480. Starting in 2017-18, the FAFSA will use the adjusted gross income, or AGI, reported on a tax return from two years prior to the date the student plans to enroll in college. This two-year-prior rule applies to untaxed income reported on the FAFSA as well. It has major planning implications. If the parents’ adjusted gross income is less than $50,000 a year, a simplified FAFSA version can potentially be used. For the non-low income households, it is important to understand what income is and is not counted under the FAFSA. Income counted by the FAFSA includes most forms of taxed and untaxed income, including elective retirement fund contributions, money spent by non-parents on the student’s behalf, alimony/child support and disability income/workers compensation. Income not counted in the FAFSA includes loan proceeds, grants/scholarships used for college expenses and withdrawals from 529 college savings plans. If a grandparent wants to help pay for college, it’s typically better to give the funds to the parents, rather than to the student because this way it is not counted as income on the FAFSA.


The child’s assets count for more. Colleges will expect families to use up to 20 percent of the assets owned by a

dependent student to pay for college. This is true even if the child’s assets are funded by other people’s money (such as cash gifts from family). The parents’ Megan Nichols assets count for HFG Trust less. A portion of the parents’ assets is always protected (not counted at all). The exact amount protected depends on the number of parents and the age of the older parent. For 201718, a married couple is allowed an allowance of $24,100 if the older parent is 55. Colleges will expect parents to use up to 5.64 percent of their “unprotected” assets toward college. Assets excluded from the FAFSA include equity in a primary home and retirement assets including IRAs (traditional and rollover, Roth, SEP, SIMPLE) employer retirement plans (401(k), 403(b), 457), pensions, annuities (qualified and nonqualified), and cash value in life insurance. Basically, everything else is included, such as bank accounts, taxable investments, equity in property, college savings accounts and trust funds. A college savings account (such as a 529) that is owned by a dependent student counts as a parent’s asset.

Planning tip: If a grandparent owns a college savings account (such as a 529), it is not reported as an asset on the FAFSA. However, distributions from these accounts are treated as untaxed income to the student. This can have a severe negative impact on the student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid and, actually, is much worse than if the account were reported as a parent asset on the FAFSA. The good news: Because income from two years prior to the year in which the student enrolls in school will be used to determine eligibility for aid, grandparent-owned assets could be used as early as the child’s sophomore year without affecting the student’s aid eligibility. Planning is crucial.

Bottom line

What are our key takeaways? First, it is almost always better to save for college in the parents’ name. Second, if the parents have a lot of assets, that doesn’t mean the student is automatically disqualified for any type of aid. Some assets (such as retirement accounts) are excluded and there is a protected amount for the parents. Finally, be informed and seek guidance. Planning can be key. Megan Nichols is an associate advisor with HFG Trust in Kennewick.


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Peoples Bank shutters Kennewick loan office BY MICHELLE DUPLER

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Peoples Bank recently opted to close a Kennewick loan production office on West Gage Boulevard with little fanfare. A statement from the bank described the location as a “small commercial loan production office” and “not a customerfacing branch.” The bank declined to say why the office closed, only that the loans produced at the Kennewick office are now being serviced by a Peoples Bank commercial banking office in Wenatchee. “Affected customers were personally notified, and any impact to their business was minimal,” according to the state-

ment. The privately-owned Bellinghambased bank has been in operation since 1921 and operates 25 branches and one loan production office in Washington state, according to its website. With the closure of the Kennewick office in Benton County, remaining locations are in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, King, Chelan and Douglas counties. The bank provides business banking, retail banking and home lending services. According to its 2016 year-end report, the bank had business loans totaling more than $968 million, consumer loans in excess of $380 million, and total deposits of more than $1.4 billion. Those numbers

all showed increases compared to the end of 2015. Peoples Bank did not disclose how many employees worked at the Kennewick loan office prior to its closure. The bank did not file a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice with the Washington Employment Security Department notifying the state of any employee layoffs. Employment Security Department Spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie said federal labor law requires the notices when an employer with 100 employees or more conducts a mass layoff at a single site of at least 33 percent of active employees and at least 50 employees. Paid Advertising

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Here are a few options to consider: • Owner-only 401(k) — This plan, which is also known as an individual 401(k), is available to self-employed individuals and business owners with no full-time employees other than themselves or a spouse. For 2017, you can put in up to 25 percent of your annual income as an “employer” contribution, and you can defer up to $18,000 (or $24,000 if you’re 50 or older). The sum of your employer contribution and your salary deferrals cannot exceed $54,000, or $60,000 if you’re 50 or older. • SEP IRA — If you have just a few employees or are self-employed with no employees, you may want to consider a SEP IRA. You’ll fund the plan with tax-deductible contributions, and you must cover all eligible employees. As an employer, you can contribute the lesser of 25% of your compensation (if you’re also an employee of your own business) or $54,000. • Solo defined benefit plan — Pension plans, also known as defined benefit plans, are still around — and you can set one up for yourself if you’re self-employed or own your own business. This plan has high contribution limits, which are determined by an actuarial calculation, and, as is the case with other retirement plans, your contributions are typically tax-deductible. • SIMPLE IRA — A SIMPLE IRA, as its name suggests, is easy to set up and maintain, and it can be a good plan if your business has fewer than 10 employees. Although planning for your retirement is important, you also need to prepare for unanticipated short-term expenses, such as a major car repair or a new furnace. While everyone should be ready to meet these needs, it’s especially important if you’re self-employed and have a variable income. So, work to build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account. You may find self-employment to be quite rewarding — but you’ll likely enjoy it even more if you make the right financial moves. Member SIPC

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Zdenek Dohnalek, senior catalysis research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow in the American Vacuum Society. He was recogZdenek Dohnalek nized for his contributions toward understanding elementary steps of catalytic reactions on oxides. Dohnalek focuses on enhancing reactions that enable renewable energy. He is an internationally renowned leader in the imaging of single molecule reactions. He earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Engineering in Prague and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. The AVS rank of fellow recognizes members who have made sustained and outstanding scientific and technical research contributions. No more than one-half of one percent of members are elected to the rank each year.

Scouts Blue Mountain Council receive $163,000

The Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council recently received a $163,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington. The grant, to be paid over three years, will fund a new position dedicated to growing the Scouting program in the 12 counties of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon served by the council. The trust provides grants to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Mustang Sign achieves master qualification

Mustang Sign Group has achieved G7 Master Qualification, awarded by Idealliance, a nonprofit industry group dedicated to guiding print production best practices, specifications and standards. The application of the G7 method enables Mustang to reproduce a similar visual appearance across all printing types. To achieve the designation, Mustang Sign Group had to complete training, examination and qualification of its print production processes. The Kennewick-based company, owned by Will and Lauran Wang, specializes in sign and print solutions for small businesses.

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Inland Northwest Bank opens new branch in Kennewick Spokane-based bank moved from Spaulding Business Park to new Center Vision Clinic building BY LAURA KOSTAD

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Inland Northwest Bank opened its first permanent Tri-City branch last month in Kennewick. The bank has been conducting business in the Tri-Cities since September in a temporary office at 1350 Spaulding Ave. in Richland while construction was completed on a new 2,000-square-foot office in Center Vision Clinic’s new building at 8127 W. Grandridge Blvd. Inland Northwest Bank signed a longterm 10-year lease for the Center Vision office. Work to remodel it totaled about $350,000. It opened June 5. The Spokane-based bank has been eyeing the booming Tri-Cities market for some time, said Jason Miller, director of marketing and culture at INB. INB recently announced a merger with CenterPointe Community Bank, headquartered in Hood River, Oregon. With approximately $770 million in assets, the combined company will expand INB’s community banking services into the Columbia River Gorge. CenterPointe operated three branches in the Columbia River Gorge. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. CenterPointe Community Bank had $131.1 million in total assets, $89.3 million

in gross loans and $117.5 million in total deposits. The acquisition will be INB’s second, as it acquired Bank of Fairfield in October 2015. INB operates 11 branches in Eastern Washington, a branch in Central Washington and three branches in northern Idaho. INB is primarily a commercial lender, with roughly 80 percent to 85 percent of its assets vested in commercial transactions and 15 percent in traditional retail businesses, Miller said. Due to the current housing shortage and resulting pressure to build, Chad Burchard, INB’s chief banking officer, said INB’s niche in the Tri-Cities is the residential construction market. This includes housing speculation, custom homes and builder loans. “Many credit unions and banks don’t offer this service. Only a few in the area presently do,” Burchard said. INB operates on a lean, efficient model at its newest branches. Modeled after its Hood River location, the new Kennewick branch employs a small, specialized team of five. “We provide a unique experience based on outstanding customer service,” Miller said. “We’re not here to compete with credit unions head-on; we act as more of an advisor. We focus on excellent service and taking care of that niche market.”

Inland Northwest Bank recently opened a permanent branch at 8127 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick after operating in a temporary Richland office since last fall.

He explained that a major component of INB’s more personalized, consultative approach to banking involves employing personal bankers and automated technologies to meet customer needs, as opposed to the traditional system of live tellers and drive-through services. Miller said this approach has been driven by customers’ desire for independence. “We offer many of the same products and services as other banks and credit unions,” Miller said. “But we’re trying to cater to a more personal experience as it relates to the transactional side of business, letting technology handle that.” The increased adoption of independent methods for performing everyday transactions, such as mobile and online banking and CardValet, have enabled this shift in banking dynamics, Miller said.

“We are very pleased with how we’ve been perceived in the market so far, and that has to do with our outstanding hires and their relationships within the community,” Burchard said. “It’s the people. If we didn’t have them, we wouldn’t have the business,” he added. Miller reported that INB’s Kennewick branch has seen fantastic growth already since its opening. “There will potentially be more branches in the future,” he said. “Our strategic goal is to watch and see what works at this location.” INB strives to “keep things local and very community oriented,” Miller said. This includes hiring locally and being actively involved in the community. “We want to be as local as we possibly can be.” INB: 509-579-0730,


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uNETWORKING White Bluffs Brewing’s NOG earns gold medal

White Bluffs Brewing of Richland won a gold medal in the Americanstyle India pale ales category in the 2017 Washington Beer Awards for its Nectar of the Gods IPA, or NOG, as it is known to brewery regulars. The IPA category is the most heavily entered category in the competition; there were118 IPA entries this year. All beers submitted to the competition must have been both brewed and made commercially available in the state of Washington. Entries were evaluated in a blind format using the Brewers Association style guidelines. Visit for more

information about the competition. White Bluffs Brewing was founded in 2010 and focuses on IPAs, French farmhouse ales, and German style ales and lagers.

Desert Canyon Mortgage expands

Jim and Lisa Pogue, owners of Desert Canyon Mortgage, have expanded into the Vancouver market. Jim Pogue is focusing on daily operations of both Jim Pogue locations,

Banking & Finance monitoring the Vancouver, Washington, branch from the Kennewick office. Lisa Pogue continues to serve the TriCity community as a loan originator, and splits her time Lisa Pogue between the two branches. Loan originators Joshua McKenzie, James Atwood, Jamie Nettles, Jamie Dunn and Brittney Pogue focus on the Tri-City area, and James Sands spends time in both markets. Atwood is preparing for the role of managing staff and loan production.

Prosser freelancer lands book deal

Jessica Hoefer of Prosser, a freelance writer for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times, was signed in 2016 by Diversion Books, a New York-based publisher for her young adult genre thriller, “Body Parts.” Hoefer writes under the pen name Jessica Kapp. Diversion Books purchased world rights for “Body Parts,” including forJessica Hoefer eign, film and audio. Audio rights were sold earlier this year to Audible in an undisclosed deal. The audiobook will release in conjunction with the paperback and Kindle editions on Aug.15. To celebrate the release, Barnes and Noble Columbia Center will host a public launch party from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Jeremy’s Public House, 1232 Wine Country Road in Prosser. At the event the author will sign books and read an excerpt of “Body Parts,” which was recently named a top pick by RT Book Reviews. This fall, Jessica will tour libraries throughout the Pacific Northwest, appear at the Barnes and Noble Columbia Center Teen Reading festival in September, as well as visit area high schools to promote reading and writing. Visit for more information.

