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May 2018

Volume 17 • Issue 5


Agriculture + Viticulture in the Columbia Basin

Pedestrian-focused town center coming to Vista Field BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Magazine inside

Focus: Agriculture + Viticulture in the Columbia Basin

Tourism & Recreation

Northwest Paddleboarding opens storefront Page 11

Real Estate & Construction

Fiesta opens third Mexican restaurant at Queensgate Page 23

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“It’s about to get real.” That’s what Tim Arntzen, the Port of Kennewick’s chief executive officer, said while describing the next steps for the massive overhaul planned at the former site of Vista Field. Construction work on the expansive property nestled in the middle of Kennewick is set to kick-start the foundation for vibrant mixed-use streets for walkers, cyclists and cars. The port recently released conceptual sketches of the “woonerf-inspired” streets. “Woonerf” is a Dutch term often defined as a “living street” in urban planning, meaing traffic is at a minimum and at slow speeds so everything can flow together, whether on foot or wheels. Homes, businesses and green space will be tied very closely together, sometimes with zero lot lines. “Vista Field may not be for all,” cautioned Larry Peterson, the port’s director of planning and development. He recognizes the close proximity of neighbors may be appealing to some, but not for those “who want five acres in Badger Canyon, or on a cul-de-sac.” But that’s decidedly the intent. The port aims for the new Vista Field to look like nothing else offered in the TriCities. “There are endless opportunities in the community for 7,200- to 10,000-squarefoot lots in the standard subdivision,” Peterson said. “This is intentionally different.” The maximum lot size for a single owner will be 5,000 square feet. And owners won’t be able to buy multiple lots. The 103-acre site, behind the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center, is tucked between North Young and North Kellogg streets. It has remained undeveloped since the airport at Vista Field closed nearly five years ago.

Producers from HGTV’s “House Hunters” film Darin and Sierra Foster as they discuss the features they were looking for in a home during the opening scene. (Courtesy the Fosters)

‘House Hunters’ features Tri-City couple, showcases local real estate BY JENNIFER L. DREY

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When Darin and Sierra Foster decided it was time to buy their first home, they naturally gravitated toward watching “House Hunters,” a popular television show on HGTV that takes viewers behind the scenes with homebuyers as they choose between three potential properties. As newlyweds with two dogs, a cat and their first baby on the way, the Fosters had the same desire as the show’s participants to find the perfect new home, though they were still figuring out exactly what features they both wanted. “We started to watch the show

because we wanted to get a better idea of all the things that we may be seeing when we looked at houses and to start to decide whether we thought those were positive things or negative things,” Darin said. “We did learn quite a bit by doing that.” On a whim, the Fosters went online and filled out an application to be featured on the show. Not really expecting to be selected, they went on with their daily lives — she working in hospital administration in Sunnyside, he working as a grant administrator in Walla Walla, and the two of them scouring the newhome listings whenever they found the time. uHOUSE HUNTERS, Page 4

Richland wine bar remodel to coincide with roadwork project BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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A restaurant with a popular outdoor patio wouldn’t typically choose to schedule a temporary closure just as warm weather is setting in. But since there’s never an ideal time to shut down a business, the owner of 3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar determined she had the best chance for future success if she timed a massive remodel to align with significant road work at Queensgate Drive and Keene Road in Richland. “Construction does hurt your business; it’s inevitable. But we thought it was best to coincide with that,” said Cindy Goulet, owner of both 3 Eyed Fish and LU LU Craft Bar + Kitchen in Richland. The restaurant closure had been scheduled for September, but was moved up to

April once she learned about the city of Richland’s road project. “You don’t want to struggle through the summer with all the traffic disruptions and then close,” Goulet said. “People don’t go to an area when who knows what the traffic’s going to be like.” The restaurant at 1970 Keene Road is scheduled to reopen in mid-August “bigger and better,” with nearly double the amount of seating than was available on the rooftop patio, and total 2,700 square feet. Goulet says 3 Eyed Fish will be about 80 percent larger than when it first opened in Queensgate Village five years ago, taking the spot once held by Casa Vino. It was a new home for the wine bar formerly housed in the Tri-Cities Airport, along with its sister restaurant, Florentyna’s, which both vacated the airport in 2015. u3 EYED FISH, Page 33



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Waste treatment plant project relies on contracts with local businesses BY LAURA KOSTAD

