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June 2017

Volume 16 • Issue 6

Retirement prompts owners to sell Cedars Restaurant BY JEFF MORROW

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American Wheel Specialist acquires powder-coating business Page 13

Real Estate & Construction

Two new gyms open, offer month-to-month memberships Page 23


Prosser Farm supplies crops to Tom Douglas Restaurants page 43

She Said It “We’d like to see more manufacturing. More manufacturing brings greater employment.” -Mayra Reyna, director of properties, Port of Pasco Page 19

Dave Mitcham has been in the restaurant business for 45 years. He says that’s enough. Mitcham and his wife, Darci, have put Cedars Restaurant on the market after owning it for 11 years. The asking price for their waterfront restaurant on Kennewick’s Clover Island Inn is $2.62 million. Rob Ellsworth and Scott Sautell of SVN/ Retter & Company are handling the sale. The Mitchams, who said they received a lot of interest from potential buyers, started thinking about an exit strategy a few years ago. “I wanted to get out about the time I turned 60,” said Dave Mitcham, who turns 62 this year and is a few years behind his goal. “My friends wonder how in the hell I’ve stayed in the restaurant business all of these years. I’ve done every position in this place. Darci is the office manager. (The restaurant business) is what I know.” Cedars is in the 12th year of a 35-year land lease with the Port of Kennewick. It sits on nearly a third of an acre with views of the Columbia River and cable bridge. The 8,600-square-foot restaurant was built in 1977. It was renovated in 1999 after a dumpster fire caused smoke and water damage. The renovation, which included work to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, cost $2.25 million. Dave Mitcham grew up in the restaurant industry. He began working in a small north Idaho restaurant when he was 13 years old. At 15, he worked at Cedars Floating Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene as a dishwasher. Ray Gillett, who owned six different Cedars restaurants at the time, kept moving him up the ladder into different positions, including cook, until finally sending the teen to the new Kennewick restaurant to be the kitchen manager in 1975. “(The Kennewick Cedars) was the last one he owned,” Dave Mitcham said. By 1983, Mitcham said, his boss had set up a profit-sharing program. He took his annual profit-sharing check and invested it for the next 20 years. uCEDARS, Page 4

Lemon Grass Gifts owner Linda Pasco snaps a photo while a new sign for her store is installed at Marineland Plaza at 5215 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. A major remodel of the 30-year-old retail plaza has encouraged businesses to move in and longtime tenants to make improvements.

Remodeled Kennewick shopping plaza attracts new tenants BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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For the first time in two decades, all but one storefront is occupied at Kennewick’s Marineland Plaza. Following a major remodel of the façade, every spot on the West Clearwater Avenue side of the shopping center is booked, and just one space remains available for lease on the North Edison Street side — the area where The Bookworm used to be. “It’s a good surprise to be almost full,” said Jason Goffard, a commercial real estate broker with NAI Tri-Cities. “There are very few business plazas around town that are 100 percent.”

He’s been the broker for the retail space, once called Marineland Village, through its prior ownership and bank possession, handling all leases and renewals for the spaces there. Marineland is now owned by a local group of investors, with Manuel Chavallo as the majority managing member. Chavallo’s team, Clearwater Professional Suites LLC, invested $700,000 for the façade remodel. The property opened in 1987 and had not been remodeled since. The dolphin statues and swan signs were removed and replaced with modern awnings and a copper roof. uMARINELAND, Page 37

R.E. Powell expands in Tri-Cities, buys $4.45M building in Richland BY JESSICA HOEFER

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R.E. Powell, a distributor of fuels and lubricants, has expanded its presence in the Tri-Cities by buying a three-story office building in Richland. In late April 2017, the company bought a 46,800-square-foot building for $4.45 million at 1060 Jadwin Ave. The Grandview-based company had been leasing the building since fall 2016 after outgrowing its facility at 151 Commercial Ave. in Pasco. “We’ve been expanding the office space over there to accommodate our Tri-Cities team members, but we realized we’d need to invest in office space to meet those needs,” said Tony Christensen, who joined

the business in 2001 and now serves as president and chief operating officer. “We have 40 team members in Grandview, and about 10 who were working out of the Pasco office. We’ve moved some of those people out of Pasco and some of our team members in Grandview have relocated to Jadwin. Today we have about 20 team members working out of the Jadwin office.” Christensen Inc. is the parent company of several businesses focused primarily on the distribution of fuel, lubricants and propane, including R.E. Powell Distributing, SeaPort Petroleum in Seattle and Don Thomas Petroleum in Portland. The company also owns Mid Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram in Grandview. uR.E. POWELL, Page 24


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French company chooses Benton County to build state’s largest solar project BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

A French company has begun site studies in Benton County to build the state’s largest solar project. Neoen, a French independent renewable energy project developer, plans to build a 20-megawatt solar project in Benton County on land adjacent to the Hanford site. Project completion is scheduled for 2019. The company on June 10 began site studies for what would be the largest utility scale photovoltaic power plant in Washington state. This geotechnical work will help determine the most viable site for the project.  “Neoen is very proud to be investing in a utility-scale solar project in Washington state. The project will be a competitive source of renewable energy, especially given the downward trend in the cost of solar technology. It is also the first step in Neoen’s longterm strategy in the U.S.,” said Romain Desrousseaux, Neoen deputy CEO, in a news release. The Tri-City Development Council has been working with Neoen since 2014. “This is exactly the type of project we envisioned when we began our effort to transfer Department of Energy land to the community for economic development,” said Carl Adrian, President and CEO of TRIDEC. “The project further solidifies the Tri-Cities’ position as the energy hub for Washington state and confirms that the decision to transfer the land from DOE was correct.” The Tri-Cities is well-suited for solar energy because it has the available land, infrastructure to support power projects

and abundant sunshine, TRIDEC said. TRIDEC recently transferred the property to Energy Northwest, which is supporting the project’s development. The Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office transferred 1,641 acres of the Hanford site to TRIDEC and the Tri-Cities community for economic development in 2015. By the end of first quarter 2016, 1,341 acres had been further transferred at no cost — other than title transfer costs — to the city of Richland and Port of Benton for future economic development with a focus on growing the energy sector of the Tri-City economy. TRIDEC transferred the remaining 300 acres to Energy Northwest with the understanding that about 100 of those acres would be made available for a solar energy project. This project had been in negotiation for nearly two full years. Neoen hired Energy Northwest, a generator of more than 1,300 megawatts of carbon-free electricity for the region, to provide consulting and marketing support.  Neoen is actively seeking potential customers for the solar electricity. Founded in 2008, Neoen is an independent supplier of electricity from renewable energy (solar, wind and biomass) and is set to be the first French supplier to reach 1,000 megawatts of installed power. Neoen operates in France, Australia, El Salvador, Mexico, Zambia, Mozambique, Jordan, Jamaica, Portugal and Ireland. Neoen aims to supply power in excess of 3,000 megawatts by 2020, and is opening an office in Washington state to address the U.S. market.


New Dairy Queen to open off Duportail Street in Richland uncle Kerry Tierney of Walla Walla own Stony Lake Enterprises. The Tierney partners own seven Dairy The restaurant known for its Blizzards Queen restaurants in the Tri-Cities, Walla and soft-serve ice cream treats is coming Walla and in Yakima. They’ve been partners since 1980, soon to Richland’s said Bill Tierney. growing Duportail “We’ve kind of The DQ Grill & Street area. Chill will be built on The owners of the changed our about three-quarters local Dairy Queen business plan and of an acre of land franchise also plan to are moving more into formerly owned by close their Columbia freestanding stores...” the Kennewick Center mall store at Irrigation District. the end of the month as planning begins in - Bill Tierney, It’ll feature outdoor earnest for the new of Dairy Queen patio seating and seating for 72 inside. one. The closure of the mall Dairy Queen The new 2,600-square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant will be located behind ends an era as it, along with Ivar’s, were the Maverik gas station at 3520 Keene the original food court vendors, operatRoad in Richland. It could open by the ing since 1988, said Bill Tierney. year’s end. “We’ve kind of changed our business “We’re excited about this location. plan and are moving more into freestandWe’ve been looking at getting something ing stores and that’s where our focus has out there for some time,” said Bill been,” he said. Tierney, whose father Tom Tierney and uDAIRY QUEEN, Page 8 BY KRISTINA LORD


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CEDARS, From page 1 In January 2006, the Mitchams bought their partner out and owned Cedars outright. He credits local banker, Rick Peenstra of Community First Bank, for taking a chance and loaning them the money. “He helped me out, and the rest is history,” he said. Dave Mitcham said Cedars is a welloiled machine. “This place is turn-key,” he said. A lot of that is thanks to his 43 workers. “I’ve got awesome employees,” he said. “Some have been with me for over 20-plus years. I also have a number of employees who have been with me for eight to 10 years. They like working here because it’s a friendly-family atmosphere, and they make good money.” He hopes whoever buys Cedars will keep all his staff. “My main concern is the employees,” he said. “Many of us have a close relationship. I’ve watched their families grow.” The strong employee base contributed to Cedars’ success over the years, he said. The average restaurant’s life span barely exceeds five years, with 90 percent of independently-owned restaurants closing down within the first year, according to At Cedars, besides strong employees and ownership, the restaurant has a loyal clientele, who come by either land or water. The restaurant has a dock where as many as 18 boats can tie up for dining on the two different decks and watch Tri-City sunsets, or venture inside to the large dining room and bar. “Families from out of town come here,”


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Dave Mitcham said. “People with anniversaries and birthdays come here. There are specific customers who I never see in the winter. But when the deck opens up, I will see them twice a week. “Then there are other customers who come in the winter who want to sit by the big fireplace (inside),” he said. Meeting and interacting with customers will be one thing Dave Mitcham will miss when he retires. “I’ve met so many thousands of people,” he said. “Some of my best customers in the 1970s have brought their children here, and then brought their grandchildren here. A lot of them call me Grandpa Dave. I have hundreds of them here that do that.” He’ll also miss eating the food at Cedars. “I’ve eaten a lot of dinners here — sometimes five nights a week,” he said. Whoever buys the restaurant will beneDUST DEVILS BASEBALL… IT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!


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Darci and Dave Mitcham have owned Cedars Restaurant on Kennewick’s Clover Island since 2006. With retirement in mind, the couple recently put the iconic waterfront eatery on the market for $2.62 million.

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fit from a good relationship with the Port of Kennewick, Dave Mitcham said. “I can’t stress enough what the port is doing with this island,” he said. “This group of commissioners is the best I’ve ever worked with. There has been great business traffic on this island.” The feeling seems to be mutual. The port named the restaurant owners as the 2016 Friend of the Port. They were recognized for their tenacity, efforts to help transform Clover Island and diligence in making Cedars a community landmark water destination. The Columbia Gardens Wine Village under construction on nearby Columbia Drive is also expected to increase traffic to Clover Island. If Dave Mitcham has any regrets, there are just a couple. “I’ve had 45 years in the restaurant business. But I just didn’t have the energy anymore to do two things: a lunch program and ... building to the west side of the property a special events center,” he said. Cedars serves only dinner, from 5 to 10 p.m. “This place needs to do lunch,” he said. “We do all of our business on five hours a night. My hope is someone will come in here and open up for lunch. I could see someone doubling their income doing that.” Mitcham said he’s had to turn down wedding parties because he can’t accommodate them. An events center would change that. “I think a 40- to 50-seat events center could be built on the west side,” he said. But that will be the new owners’ decision. “This is the first time I’m being aggressive about selling this,” Dave Mitcham said. “I want to sell it to people I’m real comfortable with. This place is an icon. People have a good time here. I’m hoping to get out at 62. But if I have to, I’m waiting to get it done by 65.” Then it’s time to retire. “It’s been a great run. And we’ve made a great living off of the place,” he said. “I want to retire while I’m young enough that I have energy, to enjoy our grandkids, and travel. I want to do some volunteer work. We have a cabin up in the Blue Mountains, and my son lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.” Mitcham said he looks forward to mastering a new skill when he retires. “I’m high energy,” he said. “I’d like to start learning how to relax.”

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2017 uBUSINESS BRIEFS Pasco man gets prison sentence for fraud

A Pasco businessman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for defrauding the government out of millions of dollars in tax credits. Scott Johnson, 43, of Pasco, was sentenced after having previously pled guilty on Nov. 24, 2015, to conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. ordered Johnson’s federal prison sentence to be followed by three years of court supervision after he is released. In addition, Mendoza ordered him to pay $9.5 million in restitution to U.S. taxpayers and an additional $6.2 million in restitution to the victims of his fraud. Johnson was a member of a conspiracy involving Gen-X Energy Group, a renewable energy company formerly located in Pasco and Moses Lake, according to information disclosed during the court proceedings. Between October 2012 and April 2015, Johnson and his co-conspirators falsely claimed the production of more than 72 million marketable renewable energy credits, which they then sold for more than $57 million. They also filed false claims with the Internal Revenue Service for more than $9.5 million in excise credit refunds. Throughout this period, much of the renewable fuel claimed to be produced at the Gen-X facilities was either not produced or re-processed multiple times.

“American taxpayers and the biofuels industry were defrauded more than $65 million as a result of this massive and elaborate scheme,” said Jeanne M. Proctor, special agent in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal program in Washington. “EPA is committed to ensuring a level playing field for biofuels companies that play by the rules and pursuing those that blatantly disregard the law.” “This is a classic case of an individual who allowed his own unfettered greed to guide his duplicitous actions,” said Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon of IRS Criminal Investigation. This investigation was conducted by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Secret Service, with assistance from the Washington State Patrol.

Pasco immigration discrimination lawsuit settled

The federal government recently reached a settlement agreement in a discrimination lawsuit with Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC, which operate a Pasco fruit and vegetable processing facility. The U.S. Justice Department filed the lawsuit against the companies on Nov. 14, 2016, alleging that from at least Nov. 1, 2013, until at least Oct. 16, 2016, the companies routinely requested that lawful permanent residents hired at Pasco Processing produce a specific document – a permanent resident card – to prove their work authorization, while not requesting a specific document from U.S. citizens.

The department’s complaint alleged that Washington Potato directed and controlled Pasco Processing’s hiring practices, including the discriminatory documentary practices at issue. The antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, prohibits such unfair documentary requests when based on citizenship status or national origin.  Under the agreement, Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing are required to pay civil penalties of $225,750, post notices informing workers about their rights under the INA’s antidiscrimination provision, train their human resources personnel on the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.  The division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section, formerly known as the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.   The statute prohibits, among other things, citizenship, immigration status, and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee; unfair documentary practices; retaliation and intimidation.   

Richland’s Rue21 store set to close at end of June

The Richland Rue21 store at 2741 Queensgate Drive across the parking lot from Target near McDonald’s is scheduled to close June 25. The store is among 400 underperform-


ing stores in the Pittsburgh-based company’s 1,179 store fleet. The closures aim to help the company streamline operations, better align the size of its footprint with market realities and focus on its high performing stores, according to a company news release. Rue21 also said it may evaluate additional closures as it continues to manage its real estate lease portfolio. The teen specialty apparel retailer announced in May that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The stores at the Colonnade Shopping Center at 6807 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick and on Highway 395 in Hermiston aren’t scheduled to be closed. Rue21 also offers online sales at rue21. com. The company has stores in 48 states, according to its website.

Southridge food truck event runs through Sept. 1

Sunset at Southridge, a large food truck event, kicked off this month at Southridge Sports and Events complex and runs on various Fridays through Sept. 1. Every food vendor offers a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride, and every week features live music and a free children’s activity. A few tables are available but people are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Visit the Sunset at Southridge’s Facebook page for a list of food vendors and music lineup.


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Kennewick accounting firm acquires longtime CPA business BY AUDRA DISTIFENO

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Jennifer Mitchell, left, owner of Kennewick-based Account Sense, has worked side-by-side with Robert “Bob” Vaughan since November to ensure a smooth transition for his clients. Mitchell bought his business, Robert Vaughan, CPA, when the longtime certified public accountant announced plans to retire.

About two years ago, Jennifer Mitchell, owner of Account Sense in Kennewick, met a fellow accountant and discussed with him the possibility of a future buyout when he was ready to retire. That time has come with Account Sense recently buying Robert Vaughan, CPA of Kennewick. “When Bob (Vaughan) finally set a retirement date, we connected and began discussions to hash out the details,” said Mitchell, a certified public accountant. “He’s a well-respected accountant and sole proprietor that has been a CPA since 1980, practicing in the Tri-Cities since

2006, the same year I opened Account Sense.” Vaughan and Mitchell began planning for the sale last October, with Vaughan moving his practice into the Account Sense office at 6601 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite C, a beneficial move during the transition. “Bob worked his last tax season in our office and was able to introduce his clients to me and our team,” Mitchell said. “They were each made aware of Bob’s retirement and the transition of his practice over to us.” The sale became official last month, with Vaughan committing to stay on a couple more months to “make the transition as smooth as possible.” “We have collaborated and have become good friends,” Mitchell said. The acquisition proved to be a good fit as the two businesses’ client base and philosophies are similar. “Account Sense is passionate about helping small businesses. We also enjoy working with real estate professionals and individuals that are looking to pay the least amount of tax,” Mitchell said. “We have very similar clients and a shared philosophy of educating and being proactive. We both offer accounting, payroll and tax advisory and preparation services. It was a natural alignment,” Mitchell said. Account Sense gained about 200 additional clients, half individuals and half small businesses, upon buying the business. “We anticipate this purchase will increase our practice by about 20 to 25 percent. We’re incredibly excited for the growth,” Mitchell said. “It’s the first time Account Sense has acquired another practice, so it’s a pretty proud moment for us. We’ll be adding new staff this year as a result of the growth.” Learning Vaughan’s style of business has been helpful and the transition made easy by his presence in the Account Sense office for the past six months. “The most difficult part will just be the processes (Vaughan’s clients) are used to. It’ll still be great customer service, just a little different,” Mitchell said. After 36 years in the accounting business – first near Coeur d’Alene and since 2006 in the Tri-Cities – Vaughan will retire to Idaho, where he’ll be near family and enjoy the great outdoors. “I’ll spend time with my grandkids, hike, camp, fish and have plenty of honey-dos,” he laughed. “I’ll enjoy doing a lot of outdoorsy stuff.” He said he enjoyed spending the last several months in business with Mitchell at Account Sense. “It’s been really, really fun…just perfect,” he said. Mitchell agreed. “It’s been a pleasure having him in our office, learning from his years of experience and witnessing the connections he has made with his clients. On several occasions, I witnessed hugs and tears when saying goodbye and wishing Bob a happy retirement. He’s obviously made an impact on them,” she said. uACCOUNTING, Page 8

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• Hunger Hike, a fundraiser for Second Harvest: 8 a.m. – noon, Badger Mountain Trailhead Park, 525 Queensgate Drive, Richland. Register 2-harvest. org/hike. • Garden Arts Tour, a fundraiser for the Academy of Children’s Theatre: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., various locations. Tickets 509-943-6027.


• Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP 509-5420933.


• Tri-City Regional Chamber Business Development University: 8 – 10 a.m., TriCities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP 509491-0510. • Pay Day…Pay Day, fundraiser for the Reach Museum: 5:30 – 8 p.m., Reach Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. RSVP 509-9434100.

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• Cool Desert Nights: various times, Uptown Shopping Center, Richland.


• Scholar Scramble, a fundraiser for Richland Education Foundation: 1 p.m., Horn Rapids Golf Course, 2800 Clubhouse Lane, Richland. Register FEFfoundation@gmail. com.


• Mariachi & More Festival: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Park, Kennewick. Contact 509-5420933.


• Grand Old 4th Parade and Celebration: various times and locations in Pasco. Information 509-545-3456. • River of Fire Festival: noon – 11 p.m., Columbia Park near the Regional Veterans Memorial, Kennewick. Contact 509-736-0510.


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


• Lourdes Classic: noon, Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 W. Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. Register 509-5432412.


• In This Together Music Festival: 1 – 10 p.m., Prosser Wine & Food Park, 2880 Lee Road, Prosser. InThisTogetherMusicFestival. com.


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


• Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the Hanford Primes and PNNL, presented by Washington PTAC: 2 – 4:30

p.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP 509-491-0510.


• Landscape Design Class, a WSU Extension Master Gardener Program: 6:30 p.m., Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.


• Asset Protection Estate Planing, presented by Elder Law Group: 6 – 7 p.m., MidColumbia Library, 405 S. Dayton St., Kennewick. RSVP 509-579-0206.

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• 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. RSVP


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• Walleye Derby, a fundraiser for Rascal Rodeo: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Point Marina, 660 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. RSVP 509-528-5947. • Mistakes Retirees Make, presented by Thrivent Financial: noon – 1 p.m.; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sageland Center, 11257 W. Clearwater

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

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• Tri-City Waterfollies: various times, Columbia Park, Kennewick. Information


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

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Mental Health Court holds first graduation ceremony

Three participants graduated at the Benton County Mental Health Court’s first graduation ceremony May 24 at the Benton County Justice Center. The program is 12 to 24 months and available to defendants with a primary diagnosis of a serious and persistent mental illness. Participants must either stipulate to the charges brought against them or already be sentenced and on probation. Mental Health Court is designed as an alternative to incarceration with emphasis on treatment and accountability for qualifying mentally ill individuals involved in the Benton County criminal justice system.

Cover placed over collapsed tunnel at Hanford site

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company workers finished installing in late May a 40,000-square-foot heavy plastic protective cover over a tunnel near the Hanford site’s Plutonium Uranium Extraction facility that partially collapsed May 9. The cover provides additional protection while a longer-term plan to reduce future risk of collapse is developed and implemented.

Richland company awarded $2.3 million

On June 1, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it will honor additional commitments to 10 previously

selected Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for a total of $20 million. Richland-based Molecule Works Inc. will receive $2.3 million of that to develop a modular reactor for producing ammonia using air and water at low temperatures. The process will greatly increase the diffusion rate of nitrogen gas compared to conventional approaches.

State’s taxable retail sales hit record $145.9 billion in 2016

The Washington State Department of Revenue recently released 2016 taxable retail sales statistics that showed a record of $145.9 billion, a 7.8 percent increase over calendar year 2015. The biggest gains were made in con-

struction and new and used auto sales. Retail trade sales also showed an increase of 6 percent to $63.2 billion. Benton and Franklin counties did not make the top-10 county list, nor did any city within the counties make the top-10 city list for highest taxable retail sales in the state.

Visit Tri-Cities seeks tourism, service award nominations Visit Tri-Cities is accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Service award through Sept. 1. The award recognizes members of the local tourism and service industry for their commitment to providing exceptional customer service. The winner will receive a $500 gift card sponsored by Battelle and will be announced at Visit Tri-Cities’ annual meeting in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, go to excellenceinservice.

Study: Social Security dollars go further in Benton County

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.

DAIRY QUEEN, From page 3 The new Richland restaurant will look similar to the DQ Grill & Chill restaurant on Burden Boulevard in Pasco that opened in 2012. The Duportail corridor is “becoming a big shopping area. Weekends are really busy with folks from Prosser, Grandview and the Tri-Cities area. There’s lots of people who live out there and that’s a growing area. We looked at that and said it makes sense to be out there. Customers have been bugging us about it,” Bill Tierney said. Zeigler Construction Co. of Pasco is the general contractor. Baker Boyer Bank is financing the project.

ACCOUNTING, From page 6 Mitchell said she plans to continue growing her tax service and bookkeeping business. “We’ve sought growth because we enjoy helping others – teaching and training staff, mentoring new accountants, and serving clients – saving them time, stress and money. The growth gives us more experience to continually expand our knowledge to better serve our clients,” Mitchell said.