Kennewick mayor pro tem elected AWC vice president

Don Britain, Kennewick mayor pro tem, has been elected vice president of the Association of Washington Cities. In his new role, Britain will serve on the association’s executive committee and is in line to become president. Britain has served on the AWC board since 2014. He was elected to the Kennewick City Council in 2009 and reelected in 2013. AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities before the state legislature, executive branch and with regulatory agencies.

CBC receives four-year Gates Foundation grant

Columbia Basin College was identified by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and intermediary partners as a leader in transformation change for student success and has been chosen to join the Frontier Set, a competitive program that includes 31 colleges, universities and state systems. As a member of Frontier Set, the Pasco college received a four-year grant worth $630,000 to support its Guided Pathways initiative, which helps guide students to a four-year college or directly to a career.

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$3 million Northwest Farm Credit Services building under construction in Pasco 24,000-square-foot office to be completed this fall BY LAURA KOSTAD

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Northwest Farm Credit Services is moving into the bustling commercial area near Broadmoor Boulevard and Sandifur Parkway in Pasco. The Spokane-based company has been making headway on the construction of its new $3 million building at 9915 St. Thomas Drive near the Road 100 exit. It is set to open in November. Not far from the company’s current location on Bedford Street, Branch Manager Michael Babenko said business growth and the timing of their lease’s upcoming expiration prompted the move. “The Columbia Basin is one of the most diversified and high-producing regions,” he said. Even as rapid development in Tri-Cities has converted bordering agricultural land into suburbs in recent years, “processors are coming into the King City and Pasco area to capitalize on some of the best agricultural land in the country,” he said. Ongoing growth in the region’s agricultural sector is due to the Columbia River’s ample water base, enabling the region to outcompete similarly arid, though more drought-prone land in California.

uNETWORKING Baker Boyer names interim CIO

Baker Boyer recently announced that TJ Middlesworth, chief investment officer, will leave in August for a time before settling in Hood River, Ore., to TJ Middlesworth be closer to family. He has been CIO for two years and a member of the investments team since 2011. John Cunnison, who has been with Baker Boyer for more than 10 years, will John Cunnison assume leadership of Baker Boyer’s investments team and serve as interim CIO.

Riesenweber recognized as top financial advisor

Matthew Riesenweber, independent LPL financial advisor at Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick, has been named as a top LPL financial advi-

Northwest Farm Credit Services’ new 24,000-square-foot building is under construction at 9915 St. Thomas Drive in Pasco and expected to be completed this fall.

As drought patterns continue to pose threats to California’s agriculture industry, more and more companies are looking north to the Columbia Basin. “This move helps us grow for the future,” Babenko said. He describes the new 24,000-squarefoot, two-story building as a “regional agricultural center where we can continue to meet the needs of the farmers and ranchers in the area for years to come.” Yost Gallagher Construction of Spokane is the contractor. Northwest Farm Credit Services has been providing lending for production cycles and longer-term loans to the Northwest region since 1916 as a part of the

sor and named to the Chairman’s Council for LPL, an award presented to less than two percent of the firm’s 14,000 Matthew advisors nationRiesenweber wide, ranked by overall production. Riesenweber has been providing financial services to Tri-City area clients for 14 years. LPL Financial LLC provides resources, tools and technology to support advisors in the delivery of objective financial advice. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

Clare named to AIOPIA best in Washington list

Andrea J. Clare has been named to the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction list by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Attorneys selected to the list must pass a selection process based on client and peer nominations, research and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. This is the second year in a row Clare has earned the client satisfaction honor from AIOPIA.

Farm Credit System. This network was established to provide a reliable source of loan and credit services to rural borrowers. Farm Credit has 48 branches across the U.S. “The level of expertise and knowledge that we can bring to this area is different from other banks,” Babenko said. “Over 75 percent of our employees grew up on farms and decided to go this route after college. A lot of them are very connected to agriculture and are still a part of it—some even still have farms at home.” Up to 40 people will work at the new office.

Northwest Farm Credit Services employs its own in-house appraisers and crop insurance group in addition to other specialists. The company’s new building will feature a variety of new meeting spaces outfitted with updated technology for clients, as well as visiting trade associations and nonprofits to utilize. “We’re a one-stop-shop,” Babenko said. Northwest Farm Credit Services’ current location at 9530 Bedford St. will remain open until the new building is completed. Northwest Farm Credit Services: 509542-3720;; Facebook.

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Banking & Finance uNETWORKING Banner Bank employees receive best award

Five local Banner Bank employees received Banner Bank’s “best awards,” which represents the company’s highest level of recognition. The following were recognized by the executive leadership team for surpassing their individual professional goals in 2016 and providing exceptional customer service to clients: Lovonna Kane, assistant vice president, operational development group manager; Ruben Garcia, loan officer, residential lending; Shaun Gordon, vice president, commercial relationship manager; Shawna Stilwell, vice president, training specialist; and Thomas Bright, loan officer, residential lending. Fewer than four percent of Banner employees received this annual award.

Numerica Credit Union adds staff member, promotes two

Numerica Credit Union recently promoted Leo Martinez Jr. to branch manager at its Southridge branch, located at 4898 W. Hildebrand Blvd. in Kennewick. Martinez has managed teams for 12 years, Leo Martinez Jr. with six of those being in the financial industry. He was most recently manager at Numerica’s Kennewick branch. Neilan McPartland was recently promoted to branch manager at the credit union’s new location at 8551 W. Gage Neilan McPartland Blvd. in Kennewick. He has more than eight years of financial experience, with four of those being with Numerica. Most recently, he was branch manager at Numerica’s Richland branch. Sarah Whaley recently joined Numerica as an external recruiter. Sarah Whaley Whaley has more than seven years of talent acquisition experience. She has a liberal arts degree in ethnic studies from Washington State University. Numerica Credit Union has more than 130,000 members throughout central and Eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and $1.8 billion in assets.

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AWB’s rebranding reflects larger role expected of employers Statewide chamber group hasn’t refreshed its logo in three decades BY KRIS JOHNSON

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A lot has changed since the Association of Washington Business was founded 113 years ago. Innovation has sparked new industries, many of them unimaginable even a generation ago, changing the way we live and work and drawing millions of new residents to our state. Through all that, one thing has remained the same: AWB has been a steadfast voice for employers, advocating on behalf of businesses of all sizes and from all industries to promote a healthy economy. We’re proud of our history and body of work benefitting employers and the state. But as we recently took stock of who we are and where our organization is going, we realized it was time to refresh our brand. Now more than ever, employers are expected to take on a larger role in solving the complex problems facing families across the state. That’s why our recently introduced brand update, AWB’s first major brand refresh in more than three decades, emphasizes collaboration and problemsolving. The update includes a fresh new logo, replacing the familiar blue rectangle that has symbolized AWB since the

uNETWORKING Gesa honored for its use of security technology

Gesa Credit Union was recently recognized by Retail Banker International for its innovative use of technology. Gesa won Retail Banking Security Innovation of the Year for pioneering the use of biometrics in its branches with Verifast: Palm Authentication from Fiserv, a global provider of financial services technology solutions. Verifast is a fast and secure authentication solution based on near-infrared scanning of an individual’s palm vein patterns. Use of the technology reduced time to authenticate a member in the branch by 93 percent, increasing security and improving customer service. On a one-to-five-point scale with five being the best, 99.9 percent of Gesa members using the technology rated it a five on both the registration process and use. Gesa has been serving the Tri-City community since 1953. It has $1.8 billion in assets and 150,000 members.

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1980s, and it positions AWB as a convener – bringing diverse groups together and finding solutions that move our state forward in creating economic opportunity for all. One example of how we are living our new band is the AWB – Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance. The alliance, founded in 2014 with 24 local chamber partners, including the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, has now grown to 72 partners, combining our efforts to achieve results. The partnership was part of the successful effort in 2015 to Kris Johnson pass the first-inAssociation of a-decade $16 bilWashington lion, 16-year Business transportation investment package in the Legislature. It passed thanks to the work of a diverse coalition that included chambers of commerce, employer groups, Democrat and Republican lawmakers, cities and counties and others to advocate for a comprehensive, statewide transportation infrastruc-

ture investment package. The package funds longawaited projects across the state, including Highway 395 upgrades from outside Association of Washington Business’ new logo was designed Richland by Spokane firm Desautel Hege. through the Spokane area, every corner of the state means addressand adjusting the Interstate 82 Red Mountain Interchange to accommodate ing complex and costly issues, including increased traffic, just to name a few. permitting and regulatory roadblocks. Our And, we didn’t stop there. next step is to outline objectives and soluThis year, we collaborated with the tions that bring the central Puget Sound Washington State Association of economy to main streets across Counties, the Association of Washington Washington. Cities and the Washington Public Ports We plan to do that this fall by hosting a Association to commission and release a larger Rural Jobs Summit to take what we detailed report, “Building the Economy: learned in March and come up with action Infrastructure Needs in Washington.” It items at the state, local and federal levels. outlines $190 billion in statewide infraA lot has changed in Washington over structure needs with the goal of signaling the last 113 years, but AWB remains comto congressional leaders that we’re ready mitted to helping employers succeed. We for the investment. Our next endeavor is working to bridge know that’s ultimately the best way for employees, families and communities to the urban-rural economic divide. succeed. In March, we hosted the first AWB Rural Jobs Summit in Olympia. From port and economic development leaders to lawmakers of both parties and chambers of commerce executives, more than 70 attendees gave up their Saturday to share ideas and listen to diverse viewpoints. We agreed that bringing job growth to

Kris Johnson is the president and CEO of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and designated manufacturing association.


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Banker celebrates community pride with Love the Tri clothing line Profits from clothing sales donated to local charities BY ELSIE PUIG

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A Kennewick banker never intended to launch a clothing line that’s gaining popularity across the Tri-Cities. Mike Denslow began selling “Love The Tri” branded clothes celebrating community pride last year. The best part? All of the profits go toward local charities. Denslow, 49, a vice president and mortgage branch manager for HomeStreet Bank in Kennewick, said he’s already donated nearly $6,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties, Girls on the Run and Fighting Tigers, an organization dedicated to raising money for Lyme disease testing. In April, Love the Tri announced its new campaign during a release party at Bookwalter Winery in Richland. All profits made from April to July will be donated to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick. “I saw there was nothing branded TriCities that was cool, fun, hip — any of those things,” Denslow said. “I wanted to create something that people would be proud to wear outside of the Tri-Cities, especially on vacation. You see airports in Seattle or Portland where people are grabbing merchandise all the time to kind of

Mike Denslow, center, stands with friends and family modeling his Love the Tri clothing line. He donates profits from the sales to Tri-City charities. Pictured from left: Jeremy Gray, Ashlie Martin, Hanna Christensen, Mike Denslow, Mayra Valdovinos, Fran Brown and Tyler Denslow. (Courtesy Shane Martin)

say, ‘I was here.’” “What’s kind of morphed out of this, too, was I want people to think of the TriCities as a whole rather than individual cities. If you say you are from Pasco, that’s a town of this many people. But if you say you’re from the Tri-Cities, that’s a much bigger thing — I want to promote TriCities unity,” he said. He started working on the original logo last year in spring with the help of a friend. Denslow partners with Atomic Screen Printing and Embroidery in Kennewick to

bring his designs to life in the form of trucker hats, T-shirts, tanks, hoodies and even onesies. “I went to them with an idea for a logo and a mission with all profits going to charity and what I thought I wanted it to be, and they jumped on it right away,” he said. You can buy the merchandise online at or at BlankSpace and Decades in Kennewick, Greenies, the Reach museum, and Kadlec gift shop in Richland, and Lourdes gift shop in Pasco.