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With 79 percent of the Department of Energy’s waste treatment and immobilization plant’s support facilities having transitioned from the construction phase to startup, Bechtel is encouraging local small businesses to contribute their products and services to the project. “More opportunities are becoming available for small businesses as we get up and running, transitioning from traditional construction services and plant equipment,” said Cheryl Bernier, Bechtel National’s small business program manager who works as a liaison between the company and its small business subcontractors. Bechtel is managing the WTP project. Bernier reported that Bechtel has completed 90 percent of its construction materials procurement for the portion of the plant dedicated to treating low-activity tank waste. With 31 percent of startup and commissioning procurements for this part of the project awarded, there’s more opportunities for local businesses to get involved. As the construction phase winds down, workers go through a series of walkdowns, checks and rechecks before startup personnel take over. Their task is to ensure everything is in proper, safe working order as designed before being handed off to the commissioning phase, said George Rangel, Bechtel spokesperson. To support this effort, Bernier said Bechtel is seeking suppliers of spare parts for machinery and equipment, tools and materials for testing and maintaining plant components, consumables such as worker safety equipment, laboratory and office supplies, and other routine business services. “The whole gamut—we’re buying a lot right now,” she said. The low-activity waste treatment vitrification plant, or vit plant, is on pace for construction to be completed by June 2018, according to Bechtel officials. “Part of our success is through developing and maintaining excellent relationships with contractors and subcontractors,” Bernier said. To date, Bechtel has spent more than $4 billion in goods and services with

Cheryl Bernier, second from right, Bechtel National Inc’s. Small Business Program manager at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant project, speaks with Horizon Distribution Inc’s. Alex Hodge, from left, Kelli Cooney, and Jacob Perrotti inside a WTP project warehouse while Doug Smith, BNI field purchasing manager, right, looks on. (Courtesy Bechtel)

companies across the United States to support the WTP project. Of that, $1.94 billion has been spent in Washington and Oregon, with $1.36 billion concentrated in the Tri-Cities. On the procurement side, in 2017, total spending for the WTP tallied $211 million. Of that, $126 million was spent in Washington and Oregon, with $94 million going to Tri-City companies. “It’s a great opportunity for the local economy,” said David Reeploeg, vice president of federal programs at the TriCity Development Council, or TRIDEC. “A lot of companies have gotten their start doing almost 100 percent Hanford work, but as they grow, diversify into other work.” Reeploeg said this creates sustainable local jobs not solely dependent on Hanford site projects. He explained that though the Department of Energy’s projects continue to be an important aspect of the local economy, “we have diversified significantly over the last few decades.” And he emphasized the importance of diversification as a key to business longevity. Jacob Perotti, who works in government business development at Horizon Distribution Inc., a small, veteran-owned, Yakima-based company that’s been in business for more than 137 years, said Horizon has benefited from its work with

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Bechtel on the WTP. “Everything in the government works on past performance and Bechtel has definitely been one of our highest levels of past performance,” Perotti said. “We’ve been doing work onsite (at Hanford) for decades. We’ve been involved with several prime contractors out here and Bechtel was just a natural fit. We have a great relationship.” Perotti said being able to tell potential customers about the company’s relationship with Bechtel—one of the world’s largest contractors—lends a lot of credibility to HDI and its business capabilities. According to Rangel, HDI has supported the WTP project with more than 2,700 purchase orders totaling more than $8.1 million since 2002 HDI is a growing regional and national wholesale distributor, serving the Northwest, California, Alaska, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Hawaii and North Dakota, as well as British Columbia and

Alberta. “We have a team that can really hunt anything down that’s requested,” Perotti said. HDI has provided hand, power and cutting tools, safety, plumbing and electrical components, paint, and fasteners to the WTP project, Rangel said. As the WTP transitions into the startup phase, Perotti said HDI will continue to secure tools and products to support the project. “It’s a pretty exciting transition for us, because the items (requested) might be a little bit different and that expands Horizon’s scope,” he said. Perotti said the WTP’s startup phase presents opportunities for the company to venture into new supplier and vendor relationships and expand its footprint with manufacturers. “The biggest thing for us is the excitement of moving forward,” Perotti said. Perotti said other small businesses interested in working with Bechtel or other Hanford contractors should go through a small business liaison at those companies, like Cheryl Bernier. “We are always interested in meeting with qualified and capable companies that can deliver product that will help us to succeed at the waste treatment plant,” Bernier said. She encourages prospective companies to “get information about the project. Be knowledgeable about the type of work that we are doing and ascertain how their business can help meet our needs. They can get a lot of that information at the project website,; that’s a good place to begin.” Bernier also recommended that those interested may register through Bechtel’s supplier portal on the website to become qualified vendors. Once registered, companies can send a capabilities statement to her office. uHANFORD, Page 8