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AARP survey shows public overconfident in spotting scammers BY KRISTINA LORD

Beulah Green of Pasco didn’t fall for any of the scam calls she recently received. One scammer called from a Florida number claiming she missed jury duty and police would be coming to arrest her. Another said he was calling about her computer, but Green doesn’t own one. A third one said she owed back taxes. The 82-year-old woman recognized the scams for what they were and cut the callers off short, often with a snappy retort. “The one who called about jury duty said the police would be at my house by 12 o’clock to arrest me. I said, ‘Well, I’ll be here,’” she said. Green is among the 79 percent of Washington state consumers who reported being targeted by at least one of the most common imposter scams, according to a new survey from AARP. Green said she received three scam calls in the past six months. “I don’t give anyone my Social Security number. Not any of them,” she said. While 85 percent of those who took the AARP survey said they could spot and avoid a fraudulent pitch, more than 77 percent failed an “Imposter IQ” quiz. People are becoming overconfident in being able to spot an imposter, said Doug Shadel, AARP state director, at a May 25 Kennewick educational workshop to launch “Unmasking the Imposters,” a joint campaign with the state Attorney General’s Office, Federal Trade Commission and BECU. Green was among more than 250 people who attended. “There is this meteoric rise in imposter scams,” Shadel said, explaining it’s getting easier to be an imposter, thanks to technology. Among the survey highlights: • Nearly half (44 percent) of Washington consumers do not know that technology companies do not contact consumers about viruses on their computers. • About three-quarters of Washington consumers (71 percent) did not know that it is illegal to play a foreign lottery when you’re in the U.S. • About three-quarters of Washington consumers (72 percent) did not know that when surfing the internet, a locked box icon does not necessarily mean it is safe to interact with the site. • Three-quarters of respondents (73 percent) did not know that commercial telemarketing calls from companies you have not done business with are illegal. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told the seniors in attendance about his mother, a retired public school teacher, who received a scammer’s email. The message appeared to be from a friend claiming she lost her passport while traveling and needed $1,000 to return home. “She knows Susan. She didn’t think she was traveling. But she wasn’t sure,” Ferguson said, adding that not every 85-year-old woman in Washington has a

son who is the attorney general to check on them. Ferguson’s office fielded 42,000 consumer complaints in 2016 and said half of all consumer fraud victims are over the age of 50. He encouraged seniors to tell callers they’ll file a complaint with his office as a way to get off the phone. All they need to do is call 1-800-551-4636 or visit atg., he said. “Report them to us. It makes a huge difference,” he said. Ferguson said he’s expanded the state’s Consumer Protection Division. In 2013, there were eight attorneys and today there are 25 attorneys. No tax dollars are used to fund the department. Instead, lawsuits against “bad actors” provide its funding. “This thing makes millions of dollars,” Ferguson said, explaining the money won in cases is reinvested back into the program. He told those in attendance to take the information they learned at the Kennewick workshop and share it with their friends. “Be skeptical,” he told them. Courtney Gregoire, assistant general counsel for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit and daughter of former governor Chris Gregoire, said scammers have a simple goal: to separate you from your money and gain access to your computer. It’s a serious problem, with Microsoft receiving 10,000 reports a month. She encouraged seniors to continue to report scams so her department can analyze data and bring lawsuits against the fraudsters.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke to more than 250 people on May 25 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick about protecting themselves from scammers and encouraged them to report concerns to his office by calling 1-800-551-4636. The “Unmasking the Imposters” event was organized by AARP Washington. (Courtesy AARP Washington)

She told seniors not to fall for website pop-up advertisements as they’re often disguised as promotional or security alerts. She instead told seniors to initiate help and verify sources. “If you click anywhere in the box, it can activate the ad,” she said. Instead of clicking on the “close” button in the pop-up, shut down the computer’s browser, she advised. She said other red flags to pay attention to in emails include low resolution images, odd names in email addresses, odd characters, typos and incorrect information. “Report it. Almost every email server

wants you to report you received phishing email,” Gregoire said. “Delete it and alert others who might be at risk.” She told seniors to review their privacy settings and remove their addresses and birth dates from public profiles. She told them to take out memory chips before recycling printers and computers. She said she worried the workshop was “scaring you from using technology” that can make life better and provide connections around the globe to family and friends. But she encouraged seniors to use their devices frequently so they are familiar and comfortable with them. uSCAMS, Page 10

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2017  SCAMS, From page 9 The Kennewick event also featured a taped interview with Jayesh Dubey, a 19-year-old native of Mumbai, India, who worked in one of the largest IRS scam rooms in the world. His job offered a starting salary of about $250, plus commissions, which was about six times more than anyone else was offering, he said. Dubey’s job involved answering frantic return calls from U.S. consumers after they had received stern voice mail messages from fictitious IRS agents telling them they owed back taxes.  The goal was to get the victim to pay the phony “tax bills” by buying gift cards and providing the numbers to Dubey, who called himself “Officer Adam Smith.” And if the victim refused or asked too many questions, he had a threat ready: “As I told you, your case file has already been submitted to the courthouse procedure. Only I can help you now. And if you don’t believe me, then I’ll just hang up the call, and in 45 minutes a local sheriff will be at your doorstep.”  He said the owner of the operation would send out about 50,000 voicemails each day with messages claiming to come from IRS agents. “Out of those 50,000 voicemails, we’d get around 10,000 to 15,000 call backs, and I’d personally take 150 to 200 calls a day,” he said.  Dubey quit the job shortly before the operation was busted by Indian authorities in July 2016, when 700 people were rounded up for questioning. Weeks later, the U.S. Justice Department indicted 61 individuals and entities in the transnational criminal organization that victimized tens of thousands of people in the U.S. To avoid scammers like Dubey, the new “Unmasking the Imposters” campaign offer these five tips: • IRS imposter scam: The IRS will not contact you by phone about paying back taxes without first sending you a written notice. • Tech support scam: Technology companies will not contact you to warn about viruses on your machine. Don’t give out your financial information, and don’t give anyone access to your computer. • Family emergency scam: The goal of this scam is to play on your fears and get you to act fast. Slow down and check with others to make sure you’re really hearing from a loved one. • Romance scam: Be extra careful when dealing with anyone you’ve met online. Romance scams often start with fake profiles on online dating sites. Be wary of anyone who professes love too quickly, wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal email or instant messaging to communicate, or anyone who asks for money. • Foreign lottery fraud: You can’t win a lottery you never entered. Plus it’s illegal for a U.S. citizen to participate in a foreign lottery when they are in the U.S.

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Hirst, family leave bills remain stalled in Legislature BY JOHN STANG

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The Washington Legislature stayed in a holding pattern in early June on two bills that will affect Mid-Columbia businesses. Behind-the-scenes negotiations continued on legislation to simplify digging for new wells and to install a paid family leave law. The talks are dragging along with the sluggish talks on resolving the state budget and education impasses.  The first bill deals with the development-related fallout of a 2016 state Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision passed the Republican-dominated Washington Senate on Feb. 28. But that bill has stalled in the House as environmental interests clash with farm and development constituencies.  The bill by Sen. Judy Warnick Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, is designed to deal with an October 2016 Supreme Court ruling known as the “Hirst ruling.” It came from a lawsuit by the environmental organization Futurewise against Whatcom County over a complicated technical issue involving the Growth Management Act.

In practical terms, the ruling means that a landowner must prove a new well won’t threaten nearby stream levels needed for fish. “It pretty much turned water law upside down,” Warnick said. “It’s been frustrating. There’s been a little bit of movement. It’s taking a little bit longer than it should,” she said. She said the House Democrats have been negotiating in good faith, adding that a major point needing resolution is the mitigation measures for the fish and well diggers. She declined to elaborate on details of the talks. Testimony favoring the bill in hearings contended the Legislature has always expected household wells to be exempt from this issue because of their insignificant impacts. And pro-bill supporters argued the Hirst ruling has brought home construction in rural areas almost to a stop. Bill opponents argued the bill would allow developers with more-junior water rights to take precedent over people with more-senior water rights. Opponents also argued the bill would harm people relying on salmon for food, recreation and cultural uses. And opponents contended the status quo requires counties to allow house construction in only areas where water is legally available.  The two sides also disagree on the extent new household water wells actually has on river and stream flows.

The same situation exists with the closed-door talks on paid family leave. A bill by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, has passed the Senate and another bill by Rep. June Robinson, Sen. Joe Fain D-Everett, has passed the House. The compromise talks have lasted several weeks with both sides voicing optimism, but declining to provide details of the negotiations. “It’s very complex. We’re negotiating in good faith on both sides,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, who introduced a clone of Robinson’s bill in the Senate, but it did not get a vote. She is part of the negotiations. The family leave bills are prompted by 2016’s passage of Initiative Sen. Karen Keiser 1443, which increases the state minimum wage to $13.50 and mandates sick leave for employees. The initiative passed by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin.


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Legends Casino Hotel recently distributed more than $947,000 to nonprofit organizations as well as law enforcement, fire and health care agencies in central and southeastern Washington. As part of its Yakama Cares program, $440,000 was distributed to more than 200 nonprofits, including 14 in Benton and Franklin counties: Pit Bull Pen, Prevent Homeless Pets, Children’s Reading Foundation, Edith Bishel Center, Project Warm Up, Safe Harbor, city of Pasco, Royal Family Kids Camp, Prosser Heights Elementary, Prosser School District, Early Childhood Learning Center YMCA, Pet Over Population Prevention, Rebuilding Mid-Columbia, YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities and Royal City Food Bank. Yakama Cares donates funds annually to create positive impacts on communities Legends Casino serves. Nonprofits submit applications between Jan. 1 and March 31. Legends’ Community Impact Fund aids larger projects and is administered by an independent committee including representatives of Toppenish, Wapato or Yakima, the state gaming commission, the Yakama gaming commission and the Yakama Tribal Council.


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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Lamb Weston building $3.4 million warehouse in Pasco

Lamb Weston broke ground recently on a $3.4 million storage warehouse in Pasco as it nears completion of a new $200 million French fry expansion in Richland. The new 49,500-square-foot building will be located at 5410 N. Commercial Ave. in Pasco near the King City truck stop. The building’s footprint will cover more than an acre. Teton West of Washington LLC is the general contractor. Murar Engineering and Design Inc. of Boise is the architect/ engineer. Lamb Weston also plans more than $92,300 in improvements at its

Columbia Basin Blends warehouse about a mile away from the new Pasco warehouse at 3330 Travel Plaza Way. Siefken and Sons of Richland is remodeling the bathroom and office area, adding a new ceiling grid, floor coverings, bathroom fixtures and painting, a project valued at $22,311. Ray Poland and Sons of Kennewick is expanding the silo and blower room, a project valued at $70,000. Lamb Weston announced plans a year ago to invest $200 million to expand its Richland facility with a new French fry processing line. The expansion is expected to add 128 full-time jobs. Completion is scheduled for fall 2017. Worldwide demand for frozen French fries continues to increase, with growth expected at 2.6 million pounds by 2020,

according to a Lamb West news release. After the Richland line is finished, it will increase the company’s annual processing capacity by more than 300 million pounds. Lamb Weston’s existing Richland facility, built in 1972, employs about 500 people. The company also has several offices and facilities in the Tri-Cities, including an Innovation Center in Richland, corporate offices in Kennewick and two additional manufacturing facilities in Pasco. It’s one of the largest employers in the Columbia Basin with about 4,500 employees in the region. It operates 22 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Lamb Weston spun off from ConAgra Foods in November.

National laboratory scientists develop high-tech suitcase

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist Michael Brambley led the development team for the Sensor Suitcase, a high-tech suitcase. The portable case has easy-to-use sensors and equipment to make it possible for anyone to identify energy-saving opportunities in small commercial buildings. The automated and reusable system allows users to save about 10 percent on their energy bills. Two companies have licensed the suitcase and plan to provide products and services based on the technology.

USDA, FSA insurance enrollment deadline nears

The deadline to sign up for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Franklin County Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs is Aug. 1. Farms must be enrolled into a contract each year to receive ARC/PLC coverage. The agencies are also accepting farm record change requests for fiscal year 2017 until Aug. 1, and farm crop acreage reports for spring crop through July 15. For more information, visit fsa.usda. gov/arc-plc or to set an appointment to enroll in the programs, call 509-5458543.

Wafla to bring Encanto Music Program to Othello

Wafla, a seasonal employers’ human resources association with offices in Kennewick and Lacey, is bringing dramatic tenor Jose Iniguez, the Ballard Civic Orchestra, Bailadores de Bronce and Mariachi Las Aguilas de EWU to Othello’s Lions Park on July 29. Doors to Encanto Sunset Concert, directed by Fernando Luna, open at 5:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Food and vendor booths will be available. The event is in appreciation for retiring Wafla founder and business owner Jon Warling, and honors farm workers completing the cherry harvest and gears up for the upcoming fall apple harvest. Adult tickets are available through Brown Bag, encantosunsetconcert.bpt. me for $25; they will not be available at the door. There is no cost for children under 17 who are accompanied by adult family members.

Chamber, WRPS to award small business grants

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Washington River Protection Solutions are accepting applications for the annual Small Business Incentive Program. Started in 2011, the program has provided 240 grants totaling $180,000 to small businesses for training, signage, computers, website design, software and more. Applications are due to the chamber office by Aug. 11. Visit for eligibility requirements, program details and a copy of the application.

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Kennewick company finds success in crafting specialty wheels, rims BY JEFF MORROW

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Juan Murillo said business was slow at American Wheel Specialist on a recent Wednesday. But within the span of five minutes, two men in an old Army truck pulled up to the front door of the plant at 1010 East Bruneau Ave. in Kennewick looking for help on a wheel for the truck. While Murillo assisted them, a man in a van came in looking to pick up some wheels. Right after him, a man driving a Les Schwab truck pulled in to pick up more wheels. If this is a slow day, a busy day must be a blur. Each person Murillo greeted received a warm smile and some friendly chitchat. “People love him for his customer service and his reputation,” said his son, Shaun Murillo, who runs the day-to-day operations of a company that brings in a yearly revenue of about $1.2 million, according to The original equipment manufacturer makes specialty wheels and rims, and a full line of wheels for a variety of industrial, agricultural and forestry equipment. It also offers a range of finish options,

Juan Murillo stands with two wheels recently spray-painted at American Wheel Specialist in Kennewick. The company, which opened 15 years ago, recently acquired a Richland powder-coating business.

including painted, powder-coated and spray-on chrome finishes. Darik Noble, a regional sales manager for Commercial Tire, said he enjoys doing business with Murillo. “For me, for what I do, their customer service is top notch,” he said. “Juan is

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always so happy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Juan have a bad day. I think the world of him. If he ever needed anything, I’d be there to help him.” Faron Schultz, vice president of purchasing for Les Schwab Tires, feels the same way.

“We’ve known each other a lot of years,” he said. “We do a reasonable amount of business with him. He’s a guy who can get it done. He’s honest and forthright.” One other thing Schultz says about Juan Murillo: “His is a Horatio Alger story.” It’s true. Murillo grew up in Mexico, but he had always wanted to live in the United States. “My dad came here sometime in the early 1960s,” Juan Murillo said. “He said this was the best country in the world. So us kids always wanted to come here. We came to the United States for a better future.” It wasn’t until 1980 that he made the move, wanting to see the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He eventually found his way to the Northwest. “I wanted to get a sponsorship in Royal City and go to school, but I couldn’t,” he said. “I was going to get deported, so I started working in the fields.” In 1985, he took a job working at Tyson Foods in Wallula. In 1986, he became a U.S. citizen. uWHEELS, Page 16


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Food processing jobs lead local manufacturing boon BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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The Tri-Cities has seen the creation of thousands of new jobs in manufacturing, despite a loss of manufacturing jobs across the state. Jobs in food processing led the way for the region, with gains in non-durable manufacturing up 2.9 percent between March 2016 and March 2017, which translates to about 2,400 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food processing puts more people to work in manufacturing than any other specialty in the Tri-Cities, with 68 percent of total manufacturing jobs connected to products like French fries, potato chips and carrots. Non-durable manufacturing, like metal and aerospace, lost 7,600 jobs statewide, or 4.8 percent, in the same period. The success of food manufacturing in the Tri-Cities helps temper the 2.6 percent decrease in employment for overall manufacturing across Washington state. “Just last year we had some layoffs in manufacturing in the first half of the year, and during the rest of the year, a couple changes in manufacturers’ operations compensated for all the losses we had from layoffs. And they added additional jobs in manufacturing, so that we added about 1,000 jobs overall for 2016, putting manufacturing as one of the leading industries for growth year over year,” said Ajsa Suljic, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.

The region doesn’t rely heavily on to labor statistics. The continued growth in manufacturing manufacturing jobs as a driver of the economy as they make up less than four jobs in the Tri-Cities is mainly resourcepercent of total employment in the Tri- based. The region’s close proximity to Cities, though it is growing, according to where crops are grown is a key to success. Most farms are within 50 miles of a prolabor statistics. Wages for food processing tend to be cessing facility, decreasing the distance lower than those related to non-durable needed to transport the potatoes that will become fries or chips. goods, which include Having other profabricated metal, cessing facilities machinery and comalready in the area conputer electronics tinues to lure new comcompanies, totaling percent of to the region, as roughly 1,500 workmanufacturing jobs panies they offer varying types ers. in Tri-Cities are in of manufacturing, from Non-durable goods companies the food processing canning vegetables to dehydrating fruit. employ about 2,500 industry. “It gives a new manpeople, mostly in ufacturer the opportufood processing. This nity to be where everyfigure also includes thing is available. You the manufacturingonly portion of the local wine industry, as might have packaging suppliers here, other steps in winemaking are covered by transportation available, distributors, so it different sectors, with the largest falling builds on itself and creates a cluster where under agriculture. Manufacturing roles everyone can succeed at the same time,” don’t just include hand packers, but also Suljic said. If food processing is the backbone of innovators and scientists to increase effimanufacturing, French fries are the leader ciency. On average, a manufacturing job in the in the production, followed by potato Tri-Cities pays slightly more annually than chips. Fries don’t necessarily employ the the average of all wages in the Tri-Cities, most people in food processing, but they $53,537 compared to $51,676. The annual account for the greatest volume of producsalary for a job in non-durable manufactur- tion from the industry. The region is also a ing for this region averages $69,036 versus large volume processor of carrots, apples $43,677 for a worker in non-durable man- and peas. The added availability of cold ufacturing, like food processing, according storage has also increased the demand for


food processing in the Tri-Cities. The Tri-City manufacturing industry weathered the recession and expanded industry jobs by about 4 percent since 2003, according to labor statistics. Statewide, the industry has not recovered from the jobs lost in the recession, mainly tied to a drop in durable manufacturing positions. In Benton and Franklin counties, manufacturing jobs increased during the recession. Manufacturing jobs tend to be stable, offer good benefits, and provide the opportunity for laddering, which can make the jobs consistent and desirable, Suljic said.

Food, beverage trade show runs June 14-15 in Pasco

The third annual FABREO expo runs June 14-15 at the TRAC facility in Pasco. The trade-only event is designed to bring together food or beverage processors with industry brokers, distributors, retailers and service exporters from throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho to network, learn and succeed. Last year’s event attracted between 300 to 400 attendees and there were 70 vendors showcasing their wines, ciders, sauces, distilled spirits, spices, candies, pickled asparagus, mustards, cheeses and other specialty foods. Cost is free to attend. More information about the event online at

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Ice makers expect to manufacture nine million bags of ice this year

Kennewick’s Columbia Basin Ice anticipates $7M in sales for 2017 BY KRISTINA LORD

Tri-Citians reaching into big store coolers to grab a bag of ice on their way to a picnic, party or boat this summer most likely will be chilling their food and drinks with ice manufactured by a growing Kennewick company. Columbia Basin Ice’s 15,000-squarefoot manufacturing plant off Deschutes Avenue can freeze up to 275 tons of tube-shaped ice a day. It expects to produce nine million bags of ice this year and rack up $7 million in sales. Customers include Kroger’s, Walmart, Safeway, Albertsons, Circle K, Shell and many others. Kennewick city water flows into the building via 3.5-inch pipes and then passes through carbon block filtration and water softener systems. Four compressors produce 650 horsepower to run four large ice makers. The ice forms along 400 stainless steel tubes before being cut into smaller pieces and stored in a 35-ton ice bin, which serves as a holding area before the ice is bagged. An automated system puffs a jet of air into the bags to open them up before the machine drops the pre-measured ice in. Bags are then sealed and sent along a conveyor belt to be stacked onto a pallet. The bags come in seven-, 10- and 20-pound sizes and are stored in a 4,000-square-foot freezer set at 16 degrees. Columbia Basin Ice employs 22 fulltime workers, most of them drivers and those working on the delivery end of the business. The company’s production is seasonal with 80 percent of its business done May through September. Three partners own the company: David McDaniels, Tom O’Brien and Andy Sorn. Columbia Basin Ice started production in Kennewick in May 2016 after opening for business the previous year. McDaniels didn’t know anything about the ice-making industry until he looked at a Walla Walla building he wanted to buy that housed a small ice manufacturing operation called Crystal Clear Ice. He only wanted to buy the building but the more he learned about the business, the more he was intrigued and saw its potential. He bought the business in 2006 and continues to distribute ice from there to 110 clients. His small company works in conjunction with Columbia Basin Ice as a distributor. The Tri-City ice market has changed hands several times since McDaniels got involved in the industry — from Arctic Inland Ice to Reddy Ice to Lynden Ice. McDaniels called the market for ice fractured, leaving “customers totally confused.”

Columbia Basin Ice officials said they’re focused on customer satisfaction and they invested in a new state-of-theart automated ice-making system, built by St. Louis-based Automatic Ice Systems. “Other companies haven’t kept up with the latest technology. It’s a dinosaur industry we had to take to the next level and that’s what we did. … Each of our new units is programmable,” said Ryan James, plant manager. “There are not a lot of places where you can manufacture 200 tons of anything with just one guy,” McDaniels said. It was an investment that is paying off, McDaniels said. “You can keep pounding your head into the wall and not get any further. It can cost too much to do but it costs you not to do it. We looked at what the options are out there,” he said. The company secured a 15-year loan for the business through Washington Trust Bank and expects to have it paid off in two years, McDaniels said. Columbia Basin Ice owns most of its transportation fleet but contracts with other companies for deliveries. Trucks deliver ice throughout the Columbia Basin, including northeastern Oregon. The company uses freezers in Yakima,

Columbia Basin Ice’s Ryan James, left, plant manager, and partner David McDaniels, director of operations, stand in the manufacturing plant’s 4,000-square-foot freezer that’s chilled to 16 degrees. The Kennewick facility can produce up to 275 tons of ice a day. The growing company expects to produce nine million bags of ice this year to earn $7 million in sales.

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WHEELS, From page 13 He also found a job that year at Interstate Wheels in Pasco, where he spent the next 16 years. “I like wheels,” Juan Murillo said. “For me, it was something naturally that came to me. And I got better. What helped me with wheels was at Interstate they sent me out to the fields to work on various tires.” He became an expert in the field. “It’s real specialized, and not a very big industry,” Schultz said. “That’s because most new vehicles come with perfectly good wheels. But Juan knows everything about wheels all the way back to the pre1960s. There are only four or five people in the world who are close to his expertise. We’re so lucky to have him in the Northwest.” His son agreed.

“Dad knows a lot of the obsolete stuff that no one else knows,” he said. In 2002, the owner of Interstate died suddenly. The company was sold and everyone was laid off. “People came to me and asked me to start my own business,” Juan Murillo said. “We retained 90 percent of our customers (at Interstate) with a phone call.” That was in 2002. Back then, it was Juan Murillo, his wife Diana, son Shaun, and two other employees operating in what he described as a building in Pasco that wasn’t much larger than a small shack. Today, American Wheel Specialist has 13 employees. The Kennewick building, where the company has been for the last six years, is undergoing an office expansion. In one area are parts his employees

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Auto Zone facility in Pasco. On a recent day, two employees were powder-coating metal pieces that, when assembled, would provide shade for Kennewick School District playgrounds. “My guys are amazing with the job that they do,” said Shaun Murillo. “We’ve had some Harley Davidson jobs, with the twosection pieces (for 4-wheelers), and we’ve already done 10 Harley Davidsons this year. I can see this business (powdercoating) eventually surpassing wheels.” Juan Murillo said his company needs more employees, and it’s looking for them. Right now, he said 80 percent of his company’s business is in agriculture, such as fixing wheels on tractors and trucks. But with a solid repeat customer base of tire companies, such as Les Schwab, Commercial Tire, Tire Factory and Discount Tires, the Murillos’ employees stay busy. “Customers have been pretty pleased,” Juan Murillo said. “They come once, and then they come all of the time.” Noble agreed. “I’m a regional sales manager for six stores for Commercial Tire. I do a lot of business with Juan,” he said. “But our company has 50 locations, and I’ll bet you every one of them has done business with Juan. You are not going to find better people. They’re a joy to be around. And they build an excellent product.” Juan Murillo is training another person to help his son so one day he can eventually leave the wheel business. “I’m hoping by next year I can step away,” he said. “I’m also a preacher, and I have a little church at 411 East Sixth at the old Sonshine Auto Body in Kennewick. It’s just 15 people in my congregation, mostly family and friends. I would like to do this because some people need spiritual guidance.” This is important to him because he needed some spiritual guidance in the 1980s. “I was a lost soul here. I was going to commit suicide in 1986,” he said. “I was into drugs and alcohol. But then I found God.” He said he had his suicide planned. “My plan after drinking one night was to run my car into a telephone pole. I pulled out onto Glade Road in front of a police officer. I tried to escape,” he said. The officer caught up to him. “The turning point came when I didn’t have an ID, insurance, or papers on me,” he said. “The officer took pity on me and gave me a $175 fine. He could have sent me to Mexico. But he let me go home. I went to my mom, who lived in Pasco, and I told her then, ‘I’ve got to change.’” He did, working to get his U.S. citizenship, finding a stable job, then building a successful business that provides for his loyal customers and employees, all the while making countless friends along the way and helping others in need. “What God has done for me I can’t explain,” he said. “He gave me a wonderful wife, Diana, that I’ve been married to for 26 years. I have three great kids. I found the (American) dream because it was God who brought me here.” American Wheel Specialist: 509-7376079,

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Tri-City businesses succeeding at Making It In Washington program BY MICHELLE DUPLER

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

When your job is to make the best hydraulic jack you can, also understanding how to reach customers on Facebook might be outside your toolbox. But for manufacturing businesses in Washington state, help is available through a program that aims to help small and medium-sized manufacturers to change, grow and prosper with the times — whether that’s help with the latest in marketing strategies or getting employees certified in supply chain management. Make It In Washington is one of 10 programs created under the former Obama administration’s Make It In America grants and provides rural manufacturers with a range of consulting services and educational subsidies to train employees in key functions that can make their businesses operate more efficiently. The stated goal is to “increase manufacturing capacity, strengthen supply chains, attract investment, and create new opportunities for businesses and individuals,” according to program materials. Services include strategic consulting that may include helping companies to develop a business or marketing plan, finding funding or capital, learning how to understand and overcome supply chain challenges, as well as providing tuitionfree online education through one of three participating Washington colleges and universities. The program is a partnership between Innovate Washington, which offers consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses; Impact Washington, which works with larger employers; the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, which helps with worker training; and Washington State University, Shoreline Community College and Highline College, which provide classes relevant to manufacturing operations. Tri-City businesses that have participated, such as The Bogert Group, Isoray Medical Inc. and SIGN Fracture Care International, each have said they saw positive benefits from their involvement. “Make It In Washington has impacted our business in many ways that I can’t imagine would have happened without them,” said Richard Bogert, owner of The

The Bogert Group in Pasco, a company with four separate manufacturing arms, reported success after participating in the business consulting and online education portions of the Make It In Washington, a program providing rural manufacturers with a range of consulting services and educational subsidies to train employees in key functions to make their businesses operate more efficiently. (Courtesy The Bogert Group)

Bogert Group in Pasco, a company with four separate manufacturing arms. “Who we are today and what we are doing today wouldn’t have happened if not for those organizations coming in and helping our company.”