All resellers retain 50 percent of sales, and the rest is donated to nonprofits. The hats — from trucker hats to beanies — retail from $19 to $26. The shirts range from $18 to $48 for a hoodie. Items ordered online must pay shipping costs. “People still buy from the website from out of town. I have shipped things to all over the country, to almost every state,” Denslow said. Olivia Berg, owner of BlankSpace in Kennewick, said she really likes the brand. uCLOTHING, Page 62

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Kennewick company offers digital billboards for businesses CloudSigns.TV programs digital signs on televisions around the Tri-Cities BY KRISTINA LORD

Restaurant owners using digital signs can relax on a beach and change the price of a hamburger on their menu back home with the touch of a couple of buttons on their smartphone. That’s the beauty of digital signs and an example Michael Rastovich likes to share. Rastovich, his son Joseph Rastovich and Paul Alger own the Kennewickbased CloudSigns.TV. Their signs turn regular TVs into billboards for businesses. Bars can use them to show customers what beers they have on tap. Restaurants can showcase their menu or meal specials. Businesses can use them to notify customers of upcoming classes or events. “Signs are important to any business,” Michael Rastovich said. “Do you want a hand-lettered sign taped in a window? With digital signs, you always get beautiful signs that are always fresh.” Plus, they’re easy to change. CloudSigns.TV’s service allows customers to do custom branding and use designer templates to match a business’ style and décor, Michael Rastovich said. The system also allows customers to upload photos or videos and change messages easily. Kennewick’s Thai Elephant owner Song Soukkhammala said he was hesitant to try CloudSigns.TV but decided to try it for a few months. “Once we implemented Cloud Signs we saw an obvious increase in sales of dessert, beer and appetizers. As soon as they saw our products on CloudSigns, people were like, ‘Wow! I have to have this!’ CloudSigns on our TV actually enhances our ambiance,” Soukkhammala said. Danny Gray, who’s owned Kennewick’s Uncle Sam’s Saloon since 2004, said he likes using the signs to showcase the bar’s more than 60 beers. “It lets people see the visual and what we have without putting it into print all

uNETWORKING Wang invited to engineering symposium

Nora Wang, energy efficiency researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been invited to participate in the annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Early career engineers age 30 to 45 gather at the symposium to discuss cutting-edge research in fields other than their own, facilitating information sharing and collaboration. Wang focuses on technologies and strategies for building energy efficiency and sustainability. She earned three

the time. … People will look,” Gray said. CloudSigns.TV technology has been through four to five generations of improvements, offering a backend system that’s robust and easy to edit, he said. “When people get engaged in their signs, it translates to all customers,” Michael Rastovich said. “The system is designed for the user to be in total control.” At Uncle Sam’s Saloon, customers can look at a sign at 11 p.m. to see a wheel spin before landing on one of 12 randomly offered specials. “The signs provide animation, movement and style,” Michael Rastovich said. The digital signs take the animation Michael Rastovich was offering on his LED signs to a new level. He said he loves working on animation. Several LED signs around town showcase his work and they’re at: Cost Less Carpet, Sterling’s restaurants, TriCities Academy of Ballet and Music, Quail Ridge Dental, Ranch & Home and CCWest Properties. “TV is the most influential media there is. Everything you wear, drive, or drink, you probably heard about it on TV first. TVs are everywhere and you see them in almost any business, usually tuned to Fox News and sports,” Michael Rastovich said. He contends that instead of watching other people’s advertisements on these television sets, customers should be watching theirs. “It’s your TV channel all the time and it’s about your advertising,” he said. CloudSigns.TV started in the bar industry and has 22 clients around town, including Billy’s Bull Pen Tavern, Gaslight Bar and Grill, Zip’s Drive-in, Visit Tri-Cities, Lourdes Health, My FroYo and Ranch & Home. “Lourdes has 16 screens throughout its campus displaying the same content. I do custom designs for each client. Everyone is unique,” Michael Rastovich said. degrees in architecture, a bachelor’s degree from Tianjin University in China, a master’s degree from the National University of Singapore, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Nora Wang UrbanaChampaign. Wang was one of 82 researchers nationwide invited to the symposium.

Michael Rastovich of CloudSigns.TV sits in front of one of his company’s signs at Uncle Sam’s Saloon in Kennewick. CloudSigns.TV’s digital signs can turn regular TVs into customizable signs.

The cost to set up a digital sign is $199, which covers a one-time design fee. Then it’s about $70 a month to $199 a month, depending on the subscription package. If businesses don’t want to edit their own signs or are intimidated by the technology, CloudSigns.TV can do it for them. Michael Rastovich said the in-house signs offer narrow-casting as opposed to broadcasting. “The most important customer is the

one who is in your store right now. They’ve already driven here and chose you,” he said. “It won’t bring people into your store but it’s show and sell. Show them, they’ll buy it. They’re already here.” CloudSigns.TV recently opened a showroom at 304 Kennewick Ave. It can also be reached at 509-893-8873 or via email at or its website

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WSU Tri-Cities dean outlines goals for rural medicine, global experiences BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

It may be two years before Washington State University Tri-Cities has medical students, but Farion Williams, the new associate dean of medicine for that campus, is ramping up for students who will spend their final two years in the region. “The Tri-Cities is in a very unique position in Washington state, with its variety of health care providers and professionals, its opportunities with organizations like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and its potential for providing rural healthcare in eastern Washington and underrepresented communities,” Williams said in a

release. “I’m excited to be a part of getting the new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine up and running, and I’m excited to join the team at WSU Tri-Cities.” Williams began his new role June 26. He plans to identify and train faculty and help to establish the curriculum. He also plans to meet with local physicians and representatives from medical providers to gain an understanding of the region’s health care climate. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, Williams completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he served as the program’s chief resident in his final year. He began his first


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practice through the University of Texas Medical Branch in Dickinson, Texas. Following his time at UTMB, he became the associate residency director for family medicine Farion Williams at the Baylor WSU Tri-Cities College of Medicine, and most recently served at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, where he held many roles, including residency program director and assistant dean for graduate medical education. Williams’ medical resúme includes extensive experience serving and developing programs for rural and underserved populations – a focus he said he looks forward to continuing at WSU. “The mission of Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is really important because there are many communities that lack resources for health care, and when access is limited, care is limited,” he said. “Once students have opportunities to train in rural communities, they are more likely to want to practice in rural communities, which is

why it’s crucial that we establish those opportunities here in Washington state. I think it is very forward-thinking that WSU is focusing their program to help address this issue.” In addition to his work stateside, Williams said he’d like to offer a study abroad opportunity that he has been a part of for several years at the University of Illinois. Through the program, medical students travel to Christian Medical College in India where they provide medical care, work with local physicians and learn about how the health care system works within the country. “The study abroad program gives students an opportunity to experience the healthcare systems in another country, how health care is delivered, how different national policies affect the way healthcare is delivered, and how the populations are different,” he said. “Students see that a lot of good can be done with limited resources and develop a perspective of compassion and empathy for people.” Williams worked with the department of family medicine faculty at the medical college in India to help them gain accreditation for their residency program through the Medical Council of India in March 2017.

CLOTHING, From page 60 “It was a neat concept and fit really well with what we are trying to do at BlankSpace. We try to promote local, so it was super cohesive. It also brings traffic to our store. Whenever a new tank top design comes out, people will come out looking for it. They’ve just responded well,” she said. Denslow soon will partner with local service businesses and restaurants wanting to print co-branded shirts with the Love the Tri logo. Richland’s Frost Me Sweet team soon will represent the TriCities with its very own customized shirts, he said. The first trucker hats came out right before the Water Follies last year. “They sold some trucker hats and a couple of the shirts,” Denslow said. “It was a very soft launch, because I didn’t put it on social media. A few of my friends over the next couple of weeks wore the hats, went to concerts, went to difference places, and they sent me those photos.” Last August, he created the website and Facebook page. “I basically said, ‘This is what I am doing. Let’s see what happens,’” Denslow said. “It got shared a whole bunch of times. It got a bunch of likes. Now, I’ve got over 2,800 page likes on Facebook. I post to Instagram as well.” Last October, he organized the first Love the Tri release party at BlankSpace. Since then he’s sold hundreds of hats and shirts, he said. Denslow is not afraid of taking on big challenges. He opened the HomeStreet Kennewick branch in 2013 after working in the mortgage industry for more than 14 years. He is a Tri-City native and passionate

believer of giving back to his community. “I have been involved with Water Follies for several years. I have been president three times. I guess I was ready for a new challenge as a way to give back,” he said. When asked what he loves most about the Tri-Cities, he said, “It’s the people.” “We have a lot of pride within the community and hopefully it expands beyond that if people can look at what I did and motivate them to figure out a way to give back then it’s self-perpetuating. That is what pushes me to keep doing what I am doing,” Denslow said. “It’s going faster than I would have expected. The first few months you go through a series where you would get a whole bunch of orders and a whole bunch of likes, then it would slow down...then it kind of snowballed from there,” he said. “The original trucker hat I almost can’t keep in stock. More businesses have been wanting to sign up as resellers.” Denslow said he wants to let the brand grow organically, but said he hopes to come out with new designs on a regular basis and host quarterly release parties to announce which nonprofit will benefit from the donations. Denslow said he gets jitters before a big release. “You design all this stuff and you just have no idea. My biggest concern is if people would like it. My friends would wear it regardless but you have no idea how other people will react to your designs,” he said. “I never considered designing my own clothing line, but it’s been fun.” Find Love the Tri online: lovethetri. com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest.

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Energy Northwest CEO announces plans to retire Mark Reddeman plans to step down in June 2018 BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Energy Northwest’s CEO has announced plans to retire in a year. Mark Reddemann announced his June 2018 retirement plans in an email to employees June 28, following his notification of the Energy Northwest executive board during a regularly scheduled meeting in Portland, Oregon. “It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of the Energy Northwest team. I have worked in this industry for almost 40 years and this has been the most rewarding position of my career,” Reddemann wrote in his email. “I have enjoyed working with all of you and have been pleased with our growth as we pursue excellence in everything we do.” Reddemann joined the agency based north of Richland in 2010 to lead an organization of more than 1,100 employees; and oversee the operation of Columbia Generating Station, the third largest generator of electricity in Washington state, and Energy Northwest’s non-nuclear projects, which include wind, hydroelectric and solar facilities. Prior to assuming his current position, Reddemann was vice president of operations support at Xcel Energy, during which he also served on the Energy Northwest Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board. After his arrival, Reddemann brought together Energy Northwest’s current senior leadership team and focused the organization on achieving excellence in performance. The effort yielded positive results: Columbia set electricity generation records in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 while being recognized for safety performance by regional and national power organizations, and reducing Columbia’s cost of power. Last year, the Association of Washington Business named Energy Northwest its employer of the year. “We’ve gone through a lot of change in the last seven years. What stands out to

me is improved teamwork across the agency, your pride of ownership in our accomplishments and our focus on achieving excellence in safety, reliability, predictability and cost-effectiveness,” Reddemann wrote to employees. Sid Morrison, Energy Northwest executive board chair, appointed a committee to facilitate the selection of R e d d e m a n n ’s successor. “We owe Mark our gratitude for his strong and Mark Reddeman thoughtful leadership of the agency over these past seven years,” Morrison said. “In this our 60th year of operation, Energy Northwest is stronger than ever in its service to our public power members. Mark’s role in getting us to this point cannot be understated.” Reddemann will work with the board’s committee to identify his successor. Reddemann has worked for nearly 40 years in the nuclear energy industry. From 2005 to 2006 he was vice president of Nuclear Assessment at Nuclear Management Company. Before that position, he was vice president of Plant Technical Support at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, following positions as vice president of Engineering at NMC, and site vice president at NMC’s Kewaunee and Point Beach nuclear power plants. He also worked at several nuclear plants across the country, including Hope Creek, Salem, Columbia and Prairie Island. Reddemann serves on the New Brunswick Power Board of Directors; Tri-City Development Council Board; Association of Washington Business Executive Committee and Board of Directors; and the Nuclear Energy Institute Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He plans to continue his service to industry and community organizations following his retirement.