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HOUSE HUNTERS, From page 1 A month later, they were happily surprised to get a call from the producers at “House Hunters.” Having recently made an offer on a house in the Tri-Cities, it turned out they were perfect candidates to be featured on the show, which does all of its filming only after participants have made a final decision on a house. The filming crew then goes back and re-creates the process. “We really didn’t take it very seriously or even expect to be on the show when we applied,” Darin said. Their realtor, Kay Lehmann with the Schneider Realty Group in Kennewick, was equally surprised — and thrilled — when she found out. Unbeknownst to the Fosters, when they submitted their application, Lehmann was a longtime fan of “House Hunters.” With five years as a Realtor in the Tri-Cities under her belt, Lehmann said she loved tuning in and trying to guess which house the show’s participants would ultimately select. “I was blown away when they told me,” Lehmann said. “I had no idea you could go online and apply to be on ‘House Hunters.’ ” During the five days of filming, which took place in October and November, the Fosters, along with Lehmann and the film crew, visited three houses, all in Kennewick. They debated the pros and cons of each on camera, then revealed their final selection in an episode that originally aired May 1. The filming also included scenes shot at J. Bookwalter Winery, Rockabilly Roasting Co. in Kennewick and along the Columbia River, all spots where the cou-

Darin and Sierra Foster

ple were shown talking through their options on the path toward a final decision. In the end, their choice reflected the criteria they knew they both wanted in a home — a non-cookie cutter house with its own unique character, easy access to the highway and a few projects still left to be done. But it was the nearly half-acre yard that finalized the decision for them. “We had never been more impressed by the shape of a yard when we saw it. It wasn’t just that there was space, it was that the space was meticulously groomed and there were eight or nine different breeds of trees that are pretty well aged,” Darin said. Despite having jobs in other Eastern Washington cities, the Fosters had selected the Tri-Cities as a desirable location because of its ability to offer bigger-city amenities while maintaining the feel of a smaller city, which Sierra said was especially important to her, having grown up

in rural western New York. “Tri-Cities is so spread out that it never feels like a major city. We have one mall here, but we don’t have multiple malls. We have lots of great restaurants but it’s not such a city environment that you have to walk everywhere — and no paid parking. That was something that really got on our nerves in Spokane,” Darin said. With hundreds of episodes currently in production, a representative from “House Hunters” said she was unable to comment on the specifics of why producers chose to feature the Fosters and film in Eastern Washington. But the Fosters are far from alone in their desire to buy a home in the TriCities. In October 2017, the month they closed on their home, 385 homes were sold in the Tri-Cities, with another 400 sales pending, according to the Tri-City Association of Realtors. In total, 4,414 homes were sold in the Tri-Cities in 2017, about even with the 4,423 sold in 2016, but up from 4,153 sold in 2015, according to the association, which tracks residential real estate sales in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and West Richland, plus Benton City and Prosser. Lehmann said the increased demand for housing in the Tri-Cities is making it difficult for first-time buyers like Darin and Sierra to get what they want at the price they can afford. “Entry-level home buyers in our market are finding a ton of competition for every house,” Lehmann said. “There’s just not enough homes in that price point, and whenever there’s a new one that comes on the market there’s a line outside the door, full of people waiting to come in and see it.” Prices also are creeping up as land in the Tri-Cities becomes more expensive. The average selling price on a home in the Tri-Cities was $267,051 in 2017, up from $244,035 in 2016, and from $224,699 in 2015, according to the TriCity Association of Realtors. “We have people moving here all the time for jobs, and we have people moving here for retirement, and although interest rates have gone up a bit, they’re still historically pretty low,” Lehmann said. There simply aren’t enough houses to go around right now, she said. For the Fosters, the initial move to TriCities involved a short-term rental that pushed them to be aggressive in their pursuit for a house. Like many buyers in the market, they made an offer within about 24 hours of first seeing the home. “We saw it, and we knew we wanted to put in an offer by the time we left the house,” Darin said. Knowing one offer had already been made on the house, they took the night to determine how to make their offer appear most attractive, then submitted what turned out to be the winning bid the next day. Looking back on the “House Hunters” experience, the Fosters both said they would recommend it to a friend, though Sierra noted there is a significant time commitment involved. Lehmann said she would definitely do it again if another client were to ask. “It was a blast,” she said.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • May 2018 uBUSINESS BRIEFS LIGO Hanford director to speak at Kennewick High

Learn about a groundbreaking scientific discovery made in the Tri-Cities and hear the sound that confirmed Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Michael Landry, director of the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland, will present “Gravitational Waves from (very) Distant Shores” at 7 p.m. May 17 in Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton St. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is being organized by Kennewick High and its science department. Landry will talk about how LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, which are ripples in the fabric of space and time caused by events such as the explosion of stars. He’ll also play a recording of the gravitational wave vibrations detected by the observatory. The observatory’s discovery earned several of its researchers the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017.