Why manufacturing?

During the recession, some rural communities in Washington were plagued with high unemployment figures, especially as industries like logging no longer provided the economic boon they once did, or manufacturing plants that had pro-

vided good, steady jobs shut down, like the ConAgra potato processing plant in Prosser that closed in 2010, laying off most of its 250 workers in a town of fewer than 6,000 people. “There were a lot of industries that just disappeared as a result of the recession,” said Mike Brennan, economic development specialist for the Workforce board. While agriculture and food processing remain bedrock industries in Washington and in the Tri-Cities, there also has been a shift in emphasis in the manufacturing sector in Eastern Washington toward

technology-based businesses as offshoots from Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Around Hanford there was tremendous change as federal contracts went away,” Brennan said. “What was left were highly educated folks who didn’t want to move. They created their own businesses — technology-oriented businesses in the Tri-Cities area. Those are the kinds of things we’ve run into.” Additionally, Brennan said he’s seeing business owners with young families moving from larger urban areas to smaller communities and rural areas, like the Tri-Cities and surrounding region, and bringing their tech-based businesses with them. “They like having small communities with good schools and the lifestyle,” he said. Make It In Washington can provide both start-ups and established businesses with the tools they need to succeed and grow — and build a strong, innovative manufacturing base in the state that provides steady jobs, Brennan said. “Studies show (manufacturing) is a great employment opportunity for folks,” he said. He noted that manufacturing jobs are important because they often don’t require a college degree, making them accessible to people who have a high school diploma and perhaps some technical training. They also tend to pay better wages than retail or tourism jobs, so they provide a more stable living for families. uMAKE IT, Page 20


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Miramac Metals eyes expansion of Pasco manufacturing plant Mead-based business makes customized steel products BY LAURA KOSTAD

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Miramac Metals Inc. opened a new manufacturing facility a year ago in Pasco and is already considering a future expansion. The Mead-based company supplies a diverse offering of customized steel products, including corrugated, ribbed and snap-lock panel profiles, to commercial and residential customers in the rapidly growing Tri-City region. Miramac signed a two-year lease with the Port of Pasco last May for one of its warehouses in the Big Pasco Industrial Center, located off Ainsworth Avenue along the Columbia River. The Tri-Cities has been experiencing tremendous growth over the past two years as the tourism and job sectors continue to expand and diversify, drawing more people to the area. The resulting housing shortage has put pressure on developers to respond to this need, creating a greater demand of local construction resources. It’s translated to a boon for local companies and emerging industries in the area. “We’ve been shipping product into the region for years, so it just made sense,” said Jeff McDonald, company president. Miramac’s commitment to high-quali-

ty craftsmanship and customer service began in 1959 near Spokane with McDonald’s father, who started working just one steel roll-forming project at a time. The Pasco facility is the company’s first expansion. Miramac was one of the first to own and operate roll-forming machines in the western U.S., McDonald said. Rollforming is the process by which coils of flat sheet metal are fed through a specialized machine that bends the metal into a desired shape or pattern, known as a profile. This method of bending steel helps to ensure shape consistency on long pieces produced in large quantities. Over the years, demand for steel products in the agricultural and commercial sectors and new design developments for residential customers have enabled the company to grow and become a leader in roll-forming innovation and manufacturing techniques, McDonald said. Miramac has clients in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, as well as Montana and the Dakotas. The Pasco facility features a smaller building footprint compared to that of its headquarters, located just north of Spokane, but is equal in performance due to the implementation of new, state-ofthe-art factory innovations developed by Miramac, McDonald said. He said this

Miramac Metals signed a two-year lease with the Port of Pasco last May for one of its warehouses in the Big Pasco Industrial Center, located off Ainsworth Avenue along the Columbia River. Demand for products is prompting the steel roofing manufacturer to plan for an expansion.

translates to a large quantity and wide array of high quality products offered. The cost of the expansion was “well into the seven-digits,” he said. Miramac offers full-service siding and roofing manufacturing, providing clients with all the materials needed to complete their projects, including screws and other accessories, said Dennis Billman, manager of the Pasco facility. “We stand on our own here. If you want it, we can do it,” he said. McDonald said Miramac utilizes innovative materials and treatments, including its exclusive hot rolling process, which “provides better protection than traditional roll-forming methods,” maintaining steel flexibility and paint elasticity for the long term. “We’re doing things differently than others and offering products new to the industry,” McDonald said. Backed by a lifetime warranty, clients can rest assured they will be taken care of for the life of their investment, Billman said.

Miramac also prides itself on guaranteeing orders are completed on-time and under budget. Attention to detail, as observed in its extended link trim components that mask undesirable seams, and the individual handling of each piece produced, contributes to Miramac’s commitment to the highest of quality standards, Billman said. “Custom metal. Twenty-four hours,” Billman said. Clients can pick up orders, or have their product delivered within 72 hours — even entire building packages. Miramac boasts more than 30 color options in-stock, in addition to several degrees of rustic treatment and other textures that can be applied to many of its panel types, including the popular corrugated designer panel. No longer merely an industrial building material and roofing option, steel has become a sought-after design element in the last few years, McDonald said. It lends a rustic-meets-modern edge to projects, in addition to being long-lasting, durable, and low-maintenance. uMIRAMAC, Page 27

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Big Pasco Industrial Center offers blank slate of possibilities Occupancy rates have ranged from 57 percent to 87 percent in past five years


When the Port of Pasco’s director of properties walks around the huge warehouses in the Big Pasco Industrial Center, she sees business possibilities. “I see a lot of potential. Every time I walk through, I try to think outside the box,” said Mayra Reyna. “(The port) welcomes new ideas and new thoughts on business.” Most of the eight warehouses at the 370-acre riverfront complex on Ainsworth Avenue are subdivided into four bays with firewalls in between. Each of the bays is 43,200 square feet, or almost an acre. Finding tenants for the large spaces has been a challenge, with higher vacancies than the port would like to see, Reyna said. Occupancy rates have ranged from 57 percent to 87 percent in the past five years. “But all of our small buildings at Big Pasco have waiting lists. After the recession, no one wanted to take a gamble on the big spaces,” she said. The port’s industrial park at the TriCities Airport, which offers smaller size properties for lease, is at 100 percent capacity and also has a waiting list. Most businesses seeking port proper-

ty want 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet of space, Reyna said. That’s why the port is considering subdividing the large warehouses. Big Pasco’s location should be attractive to businesses, Reyna said, as it is the city’s only heavy industrial zone and it is close to the freeway and points beyond. “One of the tenants we have moved here because it was a mid-point between Spokane and Hermiston. We have the infrastructure,” Reyna said. Big Pasco has 15 miles of rail line connecting to BNSF Railway, a barge slip and broadband fiber. Monthly lease rates range from 22 cents per square foot to 32 cents per square foot, depending on building amenities and the land, Reyna said. The port tries to keep its lease rates lower “so tenants can adapt the buildings to their needs. We try to keep our rates competitive within the market,” she said. Some of the warehouse bays have had tenant improvements in the past. “(The space) works great for manufacturing. Some of them have offices, restrooms and conference rooms,” Reyna said. “We’d like to see more manufacturing. More manufacturing brings greater employment.”

Mayra Reyna, director of properties for the Port of Pasco, stands beneath a 15-ton capacity overhead crane inside a 43,200-square-foot warehouse at the Big Pasco Industrial Center. The building includes 6,000 square feet of office space. It’s been vacant since 2012 when Parsons Constructors and Fabricators Inc., an engineering firm that did work at Hanford, left.

The warehouses also work very well for storage, for obvious reasons: they’re covered and big. “We have a variety of tenants who specialize in warehousing,” Reyna said. Mid-Columbia Warehousing is one of the port’s oldest tenants. Zen-Noh Hay Inc., a Japanese-based company, leases 30 acres on a long-term basis for hay storage. Propak, a national company, makes

pallets for Walmart and it’s been expanding steadily, Reyna said. It supplies pallets for local Walmarts, as well as throughout the region. Another tenant wood-chips the old pallets to make mulch. Reyna said she likes this symbiotic relationship between tenants who work with one another. The warehouses also have been used as business incubators over the years. uINDUSTRIAL, Page 29


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MAKE IT, From page 17 Manufacturing businesses also contribute to the tax base in communities where they’re located, he added. “They are a key sector in these communities,” Brennan said.

Practical results

Bogert said his company used both the business consulting and online education portions of the program. He said the program provided him with a personal representative who answered questions, helped evaluate ideas and assisted in keeping him apprised of opportunities. His emloyees also received training on product development and lean manufacturing. “The marketing side was where we needed the most help,” he said. “We needed help with using social media effectively,

so that’s part of it.” The consultant also helped the company with messaging, pricing and distribution channels. By getting feedback and mentoring on a range of marketing topics, the company has seen significant growth. “As a result, Bogert Aviation was up 20 percent this past year and Safe Jack was up 40 percent,” Bogert said. “We’re looking at the same this year.” His company operates under a unique model in that each of its four manufacturing arms — Bogert Aviation Inc., Safe Jack, Uncle Norm’s Marine Products, and Bogert International Inc. — produce different products, but use the same base of employees. So an employee might work at Bogert Aviation one day and Uncle Norm’s Marine Products the next. They need to be versatile and able to move from one manu-

Manufacturing facturing operation to another fluidly. The education component of the program allowed Bogert Group employees to complete online courses that allowed them to learn while continuing to work — and bring real-time knowledge to the job. The benefit of real-time learning was also noted by employees at Isoray Medical Inc. and SIGN Fracture Care International. Krista Cline, director of Operations for Isoray, said the Richland-based manufacturer had an employee pursue a supply chain certificate through WSU’s online classes and saw immediate results. “I think we started seeing results right away when he started classes,” she said. “Based on what he was learning, he asked questions about processes and would take the opportunity to change them for the better.”

And that knowledge then flows to other employees, she added. Paul DeVasConCellos, a mechanical engineer at SIGN, completed a Six Sigma Quality Management “black belt” certificate through Washington State University that allows him to look at manufacturing processes at the company and find ways to streamline, reduce waste and innovate. As a nonprofit that produces nails used to treat serious fractures in developing countries, any increase in efficiency means more people who can be helped. “About every $100 is a patient who can walk again,” DeVasConCellos said. “We see a direct impact for reducing costs.” Kim Zentz, director of the Engineering and Technology Management Program in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at WSU, where the online classes are housed, said tuition is subsidized by a federal grant so the businesses and employees only have to pay the university application fee and cost of books, which the students are able to keep. The classes are regular university classes and employees must apply to the university, either as undergraduate or graduate students, just like any other prospective student, she said. The WSU program offers graduate-level certificate programs in project management, Six Sigma Quality Management, manufacturing leadership, constraints management, and logistics and supply chain management. Undergraduate-level classes are available in project management, Six Sigma Quality Management, and manufacturing leadership.

How to participate

The grants that fund the program will sunset at the end of 2017, but Brennan said there’s still time for manufacturing businesses to participate. For information, contact Brennan at mike.brennan@wtb.wa. gov. The deadline to apply for fall 2017 classes at WSU is July 24. Information about the Engineering and Technology Management program is available online at

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Tri-City electricity producers, providers pay more than $9.3 million in taxes Privilege tax generated $51.2 million for state last year

facilities totaled more than 9.9 million megawatt-hours of electricity last year. Columbia produced more than 96 perThree Tri-City public power electricity cent of the total power generated by producers and providers recently paid Energy Northwest, which is provided at more than $9.3 million in privilege taxes the cost of production to the Bonneville to the state. Power Administration for resale to cusThe annual tax is levied on public tomers in six Western states. power electricity producers and providers Here’s how Energy Northwest’s privifor the privilege of generating electricity lege taxes will be distributed: $2.37 milor providing electriclion goes to the state ity in the state. school fund and Energy Northwest $543,015 goes to the “Nuclear energy paid more than $5.3 state general fund. in Washington million, a record for The remaining $2.37 state produces the agency. million will be dividBenton PUD paid ed between jurisdica tremendous $2.44 million, and tions within a 35-mile amount of carbonFranklin PUD paid radius of the Benton $1.59 million. County intersection free electricity that Last year, the state of Stevens Drive and directly helps the collected about $51.2 Horn Rapids Road, environment.” million in privilege with distribution taxes, which accountbased on population. ed for 0.3 percent of Those within the - Brent Ridge, all state taxes. The radius include vice president and privilege tax was Benton, Franklin, chief financial officer of enacted in 1941. Energy Northwest Yakima, Walla Walla The amount of and Grant counties; Energy Northwest’s the cities of annual privilege tax is directly tied to the Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, West amount of electricity generated Richland, Grandview, Sunnyside, Prosser, at Columbia Generating Station, the third Connell, Benton City and Mesa; and four largest generator of electricity in the state. library and 18 fire districts. The plant north of Richland produced Benton PUD’s $2.44 million includes more than 9.6 million megawatt-hours of $820,000 for the state school fund, and carbon-free electricity during 2016, a $250,000 to the state general fund. In record for the plant. addition, $1.37 million is divided between “Nuclear energy in Washington state Benton County, and the cities of produces a tremendous amount of carbon- Kennewick, Prosser, Benton City, and free electricity that directly helps the envi- Richland. ronment,” said Brent Ridge, vice presiIn addition to the privilege tax, Benton dent and chief financial officer, in a state- PUD paid the following taxes in 2016: ment. “But we also provide tremendous $5.45 million to the state for the public economic benefits in terms of jobs and tax utility tax; municipal utility taxes of $4.89 contributions that support families and our million to the city of Kennewick, $414,000 communities.” to the city of Prosser, $123,000 to the city The public power agency produces of Benton City, $24,000 to the city of electricity at three other generating facili- Richland, and other excise taxes of ties: Nine Canyon Wind Project, Packwood $65,000 to the state. Lake Hydroelectric Project and White Franklin PUD paid $1.59 million on Bluffs Solar Station. Generation at its four June 1. The privilege taxes collected by BY KRISTINA LORD

the state include $536,160 allocated to the state school fund, $163,391 to the state general fund and $889,797 to Franklin County. In addition to the privilege tax, Franklin PUD paid the following taxes in 2016: $3.31 million to the state for the public utility tax; municipal utility taxes of $4.2 million to the city of Pasco, $376,413 to the city of Connell, $8,363 to the city of Kahlotus, and other excise taxes of $53,527 to the state. Energy Northwest has paid about $92.3 million in privilege taxes on its electricity since Columbia Generating Station began operating in 1984. Energy Northwest also paid $73,253 in privilege taxes for electricity produced in

2016 at the agency’s non-thermal electric power producing sites. Those include Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project near Packwood, Wash; Nine Canyon Wind Project, south of Kennewick, and White Bluffs Solar Station near Columbia Generating Station north of Richland. Other taxes paid by Energy Northwest in 2016 totaled more than $8.1 million: sales tax: $7,852,546; leasehold tax: $227,878 (This is a tax on the use of public property by private party. This tax is in lieu of the property tax.); business and occupation tax: $33,447. The state B&O tax is a gross receipts tax. It is measured on the value of products, gross proceeds of sale, or gross income of the business.


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New Kennewick, Richland gyms aim to offer affordable workouts Planet Fitness moving into old Value Village, city of Richland opens fitness center BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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The availability of inexpensive fitness options is increasing in the TriCities with the opening of COR Fit in Richland and the new Planet Fitness in Kennewick. Each gym is available to users on a month-to-month basis, with no long-term contracts required. COR stands for “city of Richland” and is the new name of the expanded facility at the Richland Community Center. The city teamed up with the Richland Senior Association, matching the $1,600 raised for a gym expansion, to invest more than $3,200 into a remodeled space with added equipment. COR is located where the computer lab and a meeting room once were. By removing a wall, the two rooms were combined into one. While the meeting room was relocated elsewhere in the community center, the computer lab was eliminated altogether. The city felt the availability of computers at the Richland

Public Library was sufficient for public use instead. The gym features two seated stepper machines, which are frequently in use. Cloyd Bowers, 93, said he uses the seated stepper for about 20 minutes at a time, and hopes to eventually increase his ability to use the other equipment. “I know it’s good for my legs. It gets results because it keeps ’em going,” he said. Bowers said it’s typical to see four to five people in the fitness room at one time, mostly seniors. COR Fit has about 100 members and the prices are the same for Richland residents and non-residents. Each person pays $8 a month for use of the facility for a 30-day commitment. The gym is open during the same hours as the Richland Community Center: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Planet Fitness is opening its first TriCities location in the former Value

Cloyd Bowers, 93, right, and Dave Car, 61, use the seated steppers at the city of Richland’s new gym COR Fit at the Richland Community Center.

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with no yearly commitments. During membership pre-sales prior to the opening, the sign-up fee was $1. General Manager Ty Franzen said the monthly rates are locked in and “will never go up.” Members pay a one-time annual fee of $39 assessed in August. uFITNESS, Page 26

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state. “We’ve been having consistent doubledigit growth on an annual basis,” said Christensen, who noted that the investment in Richland property is reflective of that spike. “We felt it was a good investment to make for the company. We wanted to have the flexibility to have space to grow.” The Grandview location at 501 E. Wine Country Road houses the company’s distribution facility and logistics teams, which include truck scheduling and dispatching. Over the years, R.E. Powell has had to add a modular building as the number of employees and clients expanded, and it has had to utilize office space at the company’s car dealership. “With the Jadwin building, we’ll be able to move some of those teams that were scattered around Grandview to one facility. The Grandview location will continue to operate as a warehouse facility, and some of our admin will operate out of there for the foreseeable future,” he said. The Jadwin building is three stories with a basement, offering plenty of room. R.E. Powell is located on the first floor of the building, and they have a team set up in some offices on the second floor—but those locations are temporary while MH Construction, based out of Kennewick, builds out the third floor. The man who helped to design the building, Jim Dillman, 80, of Richland, said it was the “finest building in the city.” “It had fine interior finishes and a very nice plan. It’s also brick and that was important because that’s longevity. It’s not weird either. If you go down Clearwater, there’s so many weird buildings. Then it becomes chaotic. The world we live in has a lot of difficulties. What we need are things that are calmer and pleasant. We don’t need chaos. All the details in that building were meant to be top drawer,” he said. Dillman, who retired at age 75, also helped to design the Allied Arts Association’s Gallery at the Park in Richland and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick. He retired five years ago. R.E. Powell is not the only tenant in the building. About half of the space is being utilized by existing tenants. Community First Bank leases space, said Christensen, and Kadlec has a clinic and administrative offices in the building and there’s an Edward Jones office there too. “There is some space for us to grow, so those tenants can stay and we can grow. If we shrink, we have the flexibility to lease out space as well,” he said. Christensen said the company likes the central location the building offers to its Northwest clients, and that there’s a talented pool of individuals in the area. “Overall, it’s a growing, vibrant community. Over time, we feel our staffing needs are going to continue to grow in the Tri-Cities market,” he said, adding that as the company moves forward, R.E. Powell will continue to create a diversified environment with a focus on women and minorities. “As we’ve grown, we’ve brought in a lot of team members from a lot of backgrounds and people from different parts of the country. We want a diversified organization so that we’ve got different viewpoints. We focus on building great teams.”

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National beauty retailers expanding in the Tri-Cities Richland Ulta Beauty store opens, Sephora doubles in size at mall BY ELSIE PUIG

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National beauty retailers Ulta Beauty and Sephora are expanding in the TriCities as the beauty industry continues to grow nationwide. Ulta Beauty opened its doors May 26 in the Vintner Square development at 2911 Queensgate Drive in Richland to a large and enthusiastic crowd of shoppers. Sephora — located inside JCPenney at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick — recently doubled the size of its store and plans a grand opening later this month. There’s a growing demand nationwide for these kinds of beauty businesses. The “prestige” beauty industry grew by 6 percent last year, reaching $17 billion in sales with the makeup category experiencing the greatest sales growth at 12 percent, according to The NPD Group, a market research group. The cosmetic industry totaled more than $62 billion in 2016, according to The Ulta Beauty grand opening attracted hundreds of shoppers with long lines of those hoping to score free gifts and makeovers throughout the Memorial Day weekend. This is the second Ulta Beauty store in the Tri-Cities. The first opened in 2012 off Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick. Ulta Beauty operates 990 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia. “At Ulta Beauty we look for locations that offer guests convenience, which includes easy-to-access, off mall locations. We’re excited to be the premier beauty destination for Richland beauty lovers,” said Jaime Schiff, the store’s general manager. Ulta Beauty’s new store is 10,000 square feet and carries more than 20,000 beauty and cosmetic products, as well as products for bath and body, skin care, fragrances, hair care, hair styling and nails. The store carries products from more than 500 brands, including bareMinerals, Benefit, Urban Decay, Dermalogica, Maybelline, Neutrogena, as well as Ulta’s own private label. In addition to the retail side, Ulta offers a full-service hair salon and a station for facial waxing. There’s also a Dermalogica MicroZone Treatment Center for mini facials, which cost $20 for a 20-minute treatment. “The Richland store also offers full salon services, including haircuts, coloring and styling. Additionally, the new location will offer skin services and brow services,” Schiff said. The store’s staff and makeup artists are available to answer questions on application of beauty products, best beauty practices and latest trends. “The ‘unicorn’ beauty trend and holographic hair continue to be highly popular,” Schiff said. “from Tarte Spellbound

Glow Rainbow Highlighter to Splat Hair Chalk in Violet Sky, the Richland location offers products and services to get the latest looks.” The company also offers Ultamate Rewards membership program — a loyalty program which lets shoppers earn one point for every dollar spent on products, hair services, Dermalogica skin or Benefit brow services, and at Rewards members can redeem points on any of Ulta Beauty’s 20,000 products with no restrictions. Members also receive access to exclusive offers, special event invites and a free birthday gift. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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The newly expanded Sephora inside JCPenney is nearly 50 percent bigger than it used to be after a recent expansion. Woods Construction was hired to do $260,000 in remodeling work, bringing the total square footage to 4,000 square feet, according to public building records. “Sephora is expanding their location inside JCPenney in order to provide customers a greater variety of beauty offerings,” said Erin Brown, a spokeswoman

Ulta Beauty’s new Richland store is 10,000 square feet and carries more than 20,000 beauty and cosmetic products, as well as products for bath and body, skin care, fragrances, hair care, hair styling and nails. The national “prestige” beauty industry grew by 6 percent last year, reaching $17 billion in sales with the makeup category experiencing the greatest sales growth at 12 percent, according to The NPD Group, a market research group.

for Simon Malls. Though Sephora, founded in France, is an independent company, it is operated by JCPenney. Sephora began opening stores inside JCPenney in October 2006. Today, there are Sephora locations in more than 574 JCPenney stores across the country. “Columbia Center is the regional shopping center of the area and we’re seeing tremendous growth,” said Barbara Johnson, general manager at Columbia Center. “We have a lot of customers who come from Oregon and surrounding markets, so expanding popular retailers such

as Verizon Wireless (See story on page 28) and Sephora, will give shoppers greater variety and opportunity to find things they can’t within their individual markets.” The Sephora inside JCPenney features products from more than 200 beauty brands. These include color from NARS, Bare Escentuals, Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay; and innovative skin care lines such as Peter Thomas Roth, Shiseido, Ole Henriksen, Murad and Philosophy. uBEAUTY, Page 27

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Ty Franzen, general manager of Planet Fitness, stands in front of the Kennewick gym’s floor plan. The gym is scheduled to open this month.

FITNESS, From page 23 Franzen said the national chain has been wanting to expand to the Tri-Cities for more than a year but had not found the right location. The nearest Planet Fitness is in Yakima. The Kennewick Planet Fitness will include 20,000 square feet of space with dozens of cardio equipment machines, free weights, weight resistance machines, locker rooms, massage chairs and tanning beds. Planet Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is always staffed with at least two employees. Part of a national chain, Planet Fitness offers two types of memberships, including its basic, no-commitment membership for $10 a month, as well as expanded options.

For about $20 a month, the Black Card program includes use of the tanning machines, four hydromassage chairs and one free guest per day. This membership requires a one-year commitment, charging a $58 fee if canceled early. Planet Fitness touts itself as a “judgement free zone,” hoping to make a large gym less intimidating to novices. While it doesn’t have a studio for group classes like spinning or Zumba, it does offer 30-minute workouts to small groups, including circuit training. Planet Fitness: 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Ste. 100C, Kennewick; 509-579-0595. COR Fit: 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland; 509-942-7529.