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uNETWORKING Rotary gives scholarships, tools, equipment awards

Columbia Center Rotary Club recently awarded $2,000 awards to nine high school graduates: Lauren Beck, Teresa Brockmier, Kelly Brown, Travis Crockett, Timothy Estefanos, Jacob Gesh, Emily McLaughlin, Valentina Qaso and Thomas Riker; two $1,500 continuing education awards to 2016-17 recipients Makenna Behrens and Allie Stites; and two financial awards to students to use for tools and/ or equipment required to pursue a job, apprenticeship program or further their education: Hirving Gonzales and Omar Romero. Rotary International brings together a global network of 1.2 million volunteer members in 34,000 Rotary clubs dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including the eradication of polio.

McCarthy earns Eagle Scout award

Nathaniel McCarthy, son of David and Betsy McCarthy of Kennewick, recently received Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor—the Eagle Scout award. To achieve the rank, Nathaniel earned 21 merit badges and showed leadership by planning, developing and completing a community service project. For his project, he oversaw build-


ing and implementation of a community garden for local refugees at Kennewick Christian Church. Nathaniel attends Southridge High School where he is active in tennis. He is involved in his church’s youth group, praise team and regional youth commission. He plans to pursue a teaching degree. The rank of Eagle is earned by less than four percent of all youth who join Boy Scouts of America. In 2016, 114 boys in the Blue Mountain Council earned the award, providing more than 14,230 service hours.

Bauder earns engineer license with environmental endorsement

Lilyann Bauder, environmental engineer with Washington State Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste program, has earned her license as a professional engineer endorsed in environmental engineering by the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Licensure is earned by completing a college degree, having work experience under a professional engineer and passing two intensive competency exams. Bauder is responsible for engineering review and permit writing for air, water and dangerous waste permits.



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uNETWORKING Rasmussen, Farnworth join United Way

United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties has added two campaign managers who are responsible for planning, coordinating and directing fund-raising efforts related to workplace campaign management: Christy Rasmussen and Heather Farnworth. Rasmussen has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is a member of Sunrise Rotary. She has a bachelor of science degree from Central Washington University, a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Heritage

University. Farnworth has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Washington State University and experience in nonprofit fundraising and event planning.

Port of Pasco announces staff changes

The Port of Pasco recently announced numerous staff changes. Linda O’Brien, previous director of finance and administration and 27-year port employee, and Ron Foraker, previous director of airports and 40-year port employee, both retired May 31. Replacing Foraker is Buck Taft, who joined the port in 2011 as deputy director of airports. In that role, Taft oversaw the $43 million terminal expansion

project and managed all airport operations. He has more than 16 years of experience in the aviation industry. Don Faley is the new deputy director of airports. He moved to Pasco from Dayton, Ohio. Faley has more than 23 years of airport operations experience. Donna Watts is the port’s new director of finance/auditor. She was previously the treasurer/auditor at the Port of Walla Walla. She is a certified public accountant and has a master’s degree in accounting and finance.

Srisuthipornsakul joins Trios Medical Group

Charisao Srisuthipornsakul, family nurse practitioner, has joined Trios Medical Group’s Urgent Care Center Columbia Center at 7201 W.

Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick. Srisuthipornsakul has worked in the nursing field since 2007. She received a master of science in nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Wisconsin Charisao Oshkosh. Srisuthipornsakul Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater TriCities.

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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 or fishermen to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to pay a percentage of debt based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay debts. Information provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.

CHAPTER 7 Trung V. and Thuy T. Banh, 6304 Fenway Drive, Pasco. Ruth N. Arevalo, 1240 N. Fifth Ave., Pasco. Maritza Rios, 2219 W. Jay St., Pasco. Raul F. Gomez, PO Box 318, Connell. David W. and Trisha R. Beitz, 24010 E. Apple Drive, Benton City. Michelle Schaffer, 9202 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Nickolas R. Nunamaker, 7004 W. Umatilla Ave., Kennewick. Kim R. Horspool, 21404 E. Schuster Road, Kennewick. James D. and Carolyn J. Talley, PO Box 5017, Benton City. Luis M. and Cynthia Nicacio, 304 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Nathan A. Miller, 1103 Ida Ave., Benton City. Amy E. Gomez, 1215 N. Yost St., Kennewick. Carlos M. and Minerva L. Ramirez, 1808 N. Nineth Ave., Pasco. Hector and Veronica Yanez, 913 Madrona Ave., Pasco.

Alan B. and Genea G. Brimley, 3906 S. Cascade St., Kennewick. Derrick W. and Sarah J. Hatke, 2906 W. 46th Ave., Kennewick. Steven J. and Amanda E. Brummett, 2100 Bellerive Drive, Richland. Dennis R. Percifield, 56 Ridgecliff Lane, Richland. Fidel C. Llerenas, 56904 N. 31st PRNE, Benton City. Simon J. and Tonette R. Michel, 3820 W. Octave St., Pasco. Rosalinda Garza, 2004 N. Road 33, Pasco. Christopher J. Fisk, 111 Alma Ave., Benton City. Richard E. and Caryl A. Pence, 102 S. Park Ave., Mesa. Caroline D. Rowland, 908 N. Neel St., Kennewick. Randi R. Isaac, PO Box 506, Connell. Michael R. Thompson, 6407 Pimlico Drive, Pasco. Scott D. Hess, 2923 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. Jarvis D. and Stacia N. Miller, 912 N. Cleveland St., Kennewick. Trent R. and Zhenah C. Harris, 4515 Kubota Lane, Pasco. Joshua C. and Amanda L. Carter, 404 W. Grand Rhonde Ave., Kennewick. Amanda McGuin, 27 Grown Drive PR, West Richland. Melissa G. Saldana, 1814 Marie St., Pasco. Sonia Sanchez, 1320 Sheridan Ave., Prosser. Tania B. Gomez, 3913 Phoenix Lane, Pasco. Ancelmo Morales, 1814 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Stephenie C. and Adam B. Nondorf, 5709 Desert Dove Drive, West Richland. Mateo Z. Ramirez and Ma Evangelina Venegas-Gonzalez, 1927 W. Bonneville St.,

Pasco. David N. Crowell, III, 425 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Elizabeth P. Galvez, 928 W. Pearl St., Pasco. Susan L. Budde, PO Box 5942, Kennewick. CHAPTER 9 Kennewick Public Hospital District, 900 S. Auburn St., Kennewick. CHAPTER 13 Jose M. Martinez, 1227 S. Young St., Kennewick. Dana L. and Kathryn A. Crabb, 8423 Pasco Kahlotus Road, Pasco. Susanne M. Horn, 15902 E. Ruppert Road, Benton City. Jason C. and Betina R. Huels, 8008 Redonda Drive, Pasco. Patricia L. Maciel, 1504 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Luis A. Tavares and Yadira Mellin, 8518 Lasalle Drive, Pasco. Amber Holt, PO Box 6011, Kennewick. Eric and Shelia Calzadillas, 4505 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick. Dominic L. Bailey and Nichole M. Studer, 4901 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco. Donnetta S. Crisp, 1876 Fowler St., Richalnd. Traci L. Sheets, 6605 W. Argent, Pasco. Blanca Lopez, 2112 Seventh Ave., Pasco. Olivia Espinoza, 7803 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. Bobby D. Foreman, 1221 Gowen Ave., Richland. Kimberley A. and Jeremy A. Dodd, 3706 W. 15th Ave., Kennewick.


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

BENTON COUNTY Belmont Blvd., West Richland, multiple lots with residential homes. Price: $700,000. Buyer: Hayden Homes. Seller: SR Homes. 900 Cayuse Drive, Richland, 3,029-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $421,900. Buyer: Jeffrey & Ashley Perry. Seller: Inspiration Builders. 5701 Glenbrook Loop, West Richland, 3,247-square-foot, single-family home on 0.91 acres. Price: $530,000. Buyer: Joshua Artzer. Seller: Roger Dewitt. 16511 S. Fairview Loop, Kennewick, 3,865-square-foot, single-family home on 0.6 acres. Price: $605,000. Buyer: Robert & Erika Visse. Seller: James Hansen. 76704 Timothy Land, Kennewick, 2,496-square-foot, single-family home on 0.66 acres. Price: $402,000. Buyer: Kipper & Kimberley Seljestad. Seller: Michael & Christi Shaffer. 7106 W. 20th Ave., Kennewick, 2,157-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $425,000. Buyer: Belinda & Andrew Badorek. Seller: Michael & Tiffany Corsello. 6773 Cyprus Loop, West Richland, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $416,400. Buyer: Douglas Smith. Seller: Alderbrook Investments. 5990 Willowbend St., West Richland, 2,292-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $480,000. Buyer: Judy Hall. Seller: Thomas & Scotta Latka.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 65 79301 E. Badger Meadow Drive, Kennewick, 4,076-square-foot, single-family home on 2.35 acres. Price: $870,000. Buyer: Gergory & Dana Pickel. Seller: John & Katherine Lehew. 12706 S. Grandview Lane, Kennewick, 2,832-square-foot, single-family home on 0.6 acres. Price: $628,000. Buyer: Bernerd & Julie Anderson. Seller: Dennis Sawby Construction. W. 24th Ave., Kennewick, multiple lots with residential homes. Price: $625,000. Buyer: AP Properties. Seller: BFO Properties. 8815 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick, 3,670-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $464,500. Buyer: James & Paula Dawson. Seller: Jerry & Linda Anderson. 89003 E. Sagebrush Road, Kennewick, 0.59 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $444,700. Buyer: Bernard & Kaylie Boykin. Seller: Gale Rew Construction. 153110 W. Johnson Road, Prosser, 2,340-square-foot, single-family home on 5.9 acres. Price: $445,000. Buyer: Juan & Laura Rojas. Seller: Pedro & Leticia Rojas.

3804 W. 40th Place, Kennewick, 4,561-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $657,000. Buyer: Scott & Dana Andrews. Seller: AVEC CK Inc. 77404 E. Badger Meadow Drive, Kennewick, 3,399-square-foot, single-family home on 2 acres. Price: $495,000. Buyer: Gregory & Linda Baker Trustees. Seller: Luke & Jean Megna. 10603 S. Clearview Lane, Kennewick, 0.57 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $425,600. Buyer: Kristin & Kathleen Hedquist. Seller: Inspiration Builders. 572 Hunter St., Richland, 2,867-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $418,500. Buyer: Phani & Challa Uma Kantamnei. Seller: Jason & Terri Lacher. 6300 W. Okanogan, Kennewick, 30,150-square-foot, commercial building on 0.62 acres. Price: $820,000. Buyer: Hotels A1. Seller: DB Fireco Land Company. 6675 Cyprus Loop, West Richland, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $409,800. Buyer: Adam & Katrina Aguilar. Seller: Alderbrook Investments.