Richland construction company selected for Kennewick school project

Bouten Construction Co. has been selected to add 22 classrooms, a gym and offices in a detached addition at Kennewick’s Amistad Elementary School.

Bouten, which has offices in Richland and Spokane, provided the lowest base bid of $12.5 million for the Kennewick School District project. The Kennewick School Board approved two alternate projects, bringing the total construction cost to $12.8 million. Construction is expected to begin in this month and be completed by August 2019. A $51.1 million state grant aimed at reducing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade will pay for the detached classroom addition. The second phase of construction, which would replace the current Amistad Elementary building, built in 1992, is dependent on voter approval of a 2019 bond. Bouten’s most recent projects with the district include new buildings for Sunset View, Cascade and Lincoln elementary schools.

75 percent of teens aim for college, according to survey

About half of teens say financial independence is among their goals, according to a survey by Junior Achievement USA and American International Group Inc. The 2018 JA Teens & Personal Finance Survey of teens ages 13 to 18 who were not enrolled in college showed 75 percent of teens set their sights on graduating from college, half planned on a savings plan and about 30 percent strive to start their own business and retiring before 65. The survey of 1,000 students solicited via an email invitation showed more than half were concerned about paying for college as well as finding fulfilling and well-


paying jobs. Other top concerns were 49 percent worried about not being able to afford their own home, 41 percent were concerned about not having an emergency savings, and 42 percent worried about not having money management skills.

responses to questions will be used to screen applicants to a list of finalists. Personal interviews of finalists will be conducted in late May with a selection announced at the June 12 school board meeting.

Jacobs Radio expands reach with Oregon station buy

Fast charging station opens for electric cars

Kennewick-based Jacobs Radio recently bought radio station KEUB in Seaside, Oregon. The purchase was the eighth acquisition by the station owned by Jeff Jacobs, who has been in the radio business for more than 30 years.

Richland School Board seeks new member

The Richland School District is accepting applications from those interested in filling a recently vacated position on the school board. The term ends in December 2019. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered voters living in the Richland School District. District employees may apply but will have to resign if selected to serve on the board. Applications can be obtained at the District Administration Building, 615 Snow Ave. or online at boardmembervacancyapplication18.pdf. Completed applications along with a resume must be returned to the Administration Building by 4 p.m. May 21. Completed applications also can be emailed to Biographical information and written

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the installation of the first electric vehicle DC fast charging station is at 11 a.m. May 15 at the Southridge Sport Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. The station has a level 2 charging station as well as a DC fast charging station. It was paid for with a $405,00 grant from the state Department of Transportation as part of an EVITA pilot project to install nine stations along Washington highway corridors. EVITA is an industry collaboration comprising Energy Northwest, Benton PUD, Franklin PUD, Benton REA, city of Richland Energy Services, city of Ellensburg Energy Services and Tri-City Development Council.

Author to speak at Women Helping Women event

Child welfare advocate Ashley RhodesCourter will speak at the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities’ 18th annual luncheon on Oct. 11. Rhodes-Courter was born to a single teen mother and spent 10 years being shuffled around foster homes before being adopted. She went on to earn a master’s degree in social work and was a New York Times bestselling author at 22.


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New owners of Pasco Red Lion plan roof, exterior upgrades BY JEFF MORROW

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The new owners of the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Pasco introduced themselves to the community during a recent grand re-opening ceremony by feeding everyone Indian food. It was Kamaljit “Kam” Singh and his wife Sukhbans Shahi’s way of telling everyone present at the April 25 event that “we’re all family.” He also told existing Red Lion employees they were going to be an important part of the process. “I kept everyone,” Singh said. “I didn’t kick anyone out. Nobody was cut back. And I adjusted (up) some of their pay scales. I can’t run the show myself.” Singh — under the name JODH’s Development LLC, and RRR Investment LLC, both Washington limited liability companies — bought the 279-room Pasco hotel from RL Pasco LLC and the Red Lion Hotel Corp. on Feb. 28. The purchase price was $13.1 million and includes three acres adjacent to the hotel grounds, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The franchise agreements run for 20 years and call for hotel owners to pay RL Franchising a monthly royalty and program fees, set at a percentage of the hotel’s gross room revenue. Either party may terminate the agreement without penalty on the fifth or 10th anniversary of the hotel’s opening date, by providing at least 180-day notice of