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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION BEAUTY, from page 25 Sephora’s beauty studio offers shoppers complimentary walk-in services like contouring, smoky eye color, conceal and reveal, lip and cheek and everyday eye. Also, complimentary with a $50 purchase, Sephora offers a 45-minute, oneon-one custom makeover with a product consultant. With the JCPenney Salon and Sephora, JCPenney aims to be a one-stop destination for beauty, hair styling and fashion. Sephora’s grand opening is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 23. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Miramac’s manufacturing facility MIRAMAC, From page 18 “We’re transcending what people changed that. Now, instead of waiting think of steel,” McDonald said. “I am weeks for orders from Seattle, Spokane excited to see architects and designers or Portland, local contractors can get next-day turnfocus on utilizing around. the decorative and This translates to structural possibili“We’re transcending lower costs because ties that steel offers. what people think of of reduced shipping Not to mention its steel.” expenditures, shortgreen building bener project timelines efits, which include energy efficiency - Jeff McDonald, and not having to and 100 percent president of over-order to ensure recyclability.” Miramac Metals they have enough material, McDonald Previously, local said. contractors were hard-pressed to “Local contracobtain the steel materials they needed tors can now compete with others tryat a reasonable cost and in a timely ing to move in on jobs from outside the manner, McDonald said. area,” he said. “This helps the local

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community tremendously.” The standalone Pasco facility is also committed to keeping employees and jobs local. “We employ local people that actually live in Tri-Cities,” McDonald said. “I live and work here,” Billman said. In anticipation of ongoing demand, further expansions to the new Pasco facility are already in the planning phase. “The Tri-Cities community has been great to us and embraced us. It has been a joy working with them,” said McDonald, who looks forward to ongoing growth and serving both new and existing clients in the community. Miramac: 509-545-0170, miramac. com, Facebook.

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Verizon Wireless to expand in Columbia Center mall BY ELSIE PUIG

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An expanded Verizon Wireless store is under construction at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. The cellphone store is expanding into 1,400 square feet that will encompass the former Starbucks shop inside suite 802 to create more space for suite 805. Starbucks moved to a kiosk in front of the mall’s food court last fall. The expanded Verizon store is tentatively scheduled to open in August. The shop at Columbia Center is a new prototype called “next gen” and is the third of its kind in Washington. The first opened

at Northgate Mall in November 2016, and another opened at Bellis Fair in Bellingham last month. The Kennewick store’s construction is being done in two phases. First, the company is renovating the space next to its existing location. It is expected this first phase will be complete by the end of June. Verizon will renovate the original space during the second phase and expects to complete that project later this summer. The contractor for the project is Scheiner Commercial Group and Magnum Electric is the electrical contractor. More than $380,000 in tenant improvements are planned, according to

public building records. An authorized Verizon retailer, A Wireless, independently operates the store. The expanded Verizon Wireless store will continue to offer smartphones, tablets, accessories and support services, but also will carry more products customers have been asking for, said Verizon Wireless officials. The store will offer a whole suite of business products and services such as the 4G LTE network, mobile broadband, international voice and data services, mobile email, and push to talk. Verizon Wireless carries Apple, ASUS, BlackBerry, Droid, Google, HTC,

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NewEdge Wellness Center is offering way for those living in the Tri-City area to receive holistic health care without traveling great distances. NewEdge’s new clinic occupies 2,950 square feet in suite 120 of the 3,980-square-foot building at 7403 W. Arrowhead Ave. in Kennewick. It’s located off Columbia Center Boulevard and Highway 240 near Roasters Coffee. The building exterior features a stucco finish with stone accents and the interior has warm tones with dark wood finishes and natural light. The wellness center uses state-of-the-art chiropractic equipment such as digital X-rays, neuromuscular re-

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NewEdge building will be leased out and a search for a tenant is underway. The lease will start about $14 a square foot plus a triple net with a tenant improvement allowance. Room rental will start at $500 a month on the NewEdge side of the building. Construction was completed May 22. Larry Olsen of Masterpiece Builders in Kennewick was the general contractor. Murphy designed the building and layout and used Sageland Design of Kennewick to bring it together. Community First Bank in Kennewick financed the $695,000 project. For more information about leasing the building, call Derrick Stricker of NAI Tri-Cities at 509-430-8533. To rent a room at NewEdge Wellness Center call 509737-9355.

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Real Estate & Construction uBUSINESS BRIEFS Trios Health discovers records breach by employee

A planned review process of the information management system at Trios Health exposed a breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The review found that an employee accessed the electronic health records of about 600 patients outside of normal job functions between October 2013 and March 2017. The employee has since been terminated. After an assessment of the breach, the Washington State Attorney General and Office of Civil Rights, which enforces privacy and security rules, will likely impose fines per violation found. Patients whose medical records were accessed without authorization have been notified by mail and have the option to enroll in free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services for one year at Trios’ expense. Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities. Patients concerned about their health records may call 509-221-5720 or visit

Statewide cherry production up 31 percent

Washington sweet cherry farmers reported a good crop this year thanks to a moderate spring with warm temperatures. The state’s sweet cherry production is forecast at 255,000 tons of sweet cherries this year, compared to 195,000 tons last year, or a 31 percent increase, according to recent data released by National Agricultural Statistics Service. In California, growers expect the best crop in recent years following several seasons of droughts and low yields. Harvest began near the normal late-April timeframe after two years of early crops. Sweet cherry production is forecast at 432,760 tons nationwide, up 36 percent from 2016. Nationwide tart cherry production is forecast at 238 million pounds, down 23 percent from the 2016 production. In Washington, growers reported moderate spring temperatures and moisture and expected harvest to begin later than normal. They expect to harvest 25.3 million pounds of tart cherries, compared to 24.4 million pounds last year, a 3.6 percent increase.

Historic Downtown Prosser Association calls for artists

The Arts Subcommittee of the Historic Downtown Prosser Association is seeking applications from artists to paint miniature animals native to the Prosser area on buildings there. The project will culminate Sept. 22-24 with a street painting event coinciding with the town’s annual Harvest Festival. Applications are due July 15; selected artists will be notified by Aug. 15. Visit or call 509786-3299 for more information or an application.

INDUSTRIAL, From page 19 The port leases to a mix of private companies and public agencies. Among its tenants are the Pasco School District, Franklin County, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Lampson Crane, Aromatics LLC, Miramac, and Safety-Kleen, a national company that’s the largest re-refiner of used oil and provider of parts cleaning services in the country. “Sometimes a private company may be intimidated by leasing from a government agency, but we are here to make that process easier. We offer lease and broker incentives,” Reyna said. The port offers a variety of lease options as well, term leases and monthto-month leases, Reyna said. “Of course, the port likes to have lon-

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2017 ger term leases. However, when you have projects coming and going, we adapt,” she said. The large warehouse complex was built in 1942 by the U.S. government as one of 10 holding and re-consignment points in the U.S., serving both the ports of Portland and Seattle during World War II, as well as during the Korean conflict. Supplies were sent to the Soviet Union and among the shipments sent through Pasco were $1 million worth of surgical equipment, train carloads of cigarette papers, as the Russians rolled their own, a carload of gold braid, chemicals of all kinds, brass and copper items and semolina flour, according to an article about Big Pasco published by the Franklin County Historical Society in


1984. The port acquired the facility for $800,000 in 1959. The buildings also housed about 300 Italians released from prisoner of war camps to work for the government from 1944-45 because of a worker shortage. The buildings have begun to show their age but the port budgets annually for improvements and several tenants also have developed the buildings for their own business purposes. As Reyna walked around the warehouses recently, she pointed out the various improvements — from overhead bay doors and heaters, to exhaust systems, new roofs and concrete loading docks. “It’s a great facility and it’s ready for growth,” she said.


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Thirteen insurance companies teamed up to build a home in Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity’s development in Pasco. Joe Peterson of Joe Peterson Insurance came up with the idea for the Insurance House project, said Lisa Godwin, executive director for Habitat. The insurance build program was “a wonderful way for insurance businesses in the area to come together to give back to the community. Habitat is all about community helping community and with our current capital campaign, titled ‘The Power of One,’ this gives an example of the power of each of indi-

vidual insurance agent and the power of them giving back,” she said. The new homes in the White House Addition are under construction to provide low-income housing for qualified families in the Tri-Cities. So far, four of the development’s 24 homes are completed. The cost for the development is $3.4 million, which includes the four acres near the corner of Lewis and Oregon streets near Marie Curie STEM School. The 1,100-square-foot, one-story homes feature three and four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each home also has an attached one-stall garage. Some of the homes were built on slabs and some have crawl spaces. The typical sale price for the homes is $150,000 with a monthly payment of

about $700. The cost to build them is $96,000. Families must partner with Habitat by providing 500 “sweat equity” hours. They also have to go through Habitat’s qualification process for a 20-year, no-interest mortgage. Habitat was able to pay for land and infrastructure thanks to two grants: one from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the other from Tri-Cities HOME Consortium. Habitat oversees the construction by providing two construction staff on site with a volunteer coordinator working closely with volunteers on site. Habitat hires four licensed contractors which include plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and flatwork. All other work is done by volunteers or volunteer groups. The development’s completion date is January 2019. Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity: 509943-5555,, Facebook.

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Second Harvest’s Mobile Markets offers groceries

Second Harvest’s Mobile Markets will be providing fresh, perishable and frozen grocery products for about 250 families in a two-hour period on June 20 and 28. The markets run mid-March through mid-November and are made possible through sponsor partners and volunteers. Distribution is on a first come, first serve basis. Here’s the schedule: • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 20: Boys & Girls Clubs, 801 N. 18th Ave., Pasco.


• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28: The Garden Church, 6811 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick. Beef will be distributed on these two dates. Call 509-545-0787 or visit 2-harvest. org for more information, including future Mobile Market dates.

Four on the Floor, Landrance, The Rafael Tranquilino Band, Scott Pemberton Band and Dusty 45s. Early-bird tickets are available for $25 at through June 30; prices increase to $30 in July. Children ages 16 and under are free with a paid adult ticket.

In This Together Music Festival scheduled for July 8

Boys & Girls Clubs receive 20 tablets

In This Together Music Festival, an original musical gathering highlighting awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder, is from 1 to 10 p.m. July 8 at the Wine and Food Park in Prosser. The second annual day-long, family friendly music festival features six Pacific Northwest bands: Nick Foster,

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties recently received 20 LG G Pad 7.0 tablets from U.S. Cellular. The donation was presented at a tour of U.S. Cellular’s Richland business office. During the tour, U.S. Cellular associates talked with students about

their career aspirations and shared stories about their own professional journeys.

Summer reading challenge under way

Mid-Columbia Libraries’ annual summer reading challenge runs through Aug. 19. Participants of all ages can read, explore and create to win prizes. Many activities, including visiting parks, baking goodies or listening to audiobooks count toward completing the challenge. Get more details and sign up for the program at any branch or online at


A party supply store and a beauty retailer have opened for business in Richland’s Vintner Square. Party City sells birthday and theme party supplies, baby shower favors, Halloween costumes and more at 850 stores across the nation. It is next door the new Ulta Beauty, a national seller of beauty supplies.

The new 10,000-square-foot Ulta features 20,000 beauty products from more than 500 brands as well as a full-service salon. Nationwide, the company operates 990 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia. The stores are among the newest additions to the Vintner Square development near Target off

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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION Purcell ranked among 10 best family law attorneys

uNETWORKING SCORE volunteer helps launch 140 businesses

SCORE volunteer P. Simon Mahler helped launch 140 businesses that employed more than 1,700 people in 2016, according to an annual report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mahler created a 30-day virtual incubator program for those looking to launch a business. SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs since 1964 by providing small business mentoring and workshops. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 320 chapters serving local communities and entrepreneur education to help grow one million small businesses annually.

Mathew Purcell of Purcell Family Law in Richland has been named 2017 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. The group is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. To be selected, attorneys must pass a rigorous selection process.

Tri-Cities Vein and Vascular Institute re-accreditated

Tri-Cities Vein and Vascular Institute, located in Richland, has earned a threeyear re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in in the areas

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Anderson named director of career and technical program

Tricia Anderson has been named Kennewick School District’s director of Career and Technical Education, or CTE, program. Anderson has experience as an assistant principal, CTE director, business education instructor, student advisor, mentor teacher and principal.


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uNETWORKING Bonus, Slade travel to Washington, D.C.

Emily Bonus, daughter of Kim and Adam Bonus of West Richland, and Tyler Slade, son of Roscoe and Shawna Slade of West Richland, were chosen to represent Benton REA on the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. This is the second year Benton REA sent students on the tour. During the week-long trip, the students toured museums, memorials and monuments. They met and spoke with legislators and had the chance to meet students and leaders from many states. Applications for the 2018 NRECA Electric Cooperative Youth Tour will be

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Hampton Inn names new managers

Brenda Romay has joined the Hampton Inn Richland as sales manager, and Melody Goller was promoted to assistant general manager. Brenda Romay Romay has hotel catering and sales experience. In her

Real Estate & Construction new role she will acquire new group and conference business, maintain existing accounts and network. Goller has worked at Hampton Inn for Melody Goller six years, most recently as sales manager. Her new duties include accounts receivable, front desk operations and overseeing the property in the absence of the general manager.

Kennedy attends Edward Jones’ leaders conference Certified financial planner Shelley

Kennedy attended Edward Jones’ financial advisor leaders conference May 10-12 in St. Louis. The Richlandbased Kennedy was among only 538 financial advisors who qualified from the firm’s 14,000 in the U.S. and Canada. Shelley Kennedy The conference recognized advisors who are among leaders in the company and provided training to help them serve more individual investors in their communities. Edward Jones is a Fortune 500 company providing financial services for individual investors. The firm’s advisors work directly with more than seven million clients.

Lourdes’ rehabilitation unit receives performance award

Lourdes Medical Center’s Acute Rehabilitation facility received a 2017 “Top Performer Award” from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. This is the third time Lourdes has been recognized for this award. The UDSMR evaluated 800 qualifying facilities using its program evaluation model. Lourdes has been serving the MidColumbia region’s health care needs since 1916.

Marsh, Wiley receive MSA lifesaving awards

Jim Marsh and Dan Wiley have been honored with Mission Support Alliance’s Presidents’ Lifesaving awards from MSA President Bill Johnson. The awards Jim Marsh recognize employees who demonstrate caring and courage by taking immediate action directly attributable to saving someone’s life. Marsh responded to a man who was not breathing and had no pulse. He directed someone to call 911 and administered CPR for more than 10 minutes until the paramedics arrived. The man was Dan Wiley taken to a hospital and continues to recover from a heart attack. While at home, Wiley heard his father call for help and found him gasping for air. His father had stopped breathing and no longer had a pulse. He began performing CPR. When paramedics arrived, they continued CPR and stabilized his father to take him to the hospital.

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION MARINELAND, From page 1 The renovated rooflines include the addition of peaks and rock-front pillars at some entrances. “We wanted to bring the structure into a more contemporary look,” Chavallo said. The recent improvements have brought added interest from new tenants like Black Wool, a trendy clothing store, Fresh Out the Box, a new restaurant from the owners of a food truck bearing the same name, and Garage Solutions, a retail showroom for a garage organization business. They’re among the half-dozen new tenants who have leased space in Marineland Plaza in the last year. Having a more appealing property has made it easier for Goffard to fill the plaza. “It was run down before. It wasn’t enticing. There wasn’t a lot of interest until the remodel was done,” he said. It’s also an exciting time for longtime tenants. The remodel has fallen in line with improvements at Linda Pasco’s store, Lemon Grass Gifts, which has been in the same corner spot for 18 years. She watched with enthusiasm as a new sign was installed above her storefront. Pasco said it took a handful of sketches to get it just right because, like her store, she wanted the sign to have “a touch of whimsy.” “It feels like home every time we come in the store. It smells so nice and it feels like home,” she said. In addition to the new marquee, Pasco was thrilled to get double doors at her store entrance. It’s a modification she’s seen as a necessity for a while. “People would just

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walk right by our door and not realize we year. were there,” she said. Goffard said he was sympathetic about Pasco said the new Marineland owners the delays. “Who’s coming out when met with tenants before and during con- there’s snow on the ground and scaffolding struction and showed them the architect’s around your business? Our hearts go out to plans. This was key in allowing her to the tenants who struggled,” he said. negotiate for the double door she desired at To everyone’s relief, no retailers or resher store’s entrance. taurants went out of business during the The goal of the Marineland Plaza face- six-month remodel. lift was to make the “Our customers space look grander have been such a and larger. The invesblessing, they’re so “There wasn’t a lot of tors also wanted to faithful,” Pasco said. interest until the solve a chronic pigeon “We all prayed problem tied to the very hard,” said remodel was done.” dated awnings. Jessica VanDine, The property’s new manager of the - Jason Goffard, investors were attractVillage Bistro. “The NAI Tri-Cities commercial ed to the property for remodel was a scare real estate broker its prime location in for a lot of places. We central Kennewick. “It pulled together as a was a nice asset that tight-knit work famineeded a little bit of improvement,” ly. We buckled down and we all communiChavallo said. cated.” At the time of the purchase, the city of Known as the Village Deli and Café for Kennewick was in the process of making 28 years, the Village Bistro re-opened last improvements to North Edison Street. year with a new name and a new menu Chavallo said those modifications have after the former owners retired and sold the made a huge impact to improve access to restaurant. the shopping center from Highway 240. VanDine said the new owners, Ryan and The remodeling work wasn’t without its Kara Vogt, have increased the quality of the challenges — especially this past winter. meats and breads and now serve dinner on Pasco and other tenants struggled to the weekends, specializing in a homemade attract customers during the lengthy con- Italian-based menu. struction. “Business is busier but there’s a lot more The harsh winter put the project’s time- room for growth,” VanDine said. They line two months behind schedule, pushing hope the warm summer days will encourinto the critical fourth quarter when retail- age people to enjoy happy hour on the ers rely on holiday shopping to make up for patio, offering $6 burger specials on Friday any slow sales occurring elsewhere in the and Saturday afternoons.


Marineland tenants root for each other’s success, Pasco said. “We shop in each other’s stores, we eat their food. We have a nice relationship with other owners,” she said. The last available retail space at Marineland is where The Bookworm used to be before moving to North Columbia Center Boulevard in 2015. The 2,600-square-foot spot could be used for retail, restaurant or office space and has the availability of outdoor seating in the front. It’s currently advertised at $11 a square foot, plus triple net, which covers a portion of the facility’s operating costs. Pasco said she’s proud to be a part of the locally focused Marineland Plaza where “the owners are particular about keeping mom-and-pop stores.” Lemon Grass is a family affair, with Pasco’s daughter and niece working behind the counter and setting up displays in the quirky shop. The store is on its third remodel, as Pasco has continued to take over neighboring retail space as it becomes available. It began as an 850-square-foot retailer of fine bath and body products. “I’m a soap and lotion nut,” Pasco said. It’s now grown to 4,000 square feet, offering what’s described as “an eclectic array” of gifts, including clothing, jewelry, handbags, home décor, furniture and wall-hanging fountains. Pasco has stayed true to her roots, proudly stating she provides the largest collection of mineral oil- and petroleum-free organic soaps in the Tri-Cities. She was inspired to own a store after her daughter became an entrepreneur. uMARINELAND, Page 38

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MARINELAND, From page 37 Pasco had no other option but to travel to the Seattle-area to find the items she was after. “I thought, ‘Why do you have to drive to Bellevue to get a big, beautiful bar of soap?’” She decided to open her own shop and always made it a point to carry the soaps featured on Oprah Winfrey’s popular O List. And as many other similar strip malls have lost tenants or gift stores have gone under, Pasco believes her store’s uniqueness has kept it going for nearly two decades. “You have to be able to change with the times and with the trends. You have to try to be original,” she said.

Ignite Youth Mentoring hires executive director

Troy Farley is Ignite Youth Mentoring’s new executive director. Farley has experience as an executive director of Young Life and as an intervention specialist at Troy Farley Chiawana High School. Ignite Youth Mentoring aims to empower young people to find hope and safety through adult mentors who

help them form strong values, develop social and job-related skills and discover God’s purpose for their lives.

Kadlec receives re-accreditation

Kadlec has been awarded a threeyear re-accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy by the American College of Radiology. A stereotactic breast biopsy involves a special mammography machine to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth. The accreditation is awarded to facilities meeting the college’s practice parameters and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical


Wheatland receives five-star rating

Spokane-based Wheatland Bank, which has a Pasco branch, earned a five-star rating from Bauer Financial, a bank rating firm. The rating system considers capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. Wheatland has received the rating for 41 consecutive quarters, increasing its designation to “Exceptional Performance Bank.” Wheatland Bank was founded in 1979 and has 14 branch offices.


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Costa Vida are the first tenants in a new strip mall on Burden Boulevard in Pasco. Called Burden Plaza II, the 10,617-square-foot retail space is located off Road 68, near the TRAC facility and the new Hampton Inn & Suites, at 6627 Burden Blvd. The lot size for the plaza is about 32,670 square feet. The building will feature the Tri-Cities’ third Dickey’s restaurant in three years in an expanded space of 5,000 square feet. The other two Tri-City restaurants are about half the size. The extra space will house a 100-person event center and new corporate office for the company’s sales, marketing, catering and operations teams. Dickey’s spent about $500,000 to build out its unit in Suite C and reports that rent is $7,000 a month. It expects to open in July. Elite Construction is the contractor and Arizonabased FM Group is the architect for the Dickey’s project. Costa Vida serves coastal Mexico food and has two Richland restaurants and one in Kennewick. All spaces except for one at the end are leased in the retail plaza. Construction was completed in May. Christina Chong, Peter Ahn and Dorothy Kim of Kaleb Real Estate Group oversaw the development project from start to finish, from the initial purchasing

of the raw land, to design, permitting and construction, along with the help of local architects and contractors. The Kaleb Group will oversee the lease up and property management of the building. Headquartered in Bellevue, with a satellite office in Orange County, California, the company manages the retail building next to Burden Plaza II as well as another retail building in Kennewick. The Kaleb Group is a fully integrated real estate company specializing in the development, acquisition and management of commercial real estate. Its portfolio includes office buildings, medical office suites, retail centers and storage facilities. The company saw the potential of the Tri-City area many years ago and jumped at the opportunity to be a

part of its growth and revitalization. The Kaleb Group officials said developing Burden Plaza II would create new jobs and contribute to the economic growth of the area as well as provide a positive return on investment for its clients. Troy Hendren from the city of Pasco building department was instrumental in getting the project’s plans approved and construction moving on a timely schedule, The Kaleb Group officials said. MH Construction of Kennewick was the general contractor. Wave Design of Kennewick was the architect. Inquiries can be made to


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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION uNETWORKING Adams named account executive

Travis Adams has been named as a business account sales executive for the Tri-City area for U.S. Cellular. Adams has been with U.S. Cellular for two years and will work to improve customer loyalty and retention. He will be based at the company’s Richland business office.

Khawandi named Trios CMO; Slack joins as hospitalist Dr. Wassim Khawandi has been appointed chief medical officer for Trios Health. Khawandi is a practicing boardcertified nephrologist and has served as

medical director of Trios Medical Group since 2014. Khawandi attended medical school at American University of Beirut Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon. He Dr. Wassim completed an Khawandi internship and residency training at Indiana University in Indianapolis, as well as a fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. He also holds a master’s in business administration in health care from George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C.

Nicole Slack, who holds a doctor of nursing practice degree from Washington State University, has joined Trios Medical Group Hospital Medicine as a hospitalist. Nicole Slack In her new role, Slack will provide inpatient care primarily at Trios Southridge Hospital. Slack has nearly five years of experience working as a registered nurse in Trios Health hospital units. Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities.


Kleppin named director of Christian mentoring program

Todd Kleppin is the new executive director of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring program, a nationwide, faith-based mentoring program. Kleppin has experience as a youth pastor and was the founder and executive director of Ignite Youth Todd Kleppin Mentoring. The association works with individuals, churches and nonprofits in 46 states to plant new mentoring programs, train staff and volunteers, provide curriculum and offer consulting support.

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uNETWORKING Hunt, Gibbons receive Simon mall scholarships

Columbia Center, a Simon mall, recently awarded a $1,500 college scholarship to Elizabeth Hunt, a Richland High School graduate. She will attend Brigham Young University this fall. Evan Gibbons, a Kamiakan High graduate, received a $1,000 scholarship he will use at the University of Washington. Over the past 15 years, Columbia Center has awarded more than $25,000 to 17 local high school graduates.

Monson Wealth owner earns professional designation Eldon Monson, registered investment advisor representative and owner of Monson Wealth Management in


Kennewick, has completed the retirement income certified professional designation. The designation is specific to knowing best practices including Social Security claiming, risk manageEldon Monson ment and distribution strategies. Monson founded his fee-only independent advisory practice in 2000.

Banner Bank named SBA regional lender of the year

Banner Bank has been named 2016 Regional Lender of the Year for the Seattle/Spokane District of the U.S. Small

Business Administration, and a Star Performer for the Portland district. The SBA determined the lender of the year winner by measuring the number of approved small business loans, total dollars approved and a bank’s willingness to utilize all SBA programs. Banner ranked third among all banks serving the state and was the top Washington-based lender, closing 168 loans for $28,192,300 last year, according to a news release.