3301 S. Coulee Vista Drive, Kennewick, 0.86 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $418,000. Buyer; David & Stephanie Haug. Seller: Viking Builders. 6091 Juneberry Drive, West Richland, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $466,300. Buyer: Sean & Amanda Phillips. Seller: Viking Builders. 5003 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick, 5,610-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $660,000. Buyer: Jonathan & Celeste Collette. Seller: Calvin Halterman. 3800 S. Highlands Blvd., West Richland, 3,646-square-foot, single-family home on 0.93 acres. Price: $465,000. Buyer: Aaron & Valerie Eastman. Seller: Shannon & Trisha O’Toole. 1592 Manchester St., Richland, 2,915-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $448,200. Buyer: Jeffrey & Phillnia Lehr. Seller: Timothy & Sarah Place. 97802 E. Sidibe PRSE, Kennewick, 2,348-square-foot, single-family home on 2.59 acres. Price: $530,000. Buyer: Jan Michael & Kristen Wuttig. Seller: Steve & Imelda Buckingham. 1497 Chardonnay Drive, Richland, 2,487-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $430,000. Buyer: Ryan & Brandy Hickey. Seller: Dale Gunter. 10303 S. Clearview Lane, 0.56 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $449,900. Buyer: Lucas & Jessica Meredith. Seller: Inspiration Builders. 4396 Highview St., Richland, 3,646-squarefoot, single-family home on 0.71 acres. Price: $527,000. Buyer: Sean & Cyntha Brady. Seller: Alderbrook Investments. 3504 W. 42nd Ave., Kennewick, 3,004-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $430,000. Buyer: Jermey & Dawn Faught. Seller: Hani Murad & Jalajel Amaal. 964 Meadow Hills Drive, Richland, 2,623-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $415,000. Buyer: Heather & Kevin Medley. Seller: Victor & Michelle Edens. 212 Broadmoor St., Richland, 2,551-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $513,000. Buyer: Victor & Michelle Edens. Seller: Eileen Hively. 5315 W. 26th Ave., Kennewick, 1,833-square-foot, single-family home on 0.6 acres. Price: $425,000. Buyer: Elisa & Heather Anastos. Seller: Donald Miksch & Linda Moran. 1912 S. Edison St., Kennewick, 2,788-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $419,900. Buyer: Jason & Amber Smith. Seller: Jonathan & Celeste Collette. 4800 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick, 4,472-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $705,000. Buyer: Adam & Lisa Watson. Seller: Glen Engelhard. 1626 Pisa Land, Richland, 3,019-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $639,900. Buyer: Joseph Schiessl & Casey Pittman. Seller: P&R Construction. 3549 Eastlake Drive, West Richland, 3,559-square-foot, single-family home on 0.93 acres. Price: $437,000. Buyer: Joseph Iannelli & Kimberly David. Seller: Jerrold & Jean Bookwalter. 1518 Meadow Hills Drive, Richland, 2,460-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $560,000. Buyer: Yingge Du & Chunna Mao. Seller; Jeffrey & Philinia Lehr. 2700 Grayhawk Loop, Richland, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $450,000. Buyer: Jimmie & Sheryl Williman. Seller: Pahlisch Homes. 10365 W. 18th Place, Kennewick, 1 lot of undeveloped land, $412,100. Buyer: Peter & Kimberly Frentzen. Seller: Dan & Wendy Marsolek. 1120 Appaloose Way, Richland, 2,610-square-foot, single-family home on 0.85 acres. Price: $400,000. Buyer: Jackson Taylor & Sara Haws. Seller: Paul & Patricia Barnes. FRANKLIN COUNTY 10820 W. Court St., Pasco, 1,180-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $486,000. Buyer: Lloyd & Delma Williams. Seller: Bonnie Thompson. 4911 W. Livingston Road, Pasco, 1,500-square-foot, single-family home on 0.89 acres. Price: $428,000. Buyer: Desi & Rena Gama. Seller: David & Janice Meheen. 3003 N. Capital Ave., Pasco, 9,600-squarefoot warehouse and 1,000-square-foot, commercial building. Price: $1,000,000. Buyer:

M&B Properties. Seller: Olsen Ag. 7543 Selph Landing Road, Pasco, 103 acres of agricultural land. Price: $2,333,100. Buyer: Steve Cox. Seller: Olsen Ag. 2411 W. Court St., Pasco, 2,894-square-foot, restaurant. Price: $935,000. Buyer: Thomas & Patricia Logan Trustees. Seller: Hogback Cold Brew. 3300 B Glade North Road, 2,456-square-foot office building, 2,000-square-foot warehouse, 4,200-square-foot shop on 4.4 acres. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Two Rivers Terminal. Seller: Winfield Solutions. 6603 Whetstone Drive, Pasco, 2,606-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $477,00. Buyer: Matthew & Debra Branson. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction. 1050 Pasco Kahlotus Road, Pasco, 9,600-square-foot commercial building on 6 acres. Price: $725,000. Buyer: Keith Middleton. Seller: Middleton Six Sons Farms. 6421 Maverick Court, Pasco, 3,614-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $434,900. Buyer: John & Bobbette Thompson. Seller: Melanie Weber. 1010 Christopher Lane, Pasco, 3,812-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $451,000. Buyer: Jerry Hall (et al). Seller: Kathryn Fox (et vir). Undisclosed location, 88.4 acres of agricultural land. Price: $950,000. Buyer: Fis-Para LLC. Seller: Lola Herron Trust. Undisclosed location, 91.4 acres of agricultural land. Price: $1,292,900. Buyer: Rattray & Rattray. Seller: Samuel Reed (et al). 908 Road 62, Pasco, 2,543-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $420,000. Buyer: Mandi Parrish. Seller: Carla Varland. Undisclosed location, 187.8 acres of agricultural land. Price: $3,036,800. Buyer: Othello Blueberry. Seller: Tom & Vicki Solbrack. 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco, 7.1 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $1,221,900. Buyer: Chapel Hill Blvd LLC. Seller: Liberty Bankers Life Insurance. 11216 Beman Road, Pasco, 2,918-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $430,400. Buyer: Aaron & Michelle Trombley. Seller: New Tradition Homes. 8008 Bayberry Drive, Pasco, 2,324-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $419,900. Buyer: Sean & Diana Michel. Seller: Lott’s Better Built Homes. 11200 Mathews Road, Pasco, 2,158-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $409,00. Buyer: Cheryl Bolin. Seller: New Tradition Homes. 102 N. First Ave., Mesa, 3,202-square-foot commercial building. Price: $400,000. Buyer: JR Brothers. Seller: Grimm Holdings. 11414 Woodsman Drive, Pasco, 2,409-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $411,000. Buyer: Verbruggen Property. Seller: Riverwood Homes Washington.


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

BENTON COUNTY WSU-Prosser AG, 24106 N. Bunn Road, $27,200 for commercial remodel. Contractor: M E Uphus Construction. Sandvik Special Metals, 235407 E. SR 397, $150,000 for an accessory building. Contractor: owner. Olsen Brothers Ranches, 46002 N. District Line Road, $328,300 for agriculture buildings. Contractors: Steel Structures America and owner. Green2Go, 214307 E. SR 397, $78,200 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. Canoe Ridge Estates, 239653 S. Canoe Ridge Road, $87,100 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Tapteal Vineyard, 19410 E. 583 PRNE, $9,800 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. FRANKLIN COUNTY Rogers Potato, 6419 N. Railroad Ave., $12,400 for commercial additional. Contractor: Teton West.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 66 KENNEWICK Clearwater Professional Suites, 5215 W. Clearwater Ave. #102, $17,700 for commercial remodel, $20,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: owner, Pancho’s Heating & Cooling and Integrity Three Heating. Taggstrick1 LLC, 4898 W. Hildebrand Blvd., $525,000 for commercial remodel, $10,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $35,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Leone & Keeble, Total Energy Management and Columbia River Plumbing. Jack Grigsby Sr., 2625 W. Entiat Ave., $30,000 for a commercial addition, $5,000 for plumbing and $5,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: owner. Tri-Cities Community Health, 721 S. Auburn St., $120,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Kennewick School District, 4901 W. 20th Ave., $94,900 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Pacific Mobile Structure. Kennewick School District, 3520 Southridge Blvd., $25,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Setting Solutions LLC. TMS Lodging Group, 3346 S. Roosevelt Place, $20,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Benton Franklin Juvenile Center, 5606 W. Canal Drive, $336,300 for a commercial addition. Contractor: MG Wagner Co. Columbia Square Kennewick, 1220 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $15,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Columbia Property Management. Bauder Young Properties, 6700 W. Hildebrand Blvd., $80,000 for a fence/brick/ retaining wall. Contractor: Rock Placing Co. Fortunato Inc, 6500 W. Clearwater Ave., $15,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: Excel Construction. Brinkley Investments, 7200 W. Brinkley Road, $95,000 for new commercial construction and $5,000 for plumbing. Contractor: E-Mac Corp. Walmart, 2720 S. Quillan St., $120,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Rick Shipman Construction. South Side Up, 2611 S. Quillan Place, $70,500 for commercial remodel and $5,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: Clark Custom Remodeling and Total Energy Management. Wallace Properties, 2825 W. Kennewick Ave., $63,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Linn-Douglas Construction. R&S Property Management, 5011 W. Clearwater Ave., $7,200 for a heat pump/ HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Cibb Properties, 5453 Ridgeline Drive, $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. McDonald’s Corp, 2721 W. Kennewick Ave., $25,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Excel Construction. Saxony-Pacific, 6511 W. Canal Drive, $12,300 for a sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Kooskooskia, 8479 W. Clearwater Ave., $43,000 for tenant improvements and $7,800 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: owner and Jacob & Rhodes. KRG Building, 660 E. Bruneau Ave., $7,400 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Chinook Heating & Air. SP LLU Riverpointe, 7803 W. Deschutes Ave., $5,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: All Climate Services. PASCO 598 Building Association, 1328 N. 28th Ave., $29,500 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: McKinstry Co. Lachapelle Properties, 1704 N. 20th Ave., $5,000 for demolition. Contractor: owner. Walmart Real Estate, 4820 Road 68, $120,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Jay Brantingham, 3030 Travel Plaza Way, $1,056,300 for new commercial construction. Contractor: CRF Metal Works. Del Sol Inc, 611 W. Columbia St., $5,700 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Pasco School District, 1315 N. Seventh Ave., $560,400 for tenant improvements. Contractor: to be determined. Joseph Sapp, 3802 W. Court St., $12,400 for

tenant improvements. Contractor: Fridley’s Construction. Maria Diaz, 306 W. Lewis St., $483,900 for new commercial construction. Contractor: J&L Construction. Permobil Pasco, 2701 W. Court St., $12,500 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Viveros Brothers Construction. Rowand & Associates, 1907 E. James St., $50,300 for fire alarm/system. Contractor: Fire Control Sprinkler Systems. Garam LLC, 667 Burden Blvd., $20,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. McCurley Chervrolet, 1325 Autoplex Way, $50,200 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Real Centric Solutions. City of Pasco, 1015 S. Gray Ave., $206,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Industrial Contractors. City of Pasco, 1208 Road 48, $39,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. City of Pasco, 4803 W. Octave St., $32,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. RICHLAND WSU Tri-Cities, 215 University Drive, $458,700 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Chervenell Construction. WSU Tri-Cities, 227 University Drive, $8,000,000 for multi-family construction. Contractor: Chervenell Construction. Grigsby Properties, 585 Stevens Drive, $1,110,800 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. City of Richland, 3432 Beardsley Road, $50,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Gillespie Homes. Port of Benton, 3100 George Washington Way, $40,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MP Construction. David Black, 743 Gage Blvd., $137,000 for tenant improvements. Contractors: Elite Construction & Development. All Saints Episcopal, 1322 Kimball Ave., $7,500 for commercial remodel. Contractor: 1st Choice Restoration. Jung Choi, 612 Gage Blvd., $200,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Construction Services & Inspections. Richland School District, 1550 George Washington Way, $16,000,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Fowler General Construction. Grand Prix Investment, 112 Keene Road, $9,700 for a deck addition. Contractor: Vargo General Construction. Tri-Cities Community Health, 915 Goethals Drive, $70,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Oil Can Henry’s, 25 Columbia Point Drive, $13,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Comfort Flow Heat. Central United Protestant, 1124 Stevens Drive, $8,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. AREVA, 2101 Horn Rapids Road, $2,200,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Fowler General Construction. Croskrey Brothers, 1020 Queensgate Drive, $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, $6,600 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Browman Development, 2927 Queensgate Drive, $8,500 for plumbing. Contractor: Roto Rooter Service.