WRPS named mentor of the year

Washington River Protection Solutions, the Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection’s tank farms contractor, was recently awarded the Fiscal Year 2016 Mentor of the Year award for leadership in mentoring local small businesses.

The DOE Mentor of the Year award is given to the federal contractor that demonstrates excellence in meeting requirements of the department’s mentor-protégé program. It is the second time WRPS has received the award, the first being in 2011.

Tri-Cities Cancer Center named best place to work

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center has been named one of the top 150 health care organizations to work for in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare. The ranking will be revealed at a banquet Sept. 17 in Las Vegas during Modern Healthcare’s “Workplace of the Future” conference. Modern Healthcare provides business and policy news, research and information for the healthcare industry.


2803 QUEENSGATE DRIVE• RICHLAND The much-anticipated arrival of the Tri-Cities’ first MOD Pizza shop was realized when it opened May 26 in Richland. The single-story, 2,800-square-foot restaurant at 2803 Queensgate Drive features 79 seats in the dining area and 28 seats on the outdoor patio. MOD is the original fast pizza experience, founded in Seattle by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. It has more than 225 location across 20 states, along with five locations in the United Kingdom. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics – always for one set price. Pizzas are hand-cooked in an 800-degree oven in just minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that is committed to being a force for good in the communities it serves. The company believes in offering jobs to those facing barriers to meaningful and steady employment and in giving back to communities. On its opening day, MOD donated 100 percent of all pizza sales to Community Action Connections,

which assists low-income families and individuals in Benton and Franklin counties in creating a pathway out of poverty. Company officials said they want to open more locations in the Tri-Cities but they do not have leases signed yet. “We are actively seeking opportunities in the TriCities area,” said Charlotte Wayte, MOD Pizza spokeswoman. The Richland restaurant is located between Bob’s Burgers & Brew and Les Schwab Tire Center off Duportail Street. Vandervert Construction of Spokane was the contractor for the tenant improvements.


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$11 million Love’s Travel Stop opens off Interstate 82 in Prosser BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Drivers passing Prosser on Interstate 82 have a new place to buy fuel, meals, snacks and more as Love’s Travel Stop opened for business May 25. The new $11 million travel stop, located at Interstate 82 and Gap Road at exit 80, adds about 80 jobs to Benton County. “Prosser is an ideal location for Love’s,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s in a statement. “It’s in the middle of Washington State’s wine country, which attracts tourists from all over the region. We look forward to serving members of the Prosser community and leisure travelers and providing them with the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s is known

uNETWORKING Hanford grad Li named Goldwater Scholar

Chenguang Li, a Richland resident and Hanford High School graduate, was recently named one of 240 sophomores and juniors chosen from 1,286 applicants from across the country as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. She is majoring in physics modified by biology at Dartmouth College. The scholarship program was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime

for.” The 11,000-square-foot facility features a Carl’s Jr. restaurant, gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, 16 fuel pumps and more. It offers a Love’s Truck Tire Care center, seven diesel fuel pumps, seven showers and 66 truck-parking spaces for professional truck drivers. Love’s other locations in Washington include Ellensburg, Napavine, Ritzville and Tacoma. Nationwide, Love’s operates more than 420 locations in 40 states. A 75-room Holiday Inn Express, valued at $7 million, and owned and operated by Love’s Travel Stops, is scheduled to open adjacent to the travel stop later this summer. Founded in 1964, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. work of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater. It is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The one- and two-year scholarships cover Chenguang Li the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

The new Love’s Travel Stop has opened in Prosser off Interstate 82. The store is Love’s store 681 so the employees formed those numbers for the photo. Love’s celebrates the opening by offering a $2,000 donation to a local nonprofit. The check will be presented at a ribbon-cutting to be held in the coming weeks. (Courtesy Love’s Travel Stops)

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uNETWORKING Trios earns stroke care recognition

Trios Health recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement award for the second straight year. The award recognizes Trios Southridge Hospital has reached a goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care for 12 consecutive months or more. Gold Plus hospitals also must demonstrate 75 percent compliance to seven out of 10 stroke quality measures during the 12-month period. Trios Health is the Kennewick Public

Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities.

Myers joins INB as mortgage loan officer

Ian Myers has joined INB’s Kennewick branch as a mortgage loan officer. Myers has many years of mortgage lending experience. INB was Ian Myers founded in 1989 in Spokane and provides personal and business loans.

Banner’s Way earns internal auditor credential

Diane Way, vice president and audit manager at Banner Bank’s Kennewick location, has earned the certified internal auditor, or CIA, designation from the Institute of Internal Auditors. Diane Way The certification is a globally accepted designation for internal auditors. To receive the certificate, applicants must meet a number of professional, personal and educational requirements as well as pass a three-part exam.

Way joined Banner Bank’s internal audit department in 2003.

Ford joins Meier Architecture Engineering

James Ford has joined Meier Architecture Engineering in Kennewick to provide electrical engineering support to the company and its clients. Ford has more than 13 years of experience in electrical design and construction and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University.

Cole joins Prosser downtown association

Jesalyn C. Cole has joined the Historic Prosser Downtown Association as its executive director. The association works to create a vibrant, beautiful and prosperous downtown. Prosser is a Washington State Main Street communiJesalyn C. Cole ty, a designation that allows access to programs and funding for businesses in the downtown core.

Local organizations receive partnership awards

Several local organizations recently were named winners of the 2017 Smart Communities Awards by Gov. Jay Inslee: • City of Kennewick: planning and funding Columbia Drive Urban Revitalization area project. • Port of Kennewick: funding Columbia Drive Urban Revitalization area project. • Benton County: funding for infrastructure to complete Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village and prepare the Willows for commercial development to further the Columbia Drive urban revitalization project. • Columbia Basin College: partnering in non-traditional approach to economic development and construction of the CBC Culinary Institute.

McEwen joins PayneWest Insurance

Brandon McEwen has joined the commercial division at Paynewest Insurance in Richland as a commercial insurance sales executive. In his new role, McEwen will specialize in nonprofits, agriculture, physicians and medical malpractice as well as comBrandon McEwen mercial construction. He is a graduate of Washington State University.

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Prosser Farm supplies fresh produce to Seattle-area foodies

Five-acre farm produced 65,000 pounds last year for Tom Douglas Restaurants BY JESSICA HOEFER

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Jackie Cross had no intention of owning a farm in Prosser as she and her husband Tom Douglas spend most of their days on the west side of the state. As the owners of more than a dozen Seattle-area restaurants, including Lola, Cuoco and Palace Kitchen, the couple had plenty of other work to keep them busy. They only started venturing to Prosser—population 5,000—after Cross’ dad and his wife moved to the area. “It’s always beautiful and sunny, and when my dad and his wife moved here, we stepped it up and came over more often,” she said. “Then we started talking about getting a place here. A little getaway.” The couple bought a house and some property and began planting tomatoes and peppers, just for personal use. One year, they ended up with a surplus and took them to their restaurants. They

liked the idea of supplying their chefs with organic produce and soon began growing with the intent to deliver. “Then you buy a tractor, and it’s all downhill,” Cross said with a laugh. “Pretty soon you’re digging up everything.” Cross and Douglas own about 20 acres but farm on just five acres as much of the terrain is not farm-friendly. “It’s pretty hilly and rocky,” Cross said. Their Prosser getaway turned into a farm-to-table business in 2006, and today Prosser Farm supplies Tom Douglas Restaurants with about 10 percent of its overall produce each year. Work on the farm begins in February with planting in May. The business shuts down over the winter months, but for those busy summer months, Cross is on the east side of the Cascade Mountains three to four nights a week. “I don’t grow anything in December, January, February, March or April. It’s just not feasible to keep the greenhouse going,” she said.

Dev Patel and Jackie Cross stand in front of crops at Prosser Farm. The farm supplies more than a dozen Seattle-area Tom Douglas Restaurants with about 10 percent of its produce annually. Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, melons and a plethora of herbs are grown on five acres.

Once the growing season begins, Cross, farm manager Dev Patel and a small crew get to work planting peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, melons and a plethora of herbs. “The hot weather crops we can do best here,” she said.

The farmland surrounds the main house, which she notes has a large, almost commercial-size kitchen. The home also offers space for company retreats and team-oriented activities. uPROSSER FARM, Page 48

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Farmers should make time for mid-year estate tax planning BY PAUL G. NEIFFER

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Farm couples can be worth about $11 million and not owe any federal estate tax. However, farmers in Washington state are subject to a state estate tax which starts at a little more than $2 million of net worth and the tax rate reaches 20 percent at $9 million (the highest in the country). With an acre of land worth close to $20,000 in the Columbia Basin, it only takes 100 acres of land to hit this level. However, the state exempts certain farm assets from this tax. The rules on this are complex and beyond the scope of this column, but most active farmers should be able to escape the Washington state estate tax on farm assets with proper planning, assuming they are actively farming the ground. Most farmers (and other business owners) have already filed their income tax return this year. However, this is a great time to get started on your estate tax/succession planning for the remainder of the year. There are several steps that can be initiated now to help make this process smoother and more efficient than waiting until the last few days of the year. First, most farmers and business owners prepare an updated balance sheet for the bank to show the value of their business assets and liabilities. Now is a great time to take that balance

sheet and update to reflect all of the other assets you may own that were not listed. For example, personal assets and investments and the estimated proceeds from life insurance. After updating the listing of assets and their related values, you should then make sure to reflect the ownership of each of these assets. Based on this ownership, we can then determine if appropriate discounts are in order. For example, if a farmer owns 1,000 acres of good farmland worth $10,000 per acre and the ownership is in his/her name, the estate tax rules indicated we must value this at $10 million. However, if the land is held in some type of limited liability entity, or LLE, then we can usually discount this by at least 30 percent and the value for estate purposes would be about $7 million. Once appropriate values are in place reflecting these discounts, run projections to determine if you may owe federal or state estate taxes. If so, what steps are you reviewing to take to minimize the tax? Next, the farmer or business owner should closely review all of their estate and succession planning documents to determine if they are up to date. These documents include, but are not limited to: • Wills. Have you had any major changes to your life situation (birth, death, marriage, etc.). • Revocable living trust, or RLT.

Have you reviewed this with your attorney or other advisor to see if there is a benefit from using an RLT to reduce probate costs or provide privacy? • Appropriate power of attorneys and medical directives. Many of these documents can be technically Paul G. Neiffer invalid in many CliftonLarsonAllen states if they have not been updated properly. Have you reviewed them with your attorney? • Buy-sell agreements. If land or operations are held in some type of entity, then it is imperative that some type of buy-sell agreement is in place to protect the family. Do you have one and have you reviewed it to determine if the provisions are still applicable? Many times, we see major changes to operations and ownership that are not reflected in buy-sell agreements and this can lead to hardship at the most inopportune time. We find many farmers will get some succession planning work done including appropriate documents and then stuff them in a drawer never to be looked at again. These documents are part of the ongoing succession planning process and need to be reviewed

periodically. Last, now is a perfect time to review assets you may want to gift this year to take advantage of the $14,000 per donee annual exclusion. If you have three or four children with six to 10 grandchildren, it is fairly easy to gift away $500,000 of annual gross value. However, once the year is gone, it is too late to go back to make the gift. Now is the time to review the appropriate assets to give and it is much easier to make the gift now than wait until the holidays when everything slows down. Proper succession planning is an ongoing process and I hope we have given a couple of ideas on steps that you should take right now to keep the process going. Don’t wait any longer. Paul G. Neiffer is an agribusiness certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and FSA planning related to farmers and processors at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in Yakima. The company also has offices in Kennewick. He grew up on a farm in Walla Walla County and recently bought a farm in Columbia County.

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Marijuana sales budding in Benton County, statewide County retail sales up 75 percent, state records 180 percent year-over-year growth BY MICHELLE DUPLER

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Benton County and Washington state marijuana retail sales bloomed in fiscal year 2016, and the high appears to have continued into 2017, according to data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Retail sales in Benton County were up by 75 percent in the 2016 fiscal year compared to the 2015 fiscal year, from about $2.8 million to more than $4.9 million. Statewide, retail sales grew by 180 percent from the 2015 fiscal year to the 2016 fiscal year, from $179.6 million to $501.9 million. The state’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30. When sales related to marijuana producers and processors are factored in, the statewide growth is even more dramatic, approximately tripling from $259.5 million to $786.4 million. So far in 2017, the state’s total marijuana sales including retail, production and processing is a more than $1.2 billion industry, according to state data. That represents growth of more than 52 percent compared to the 2016 fiscal year. Specific information for Benton County 2017 sales was not available

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through the state’s data sets. However, local business owner Steve Lee of Green2Go in unincorporated Kennewick said he foresees continued steady growth as the state’s industry matures. “In my opinion, the reason the marketplace is moving forward is that farms and stores are doing their jobs better and better,” he said. Washington voters opted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by passing Initiative 502 in 2012. Along with Colorado, it was one of the first states in the nation to legalize use of what remains an illegal controlled substance under federal and many other states’ laws. Prior to I-502, Washington had allowed for the use of medical marijuana by authorized patients with certain qualifying conditions dating back to the passage of Initiative 692 in 1998. Lee and his wife, Jessy, opened Green2Go in 2012 to dispense medical marijuana and expanded into retail sales after I-502 passed and the state implemented a regulatory and licensing framework. He said since recreational sales began, a combination of factors have resulted in a more efficient industry and that, in turn, helps boost sales and revenues. Aaron Pickus, spokesman for the

Marijuana enthusiasts have kept Steve Lee’s Green2Go retail store in unincorporated Kennewick busy. Lee said he foresees continued steady growth as the state’s pot industry matures. Retail sales of marijuana in Benton County were up by 75 percent in the 2016 fiscal year compared to the previous year, from about $2.8 million to more than $4.9 million. (Courtesy Michael Schroeder of

Washington CannaBusiness Association, a trade organization that represents the interests of marijuana-related businesses, said that while cannabis production, processing and retail is still a new industry in Washington, businesses are becoming more savvy, especially in an environment in which the state is constantly refining laws and regulations. “There’s a lot still that’s being put into place to make sure the marketplace is

accessible,” Pickus said. “It makes it different than a more established industry. It’s growing very fast, but I don’t think anyone should take that success for granted.” He noted that it’s important for everyone in the industry to continue to provide a safe and controlled product for consumers, which was voters’ intention in passing I-502. uMARIJUANA, Page 46

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MARIJUANA, From page 45 Pickus said although a lot of the retail activity is in places like Seattle and Spokane because many municipalities across the state opted for bans on marijuana sales, he’s seeing more producers and processors open facilities in Eastern Washington. In the Tri-City region, Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Franklin County all opted for bans on retail sales. Only Benton County chose to permit recreational marijuana sales. According to the Liquor and Cannabis Board, there are currently four licensed retail shops in the county — Lee’s shop just outside of Kennewick, and three in the Prosser area. But one shop in Prosser has reported no sales. Pickus said that another potential fac-

tor driving sales may be marijuana tourism — people opting to vacation in Washington because they know they can legally partake while they’re in the state. “We’re definitely seeing business in the tourism industry,” he said. “It is attracting visitors to our state.” Pickus said there are some local efforts underway to promote ways for out-ofstate visitors to safely use marijuana products, such as “consumption lounges” where they could go to use products on the premises. However, that would take legislative approval and the bill wasn’t approved in the 2017 session. Lee said with his Tokio location in proximity to Interstate 395, he often gets customers from Idaho, Oregon, or even Utah who make it a point to stop at Green2Go when they’re road-tripping

Agriculture through Washington or are on their way to a concert at the Gorge. He’s even had some who made it a 21st birthday destination. “It does drive much more than regional traffic,” Lee said. However, the shop doesn’t advertise or solicit business from out-of-state customers since Washington law doesn’t allow that, he added. Lee said customers at his Tri-City shop, and a second shop in Tokio near Ritzville, continue to be a mix of medical users who want to alleviate pain or symptoms related to chronic or terminal illness, and recreational users who just want to enjoy themselves. Jessy Lee said that one factor driving sales is people trying to break addictions from opioids or other substances, even

alcohol. “I do think we’re seeing an increase in people trying to get off of prescription painkillers,” she said. Steve Lee said another factor may be slowly shifting attitudes toward marijuana use. As retail stores make access feel more safe and comfortable to a wider demographic of people, more people may be willing to try either medical or recreational marijuana. He said that he and his wife base their business model on being clean, well-lit and a place that someone’s mother or grandmother would feel safe walking into. “We’re your grandma’s cannabis store,” he said.

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Tri-Cities offers plenty of options to savor farm-to-table fare BY MARILOU SHEA

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

This column is exclusively about one of our universally favorite things: food. It contributes to our economy in all kinds of ways, from agriculture, processing and manufacturers, to talented entrepreneurs, cultural heritage, restaurants, food trucks, farmers markets and farm-totable efforts. Farm-to-table is a cool concept but it needs clarification. Simply put, it’s a buying-selling scenario that enlists growers and an identified outlet that eliminates a middleman, enabling the grower to share or sell the freshest produce or commodities directly to the ‘consumer.’ The recipients of this freshness include you, me, restaurant chefs, farmers markets and food trucks. Do you know how many commodities, or crops, are grown in Benton or Franklin or Walla Walla counties? I didn’t either. Thank goodness Perry Beale at the state Department of Agriculture tracks this information. He reports conservatively that more than 200 different commodities are grown in these three Mid-Columbia counties. It’s an impressive variety. Here’s how it breaks down by county: Franklin: 89 commodities; Benton: 64 commodities; and Walla Walla: 64 commodities. All told, there are about 300 different crops produced statewide.  Who are the players in the local farmto-table landscape and how can you enjoy the fruits of their labor? More and more consumers are interested in buying local and asking for it at stores like Albertsons and Yoke’s Fresh Market. And the stores responded. They are doing a better job at identifying in-season, locally-grown produce. I’d love to see them take it a step further and add the name of the farm and its location to their produce signs.

While there are local eateries that do source locally, it’s tough to find them unless you’re in their dining room in front of their menu or food truck or run across a column like this. Here are a few I’m familiar with: LuLu’s Craft Bar and Bistro, Carmine’s, Clover Island Inn Crow’s Nest, Cedars Restaurant, Fredy’s Steakhouse, and Bin No. 20 at the Pasco Red Lion. Food trucks that source locally include Dovetail Joint, Doggie Style Gourmet, Fresh Out the Box, Fast & Curryous, Kindra’s Wok n Roll, and Swampy’s BBQ and Catering.

Plow to Plate

Kathy Hansen is a farm-to-table guru. She’s a grower, entrepreneur and manager of the Market at the Parkway in Richland. On market Fridays you’ll see several chefs troll her vendor stalls. They’ll pick up, squeeze and sniff the juiciest, freshest stuff to stuff you with over the weekend. She and partner, Tomi Ott, are co-owners of Plow to Plate with T&K. Their concept is simple. They bring you right to the source—in the midst of fields of corn, apple orchards or nut farms, rain or shine, they host an incredible dinner on real china, courtesy of local chef talents such as Josh Duquist from Tagaris Winery, Chris Nokes of Thomas O’Neil Cellars or Jason Savely of Frost Me Sweet Bakery & Bistro. The chefs love it because they have creative reign to highlight the local fruits or vegetables in season and pair them with unique main dishes that feature local meat sources for an organic local experience. They pair only local beverages too: brews and wines to complement the meal and sometimes lavender lemonade. Essentially it’s a blank canvas for these culinary artists and consumers are eating it up. Diners love the genuine experience of dining with the growers who grow the food they’re about to feast on. They get to pick fruits or veggies too that on-site chefs

grill to perfection, while answering their questions and providing tips and tricks. It makes for a fascinating, one-of-akind farm-totable experience. Check out Plow Marilou Shea to Plate with Pasco Specialty T&K at plowtoKitchen platewithtandk. com or on Facebook for more information. The 2017 season starts in July. Tickets are $100 per person and include transportation.

Pasco Farmers Market

Pasco’s new farmers market manager has experience at several Portland restaurants and Intel’s food service team. Besides eating his way around the TriCities, Damien Davis has some lofty farm-to-table plans in the works with two goals in mind: to provide another revenue stream for farmers at Pasco Farmers Market and help to build a tighter Tri-City food scene. Davis wants to produce “produce fresh sheets” at the farmers market just as they do in upscale restaurants to highlight a seafood catch-of-the-day and share those on Facebook, via email and online. He’s also interested in launching a Pasco Farmers Market community supported agriculture, or CSA, program just

for chefs. Chefs could pre-order produce, which would be packed into boxes on Saturdays so they could just swing by and pick up their bounty at the farmers market to use in their kitchens. Davis reports that he has 13 farms interested in such a program, including Aichele Farms, Crafton Farms, Pat-N-Tam’s and Schreiber Farms.

Kennewick farmers market

Re-located to its original roots in downtown Kennewick, the Historic Kennewick Farmers Market is one of two local farmers markets besides the Pasco Farmers Market to accommodate state welfare recipients with its Fresh Bucks program to get as much fresh produce into the hands of low-income individuals and the elderly as possible. If you qualify for Fresh Bucks, for every $5 spent with Fresh Bucks, you get an additional $2 so $7 total to spend on more fresh herbs and produce. Though about half the size of the Richland Market at the Parkway, there’s something to be said for staying close to its roots by offering pretty much just awesome, wonderful produce without a lot of fanfare. Simply, literally, it’s farm to table. Marilou Shea is the director of the food incubator 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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Trump’s budget proposal could affect state ag budget BY JOHN STANG

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

It’s too early to tell how the Trump administration will affect agriculture in Eastern Washington. But if the president’s budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Agriculture survives intact, it could chop a serious chunk out of the Washington Department of Agriculture’s budget.  That’s what Derek Sandison, director of the state agriculture department, said in an interview with the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.  “It is still too early to judge the effects of Secretary (Sonny) Perdue’s policies on Washington agriculture,” Sandison said. Congress has not yet come up with its own federal budget proposal for 2018, with several GOP congressional members saying the Trump proposal is too draconian and is likely dead on arrival. The Trump administration proposes cutting the federal agricultural department’s budget by 21 percent — the third largest percentage in cuts of a federal agencies. Only the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State face bigger cuts in their budget percentage-wise. The proposal trims money going to crop insurance  by 36 percent, dramatically cuts farm subsidies and eliminates several rural development programs that tackle infrastructure, utilities and technology for rural communities. The

Trump budget would also cut 5,263 federal agriculture jobs — a 5.5 percent reduction. Roughly 17 percent of the state agriculture Derek Sandison d e p a r t m e n t ’s Washington annual operating Department of budget comes Agriculture from federal funding. The department has asked the state Legislature for $198 million for 201719. “Thus, a cut as significant as that proposed by the Trump administration would certainly have an adverse effect on (the state agriculture department) and Washington agriculture. We recognize, however, that we are only in the early stages of the federal budget process,” Sandison said. He continued: “We are and will continue working with our congressional delegation and through our national organization, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, to stress the importance to our agricultural industry of federal programs such as the Specialty Crop Block Grant, Market Access, invasive species control, animal disease prevention and conservation programs.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration is in the process of appointing a

former campaign advisor and former conservative radio talk show host Sam Clovis as the lead scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has no hard science nor agriculture background — and will be the first USDA undersecretary of research, education and economics to lack that experience. He is a former economics professor at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Clovis will be in charge of the federal agriculture department’s climate change programs. Both he and Perdue do not believe humans cause climate change. Meanwhile, increasing temperatures have been blamed for smaller and earlier snowmelts in the Cascade Mountains, which have shrunk the amount of irrigation water available to the Yakima River Basin later in the year. “The federally and privately funded research work being conducted by Washington State University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service helps to keep our state’s agricultural industry on the cutting edge of technology. We want to maintain that edge,” Sandison said. “At this point, it is too soon to know whether changes in leadership at USDA will translate into a diminution of the level of federally supported agricultural research. Like others in the industry, I am waiting to see how things develop, but stand ready to take action as needed to support agricultural research.”

Agriculture PROSSER FARM, From page 43 “During the season, a lot of times the manager of a restaurant will say, ‘I want to come over there with a few of my people—usually five or six—and team build.’ They’ll stay for a day, cook dinner with the team and will go back. It’s nice for groups to work together,” Cross said. “And I like familiarizing people with the farm, especially when the wait staff comes over, then they can talk to customers about the farm experience.” Workers process the produce in a barn. A 12-by-20 walk-in refrigerator keeps the fruits and vegetables chilled until a refrigerated delivery van arrives. Scheduled pick-ups are every Wednesday and Saturday, and items are taken straight to the restaurants for use. “(Our restaurants) put an order in just like any company. We send out our list to all the chefs, and they will order what they want,” she said. “Some restaurants, if I’m growing something specifically—like Lola uses cucumbers for Jackie’s Greek Salad—so they get priority on that.” While Tom Douglas Restaurants employs 800 to 1,000 people, Prosser Farm operates with a team of five, although chefs and general managers do pitch in to help during the planting season. The farm produces more than 3,000 peppers, almost 3,500 tomatoes and 1,000 eggplants over the course of the season. Cross said the farm also grows quite a few melons and cucumbers. “We like the Hannah’s Choice and Jenny Lind melons,” she said, adding that for the last few years, they’ve been doing some work with breeders out of Oregon State University to grow new peppers and tomatoes. “So it’s been super interesting and really fun. We grow them and tell (OSU) how they germinate here and the production we get out of them, and how the flavor is to build a flavor profile. We give them feedback from the East Side.” Last year, Prosser Farm grew about 65,000 pounds of produce for Tom Douglas Restaurants. Cross said they’re at their max for hand farming. “If we get any bigger, it needs to be machine-driven,” she said, although they have no intention of doing that anytime soon. “I like working in the dirt and taking something from nothing to abundant,” she said about the farm’s pace and production. The farm is not a money maker, although Cross said it does break even. More importantly, she said, chefs know the quality of produce they’re getting—and might have even planted it themselves. “We know where everything comes from, how everything’s handled, and I can grow specific varieties chefs want to use,” she said. “It gives us flexibility.”

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Farmer buys motorized carts to help harvest labor-intensive crop Middleton Six Sons Farms bought 15 carts for its workers BY AUDRA DISTIFENO

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The asparagus served at several TriCity restaurants likely features spears picked by experts at Middleton Six Sons Farms who have worked in the fields for more than three decades. It’s a lot of work to get the springtime favorite from field to plate. That’s why the Middletons have invested in improved accommodations for their workers. “The average age of our asparagus cutter is mid-50s,” said Keith Middleton, operations manager and co-owner of Middleton Farms with his parents, Bill and Cinda Middleton. The farm, which has fields in Pasco and Burbank, grows 275 acres of green and purple asparagus, which require about 130 cutters to complete the annual harvest. “Picking asparagus is one of the most physically demanding jobs there is because you’re constantly bending over,” he said. “That really affects people. In the orchard, people are standing straight up, which isn’t as hard on the body.” The farm tried out a special motorized cart built for the first time last year called “The Mantis” in Ontario, Canada. It worked well, so the farm bought 15 carts for about $6,000 each for this year’s harvest. He described the machine as a “motorized cart with ATV tires, kind of like a backwards go-cart, made specifically to harvest asparagus.” The Mantis features trays on either side to hold bins. Operators control the cart with their feet, which leaves their hand free for cutting the spears. “A lot of farmers want to be more efficient but I’m the next generation asparagus farmer and we’ve come to realize that these people are about as efficient as they can be. They’re skilled; one person cuts an average of 300 pounds of asparagus per day,” Middleton said. Washington ranks third in the nation for producing the most asparagus, harvesting 3,400 acres last year valued at $18.6 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Efficiency aside, Middleton wants to motivate his workers to continue cutting while also encouraging younger generations. “The idea is that a lot of these workers are getting older and the next generation is looking for something easier to do. Just like any career, once you get to a certain age, you don’t want to change careers. The asparagus cutters are no different,” Middleton said. “They really do an excellent job and are very skilled, so if I can make it a little easier on their bodies, maybe it’ll extend the number of years they’re able to work,” he said. He’s also looking to the future.

“The younger generation says, ‘I’m not going to walk and bend over all day long; driving that cart looks more appealing.’ I thought these (carts) might encourage the younger generations to cut asparagus,” Middleton said. Worker Juan Fernandez appreciates the benefits of using the cart. “It’s much nicer with the cart; I’m not as tired when I’m done working,” said Fernandez, who has cut asparagus for two years without the cart and one year with it. The carts were used during harvest, which was expected to end in mid-June. Some of the “seasoned” workers were resistant to the change, Middleton said, just like people in other career fields. “The carts were used on a voluntary basis. The workers needed to have the interest and believe the cart could make a positive difference, so we just let volunteers choose to use them in the fields,” Middleton said. The outcome was mostly positive. “The workers reported being less tired at the end of the day, but they were able to pick the same amount of asparagus in a day,” Middleton said. “There was a lot less strain on the back but the main complaint was that there was still some back pain due to being hunched over. The cutters needed to get out and stretch peri-

Juan Fernandez of Middleton Six Sons Farms uses a foot-controlled cart to pick asparagus in Burbank. The farm piloted using The Mantis cart last year and this year bought 15 to assist its workers.

odically,” understandable when a person stays in the same position for hours on end, he said. In addition to lessening back pressure and the need for workers to be on their feet for hours, the Mantis boasts other benefits. Workers normally carry heavy bins laden with asparagus but The Mantis can shoulder this weight. With asparagus harvest stretching from April to mid-June, workers face freezing early morning temperatures to excessive winds and blazing sun. The carts offer shade, protection from the wind and flying dust, to the farmworkers who labor from 3 to 9 a.m., seven days a week.

Though the carts are beneficial, they did have drawbacks this year. “Half of them got used through the entire season, but one issue is they weren’t specifically built for my fields. They were too wide in our older fields,” Middleton said, which caused the tires to run over asparagus. “We’ll order about 15 more for next year with the correct spacing.” The addition of the one-man machine has helped more than it has hindered, Middleton said. “These carts aren’t the miracle machine by any means, but they’re a step in the right direction,” he said.


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Family farm LLC offers best choice for business succession As the center of Washington’s agricultural empire, it is important to recognize the planning opportunities afforded the Washington farmer in the Tri-Cities. This column explores the use of the family farm LLC for business succession planning. The quintessential farmer is land rich and cash poor. And, the farmer recognizes the value of maintaining ownership of the farm in the family. So, how can the farmer best pass along the assets to the farmer’s children? How can he potentially save on estate taxes and reduce income taxes? Is there a way to simplify the administration of the farmer’s estate after death? Enter the family farm LLC. First, what is an LLC? A limited liabil-

ity company is a separate legal entity business structure authorized in Washington state (and every other state in the country) that combines the pass-through taxation of a partnership with the liability protection a corporation. An LLC can be membermanaged or manager-managed. When it is member-managed, it operates like a general partnership. When it is manager-managed, it functions like a corporation. An LLC is allowed to own property in its own right and separate from individual assets. An LLC is generally taxed as a partnership. In this form, business profit or loss, plus other tax attributes, are not taxed at the LLC level, but flow through to the members. At formation of the family LLC, the contribution of property in

exchange for a partnership interest is generally not a taxable event. For farm property, the LLC is often the best choice among the other entity options. The C-corporation imposes a double tax regime that is a nightmare for appreciating assets (like land). And, though the S-corporation can offer passthrough taxation, its ownership rules are too strict, which leads to the fear of losing the S-corporation qualification which results in the nightmare C-corporation double tax regime. For succession planning, the LLC offers myriad benefits in addition to those offered above. In the event the parent wants to provide ownership to children, it offers a means to easily divide and frac-

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tionalize the ownership of the farm. For example, instead of passing, say, an undivided 1/578th interest in a family farm to a son or Beau Ruff daughter by a Cornerstone deed recorded Wealth Strategies with the county auditor, the parent can transfer 500 units to the son or daughter on the books and records of the company. Thus, transfers are simplified. The LLC also offers a method for defining the rights and obligations of all the owners through an operating agreement. This is one of the most important aspects of the family farm LLC. While mom and dad are the only owners, such an agreement is not usually necessary. But, as a new generation is introduced to farm ownership, it becomes imperative to set out the rules for all the owners. The operating agreement sets out rules like: (1) voting rights among members; (2) management responsibility; (3) distribution of profits; (4) establishment of reserve funds; (5) ownership rights upon triggering events such as death and divorce (buy/sell agreement); (6) valuation methodology; (7) dispute resolution; (8) different equity interests; (9) debt obligations; (10) confidentiality covenants; and others. Whether the farm passes to the next generation during the parents’ life or after death, the children (or any of the heirs) take over the existing farm subject to the existing operating agreement that was thoughtfully established by mom and dad. The LLC also facilitates gifting as a strategy to potentially reduce or eliminate estate taxes. Functionally, the way the family farm LLC gifting strategy operates is by the generation transferring the wealth (the parents) forming an LLC, making themselves both managers and members. The generation receiving the wealth (the children) are made members of the company. Initially, the parents hold all the membership interest in the company along with the assets it represents. Over time, the membership interest can be gifted to the children, within allowable gift tax amounts (currently $14,000 for 2017), and the parents retain the control of the company and its assets as the managers. There are a couple estate tax advantages available to farmers that are not adversely affected when the land is placed in an LLC. For the state of Washington and the state estate tax, one notable estate tax deduction for which a family farm may qualify is the farm deduction under WAC 458-57-165. It allows a deduction against the Washington state estate tax if you have qualified real property used by yourself or a member of your family for a qualified use. For federal estate tax purposes, there is a potential valuation adjustment for qualified farm property. IRC 2032A allows an inflation-adjusted reduction of value of up to $1,120,000 for 2017. uSUCCESSION, Page 56

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H-2A guest worker program helps state address labor shortage BY AARON SPARKS

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In a tight agricultural labor market, many Washington state farmers and fruit growers struggle to find workers during harvest season. In Washington, of course, much of the discussion revolves around apples, the state’s top crop, which, at $2.4 billion, accounts for nearly 25 percent of the state’s agricultural production value. Washington leads the nation in apple production, with a five-year average of 126.6 million 40-pound boxes per year – representing 60 percent of the nation’s volume. The last five years saw the five largest crops, and many experts believe the growth will continue, with production reaching 170 million boxes per year in the near future. Although the industry is improving production efficiencies through techniques such as high-density plantings and trellis systems, every apple is still hand-picked. This means a reliable supply of seasonal workers is critical at harvest time. However, the domestic work force is declining. Agricultural work is hard physical labor, often performed in hot conditions, and its short-term nature also makes it less appealing to many. As the economy improves and other employment options increase, fewer workers are available to harvest crops. Thus, faced with a significant labor shortage, growers are increasingly turn-

ing to the H-2A visa program to ensure they have a stable, reliable and legal workforce in place for the harvest season. The H-2 guest worker program was established in 1952 and then further subdivided in 1986 into two categories: the uncapped H-2A program for temporary agricultural workers and the capped H-2B program for temporary workers in other industries. The H-2A program allows U.S. employers or agents to bring foreign nationals into the U.S. if the work to be performed is agricultural (i.e., the planting, raising, cultivating, harvesting or production of any agricultural or horticultural commodity), full time (a minimum of 35 hours per week) and seasonal in nature (not to exceed 10 months). The employer must demonstrate that there are not enough U.S. workers willing and able to perform the tasks and must offer pay that equals whichever is highest of the adverse effect wage rate ($13.38 an hour in Washington for 2017), the prevailing hour or piece rate, or the federal or state minimum wage. Employers must provide housing, benefits and round-trip transportation for their guest workers, and the visa application process is complex, as it involves three government agencies, starting with the U.S. Department of Labor and then moving to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State.


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According to the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification, Washington was the fourth-largest user of H-2A labor in 2016, after Aaron Sparks Florida, North Washington Carolina and Trust Bank Georgia. The Department of Labor certified the hiring of 13,641 H-2A workers in Washington in 2016, a rapid increase from just 3,225 in 2011. This year, the state is expected to welcome as many as 15,000 agricultural guest workers. Participation is costly, and growers must have the capacity to support the investment. However, even mid-size operations are beginning to make use of H-2A workers by sharing some of the costs (recruiting, transportation and processing fees, for example) and by relying on an association such as Wafla, formerly known as the Washington Farm Labor Association, to arrange sequential contracts for workers to move from one harvest to the next. Growers have financing options to help them meet the up-front costs, particularly the expense of building worker housing. Several banks work with a number of growers within the Central Washington footprint who are partici-

pating in this program. To structure loans to fit their unique needs, taking into account the specifics of each grower’s business situation. Agriculture is inherently risky, with so many weather variables out of growers’ control. However, the added risk of losing a crop due to a labor shortage must be minimized as well. Laborintensive crop producers should evaluate the H-2A program as an additional insurance policy to ensure a successful harvest. The H-2A program certainly leads to an increase in government paperwork and higher overhead costs. However, it is currently the only guest worker program available to farmers to provide a legal labor force. And despite the mandated higher wage rate and significant upfront investments, Washington state fruit growers clearly see value in the program’s ability to provide a stable and capable work force. Aaron Sparks is a team leader and relationship manager at Washington Trust Bank in Kennewick. He provides commercial, agricultural and small business banking services to customers throughout the Tri-Cities and neighboring communities. He graduated from Central Washington University with a business administration degree with a specialization in finance.


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New Prosser greenhouse allows scientists to better protect fruit trees

$750,000 facility took two years to build, replaces smaller greenhouse BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

A new $750,000 greenhouse to support the state’s tree fruit industry recently opened in Prosser. Construction of the greenhouse and installation of specialized equipment took more than two years to complete. Money to pay for the greenhouse came through assessments on nurseries that sell Washington-grown fruit trees. “We now have a modern greenhouse that will make it easier to protect the fruit tree industry from virus diseases,” said Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, in a statement. “This larger greenhouse, with its automated features, improved temperature controls and watering system, will give us an increased capacity to test registered mother trees at a rate greater than we’ve been able to do in the past.” The greenhouse, which measures about 156-by-30 feet, is located at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, or IAREC. The 4,800-square-foot facility is built on 7.5 acres leased from WSU. It includes three separate growing bays with individual temperature controls that better duplicate temperature ranges where

uNETWORKING ARES provides internship to two engineering students ARES Corp. is providing summer employment opportunities for two undergraduate engineering students. Adrian Chavez, an electrical engineerAdrian Chavez ing student at Washington State University Tri-Cities, and Cody

fruit tree viruses can thrive. This makes symptoms readily discernable, increasing the effectiveness of virus indexing. The facility also features work areas for potting and a walk-in cooler. A separate storage building houses equipment. It replaces a smaller, traditional WSUowned greenhouse that had minimal temperature control and was used by WSDA staff for decades. The Fruit Tree Planting Stock Certification Program has nearly 35,000 registered mother trees that serve as a source for the propagation of trees that will provide millions of high quality trees to the tree fruit industry each year. The trees are grown by WSDA-certified nurseries that acquire stock from the Clean Plant CenterNorthwest, also located at WSU’s IAREC, which is part of the National Clean Plant Network. It is one of only three clean plant centers for fruit trees in the U.S. Washington fruit trees are sold worldwide. Producing nursery trees free of viruses is key to the success of Washington’s fruit trees, including apple, pear and cherry industries. Viruses can reduce yields, affect fruit quality and impact trade. The Department of Agriculture dedicated the new greenhouse May 11.

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Technology stitches solid future for downtown Kennewick store Sandy’s Fabrics and Machines sees sewing making a comeback BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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The transformation of sewing from a mother’s necessity to a high-tech hobby has kept Sandy’s Fabrics and Machines in business for 40 years. Today, most sewing projects have moved beyond garment making but Sandy’s shows no sign of slowing. The downtown Kennewick store is filled with computers that use a needle and thread. Shop owner Karen Jarrett pointed to a machine on a nearby table retailing for $15,000. Jarrett has many customers who own more than one of these devices. It’s all part of a new breed of sewers, which include a wide range of hobbyists and entrepreneurs, children and seniors. Sandy’s has remained relevant and successful at its location at 24 N. Benton St. by adjusting as the industry changed. Sandy’s Fabrics opened in 1977 and expanded to machines in 1981. Jarrett said the watershed moment happened in 1994 when machines that could embroider came on the market. “It was like going from the rotary phone to the iPhone,” recalled Jarrett. Prior to that, Jarrett said the industry hadn’t changed much. She discovered these new machines

bred a new interest in the craft, and her original store in Bend, Oregon, adapted right along with it. Owning a machine and fabric store was a natural fit for Jarrett. “There wasn’t a time in my life where there wasn’t a (sewing) machine in my house,” she said. She learned to sew from her mother, and when she and her husband decided to explore owning a business, they visited the three sewing machine stores in Bend. They made an offer to one of the owners and within two to three years, a deal was in place. Years later the couple bought a second store there and combined the two under one roof. Jarrett said the sewing industry is small enough that she knows everyone in business west of the Rockies. Because of these connections, Ed and Karen Jarrett were some of the first to learn when Sandy’s Fabrics and Machines was for sale in 2012. They bought the business from Frank and Sandy Votaw and kept its original name and location. The Votaws can still be found at the business they started in 1977. When the Jarretts take time off, Sandy works the retail counter and Frank fills in on machine servicing. The ownership change hasn’t affected customer loyalty. One longtime customer

Karen Jarrett, owner of Sandy’s Fabrics and Machines, inspects the inner workings of one of the sewing machines at the downtown Kennewick shop. Sandy’s has remained relevant and successful at its location at 24 N. Benton St. by adjusting as the industry changed. The store opened in 1977 and expanded to machines in 1981.

is Peggy Kannberg, who is at the shop so often, she joked, “Sometimes I think I should move in.” Kannberg has been coming to Sandy’s since it opened in the early ’80s, and currently owns three machines she bought from the store. She said sewing has always been a hobby, after first learning the craft in a home economics class. Kannberg is one of the hobbyists who didn’t learn to embroider until the technology changed in the mid-90s. She said she continues to try out new techniques

for embroidery. “It’s a good way to keep up with technology. It stretches your brain,” she said. Like Kannberg, Jarrett’s core customer base is retired and use the machines purely for hobby. But Jarrett said the increasing popularity to monogram or personalize items has resulted in local entrepreneurs taking on small projects — for weddings or family reunions — typically overlooked by larger embroidery companies who prefer orders in the hundreds. uSANDY’S, Page 56

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Winery embraces Viking theme, opens tasting room on Richland waterfront Pasco High grad launches Longship Cellars after finishing WSU Tri-Cities winemaking program in 2011 BY WINE NEWS SERVICE

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Norway doesn’t have much of a winemaking history, but that doesn’t stand in the way of Kyle Welch, owner of tiny Longship Cellars in Richland. Welch grew up in Pasco, surrounded by Washington’s fast-growing wine industry, but not in it. “I don’t have a history in the wine industry,” he said. “My family doesn’t own a vineyard or a winery.” This is no obstacle for a descendant of Vikings. While serving in the Navy, Welch went wine tasting with his family whenever he was on leave. When he finished his service, he went to Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland to learn winemaking. It was his mom’s idea. When he first got out of the Navy, he went to Boise State University to study business. He was feeling a bit lost about the direction his life would take. His mother read in the paper that WSU Tri-Cities was starting a winemaking program. “I said, ‘OK, let’s do it,’” he said. He graduated in 2011. From there, he got an internship at Snoqualmie in Prosser, a winery owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Welch landed in Spain for an internship, ran with the bulls and fell in love with Rioja, the famous Tempranillo-based red wine. He was hooked. In 2013, he worked for Alexandria Nicole Cellars near Prosser as cellar assistant and grower relations director and bought a little Tempranillo for himself from Destiny Ridge Vineyard and launched his winery. Welch, 36, named his winery Longship Cellars after the famous Viking vessels and

called his first wine The Invader. “Here I am, wine industry, I’m coming for you!” Welch said, playfully. “I wanted to come up with a brand that would pop out on the shelves. In this industry, it’s very competitive. It’s hard to get a start. I was looking for a powerful symbol that would be eye-catching and something that would represent myself and my family and where we came from. And I also thought it would be a cool theme.” Next up was a Syrah using Walla Walla Valley grapes, which he named Ginger Man after his brother Jeff. “He has a red beard, so I call him Ginger Man,” Welch said. “He gets pretty upset by Longship Cellars winemaker Kyle Welch did an internship in Spain and fell in that nickname. He doesn’t really like it.” love with Rioja, the famous Tempranillo-based red wine. His first wine, Invader, Thus, the back label warns: “Beware the is a Tempranillo using Destiny Ridge grapes. (Courtesy Wine News Service) Ginger Man.” Welch’s brother apparently has forgiven him because he is Longship’s sales guy in Seattle. Sauvignon each won gold medals at the Longship wines also are available at the “He’s happy to have a wine named after fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Walter Core Wine & Culinary Center in him, so we’re friends again.” Hood River. Prosser, where they fly off the shelf, said Welch makes his wine at Sun River Rick and Aaron Peterman of R. Peterman April Reddout, wine program director. Vintners in Kennewick, where he oversees Construction of West Richland remodeled “Longship is one of the hottest and winemaking and cider production. the tasting room at 404 Bradley Blvd., fastest-growing brands in Washington,” Welch grew up in the Tri-Cities, graduating Suite 100. she said. “Destined to be a cult favorite.” from Pasco High School. His family is In addition to the award-winning wines, For more information, visit longshipcelfrom Minnesota. Like the Vikings, it’s a food also is available from nearby The, find the business on Facebook or land of snow and ice. Naturally, Welch Landing Bistro and Lounge. Food is avail- call 509-713-7676. plays hockey. able from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through With the recent release of four Longship Saturday. Outside food is also welcome. wines, Welch is making 400 cases of wines and is quickly gaining fans. Thanks in large part to a growing following on Facebook, Longship is charging ahead, opening a tasting room last fall along the Columbia River in Richland. His burgeoning wine club is making Longship a hot commodity. The wines also are resonating with wine critics. This spring his 2014 Ginger Man Syrah and 2014 Wise Man Cabernet


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SANDY’S, From page 54 Jarrett pointed to a 10-thread embroidery machine costing about $20,000. She said she has known a number of customers who bought the machine, started a small business and managed to pay off the machine and draw a profit in less than a year. Embroidery and quilting remain some of the most popular crafts among Sandy’s customers. Jarrett said the act of garmentmaking nearly died out completely after it became increasingly possible to buy inexpensive clothes. Now, she sees the hobby making a comeback. With three millennials on staff, Jarrett said younger customers are being drawn into sewing and embroidery as well. The younger generation is often less traditional when it comes to quilting, and tends to gravitate toward appliques, monograms

and personalized gift items. Jarrett said new sewers aren’t learning the craft from a parent or grandparent either. She said these beginning sewers are more likely to be self-taught using online courses or watching how-to videos on YouTube. For those looking to pick up the hobby, improve their skills, or graduate to new technology, Sandy’s offers a wide array of classes and includes training in the purchase of a machine. Kannberg attends classes twice a month, on average. “Coming here is a big inspiration. You see something in the store and you are interested in a class to learn how to do it or how to make it.” Classes include everything from how to use a machine and specific software to creating a project and improving tech-

niques. Kannberg said she appreciates the creative process of sewing and embroidery. “You look at something and go, ‘I could do that,’ and you figure out how to do it,” she said. Sandy’s keeps its website, sandysfab, current with a list of available classes and special events. The store recently hosted an instructor from Australia who came to Sandy’s first on a nationwide American tour called, “The Sewing Revolution.” Another recent event focused on machine embroidery by Kimberbell. Sandy’s also will feature an event on machine software in July, and its annual quilting event is held off-site in October, with each attendee going home with four full projects. Sandy’s also offers classes and a sum-

mer camp for children, with a suggested starting age of 8 years old. Jarrett prides herself in keeping current with the industry, continually learning new techniques to share with customers. A Zentangle quilt Jarrett created hangs on the wall of her shop includes embroidery, decorative stitches, plus pen and ink, but other designs may include doodling or scribbling to create art. She appreciates the challenge of trying something new and sees this frequently in her customers. Jarrett said she sees many retired engineers, including men, who find the hobby keeps them engaged, especially embroidery. Customers remain intrigued by the technology of today’s machines, which may include software costing $4,000. Sandy’s also sells machines that connect to mobile apps on a smartphone or tablet, and ones that prompt the user to download a software update when the machine is turned on. Referencing accounts in the cloud for sewing and embroidery patterns, Jarrett recalled an era when some of her customers bought a computer for the first time, just to sync it with their sewing or embroidery machine. Today’s machines can complete a project with no human intervention once programmed by the user. For traditionalists who consider this “cheating,” Jarrett offered the comparison of using a pocketknife versus chainsaw when tasked with chopping wood. For those interested in taking up the hobby, Sandy’s displays the inside of a typical inexpensive sewing machine purchased at a big box or online retailer versus one sold at the downtown Kennewick store. It’s a visual reminder to customers: “you get what you pay for.” The inexpensive machine found online is mostly made of plastic, versus the steel core found in models sold exclusively by machine distributors, like Sandy’s. The shop also takes used machines on trade, and makes them available for resale. New machines for beginners cost about $200 and include a two-part workbook class that teaches the buyer how to use it. Together with her daughter, Elizabeth, Jarrett said she hopes to keep introducing sewing and embroidery techniques to those looking for a new skill. Sandy’s Fabrics and Sewing can be reached at 509-585-4739 and found online at or on Facebook.

SUCCESSION, From page 50 In short, the family farm LLC offers superior liability protection, pass through income taxation, simpler transfer options, the implementation of robust organizational and management provisions—all of this while still allowing the farmer to take appropriate estate tax deductions and perhaps further leverage gifting (and thus further reduce the estate tax). Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a fullservice independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick, where he focuses on assisting clients with comprehensive planning.