uBUSINESS LICENSES KENNEWICK Fencing & Awning, 4810 Beauchene Road, Moxee. Associated Warehouses, 580 S. Lucile St., Seattle. Mary Morris Jewelry, 2305 W. 24th Place. Tami Shockley, 8458 W. Gage Blvd., Suite C. Mike Colby & Sons, 1247 Montana Ave., Richland. Bradford Hinch Builder, 118325 S. Player Drive, Spokane. Barry Scott Schneider, 74626 Usage Lane, Irrigon, Oregon. Kens Construction, 1062 Nightingale Road, Wapato. Premier Builders, 110 27th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor. FMC Columbia Basin, 6600 W. Rio Grande Ave.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services, 26328 79th Ave. S., Kent. 2 The Nines, 7139 W. Hood Place. Castle Hospitality, 706 Williams Blvd., Richland. Clark Custom Remodeling, 5510 Englewood Hill Drive, Yakima. Linn-Douglas Construction, 33006 135th Place SE, Auburn. Pape Machinery, 1907 E. James St., Pasco. Rolens Construction, 4802 W. Metaline Ave. Allied Products, 2573 Piper Cub Lane, Newberg, Oregon. Dogz on the Run, 1106 Ida Ave., Benton City. Life Care Center of Kennewick, 1508 W. Seventh Ave. Alisha Reed, 910 S. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite D. Ahlers, 4610 W. Hood Ave. Shawn Sylvester, 7139 W. Hood Ave. Roaster Coffee Bar, 300 N. Ely St., Suite B. Quiroga Law Office, 7101 W. Hood Place, Suite B201. Dentures 4 U, 5219 W. Clearwater St., Suite 3. V Boutique & Salon, 5453 Ridgeline Drive, Suite 130. Pro Mechanical Services, 4911 N. Rebecca St., Spokane. Diamond Electric, 16 Snake River Road, Asotin. Daisaku Nagaoka, 138 Thill Ave., Sunnyside. Advanced Family Chiropractic, 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 100. Amanda Young, 1352 S. Washington St. Jon Scott Floors, 2404 Boise St., Richland. Red Mountain Design, 5425 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. Columbia River Catering and Company, 2451 N. Rhode Island Court. Superior Quality Installation, 15021 Saint Andrew Drive, Oregon City, Oregon. Triton Garage Doors, 401 Crawford Lane, Moses Lake. Tacos Y Mariscos El Tequilas, 109 W. Kennewick Ave. Iron Mountain Enterprises, 1846 Terminal Drive, Richland. Dj Sunrise Development, 5602 S. Newport Place PR. Yuliya Semenyuk, 5453 Ridgeline Drive,


Suite 130. Tri Construction, 686 W. Sunset Drive, Burbank. Homes with Kara, 417 S. Roosevelt St. Sermeno Plastering, 9168 W. Yellowstone Ave. Nicole Noyes, 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B. Me Games, 3067 S. Edison Court. Art is the Life, 5501 N. Hildebrand. Hot Tamales, 3301 S. Volland St. Lifestyle Solutions, 1622 W. 25th Place. Level Up Preschool and Child Care, 2625 W. Entiat Ave. Summit Food Service, 7122 W. Okanogan Place. Kristen Tisdale, 2817 W. Klamath Ave. Three Brothers Carpentry, 1827 W. Jay St., Pasco. Nordutch Construction, 6704 Fenway Drive, Pasco. Legacy Air Hvac, 19020 72nd Ave S., Kent. Rick Shipman Construction, 15018 Country Road 413, Dexter, Montana. Axios Alliance, 4009 S. Kellogg. Cardpool, 2825 W. Kennewick Ave. Atlas Construction Contracting, 1130 Meade Ave., Prosser. Apline Landscaping, 6405 Glacier Peak Drive, Pasco. Precision Therapeutic Massage, 201 N. Edison St., Suite 236. Summ-It Bookkeeping Services, 2411 S. Union St., Suite C. Ronel’s Custom Sewing, 1414 S. Tacoma St. Just for You Jewelry and Crafts, 530 N. Edison St. Martinez Roofing, 224227 E. Access PRSE. MGH Services, 7029 W. Eighth Ave. Rr Flooring, 601 S. Kent St. The Exterior Connection, 8701 W. Skagit Ave. Pinnacle Anesthesia Solutions, 1085 Sirron Ave., Richland. Briggs Management Group, 8137 W. Bruneau Ave. J. Madrigal Concrete, 303 Walla Walla St., Umatilla, Oregon.



Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017

PUBLIC RECORD, From page 67 Custom Touch, 904 S. Arthur Place. Mireles Perfection Flooring, 2303 Dover St., Richland. Flores Contracting, 803 Golden St., Oroville. Columbia Basin Drywall, 111 N. Lincoln St. Ginger Bears Daycare, 3106 S. Dayton St. Arden Olson Flooring, 2820 SE 58th Court, Suite 200, Hillsboro, Oregon. Caring Transitions of Greater Tri-Cities, 1055 Spokane Ave., Prosser. Pro KPR Construction, 4906 Bilbao Drive, Pasco. Tattoos by Stacie Nelson, 132 A Vista Way. Jesse Byron Bernd, 6515 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 248. Ram General Contracting, 207 N. Eighth Ave., Pasco. Fischer Incorporated, 207 Winslow Ave., Richland. Elijah Hicks, 6515 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 248. Gis Trucking, 1401 W. 52nd Ave. Pmbservices, 5322 W. First Place. The Rose Cottage, 3231 W. 13th Ave. Double J Excavating, 10203 W. 18th Place. R&B Pressure Washington, 1609 K St., Walla Walla. Kat’s Artistic Cosmetic, 910 S. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite D. Elite Custom Framing, 6601 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite C. Ernie’s Landscaping, 1717 W. Fifth Ave. Southridge Village, 3304 W. 34th Ave. Carment, 626 Basswood Ave., Richland. Aqua Salon, 7139 W. Hood Place, Bldg. 101. Lyon Thermal Dynamix, 911 W. 14th Place. M&E Staffing, 2908 S. Rainier Place. R.W. Business Solutions, 811 S. Neel Court. Ulises The Interpreter, 2701 W. Eighth Ave. Dnk Tile Work, 2611 E. Adelia St., Pasco. Diverse Music Entertainment, 905 W. Fifth Ave. Cindy Lee, 3703 W. Kennewick Ave. Pure Process Filtration, 7429 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove, California. C&R Plastering, 9021 W. Rio Grande Ave. Deep Dive Consulting, 5740 Oleander Drive, West Richland. Daymon Green, 931 NE Salzman Road,

Corbett, Oregon. Md Draft Team, 30504 S. Finley Road. Lady-A Janitorial, 223405 E. Perkins Road. All Star Maintenance, 1539 W. Howard St., Pasco. Stacey Vierra, 4018 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite D. Pyramid Cleaning, 1548 N. Edison St. B&T Plumbing & Mechanical, 9 S. Lincoln St. Freedom Junk Removal, 1417 W. Fourth Place. Riensche Transportation, 2024 Blue Ave., Richland. D’Lor Salon and Spa, 910 S. Columbia Center Blvd., Bldg. D. Mgm Consulting Group, 8378 W Grandridge Blvd. Suite 110A. Renee Arent, 2417 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite B. Anr Construction, 7108 Kau Trail, Pasco. Paradise Installed, 3110 N. 543 Or NE, Benton City. Paws N’ Roses, 135 Vista Way, Suite A. James R. Sawyer, 82280 Hat Rock Road, Hermiston, Oregon. Bruce Schieno, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave. Tb’s Barber Shop, 113 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite B. Kim Nelson Massage Therapy, 3400 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 5. Jennifer Roberts Piano Studio, 3724 S. Mckinely St. Handyman Services, 3538 Waterford St., Richland. Kayla Wells, 440 N. Volland St. Vintage Tri-Cities, 5716 W. 14th Ave. G&G Contrator, 803 S. Olympia St. Jeb Co, 3013 Escolar Road. F&J Drywall, 4504 Canter St., West Richland. Nancy’s Massage Therapy and Cupping, 7139 W. Hood Place. Dynamic Fat Loss Kennewick, 7535 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite E. Stanley Wraps, 313 S. Mckinley Place. Ely Construction, 931 SW 14th Place, Hermiston, Oregon. Remodeling & Painting Homes, 5510 W. 17th Ave. Alan Transport, 2215 S. Fruitland St. V M General Construction, 1743 S. Cascade

St. Steves Tire and Auto Repair, 4819 W. Clearwater Ave. Better Windows with Ben, 652 N. 59th Ave., West Richland. Pacific King Relocation & Logistics Systems, 608 W. Yakima St., Pasco. Anew You Now, 8819 W. Victoria Ave. Stark Cleaning Crew, 4910 Sahara Drive, Pasco. Clouse House Graphics, 802 W. 24th Ave. Hair by Yoselin, 5452 Ridgeline Drive, Suite 130. Walla Walla/Tri Cities Jet Ski Rental, 1113 S. Benton St. Beauty Nails & Spa, 321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite D. Wroblewski Studio, 4409 S. Sharron Court. Teresa Welch, 7139 West Hood Place. Game On Mobile Entertainment, 6207 Ryanick Road. PASCO Desert Springs, 7703 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick. Flatline Towing, 512 Wellsian Way, Richland. Boss Mechanics Services, 3702 Estrella Drive. Conception Tirado Dominguez, 5016 Robert Wayne Drive. Grit, 5242 Outlet Drive. Ridgetop Wireless Solutions, 2440 Ferry St. SW, Suite D, Albany, Oregon. Cecilia Petrearce Castillo, 1724 W. Clark St., Suite B. Kiddie Corner Kids Learning Center, 220 N. Oregon Ave. Fadel 2 Perfection, 1212 N. 20th Ave. Rodman Electric, 1503 W. Marie ST. Urban Doll Nails & Spa, 6311 Burden Blvd., Suite B. Mafe Auto Repair, 1100 E. Columbia St., Suite A-4. VR Automotive, 2601 W. Lewis St., Suite B. S&M Auto, R/V & Equipment Sales, 3220 N. Capitol Ave. Platinum Motor, 1431 W. Lewis St. Pasco Appliance Recycling, 207 N. Oregon Ave. Chens MP&T, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Veronica J. Leiva, 5242 Outlet Drive. Xavier Vergara, 1531 N. 14th Ave. Raquel Christy Zamora, 5242 Outlet Drive. L&C All Shine Cleaning Service, 5623 Coppercap Mountain. Asmaa Latef, 5810 Ramus Lane. MGH Services, 7029 W. Eighth Ave., Kennewick. Sermeno Plastering, 9168 W. Yellowstone Ave., Kennewick. Branded & Sealed Construction, 1208 Road 40. Autozone #9788, 3733 N. Capitol Ave. BZG Company, 4310 NW Commons Drive. Mireles Perfection Flooring, 2303 Dover St., Richland. Cummins Inc, 1708 E. James St. HD Auto Detail, 931 W. Court St. All City Roofing, 30 N. Sheppard Place, Kennewick. L&R General Construction, 4519 Clydesdale Lane. A+ Masonry, 11606 Pheasant Court. Westfall Enterprizes, 2305 Franz Court, Richland. Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental, 1201 Pacific Ave., Suite 2100, Tacoma. Terence L. Thornhill Architect, 4005 W. Riverhaven St. Western Exterminator Company, 1200 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver. Bettendorf’s Print & Design, 14 S. Benton, Kennewick. S&L Construction, 876 S. Crestline Road, Othello. Brothers Pipeline Corp, 5025 Road 68. Megan Rodrick LMT, 5242 Outlet Drive. Tri-Rivers Construction Services, 4109 Green St., Kennewick. Double J Excavating, 10203 W. 18th Place, Kennewick. ANR Construction, 7108 Kau Trail. Black Top Solutions, 2500 NE 199ths St., Ridgefield. RICHLAND Kadlec Clinic Northwest Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, 875 Swift Blvd. Tri-City Regional Surgery Center, 1096