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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 Dawnette Davidson, 5426 N. Road 68, Pasco. Lorena P. Silva, 1902 Hoxie Ave., Richland. Dennis J. Dubois, 8180 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Brian C. and Danielle R. Clift, 402 E. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Angel Figueroa, 318 W. Pearl, Pasco. Sharon L. Richardson, 2845 S. Dennis Place, Kennewick. Rocky Klemetsen, 929 S. Keller St., Kennewick. Michael T. Richards, N. 6 Palouse, Kennewick. Nicole Berg, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Terry L. and Larissa N. Bailey, Jr., 1900 Stevens Drive, Richland. Amanda Reyes, 2224 W. 13th Ave., Kennewick. Lynell Tiller, 493 Charbonneau Drive, Richland. Nancy Salinas, 421 S. Penn Place, Kennewick. Atanael and Delmy A. Sorto, 1842 W. Octave St., Pasco. Patrick T. and Glenda K. Murphy, 1313 S. Date St., Kennewick. Deanna Zamora, 9407 Mustang Drive, Pasco. Ralph C. and Kip M. McDole, 2640 Kingsgate Way, Richland. Clyde D. S. Ogle, PO Box 327, Connell. Willis F. and Joan M. Shearer, 728 W. Jan St.,

Pasco. Jonathan T. and Brianna R. Wilson, 4803 Sinai Drive, Pasco. Maria I. Rodriguez, PO Box 5267, Kennewick. Rocky M. A. and Chanda M. Esparza, 945 S. Kinney Way, Prosser. Margret Juarez, 605 W. Bonneville St., Pasco. Pavel Dragonchuk, 5812 Saddle Creek Ln, Pasco. Kathleen A. and Chad M. Brotherton, 2105 N. Steptoe St., Kennewick. Zhanna L. Serda, PO Box 2036, Richland. Anthony J. Covelli, 850 Aaron Drive, Richland. Nancy Bailey-Scholtes, 1300 Quarterhorse Trail, Prosser. George C. Williams, Jr., 199205 E. 25th Ave., Kennewick. Matthew R. Kendall, 2725 W. John Day Ave., Kennewick. Noe J. Rodriguez, 4718 W. Hood Ave., Kennewick. Rufino A. Chavez and Aida G. T. Pequeno, 1409 W. Washington St., Pasco. Kerry Trout, 4209 Galway Lane, Pasco. Laurel Azure, 534 N. 61st Ave., West Richland. David A. Morris, 3110 N. 543rd PRNE, Benton City. Christopher M. Zwicky and Crystal G. Lennie, 6315 Delmar Court, Pasco. Jayme-Lee N. Michaliszyn, 702 S. Nelson St., Kennewick. Andy Alba, 1530 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Danielle L. Navarrete, 606 Eastgate Drive, Prosser. Jaime G. Cachua, 924 W. Opal, Pasco. Melody Bowling, 6102 N. Road 68, Pasco. Kristina Guillemette, 31404 Kennedy Road, Benton City. Jose De La Torre, 1816 W. Shoshone St., Pasco. Ryan S. and Melissa R. Burns, 1812 S. Mayfield St., Kennewick. Jacqueline Charles, 702 S. Everett St., Kennewick. Laura C. Chapman, 5243 S. Dayton St., Kennewick. Scott B. Davis, 6411 Morrison St., West Richland. Javier J. Valdez, 333 Palm Drive, Richland. Paulino S. and Maria G. Gallegos, 2518 E. Broadway, Pasco. Amie R. Castillo, 2903 Road 97, Pasco.

Robert S. B. and Sharon L. Bowell, 572 N. Harrison Place, Kennewick. CHAPTER 13 Kevin M. and Maren Moore, 632 Cedar Ave., Richland. Lonnie J. and Jennifer R. White, 2634 Dornoch Place, Richland. Erica Avina, 4114 West Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Elsa C. Orozco, 2021 Mahan Ave., Richland. Kenneth S. Young, 1732 N. 16th Ave., Pasco. Brian Bradley, 5014 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. Agustin Ocampo, 1009 N. Road 46, Pasco. Tysen R. and Carolyn M. Gardner, 6703 W. Willamette Ave., Kennewick. Alejandro Flores, PO Box 429, Connell. Karan M. and Michael L. Hamblin, Jr., 1811 W. 21st Ave., Kennewick. Kevin M. Birch, 1526 Mahan Ave., Richland.


Top property values have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure. BENTON COUNTY 4067 S. Kellogg, Kennewick, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $445,000. Buyer: Nicholas and Elayne Vanhollebeke. Seller: Titan Homes. 2264 Firerock Ave., Richland, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $436,900. Buyer: Joel and Troy Hebdon. Seller: Don Pratt Construction. 25604 S. Sunset Meadow Loop, Kennewick, 2,917-square-foot, single-family home on 2.08 acres. Price: $605,000. Buyer: Paul and Jody Knutzen. Seller: PDVD LLC. 1208 Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick, 3,501-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $464,500. Buyer: Edward Monk. Seller: William and Pamella Hames. Undetermined location, 68.75 acres of agricul-


tural land. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Jesus and Maria Lamas. Seller: Adam and Nancy MacHugh. 36802 N. Demoss Road, Benton City, 1,698-square-foot, single-family home on 2.24 acres. Price: $525,000. Buyer: Brad Vancour. Seller: Lemuel and Mikella Walker. 64 S. 727 PRSE, Kennewick, 2,254-square-foot, single-family home on 0.68 acres. Price: $418,900. Buyer: Jordon and Loni Carr. Seller: Dream Homes. 191616 E. Gamefarm Road, Kennewick, 2,861-square-foot, single-family home on 2.5 acres. Price: $530,000. Buyer: Thomas and Shelby Fields. Seller: Michael and Melissa Labeaf. 5203 S. Tacoma Court, Kennewick, 2,428-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $418,900. Buyer: John and Lela Bickford Trustees. Seller: Prodigy Homes. 1315 Kensington Way, Richland, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $421,700. Buyer: Jeremy and Kay Soma. Buyer: Viking Builders. 6955 W. 23rd Ave., Kennewick, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $430,000. Buyer: Kenneth and Helen Daugs. Seller: P&R Construction. Undetermined location, 7 lots of residential land. Price: $650,000. Buyer: SMI Group XX LLC. Seller: Sorprendente LLC. 82505 E. Sagebrush Road, Kennewick, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $444,900. Buyer: Lawrence and Sonja Yearsley. Buyer: Hammerstom Construction. 711 S. Auburn St., Kennewick, 12,450-squarefoot, commercial building on 0.64 acres. Price: $1,790,000. Buyer: Cugini Land and Timber. Seller: Kimberly and Michael Sherfey. 5616 W. Clearwater, Kennewick, 34,939-squarefoot, commercial building on 1.24 acres. Price: $2,620,000. Buyer: B&B Investment Group. Seller: Joo Baik and Yun Suk Kim. 27505 S. 959 PRSE, Kennewick, 3,023-squarefoot, single-family home on 2 acres. Price: $446,500. Buyer: Donald and Michelle Frigaard. Seller: Eric Moore.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 57 13312 S. Cottonwood Creek Blvd., Kennewick, 2,603-square-foot, single-family home on 0.73 acres. Price: $499,900. Buyer: Jennifer and John Weekes. Seller: Bart and Becky Auckland. 1610 Verona Lane, Richland, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $584,900. Buyer: Mabel Yew and Patrick Short. Seller: Solferino Homes. 82802 E. Sagebrush Road, Kennewick, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $574,500. Buyer: Chad and Paulyn Ungerecht. Seller: Hammerstom Construction. 4112 S. Green St., Kennewick, 1,499-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $412,000. Buyer: Jonathan and Christy Caldwell. Seller: Robert and Patricia Salisbury. 3150 Richardson Road, Richland, 4.37 acres of residential land. Price: $1,577,000. Buyer: Weyerhauser Apartments. Seller: Tre LLC. 1614 Milan Land, Richland, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $453,000. Buyer: Joshua and Elvira Otremba. Seller: Prodigy Homes. 7011 W. 23rd Ave., Kennewick, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $495,900. Buyer: Ann Lariviere. Seller: P&R Construction. 31738 N. Wilgus Road, Grandview, 1,957-

square-foot, single-family home on 56.55 acres of agricultural land. Price: $659,800. Buyer: Ver Mulm Investments. Seller: J&S Properties. 37118 S. Hawks Tree PRSE, Kennewick, 3,388-square-foot, single-family home on 6.25 acres. Price: $575,000. Buyer: Sandra Paris. Seller: Paul and Sarah Fansler. 8304 W. Ninth Ave., Kennewick, 2,312-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $409,900. Buyer: Michael and Kathleene Mitchell. Seller: Stanley and Sally Naida. 12210 S. Grandview Lane, Kennewick, 1,996-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $449,900. Buyer: Stanley and Sally Naida. Seller: Dennis Sawby Construction. 4273 Northlake Drive, West Richland, 3,449square-foot, single-family home on 0.99 acres. Price: $416,000. Buyer: Andrew and Brittany Felton. Seller: Pamela and Lars Kangas. FRANKLIN COUNTY Undisclosed location, 129.7 acres of agricultural land. Price: $1,100,000. Buyer: Philip and Stephanie Bauman. Seller: Robert and Audrey Howard. 11612 Seahawk Court, Pasco, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $569,000. Buyer: Jemima Crosby. Seller: Rogue Builders.

11401 Easton Drive, Pasco, 2,955-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $477,000. Buyer: Randy and Mary Hullinger. Seller: Riverwood Homes. Undisclosed Location, 74 acres of agricultural land. Price: $814,000. Buyer: Jeffrey Middleton. Seller: Robert Bradford. 3661 Auburn Road, 768-square-foot, single family home on 78.4 acres. Price: $862,400. Buyer: Jeffrey Middleton. Seller: WM Bradford. 4828 Mojave Drive, Pasco, 2,882-square-foot, single-family home on 0.58 acres. Price: $445,000. Buyer: Jan and Rae Olsen. Seller: James and Barbara Schwartz. 9012 Whipple Ave., Pasco, 3,617-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $499,000. Buyer: Paul and Kendra Keller. Seller: Michael and Samira Hilley. 1320 N. Oregon Ave., Pasco, 4,927-square-foot, commercial building on 2.26 acres. Price: $467,500. Buyer: Paul and Sara Little. Seller: Cittagazze LLC. Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco, 17 lots of undeveloped land. Price: $750,000. Buyer: Hayden Homes. Seller: Envision Homes. 11320 Easton Drive, Pasco, 2,224-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $400,500. Buyer: Michael and Jean Janouski. Seller: New Tradition Homes.

1706 Pelican Road, Pasco, 3,172-square-foot, single-family home on 1.03 acres. Price: $500,000. Buyer: Martin and Elda Fuentes. Seller: Kane and Sara Gardner. 4711 Shoreline Court, Pasco, 3,334-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $430,000. Buyer: Steven and Tonja Dilly. Seller: Jex and Amy Biorn.


Building permit values have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure. BENTON COUNTY USCOC of Richland, 73415 N Crosby Road, $18,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, Wye Barricade Route 4 S., $17,800 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, 165755 S. 812 PR SE, $80,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, 200 E. Hanford Reservation, $17,800 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, 30981, $18,500 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. Michael Clark, 205490 E. Bowles Road, $27,700 for commercial reroof. Contractor: owner. CSS Storage, 105106 Wiser Parkway, $1,971,100 for commercial addition. Contractor: CRF Metal Works. BENTON CITY Kent Parker, 1700 Kendall Road, $166,100 for commercial addition. Contractor: owner. Powerhouse, 1405 Dale Ave., $12,000 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: Fire Protection Solutions. FRANKLIN COUNTY SEM Materials, 3152 Selph Landing Rd, $55,000 for a storage tank. Contractor: LCR Construction. Douglas Fruit, 110 Taylor Flats Road, $4,433,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: BK Powell Construction. Riverview Baptist Church, 4921 W. Wernett Road, $45,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. KENNEWICK Kennewick School District, 6011 W. 10th Place, $17,000,000 for new commercial construction, $2,300,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $600,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Fowler General Construction and Apollo Sheet Metal. Columbia Square Kennewick, 1220 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $6,000 for a sign. Contractor: Eagle Signs LLC. PIK Properties, 2459 S. Union Place, $392,500 for tenant improvements, $35,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $45,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Don Pratt Construction, Chinook Heating & Air and Mullins Enterprises. TPC LLC, 313 N. Morain St., $8,000 for a fence/ brick/retaining wall. Contractor: Bullseye Fencing. 3 Blanks LLC, 6205 W. Okanogan Ave., $7,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Smith Cove Partnership, 3180 W. Clearwater Ave., $20,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Finer Side Construction. Michael L. Olsen, 3512 W. 10th Ave., $10,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Perfection Investments, 1914 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $16,600 for commercial reroof. Contractor: A&A Roofing. The Fioe Group, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., $12,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Sage Bay Company, 6512 W. Hood Place, $550,000 for new commercial construction, $10,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $8,000 for plumbing. Contractors: CRF Metal Works, Bruce Heating & Air and Evergreen Plumbing. HAPO Community Credit Union, 7601 W. Clearwater Ave., $187,500 for tenant improvements and $17,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: owner and Apollo Sheet Metal. Kennewick Public Hospital District, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., $26,200 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MH Construction. SP LLU Riverpointe, 7803 W. Deschutes Ave., $170,000 for commercial remodel and $11,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: RDW Construction Remodeling and Chinook Heating & Air. PM2 West Limited Partnership, 8911 W. Grandridge Blvd., $19,500 for a heat pump/ HVAC. Contractor: Bob Rhodes Heating & Air. Edward Rose Millennial Development, 10251 Ridgeline Drive, $115,200 for foundation, $120,400 for plumbing and $164,400 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Armstrong Realty, 4434 W. Clearwater Ave., $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 58 Madarang Trustee, 809 S. Auburn St., $11,700 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing. Madarang Trustee, 811 S. Auburn St., $11,700 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing. FC4 LLC, 2909 S. Quillan St., $40,000 for tenant improvements, $20,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $9,000 for plumbing. Contractor: owner. On the Boulevard Apartments, 9202 W. Gage Blvd., $5,600 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Apollo Sheet Metal. TMS Lodging Group, 300 N Ely St., $10,700 for plumbing. Contractor: Cray Plumbing. Kennewick School District, 5501 W. Metaline Ave., $740,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Total Energy Management. INP Corporation, 526 W. Columbia Drive, $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Total Brand Management. FC4 LLC, 2909 S. Quillan St., $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Sage Creek Apartments, 4302 W. Hood Ave., $5,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: All Climate Services. Ulmer Family LLC, 4808 W. Clearwater Ave., $8,700 for demolition. Contractor: JD & Son. DB Franchising USA, 3918 W. Clearwater Ave., $150,000 for new commercial construction, $22,000 for plumbing and $40,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: Banlin Construction, Columbia River Plumbing and Dayco Heating & Air. Break On Through, 425 W. 16th Ave., $8,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Pro Mechanical Services. Financial Pacific, 425 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $5,700 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Grandridge Law Center, 7025 W. Grandridge Blvd., $6,100 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Kennewick Irrigation, 6600 W. Rio Grande Ave., $6,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Apollo Sheet Metal. Church of the Nazarene, 2402 S. Union St., $56,200 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: Leslie & Campbell. PASCO Sisters of St. Joseph, 520 N. Fourth Ave., $33,800 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Leslie & Campbell. Rutt Rental, 1100 E. Columbia St., $15,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: AT&T. Tim Corwin, 1225 Autoplex Way, $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Eagle Signs. Ewing Irrigation, 1625 E. James St., $23,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: Legacy Excavation. Jay Brantingham, 2710 Travel Plaza Way, $25,600 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. Sparks Family Rental, 4013 W. Court St., $12,500 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Masters Appliance, 312 W. Clark St., $5,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. Walmart, 4820 Road 68, $20,000 for antennas.

Contractor: to be determined. 598 Building Association, 1328 N. 28th Ave., $1,461,600 for commercial addition and $46,900 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Total Site Services. Dana Labels Inc, 607 N. Oregon Ave., $141,600 for tenant improvements. Contractor: LCY Construction. Russ Dean Inc, 9420 Sandifur Parkway, $36,800 for a fence/brick/retaining wall. Contractor: Tom O’Brien Construction. City of Pasco, 525 N. Third Ave., $31,600 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. City of Pasco, 333 S. Wehe Ave., $15,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. City of Pasco, 204 W. Clark St., $49,800 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. City of Pasco, 205 S. Wehe Ave., $127,700 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. Pasco Assembly of God, 1800 Road 72, $5,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Welch Heating & AC. Big Sky Real Properties, 2901 W. Irving, $5,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Campbell & Company. RCMI Holdings, 5519 Cleveland Lane, $5,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Done Right Mechanical. Lend Program, 324 W. Margaret St., $6,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Don Pratt Construction. Department of Natural Resources, 7202 Burden Blvd., $12,000 for commercial remodel and $9,200 for a sign. Contractor: Baldwin Sign Company. Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave., $25,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Apollo Sheet Metal. ConAgra Foods, 5410 N. Commercial Ave., $3,369,200 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Teton West of Washington. Tri-City Investors, 6215 Burden Blvd., $20,500 for tenant improvements. Contractor: The Drain Surgeon. Pasco Sanitary Landfill, 1820 Dietrich Road, $19,700 for a concrete pad. Contractor: Ray Poland & Sons. Wireless Connection, 2608 W. Sylvester St., $17,500 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Day Wireless Systems. Port of Pasco, 2151 E. Dock St., $30,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Banlin Construction Co. Volm Companies, 5702 Industrial Way, $8,000 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: Advanced Protection Services. UCC Seventh-day Adventist, 525 W. Marie St., $6,500 for fence/brick/retaining wall. Contractor: owner. Pearl K M LLC, 1909 W. Court St., $65,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Top Tier Petroleum. Port of Pasco, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd., Suite 101, $17,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Conner Construction.

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Washington Square Apartments, 2455 George Washington Way, $40,000 for siding/windows. Contractor: Roberts Construction. Port of Benton, 2750 Salk Ave., $16,200 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. WEST RICHLAND Retail K, 4001 Kennedy Road #13-14, $331,300 for tenant improvements. Contractor: LPZ Design & Construction. Earthly Enterprises, 4605 Kennedy Road, $6,400 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Delta Heating & Cooling.


Zirkle Fruit Co, 101 Benitz Road, $8,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Mountain States Construction. FSPR LLC, 505 Sixth St., $700,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Western Wood Structures. Port of Benton, 2880 Lee Road, $9,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. City of Prosser, 2600 SR 221, $23,800 for a commercial addition. Contractor: Quality Structures. RICHLAND Zenitram Properties, 955 Aaron Drive, $97,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MH Construction. Commercial Industries, 2235 Henderson Loop, $533,500 for new commercial construction. Contractor: O’Brien Construction. Croskrey Brothers, 1020 Queensgate Drive, $50,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Reed Construction. Kadlec Medical Center, 888 Swift Blvd., $60,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Apollo Sheet Metal. Pacific Ecosystems, 2025 Battelle Blvd., $15,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: General Dynamics Info Telecommunications. JBT Third Avenue, 1415 George Washington Way, $96,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MP Construction. Anglesey Chiropractic, 300 Torbett St., $32,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Call Co. Banner Bank, 1221 Jadwin Ave., $30,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Integrity Three Heating. Timbers Apartment, 1900 Stevens Drive, $240,600 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Capital Roofing. River Walk Village, 400 Bradley Blvd., Suite 212, $30,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Vandervert Construction. Richland Airport, 2061 Butler Loop, $7,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: DIVCO Inc. Hoxie House Apartments, 1915 Hoxie Ave., $165,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Northwest Restoration. HAPO Community Credit Union, 601 Williams Blvd., $60,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner.

Lenk General Contracting, 2602 S. Ledbetter. Christine Bauer, 400 W. 21st Place. Gustavo Pires Siri Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, 8 N. Washington St. M&M Remarketing, 121 S. Ely St. Crazy Crab Pot, 131 Vista Way, #A. Castillo’s Distributors, 802 N. Volland St. C&R Pastering, 9021 W. Rio Grande Ave. Wolf Landscaping, 803 S. Olympia St. The Nation Distributing, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite D257. Beehive Herbs, 112 Peach Tree Lane, Richland. Sports Clips #WA403, 3005 W. Kennewick Ave. Three River Sports Cards, 8180 W. Fourth Ave. Robb F. Heston Media, 1914 W. Second Ave. T-Mobile, 124 S. Ely St. Synergistics, 1030 N. Center Parkway, Suite 106. Fx Beauty Lounge, 216 W. Kennewick Ave. Sandy Lange Life Coach, 9202 W. Gage Blvd. Bernhardt Security Service, 2108 W. 20th Ave. Innovative Home Inspection Services, 8403 W. First Ave. Call A Driver, 111 S. Montana St. Mgm Flooring Co, 2919 W. 19th Ave. Marci Miller-Pilsbury M.Ed, Lmhc, 201 N. Edison St., Suite 227. Alan Sparks, 819 S. Ivy St. High Desert Dental Studio, 8428 W. Gage Blvd., Suite E. Leonardo’s Barbershop, 6515 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 248. Jeni Moreno, 101 N. Union St., Suite 201. Pearly Gates, 3921 W. Second Ave. Kla Mobile Notary Services, 7803 W. Deschutes Ave. Nails and Spa, 203 N. Huntington St. Arby’s, 3506 W. Clearwater Ave. Reliant Rx, 4123 W. 24th Ave. Kelsie L. Taylor, 7701 W. Fourth Ave. Zachary LLC, 1800 W. 51st Ave. Cheekyteez, 1603 S Fillmore St. Mdavis Consulting, 3608 W. Fourth Place. Om Esthetics, 4528 W. 26th Ave., Suite 140. Cartridge World, 1360 N. Louisiana St., Suite B. Montana’s Hair, 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 128.


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Maiers Enterprises, 1708 E. James St., $11,000 for a sign. Contractor: Columbia Sign & Lighting. Lifequest Health, 4215 Convention Place, $86,400 for a commercial addition. Contractor: to be determined. AMIB Investments, 931 W. Nixon St., $7,500 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Assured Quality Roofing. Department of Natural Resources, 7202 Burden Blvd., $33,800 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: Patriot Fire Protection. Jesus Higareda Diaz, 712 N. 20th Ave., $8,500 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Western Equipment Sales. Barragan Sanchez, 325 W. Lewis St., $43,600 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Juan Ochoa.


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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 59 Bris LLC, 101 N. Morain St., Suite 100. Jc Infinity Designs, 2201 S. Lyle St. Ace Construction & Excavation of Tri-Cities, 4902 W. 12th Ave. The Groomery Hair Establishment for Dogs, 201 N. Edison St., Suite 260. Evergreen Farm Association, 6515 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 236. Wolf Construction, 1138 W. 10th Ave. Vallo Commercial Appraising, 8919 W. Rio Grande Ave. Horn Rapids Media Productions, 7108 W. Willamette Ave. Dreamscape Masonry & Garden, 1608 W. 41st Ave. R Massage & Spa, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite G. Total Stop Subway, 813 W. Columbia Drive. Renee Dickens, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave. 2nd Act Fit, 3006 W. 47th Ave. Amotif, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite B. Fruta Rayada El Rey, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 423. Paige Bracher, 101 N. Union St., Suite 201. The Barberlife Studio, 11 S. Dayton St. Samuel Barnes Agency, 1408 N. Louisiana St., Suite 103. Sycamore Landscaping, 17 W. 24th Ave. Angela Stevenson Financial Coach, 4717 W. 14th Ave. Adriana G. Saenz, 1409 N. Pittsburgh St. The Missing Piece, 318 W. Kennewick Ave. Ameristar #24, 2610 W. Kennewick Ave. Evergreen Home Loans, 8656 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 201. Brian Clemmons Counseling Services, 8797 W. Gage Blvd., Suite C-204. Lamgo, 8220 W. Gage Blvd. Design Space Modular Buildings, 11103 E. Windward Lane. For Rental, 159 Inverness Way, Pasco. Crosscounty Mortgage, 4018 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B. Terra Vinum, 56204 NE Roza Road, Benton City. NW House Cleaning, 1616 N. Road 30, Pasco. Colbalt Electric, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 308. The Flooring Guys, 6713 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C. Trivest Properties, 1016 W. 14th Place. R Massage & Spa, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite G. Tri City Heating & Air, 202122 E. Schuster Rd. Mattress Manufacturing Prices, 4727 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C. Usa Drywall, 1108 N. Road 36, Pasco. L&R General Construction, 4519 Clydesdale Lane, Pasco. Eclipse Heating and Cooling 2, 290 W. Marie Ave., Hermiston, Oregon. Bock Construction, 5702 Kilawea Drive, West Richland. In and Out Home Services, 409 Benhan St., Richland. Balance Point Health, 2621 W. Klama Ave. Alberts Granite & Landscaping, 202144 E. SR 397.