Goethals Drive. Huylar Construction, 12 S. Fir St., Toppenish. Southwestern, 2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, Tennessee. Mary Morris Jewelry, 2305 W. 24th Place., Kennewick. Celebrity Limousine, Inc, 1930 S. Hartford St., Kennewick. Advanced Electric & Alarm Systems, 11401 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 3, Spokane Valley. La Verde Apartments III, 1201 A Del Mar Court. Eckenberg Farm, 24064 SW Road L, Mattawa. Sigma Management, 1030 Battelle Blvd., Suite 102. Barry Scott Schneider, 74626 Usage Lane, Irrigon, Oregon. Spen-McMurdo Construction, 71124 Arena Road. Lamgo, 8220 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Ameresco, 222 Williams Ave. S., Suite 1, Renton. Linn-Douglas Construction, 33006 135th Place SE, Auburn. Tri-Cities Irrigation Landscape, 4406 Janet Road, Pasco. Shoemaker Excavation, 33004 S. Gerards Road, Kennewick. Edward Scott Barrows, 274 Swofford Road, Mossyrock. Reality Homes, 1308 Alexander Ave. E., Suite B, Fife. Alisha Reed, 910 S. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite D, Kennewick. Leadership Services, 300 Columbia Point Drive. Clean Cut Builders, 19002 N. Hansen Road, Prosser. Wholesale Fire Equipment Company, 2449 Robertson Drive. Steelhead Carpentry, 17453 N. Glade Road, Mesa. Junior’s Painting, 5718 Coppercap Mountain Lane, Pasco. Whitestar Enterprises, 2690 NE Second Street, Bend, Oregon. Professional Hispanic Consultants, 24601 B Road SW 4, Mattawa. Mattress Firm #132011, 2801 Queensgate Drive, Suite 2. RDW Construction Remodeling, 720 W. Albany Ave., Kennewick. KBEC, 200 Edgewood Drive. Alicia Francine Virtual Assisting, 1523 Goethals Drive. Jon Scott Floors, 2404 Boise St. Love Curry, 5025 N. Road 68, Suite A1, Pasco. A Quality Roof Now, 300 Charvet Road, Grandview. Triton Garage Doors, 401 Crawford Lane, Moses Lake. Shanti, 110 Davenport St. Vintage Hair Boutique, 404 Bradley Blvd., Suite 104, Richland. AM Cleaning, 8203 Camano Drive, Pasco. 575 Columbia Apartments, 575 Columbia Point Drive. Watchdog Security, 1012 Court St., Prosser. Sermeno Plastering, 9168 W. Yellowstone Ave., Kennewick. Leidos Innovations Corporation, 1981 Snyder St. Clover Patch, 1565 S. Black Cat Road, Meridian, Idaho. Zenitram Properties II, 901 Aaron Drive. Sonilez Industries, 601 Knight St., Suite 1. MDV Development, 2390 Eagle Ridge Court. Mincom International, 601 Knight St. MLD Whispering Pines, 1054 Sirron Ave. Alano Masonry, 6001 Pimlico Drive, Pasco. B’s Chiropractic, 2758 Leopold Lane. Nordutch Construction, 6704 Fenway Drive, Richland. Orchards Caffee, 709 The Parkway. Springview, 341 Glen Eagles Court. KS Kingsgate, 2010 Austin Place. Pulsar Electric, 3216 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Lars Industries, 914 Tomich Ave. Medina Electrical Services, 112 S. Glacier St., Moxee. Cleaves Anesthesia, 2631 Appaloosa Way. MGH Services, 7029 W. Eighth Ave., Kennewick. Repose, 2000 Thompson St.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 68 American Supercoat Fencing, 4004 W. 17th Ave., Kennewick. Pinnacle Anesthesia Solutions, 1085 Sirron Ave. Digital Brilliance, 623 Basswood Ave. Mimi + Ruby, 1323 Haupt Ave. J Madrigal Concrete, 303 Walla Walla St., Umatilla, Oregon. Ryan Bird Photography, 2200 Copperleaf St. Prosser Wine Excursions, 1045 Parker Court. Prosser. Mireles Perfection Flooring, 2303 Dover St. Northwest Coffee, 2475 Stevens Center Place. Parkhill Engineering, 1332 Stevens Drive. Pro KPR Construction, 4906 Bilboa Drive, Pasco. Ram General Contracting, 207 N. Eighth Ave., Pasco. Fisher Management Company, 1452 Tuscany Place. A&E Transport, 95 Goethals Drive. Fischer Incorporated, 607 Winslow Ave. Double J Excavating, 10203 W. 18th Place., Kennewick. R&B Pressure Washing, 1609 K St., Walla Walla. Leticia Pearl Aesthetics, 513 Lee Blvd. Pacific Shorz Powersports, 2515 N. Road 52, Pasco. Carment, 626 Basswood Ave. Philip Murray Dickinson, 1319 Lee Blvd. Ulises The Interpreter, 2701 W. Eighth Ave, Kennewick. DNK Tile Work, 2611 E. Adelia St., Pasco. Cavalcade of Authors, 5611 Oleander Drive, West Richland. Fin Consulting, 1308 Brookwood Ave. Diverse Music Entertainment, 905 W. Fifth Ave, Kennewick. Pure Process Filtration, 7429 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove, California. C&R Plastering, 9021 W. Rio Grande Ave., Kennewick. Recovering Hope, 1955 Jadwin Ave. Lori Leigh, Real Estate Broker, 503 Surrey Court. Deep Dive Consulting, 5740 Oleander Drive, West Richland. Lularoe Keli Kucera, 2926 Rockcreek Court. Bogner Rentals, 1519 Stevens Drive. 5 Point 0 Wellness, 925 Stevens Drive, Suite 1D. MD Draft Team, 30504 S. Finley Road, Kennewick. Tiny House Décor, 45004 East Red Mountain Road, Benton City. Healthy Beginnings Preventative Health, 2836 Copperbutte St. Inspired Home Design, 1900 Fowler St., Suite F. All Star Maintenance, 1539 W. Howard St., Pasco. Royalty Painting Idaho, 3733 US Highway 30 W., New Plymouth, Idaho. Edge Effect Holdings, 601 Napa Court. Mari J Padgett, 1605 Meadow Hills Drive. Pyramid Cleaning, 1548 N. Edison St., Kennewick. J2Z Group, 710 George Washington Way, Suite A. B&T Plumbing & Mechanical, 9 S. Lincoln St., Kennewick. Riensche Transportation, 2024 Blue Ave.

Health Restoration, 435 Aimee Drive. Alix Lloyd, 2228 Redwood Lane. Ethereal Explorations, 386 Columbia Point Drive. Bolas Bolis, 820 W. C St., Pasco. Jeb Co, 3013 Escolar Road, Kennewick. JRD Construction, 931 SW 14th Place, Hermiston, Oregon. Luxury Blooms Floral Design, 451 Sundance Drive. Alan Transport, 2215 S. Fruitland St., Kennewick. Senior Care Consulting, 245 Van Giesen ST. Your Fishing World, 200 Windwood Lane. Kim Lloyd Consulting, 2228 Redwood Lane. CM Entertainment, 505 Barth Ave. SB Transcription, 257 Riverwood St. Owen Consulting, 618 Lago Vista Drive. Walla Walla/Tri Cities Jew Ski Rental, 1113 S. Benton St., Kennewick. Tubbs Consulting Services, 341 Black Court SW, Marietta, George. Game On Mobile Entertainment, 6207 Ryanick Road, Kennewick. WEST RICHLAND A to B Transport, 1155 N. 60th Ave. Carmet LLC, 626 Basswood Ave., Richland. Vytacor, 630 N. 59th Ave. Columbia Basin Drywall, 111 N. Lincoln St., Kennewick. Reclaimed Construction, 4728 Daisy St. Apline Landscaping, 6405 Glacier Peak Drive, Pasco. Kona Ice of Pasco, 4003 Monterey Drive, Pasco. Jon Scott Floors, 2404 Boise St., Richland. Kdow Construction, 2969 Sawgrass Loop, Richland. Nordutch Construction, 6704 Fenway Drive, Pasco. Alano Masonry, 6001 Pimlico Drive, Pasco. MGH Services, 7029 W. Eighth Ave., Kennewick. Ram General Contracting, 207 N. 8th Ave., Pasco. Edge Worx Sharpening, 423 Austin Drive. Genesis Construction, 1505 S. Road 40 E., Pasco. Adriot Concrete, 902 Angeline Blvd., Benton City. Caring Transitions of Greater Tri-Cities, 1055 Spokane Ave., Prosser. Smith & Greene Company, 19015 66th Ave. S., Kent. Cavalcade of Authors, 5611 Oleander Drive. Fischer Incorporated, 607 Winslow Ave., Richland. Sermeno Plastering, 9168 W. Yellowstone Ave., Kennewick. Deep Dive Consulting, 5740 Oleander Drive. All Star Day Care, 1534 Crab Apple Circle. Spen-McMurdo Construction, 71124 Arena Road, Richland. Mattison Martinoli, 12530 227th Ave. SE, Monroe. Double J Excavating, 10203 W. 18th Place, Kennewick. Innovawest Property, 2521 Royal Palm Ave. Rolens Constructions, 4802 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick. Gailey Construction, 5505 Oasis St. Tri City Heating & Air, 202122 E. Schuster Road, Kennewick. Pulsar Electric, 2316 W. Fourth Ave.,

Kennewick. Pyramid Cleaning, 1548 N. Edison St., Kennewick. All Star Maintenance, 1539 W. Howard St., Pasco. DNK Tile Work, 2611 E. Adelia St., Pasco. Remodeling & Painting Homes, 5510 W. 17th Ave., Kennewick. ANR Construction, 7108 Kau Trail, Pasco. Callies Welding and Fabrication, 7911 N. Webber Canyon Road NE, Benton City. The Breakfast Bowl, 1837 Sunshine Ave. B&T Plumbing & Mechanical, 9 S. Lincoln St., Kennewick. Kennewick UPC, 201 S. Auburn St., Kennewick. Pacific King Relocation & Logistics Systems, 608 W. Yakima St., Pasco. Norma Mendoza Insurance Agency, 381 E. Main St., Othello. Jeb Co, 3013 Escolar Road, Kennewick. Shibley Development, 3805 Equestrian Drive. Game On Mobile Entertainment, 6207 Ryanick Road, Kennewick. J Madrigal Concrete, 303 Walla Walla St., Umatilla, Oregon.

uJUDGMENTS The state can file lawsuits against people or businesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or business owns. Judgments are filed in Benton-Franklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

Maria Del R. Morales, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 2. Rojas Builders LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 5. Edward Lopez III, et al, unpaid Department of Licensing taxes, filed June 5. Alex B. Najera MD, PS, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 5. Enemisio Migel Leal, et al, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 5. Tres Pueblos Meat Market LLC, unpaid Depart of Revenue taxes, filed June 12. AZ Homes Inc, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 14. Maganas Golden Nugget, et al, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 15. Frontier Trading LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed June 19. Preston Kent Cable, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 19. Elite Tile Solutions, et al, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 19. Kyle Devere Catt, et al, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 20. J&D Construction, et al, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 20.