Pjc Sports, 3003 Queensgate Drive, Richland. Jd Landscaping, 4821 W. Park St., Pasco. Reclaimed Construction, 4728 Daisy St., West Richland. Walker Family Homes, 424 S. Roosevelt St. Rd Construction, 620 Ringhoff Road, Burbank. Adriana G. Saenz, 1409 N. Pittsburg St., Suite C. Hempy Hands Massage, 3030 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 240. Hamilton Spray Company, 150001 W. Richards Road, Prosser. Guest House Inn and Suites, 5616 W. Clearwater Ave. Blade Excavating, 1181 W. Sagemoor Rd., Pasco. Trinity Tactical Consulting, 2457 N. Rhode Island Court. Rustica Interiors, 428 E. Columbia Drive, Suite 110. Royal Columbian Alzheimers Special Care Center, 5615 W. Umatilla Ave. Synergy Medical Group, 3600 S. Zintel Way, Suite B. Zachary, 1800 W. 51st Ave. Doty Construction, 1698 Brittlebush Ln., Richland. 11Exhale Yoga & Wellness, 140 Gage Blvd., Suite 104. Pritchard Construction Company, 3921 W. Second Ave. Pulsar Electric, 3216 W. Fourth Ave. Guardian Inspection, 602 W. 16th Ave. The Barberlife Studio, 11 S. Dayton St. Precision Therapeutic Massage, 601 N. Oklahoma Palce. G&B Construction, 522 N. Yost St. Consider It Done, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd. Law Office of Nickolas Ward, 7701 W. Fourth Ave. Melisa Mckeown Lmp Massage & Bodyworks, 5219 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 10. Idrive Auto Sales, 206 W. Columbia Drive. Rusty Nail Reclaimed, 5 S. Kellogg St. Salon 509, 2909 S. Quillan St., Suite 152. Total Health Hygiene, 2510 W. 35th Ave. Brite Home Energy Solutions, 6212 N. Road 68, Pasco. Kona Ice of Pasco, 4003 Monterey Drive, Pasco. Muscab Janitorial Service, 1001 W. Fourth Ave. Palmas Lawn Service, 1516 W. Ruby St., Pasco. Grade A Cleaning, 3820 W. Margaret St., Pasco. The Columbia Basin Handyman, 424 N. Kansas St. Colton Ward, 8836 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 103A. Boss Mechanics Services, 3702 Estrella Drive, Pasco. Hampton Inn Kennewick at Southridge, 3715 Plaza Way. Kpr Construction, 1503 W. Fourth Place. Ryan Bird Photography, 2200 Copperleaf St., Richland. S&B Automotive Machine, 208 N. Washington St. Squeaky Clean Services, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd. Yolie’s Running Latt, 5724 Ochoco Lane, Pasco. The Candid Camper, 1813 W. 32nd Ave. Race Lawn Care, 1816 S. Jean St. Gpi, 6 Odonnell Road, Pullman. Woo Designs, 8849 W. Bruneau Place. Tumbleweed Tidings, 4904 W. 18th Ave. Sb Tileworks, 911 S. Johnson St., Unit A.

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Retail Pirates, 10397 W. 18th Place. The Healing Hemp Spa, 1900 W. 21st Place. Tri-City Kempo Karate, 516 E. First Ave. Marissa’s, 620 N. Everett St. Ars Couriers, 3228 W. 10th Ave. R&S Automotive Repair, 216 N. First Ave., Pasco. Jessica Sarabia, 2917 W. 19th Ave. Jaime H. Robles, 12 S. Morain St. Leftlane Express, 1815 W. 19th Ave. Bytesize Solutions, 7701 W. Fourth Ave. Fantasy Curvy Style, 509 W. 19th Ave. Quiver Media, 712 S. Taft St. Jaylex Built, 3712 W. Second Ave. Megan Whitmire, Attorney At Law, 7135 W. Hood Place. Silvia Gonzalez, 2200 W. Shoshone St., Pasco. Mkw Construction, 2921 N. Road 52, Pasco. Casillas Lawn Care, 201 Geiger Drive, Pasco. Lularoe Cheryl Goudy, 2108 W. 20th Ave. Cakes by Lisa, 4203 W. Third Ave. Messenger Precision Gun Works, 719 S. Yelm Place. Tier 1 Therapy, 3101 S. Gum St. Get In Where You Fit In, 3515 W. Clearwater Ave. PASCO Chiropratic Mobile Services, 201 Clover Lane. PEC Inc, 3400 Centennieal Drive, Helena, Montana. Assured Quality Roofing, 1830 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. The Flavorful Dish, 507 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. New York Barber & Beauty Salon, 2508 W. Sylvester St., Suite D. Flash Fitness, 104 S. Oregon Ave., Suite B. You & I East Construction Properties, 1319 N. Fifth Ave. Valencia Delivery, 3705 W. Park St. Recuerdos Luisa, 1332 W. Shoshone St. Tri-Cities Asphalt, 925 S. Ninth Ave. Luxury Outdoors, 216 N. 12th Ave. Rumbo Flooring, 2906 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. Cousin’s Trim Custom, 603 Arbutus Ave. Lara’s Restaurant, 528 W. Clark St., Suite B. Got a Guy Handman Services, 3320 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick. 1800 Stitches, 524 W. Clark St. Vinh’s, 203 S. Huntington St., Kennewick. Renz Construction, 12231 Hillcrest Drive. JVS Construction, 18 N. Jean St., Kennewick. Ernestina L. Diaz, 316 N. 20th Ave. Eddi Ford’s Janitorial, 1411 S. 32nd Ave., Yakima. Curbing Perfection, 815 W. Klamath Ave., Kennewick. L&R Homes, 3211 Syrah Drive. Hair by Grace, 7016 W. Wernett Road. Stay Greener Landscape, 4812 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Sonnie’s Bars, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Franco Camarillo Insurance Agency, 5003 Antigua Drive. Das-Co of Idaho, 411 E. Karcher Road, Nampa, Idaho. Eugenia’s Cleaning Service, 5491 Columbia River Road. Matthrews Rock, 220206 E. 528 PRSE, Kennewick. North Korners, 52 E. Vineyard Drive. 7th Stone United, 940 E. Elm Ave. Renegade Construction, 90 S. Verbena St., Kennewick. Extreme Landscaping, 1523 N. 17th Ave., 2804 W. Lewis St. Schmidt Contractors, 3419 N. Park Blvd, Spokane. Rex’s Top Shelf Catering, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Higher Level Construction, 1508 Symons St., Richland. Animal Jump House, 607 S. Hugo Ave. 3 Rivers BBQ Partners, 110 S. Fourth Ave. T-Shirt Factory Pasco, 1625 A St., Suite F.

Bonnalie’s Guns, 4809 Santa Cruz Lane. Property 2021, 2021 N. Commercial Ave. Precision Diesel, 1917 N. Third Ave. A&L Truck Supply, 2125 E. Hillsboro St., Suite B. Shadeworks, 12443 W. Executive Drive, Boise, Idaho. Arrow Services, 214 S. Easter Road, Spokane. Meier Enterprises, 12 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. JYC Cleaning Service, 5100 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Alondra’s Fashion, 102 N. Fourth Ave. Tri-Cities Painting and Cleaning Services, 620 N. Owen Ave. A E Express, 1720 W. Hopkins St. A Quality Roof Now, 300 Charvet Road, Grandview. Spotless Cleaning, 4503 Saguaro Drive. Fast and Curryous, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Pro Image Construction and Remodeling, 2839 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Ryan Ray Construction, 6206 Kent Lane. Toptier Petroleum, 7006 S. Carpenter Lane, Medical Lake. Arby’s, 5115 Road 68, Pasco. Blade Excavating, 1181 W. Sagemoor Road. Loyalty Inn U-Haul, 1800 W. Lewis St. Bobcat Berto Excavating & Construction, 839 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick. Westland Fence, 46 Apollo Blvd., Richland. Royal Flush Plumbing, 4502 Kubota Lane. Northpoint Electrical Cont, 2213 Henderson Lopp, Richland. Columbia Sign and Lighting, 1438 James Ave., Moses Lake. The Columbia Basin Handyman, 424 N. Kansas St., Kennewick. Pulsar Electric, 3214 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Americomm, 1999 W. Lewis St., Suite A. WPX Courier, 520 S. 20th Ave. Starbucks Coffee #49420, 2411 W. Court St. AM3 Construction, 415 N. Wehe Ave. BDK Excavating, 6403 Burden Blvd., Suite D. Tri-Cities Tiny Tots, 8620 Stutz Drive. Margyl Drywall, 4004 W. Dusty Lane, Benton City. Riverwood Homes Washington, 4304 W. 24th Ave., Suite 150, Kennewick. Grand Prix Construction, 85732 Summitview Drive, Kennewick. Medport Electric, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. J&L Construction, 1223 S. Keller Pl., Kennewick. Mr. Clean Mobile Car Wash, 495 Dusty Road, Burbank. RMS Homes, 3612 Gunclub Road, Yakima. Top Quality Woodworks, 3131 W. Hood Ave., Kennewick. Ultra Quiet Floors, 403 N. Main St., Newberg, Oregon. Epic Lawn Care, 4008 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. RICHLAND Haskin Electric, 5317 NE St. Johns Road, Suite C, Vancouver. 7-Eleven #14428L, 415 Wright Ave. Econorthwest, 222 SW Columbia St., Suite 1600, Portland, Oregon. Richland Youth Football Association, 6326 Copper Court, West Richland. Steve Merwin, 177 Wildwood Court. Party City of Richland, 2907 Queensgate Dr. Debi Bishop Photography, 401 Ash St. O’Bryen Legal & Business Services, 1215 Mahan Ave. Lee-Built Construction, 3968 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, Oregon. Riedesel Engineering, 1845 Terminal Drive. Columbia Basin Satellite Co., 6821 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C, Kennewick.


Light Industrial Land for Sale

Light Industrial Land located a 1/2 mile from the Highway 12 Intersection. The property is made up of 5 tax lots totaling 12.79 acres. Seller is willing to further subdivide 12.79 acres into smaller tracts. $1.40 - $1.55 psf. Contact Charles Laird for more information.

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2017 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 60 Ulta Beauty, 2911 Queensgate Drive. Summit Roofing, 850 Orchardvale Road, Zillah. 4 Seasons Color, 1219 S. College Ave., College Place. Walter P. Moore and Associates, 1301 McKinney St., Suite 1100, Houston, Texas. MOD Pizza, 2803 Queensgate Drive. Mezzo Thai Fusion, 110 Gage Blvd., Suite 200. Sonshine Services, 719 Jadwin Ave. NW House Cleaning, 1616 N. Road 30, Pasco. Cobalt Electric, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 308, Kennewick. Epic Lawn Care, 4008 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C, Kennewick. Comfort Flow Heating Co., 1951 Don St., Springfield, Oregon. J&B Enterprises, 505 Grader Court, Benton City. The Flooring Guys, 6713 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C, Kennewick. Catherine Nef, 1320 Lee Blvd. Boswell Asphalt Paving Solutions, 1651 W. Jarvis Court, Meridian, Idaho. Tri City Heating & Air, 202122 E. Schuster Road, Kennewick. Rainbow Rentals, 456 Sundance Drive. USA Drywall, 1108 N. Road 36, Pasco. L&R General Construction, 4519 Clydesdale Lane, Pasco. Case by Case Private Investigations, 1621 George Washington Way. Sycamore Landscaping, 17 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick. Corbin’s Mobile Blasting, 53736 S. 2289 PR SE, Kennewick. Bock Construction, 5702 Kilawea Drive, West Richland. In and Out Home Services, 409 Benham St. Diesel, 840 Madrona Ave., Pasco. Alberts Granite & Landscaping, 202144 E. SR 397, Kennewick. Snowie, 601 Bombing Range Road, West Richland. JD Landscaping, 4821 W. Park St., Pasco. Tri-Cities Construction and Remodeling, 209 N. Washington St., Kennewick. Construction Concepts Home Improvements, 6509 Saddlebred Loop, Pasco. Blade Excavating, 1181 W. Sagemoor Rd., Pasco. Pillars of Society Woodworks, 94 Craighill Ave. Artistic Tendencies, 103 Center Blvd. Kellen Adcock, 177 Newhaven Place. Find Your Center, 710 George Washington Way, Suite A. Arc Fabrication, 200 W. Main, Echo, Oregon. Helt Audio & Engineering, 1234 El Monte Court. Bobcat Berto Excavating & Construction, 839 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick. Fast and Curryous, 3521 Polo Greens Ave., West Richland. Doty Construction, 1698 Brittlebush Lane. Orion Miracle, 719 Jadwin Ave., Suite 19. Superior Concrete Services, 35 S. Louisiana St., Suite A120, Kennewick. 11Exhale Yoga & Wellness, 140 Gage Blvd., Suite 104. Deluna Counseling and Art Therapy, 1955 Jadwin Ave., Suite 420. Tactical Pursuit Laser Tag, 2465 Stevens Dr. Lotus Café and Market, 1325 George Washington Way. Dreamscape Masonry & Garden, 1608 W. 41st Ave., Kennewick. A2 LED Solutions, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Suite A1, Kennewick. Houlbrook Nuclear Limited Liability Company, 123 George Washington Way. Northwest Food Craft, 401 N. Georgia Place, Kennewick. Meghan Eisinger Design, 2435 Harris Ave. G&B Construction, 522 N. Yost St., Kennewick. Kendel Holdings, 556 Lakerose Loop. Atkins Energy, 2345 Stevens Drive, Suite 240. Brite Home Energy Solutions, 6212 N. Road 68, Pasco. Muscab Janitorial Service, 1001 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Grade A Cleaning, 3820 W. Margaret St., Pasco. The Columbia Basin Handyman, 424 N. Kansas St., Kennewick. KPR Construction, 1503 W. Fourth Place, Kennewick. Audrey Carlson Speech Therapy, 870 Country Haven Loop, Pasco. Custom Touch, 904 S. Arthur Place, Kennewick. Flores Contracting, 803 Golden St., Oroville. Squeaky Clean Services, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Stable Hands Therapeutics, 308 Greentree Court. Race Lawn Care, 1816 S. Jean St., Kennewick. GPI, 6 ODonnell Road, Pullman. Erika Zink, 2216 Firerock Ave. SB Tileworks, 911 S. Johnson St., Suite A, Kennewick. Jet Harvest Solutions, 3799 Brantley Place Circle, Apopka, Florida. Nest Quest, 4220 Cobblestone Court. Algotheta, 1580 Manchester St.

Love Your Guts, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 17. R&S Automotive Repair, 216 N. First Ave., Pasco. Traveling with Scissors, 215 W. Washington Ave., Irrigon, Oregon. Gammatek Solutions, 2101 Steptoe St. Queensgate Gardens, 1040 Queensgate Drive. Craig Bailey, 154 Rosemary St. 509 Tech Services, 409 Benhan St. Silvia Gonzalez, 2200 W. Shoshone St., Pasco. MKW Construction, 2921 N. Road 52, Pasco. Casillas Lawn Care, 201 Geiger Drive, Pasco. Compassionate Care and Companionship, 514 Franklin St. Digital Edge Solutions, 1915 Hood Ave. Crystal Ann Studios, 206604 E. SR 397, Kennewick. Tier 1 Therapy, 3101 S. Gum St., Kennewick WEST RICHLAND Ryan Shively FFL Dealer, 5101 Hershey Lane. Kairos Vision Group, 1534 Amber Ave. Columbia Asphalt and Gravel, 377 Parker Bridge Road, Wapato. KPR Construction, 1503 W. Fourth Place, Kennewick. Tier 1 Therapy, 3101 S. Gum St., Kennewick. Chivas Custom Homes, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 14, Richland. Flores Contracting, 803 Golden St., Oroville. Thurman Family, 227 Brookwood Loop, Richland. USA Drywall, 1108 N. Road 36, Pasco. NW House Cleaning, 1616 N. Road 30, Pasco. Innovation Roofing & Siding, 213408 E. SR 397, Kennewick. Columbia Asphalt and Gravel, 1071 Highway 97, Ellensburg. LPZ Design and Construction, 4801 Pinehurst Drive, Pasco. L&R General Construction, 4519 Clydesdale Lane, Pasco. Alberts Granite & Landscaping, 202144 E. SR 397, Kennewick. ARC Fabrication, 200 W. Main, Echo, Oregon. J&B Enterprises, 505 Grader Court, Benton City. Columbia Insulation, 4001 Kennedy Rd., Richland. Arrowhead Construction and Excavating, 3110 S. 90th Ave., Yakima. Diamond’s Polished Concrete, 3605 E. Crown Ave., Spokane. Bock Construction, 5702 Kilawea Drive. Casillas Lawn Care, 201 Geiger Drive, Pasco. Patriot Rooter & Irrigation, 6407 Three Rivers Drive, Pasco. Shamelessly Fabulous, 4095 Fallon Drive.

Espinoza Investments, 5401 W. Van Giesen St. Cook Security Group, 8214 S. 192nd St., Suite 104, Kent. Epic Lawn Care, 4008 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C, Kennewick. New Generation Framing, 1008 Smith Ave., Richland. New Creation Homes, 69806 E. 715 PR NE, Richland. R&S Automotive Repair, 216 N. First Ave., Pasco. Muscab Janitorial Service, 1001 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick.

uJUDGMENTS The state can file lawsuits against people or businesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or business owns. Judgments are filed in Benton-Franklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. Concrete Unlimited LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 5. Quality Restoration Solutions LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 5. Bryan M. Schoeppner, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 9. Christopher F. Strod, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 8. Brookside LLC, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 9. Gregory S. Haskell, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Ana Maria Ramos Valencia, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Michael J. Ulu, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Britt C. Fransworth, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Benjamin M. Henderson, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Rodrigo Figueroa, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Michael R. Cram, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Jeffrey C. Schreiner, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Alma M. Andrade, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Kristina A. Magana, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Arnoldo Ortiz, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12.


Lisett Rodriquez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Matthew R. Martin, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Lula J. Brown, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Ann M. Bushman, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Sylvia Vargas, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Joanna O. Licon, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Deysi Zamudio, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Rebecca L. Redding, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Jessica J. Aguilar, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Manuel Rodriquez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Justin M. Riddle, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Reginald D. Calhoun, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Christian D. Bueno, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Nickolas C. Guevara, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Candice N. Nunez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Andres Martinez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Jasmin G. Gonzalez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 11. Christophe D. Simon, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Juana E. Razo, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Charles E. Hipp, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Luis A. Lara, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 12. Rafael Rosas, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 15. Yuri A. Hernandez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 15. Kongma Bounhomsavanh, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 15. Rodrigo E. Aguilar, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 16. Ivyne J. Tarus, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 16. Jose P. Contreras, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 61 Fidel C. Valencia, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. R&R Trucking Inc., unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Enriquez Manuel, Jr., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May. 17. Elizabeth Ann Esquivel, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Jose P. Contreras, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May. 17. Lonestar Innovations, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May. 11. Christina Reyes, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Veronica C. Amador, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Amber M. Rodriguez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Debra L. Dewey, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Miguel A. Garcia, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Jesse J. Stiles, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Ainsworth Collision Center, unpaid Department

of Revenue taxes, filed May 11. David Pollington, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Chrystal C. Chavez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Abraham M. Sanchez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Mario J. Avina, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Austin M. Smith, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Daniel G. Langford, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Baldemar Soto, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Rosaura G. Flores, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Andrea R. Salazar, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Melissa A. Martinez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Marlon A. Martinez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Shawn K. Brooks, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 17. Steven E. Syverson, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 22.

Rubio Cardenas, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 22. 3 Jays Transport LLC, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 22.

uLiquor Licenses BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Carniceria Los Toreros, 616 Ninth St., Benton City, has applied for a grocery store beer/wine license. White Horse, 101 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite 201, Kennewick, has applied for a beer/wine restaurant license. Hampton Inn Kennewick at Southridge, 3715 Plaza Way, Kennewick, has applied for a direct shipment receiver in Washington only and beer/ wine specialty shop license. APPROVED Porter’s Real Barbecue Company, 705 The Parkway, Richland, has been approved for a direct shipment receiver in Washington only license.

Establishment 323, 2107 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick, has been approved for a direct shipment receiver in Washington only license. Columbian Club, 2500 Chester Road, Richland, has been approved for a private club spirits/beer/ wine license. MOD Super Fast Pizza, 2803 Queensgate Drive, Richland, has been approved for a beer/wine restaurant license. 3 Eyed Fish Farmers Market, 1970 Keene Road, Richland, has been approved for a farmers market beer/wine license. DISCONTINUED R3SPAWN, 109 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge license has been discontinued. FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Daily Harbor, 2221 E. Lewis St., Pasco, has applied for a grocery store beer/wine license. Fusion Wines, 3217 Sorento Court, Pasco, has applied for a domestic winery <250,000 liters license. Swaddee Thai, 5109 N. Road 68, Suite B, Pasco, has applied for a beer/wine restaurant license. APPROVED Rice and Noodles, 3315 W. Court St., Pasco, has been approved for a beer/wine restaurant license. DISCONTINUED Carniceria Los Toreros, 2115 E Lewis St., Pasco, a grocery store beer/wine license has been discontinued.

uMARIJUANA Licenses BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Washington State Cannabis Company, 2415 Robertson Drive, Richland, has applied for a marijuana retailer and medical marijuana license. Green Peaks N.W., 1011 Queensgate Drive, Richland, has applied for a marijuana retailer and medical marijuana license. Gringo Caliente, 1011 Queensgate Drive, Richland, has applied for a marijuana retailer and medical marijuana license. Seattle Patients Group Inc, 607 Aaron Drive, Suite B, Richland, has applied for a marijuana retailer and medical marijuana license. APPROVED The Slow Burn, 4278C W. Van Giesen St., West Richland, has been approved for a marijuana retailer license. Wayne Seminoff Company, 2600 W. Bruneau Place, Kennewick, has been approved for a marijuana retailer license.

ubusiness UPDATES NEW BUSINESS Swadee Thai has opened at 5109 Road 68, Suite B in Pasco. The restaurant serves authentic, homemade Thai cuisine. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Contact: 509-412-1201. The Flavorful Dish has opened at 505 N. Fourth Ave., Suite 101 in Pasco. The restaurant serves soups, sandwiches, salads and breakfast pastries. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-380-5533, Facebook. The Missing Piece has opened at 318 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick. The store vintage and refurbished furniture and home décor. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Contact: 509-820-3161, Facebook. ADDITIONAL LOCATION 11Exhale Yoga has opened a second location at 4528 W. 26th Ave., Suite 140 in Kennewick. 509-295-7652,, Facebook. Windermere Group One has opened a new location at 4900 Paradise Way in West Richland. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Contact: 509-392-4144, MOVED Parke Gordon Law Office has moved to 8905 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 200 in Kennewick. Contact: 509-582-7274,, Facebook.

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Tri-City officials celebrated the opening of the new Candy Mountain Preserve and a 3.2-mile trail on June 2. The preserve was established after a multi-year effort to secure nearly $1.5 million and purchase agreements with landowners, Mark Ufkes and Bob Margulies, for 185 acres. Friends of Badger Mountain led a community fundraising effort to match grant funding awarded to Benton County by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. Ten acres were donated to the Friends. Benton County added a large parking area to accommodate to 45 cars and four horse trailers. It was designed by AHBL and built by Premier Excavation, both of Pasco, with Benton County Public Works Department managing the project. Construction was completed in May at a cost of $55,000. Other finishing touches will follow over the next several months. The Candy Mountain Preserve is the tenth park in the county portfolio. (Courtesy Benton County)

Mrs. Tri-Cities Deidra Murphy is the first married woman from the Tri-Cities to win the Mrs. Washington title, competing against 20 other women across the state on May 20 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia. The Kennewick woman is the owner of Style by Deidra, Personal Stylist and Image Consulting. Her platform focuses on the healing powers of holistic health and chiropractic care. (Courtesy HeadSpinner Photography)

The Team Pasco Home at 4805 Pinehurst Drive is listed for $324,900 and is the 19th built since the student-led program began 20 years ago as Bulldog House. Construction trades students from Chiawana, New Horizons and Pasco high schools built the home under the guidance of teacher John Weatherby, with contributions from agriculture science, floriculture and metals and welding technology students. Vicki Monteagudo of Century 21 Tri-Cities, a Pasco High graduate, donates all the commission for the home listing to the Students for College Scholarships. Monteagudo participated in the building program as a student and called it “an exceptional experience that includes hands-on training and demonstrates to the students the real-life business decisions that need to be made to build a home.” The house was dedicated during a ceremony May 26. (Courtesy Pasco School District)


Shawn and Morgan Taber of Red Mountain Field Case Management in Benton City were among the exhibitors at the Washington Self-Insurers Association’s 46th annual conference May 11-12 in Kennewick. Nearly 300 people attended to learn about improving workplace safety, getting injured workers back to work and managing the high cost of workplace injuries. WSIA is a statewide business organization representing the workplace safety and workers’ compensation interests of major Washington employers who self-insure their risk of industrial injury. Tri-City area employers who self-insure for workers’ compensation include Areva, Lourdes Health Network, Educational Service District 123, Kennewick School District, city of Richland, Twin City Foods, ConAgra, Bechtel and Energy Northwest, as well as most major retailers and grocers. (Courtesy WSIA)

The city of Kennewick recently celebrated the opening of a new outdoor gym, Sunset Park Fitness Station, the first of its kind in the city, that features 12 workout stations. Outdoor gyms are a new approach to health and fitness that utilize a lot of the same equipment found in indoor gyms, according to the city. The new fitness center is designed to accommodate all ages and abilities. The cost of the project, which includes a shade structure, was about $120,000. It is located next to Sunset View Elementary School at 711 N. Center Parkway.

Patsy Hull, 89, of Kennewick, gets a hug from her son, Mickey Hull of Hermiston, after walking a victory lap around Columbia Center mall in Kennewick on May 15 to celebrate logging 15,000 miles. She started tracking her miles as part of the Kadlec Healthy Ages mall walkers program 25 years ago. Hull, who walks six days a week, received a plaque from the Healthy Ages group for reaching the milestone. The program, which focuses on the health care needs and concerns of the older population, boasts seven other seniors who have reached the 15,000-mile mark or higher.

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