D&S Concrete LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 20. Lozanos Empire LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed June 27. David I. Gillman Jr., unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 28. Eduardo L. Moreno, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 28. Christine R. Clark, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 28. Kathryn Crenshaw, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Stephen E. Zimmerle, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Carlota Romero, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Wayne B. Bradley, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Mikel L. Robles, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Krystal L. Longoria, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Rachel Middleton, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. David V. Parkhotyuk, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Anthony R. Mancillas, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Salvador D. Dubon Anzora, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Jordan L. Valentine, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Rafael Flores, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Justin Salinas, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Rene Acosta, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Humbertina Espinosa, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Khyl W. Cassano, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 29. Manuel Luna, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Anita L. Corkrum, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Eleazar V. Salinas, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Rafael T. Alvarez, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Joseph B. Chastain, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Juan M. Flores, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Jose A. Diaz, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Claudia Estrada, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Jose A. Rizo, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Noe Morales, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30.


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• 10,240 square feet of finished corporate office space • 28 exterior windowed offices, conference, break and production rooms

• 62 on-site parking stalls • Interstate 182 on/off ramp on Broadmoor Blvd. • High visibility freeway location • Available Fall 2017 • Asking $16.00 PSF triple net

Dirk Stricker 2810 W. Clearwater, Suite 104 Kennewick, WA 99336 509-430-8535


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • July 2017

PUBLIC RECORD, From page 69

winery <250,000 liters.

Chris M. Smith, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Juan M. Contreras, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Kathleen E. Timblin, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Jared D. Heaps, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. David L. Gockerell, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Laura L. Apodaca, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Juan M. Rodriguez, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Alicia E. Arceo, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Dennis Pineda, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Melissa R. Aguilar, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. David Smith, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Miguel A. Aguirre, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Leticia Macias-Gonzalez, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Terrance W. Barker, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Angela L. Olguin, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Carlota Romero, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Liliana Garza, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Maria A. Ruelas, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Sara Davila, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. Mia Dickenson, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30. John V. Olivares, unpaid Employment Security taxes, filed June 30.


uLiquor Licenses


BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATION Ready and Out Restaurant and Catering, 1827 Wine Country Road, Prosser. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only and beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Eastside Market, 335 Wine Country Road, Prosser. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only and beer/wine grocery store. Application type: new. Seoul Fusion, 5011 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. APPROVED Sun River Vintners, 9312 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: added/ change of class. Longship Cellars, 9312 W. 10th Ave., Suite C101, Kennewick. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: added/ change of class. Wok King International Buffet, 7011 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. License type: beer/ wine restaurant. Application type: new. Mongolian Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant, 140 Gage Blvd., Suite 204, Richland. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Tacos Y Mariscos El Tequilas, 109 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: change of location. Bills, 1205 Meade Ave., Prosser. License type: direct shipment in Washington only. Application type: in lieu. Lucky Flowers, 6827 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington. Application type: new. Wines of the World, 480 N. Quay St., Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington. Application type: added/change of class. DISCONTINUED Blackwood Canyon, 53258 N. Sunset Road PRNE, Benton City. License type: domestic

NEW APPLICATION Billares Plaza, 528B W. Clark St., Pasco. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. APPROVED Fusion Wines, 3217 Sorento Court, Pasco. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. DISCONTINUED JS Mesa Grocery and Deli, 102 First Ave., Mesa. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington.

uMARIJUANA Licenses BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Greenmed Labs, 30356 Hwy 243 S., Mattawa. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: Change of location. New address: 15505 N. Webber Canyon Road, Suite 1, Benton City. Wautoma Valley, 511 Wautoma Road, Sunnyside. License type: marijuana producer tier 3 and marijuana processor. Application type: assumption. New name: Full Throttle Farms. Greenluck, 866 Highland Orchard Road NE, Bridgeport. License type: marijuana producer tier 3 and marijuana processor. Application type: change of location. New address: 15505 N. Webber Canyon Road, Suite E, Benton City.

Washington Tower Farm, 158901 W. Old Inland Empire Highway, Prosser. License type: Marijuana producer tier 2. Application type: assumption. Greenleaf Environmental, 413 N. Griffin Road, Suite E, Grandview. License type: marijuana producer tier 2. Application type: change of corporate officer. Fourdub, 22604 Hosko Road, Prosser. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: added fees. Gordon 4-M-J Nation, 15505 Webber Canyon Road, Suite C-1, Benton City. License type: marijuana processor. Application type: new. Trichometechnologies, 33907 S. Gerards Road, Suite A, Kennewick. License type: marijuana producer tier 2. Application type: added fees. DISCONTINUED Cooperative09, 57311 N. 435 PRNE, Benton City. License type: marijuana cooperative. FRANKLIN COUNTY APPROVED Hemp Masters, 171 Fairway Ave., Suite A, Mesa. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: new.

ubusiness UPDATES NEW BUSINESS 7 Salon.Spa.Sip. has opened at 4018 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite D in Kennewick. The salon offers haircuts and colors, lash services, microblading and more. Hours by appointment. Contact: 425-281-2717 or 509521-2001,, Facebook. BlackWool has opened at 5215 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 106 in Kennewick. The store sells men’s and women’s lifestyle fashion. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Contact: 509-820-3809, Facebook. Candy Gallery has opened at 5 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick. The gallery will feature all types of art from painting and sculpture to photography and video. Hours: 5

to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment. Contact: 509-851-4221, Facebook. Cummins Sales and Service has opened at 1708 E. James St. in Pasco. The business designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel engines. Hours: 8 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact: 800666-2561,, Facebook. Die Empty CrossFit has opened at 3180 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The gym offers fitness training using high intensity, varied movements. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-378-9379,, Facebook. Hempy Hands Massage has opened at 3030 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 240 in Kennewick. The clinic offers a variety of massages using therapeutic grade, CBD oil. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-539-1222,, Facebook. Lotus of the Moon has opened at 303 Casey Ave., Suite D in Richland. The store sells one-of-a-kind items and offers classes and services in spiritual/holistic growth and healing. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-940-7460,, Facebook. Rustica Interior has opened at 428 E. Columbia Drive in Kennewick. The store sells vintage home décor and furniture. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Contact: Facebook. Trindera Engineering has opened at 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 200, #314 in Kennewick. The business offers electrical, controls and automation engineering and consulting. Contact: 509-205-4111, trindera. com, Facebook. ADDITIONAL LOCATION Mattress Firm has opened a new location at 2801 Queensgate Drive, Suite 2 in Richland. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Contact: 509-392-8345, V Boutique & Salon has opened a second location at 5453 Ridgeline Drive, Suite 130 in Kennewick. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Contact: 509-396-9008,, Facebook. MOVED Grandridge Eye Clinic has moved its Kennewick clinic to 7131 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 101 in Kennewick. Contact 509-7360710,, Facebook. PBS Engineering and Environmental has moved its Richland and Pasco offices to 400 Bradley Blvd., Suite 106 in Richland. Contact: 509-942-1600,, Facebook. Russ Dean Family RV has moved to 9420 Sandifer Parkway in Pasco. Contact: 509-5459500,, Facebook. WinSome, Inc. has moved to 1201 Jadwin Ave., Suite 102 in Richland. Contact: 509-9465755,, Facebook. CLOSED Old Towne Meats at 4201 Kennedy Road, Suite 9 in West Richland has closed. Peoples Bank 8486 W. Gage Blvd., Suite C in Kennewick has closed. Real Deals at 206 N. Benton St. in Kennewick has closed. Rumor Lounge at 6515 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick has closed.

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uNETWORKING Estes-Cross named Leadership Tri-Cities Alumnus of the Year

Emily Estes-Cross, economic development director with the city of Kennewick, was named alumnus of the year at Leadership Tri-Cities’ graduation ceremony June 14 at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Emily Estes-Cross Class XXII’s 23 graduates shared results of their community project—a facility renovation for Pasco therapeutic service provider TROT—at the event, and Estes-Cross was recognized for her role in helping the city remove barriers to facilitate recruitment of new businesses to the Tri-Cities. Nearly 490 people have graduated from Leadership Tri-Cities since its inception in 1994. The nine-month program provides a forum to examine and dialogue about issues facing the local community, state and Pacific Northwest. It includes 10 sessions focusing on various sectors and industries shaping the region.

Nine teachers receive $200 mini grants

The Benton Franklin School Retirees Association recently provided $1,800 in mini grants to Kennewick School District staff. Nine grants of $200 each went to the following teachers: Mat Adelmund, Tri-Tech Skills Center; Danielle Belliston, Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center; Stephanie Brooks, Lincoln Elementary; Wanda Cadwallader, Legacy High School; Michelle Johnson, Legacy High School; Ron Pasma, Desert Hills Middle School; Janice Sola, BentonFranklin Juvenile Justice Center; Antonio Vegas, Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center; and Dan White, Kennewick High School.

Energy Northwest honored for hiring veterans

Energy Northwest was recently recognized by WorkSource Columbia Basin for its proven track record of hiring military veterans. Of Energy Northwest’s 1,089 employees, 300 are veterans and 35 percent of the company’s new hires in 2016 were veterans. A Washington state law allows employers to give preference to veterans and widows or widowers of veterans without violating anti-discrimination laws.

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Students from Southgate Elementary stand with author Lynn Fielding with a copy of his book, “Why There Is Always Room For Dessert.” Fielding recently donated 4,000 English and Spanish versions of his children’s book to elementary schools in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. Fielding served on the Kennewick School Board for 24 years, from 1988 through 2011, and has been involved in literacy efforts for years. (Courtesy Kennewick School District)

Trios Health employees celebrate the second year of graduating residents by congratulating Drs. Eric Bai and Kirk Blais, from left, front, and Jeff McDannel, Jazzlyn Gallardo, Scott McDonald, from left, behind. The residents’ ceremonial final walk out of the hospital to the cheers of providers and staff for a cake and punch celebration with employees was June 23. (Courtesy Trios Health)

Chris Meiers, Washington State University Tri-Cities vice chancellor of enrollment management and student services, left, accepts a gift from Nitiphong Songsrirote, dean of the Mahasarakham University Business School, after signing a memorandum of understanding to partner with the Thailand school for language and cultural exchange programs. Mahasarakham University will be responsible for facilitating study abroad opportunities for WSU Tri-Cities students. WSU Tri-Cities also signed an agreement with Vanwest College, which will be responsible for delivering an English as a second language program, academic workshops and sightseeing at its Vancouver, British Columbia, campus. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)


More than 150 people attended Cold War Patriot’s free resource fair June 13 in Kennewick. The community resource advocacy group helps nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families get the recognition, compensation and healthcare they have earned. The group has been hosting these annual events at locations around the country since 2009. (Courtesy Cold War Patriots)

Columbia Center Rotary recently received the 2017 Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award on behalf of the Kennewick School District. The award recognizes the club’s contributions to the community over the past 30 years, including the hundreds of volunteer hours and tens of thousands of dollars provided annually to the district. The club provided thousands of dollars for student leadership programs at Park and Chinook middle schools, and $20,000 in annual scholarships for graduating seniors at Southridge and Phoenix high schools and Tri-Tech Skills Center this past school year. Its membership also provided $3,000 and donations of coats to help students at Park Middle School. Pictured, back row, from left: Dawn Adams, Steve Schwan, Lisa McKinney, Jessica Schultz, Greg Falk, Greg Luehrs, Peter Kalunian. Front row, from left: Steve Palm, Brian Ace. (Courtesy Kennewick School District)

As part of random acts of kindness week June 19-22, Mission Support Alliance dropped off cookies and water at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick. Other random acts of kindness included employees bringing in fresh produce from their own gardens and orchards, buying coffee for strangers and providing treats to various offices at MSA and around the Tri-Cities. Pictured, from left: Elizabeth Holt, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce; Lori Araujo and Renee Brooks, MSA; Liz Renz and Austin Neilson, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy MSA)

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