Kamaljit “Kam” Singh and his wife Sukhbans Shahi, center, prepare to cut the ribbon and talk about their plans for the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Pasco during a grand opening ceremony on April 25. Singh bought the hotel for $13.1 million. (Courtesy Kamaljit “Kam” Singh)

termination. In 2015, the Spokane-based RLHC decided to sell off its hotel properties and get into franchising. It allows the company to benefit from its brand, yet allow franchisees to do what they do best: run hotels. And for Singh, this isn’t his first hotel. He owns seven hotels, including some Best Westerns and Holiday Inns, in Washington, Oregon and California. Singh has been a businessman for almost 20 years. “I started in business in 1999, in the food and restaurant business,” he said. “I moved into the construction business in Vancouver,

B.C. In 2004, I got into the retail business with gas stations. We have 14 convenience stores in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington.” He has a One Stop Mart convenience store and gas station on the corner of Jadwin Avenue and McMurray Street in Richland. In 2013, the entrepreneur ventured into the hospitality business with his first hotels. It all keeps him and his younger brother, Laddi Singh – who has been his partner for years – busy. In addition, his younger son, Paranvir, is joining his management team. Altogether, Singh said they have 650 to

700 employees working at their various companies, depending on the summer fluctuation. The Pasco Red Lion has anywhere from 130 to 150 employees, depending on the time of year. Singh, who describes himself as hands on, will have his office at the hotel. “It’s right in the middle of everything,” he said. “I’m like 90 minutes from my other businesses in Moses Lake, Hermiston, Boardman, Mattawa. And I usually travel to them once a week.” The first thing Singh did when he bought the hotel was tweak its name to the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center. “I’ve been here for two months, and every day almost there is something always going on,” he said. That’s why the words “Conference Center” were added. Buying the hotel was an easy decision for him. “It was a great opportunity here,” he said. “It’s located by the airport. The land is 16 acres. This hotel has a lot of conventions and conferences. There is the food and beverages. We have Bin 20 (restaurant). There are multiple businesses under one roof.” Speaking of roofs, that’s where the next changes have begun. “We’ve already started on the roof,” he said. “We have some issues on the roof. But we’ll also look inside the whole property, with room updates and a better looking lobby.” uRED LION Page 8

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MAY 15

MAY 19 – 20

• Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber Networking Meeting: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave, Pasco. RSVP: 509542-0933.

• Kidz Dig Rigz: 11 a.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Visit: kadlec. org/foundation.

MAY 22

MAY 16

• Tri-Cities Legislative Council Reception: 5 – 7 p.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-736-0510.

MAY 17

• Mistakes Leaders Make and How to Avoid Them seminar: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Campbell & Company, 2828 W. Irving St., Pasco. Tickets: • Community Lecture Series “How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning After War:” 7 p.m., Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco.

MAY 19

• Rising Stars: A Tasting Experience of Washington’s Newest Wineries: 1 – 4 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets:

• United Fresh Recall Ready Workshop: 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: recallreadypasco.

MAY 23

• Eastern Washington Solutions Summit: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane. Tickets: • Tri-City Regional Chamber Membership Luncheon: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-736-0510.

MAY 29

• Where’s the Money? Business Finances seminar: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register: midcolumbiatricities.score. org.

MAY 30

• Business Development University “How to Go From Boss to Coach”: 3 – 5 p.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-7360510.


• Tri United Scramble Golf Tournament: 1 p.m., Zintel Creek Golf Course, 314 N. Underwood St., Kennewick. Register:

• 2018 Richland Regatta: 8 a.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Visit:


• Bottles, Brews, Barbecues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Vintner’s Village, 357 Port Ave., Prosser. Tickets:

JUNE 11 – 13

• Human Trafficking Conference: 8 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: 509374-5391.


• Prosser Chamber Member Luncheon: noon – 1 p.m., Jeremy’s 1896 Public House, 1232 Wine Country Road, Prosser. RSVP: 509-786-3177.


JUNE 8 – 10


• West Richland Chamber Membership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. RSVP: 509-967-0521. • National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association monthly luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Visit: narfe1192. org.

• Ag World Golf Classic: 11 a.m., Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. Register:

JUNE 13 – 14

• FABREO Food & Beverage Expo: 10 a.m., TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Register:


• Trios Foundation Golf Classic: 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 Canyon Lakes

Drive, Kennewick. Register: • George and Pat Jones Community Service Day: 8 a.m. - noon, various TriCity locations. RSVP: • Sagebrush Scramble Golf Tournament: 1 p.m., Sun Willows Golf Course, 2535 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Register: • Easing Into Summer, benefiting Elijah Family Homes: 6 – 9 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Tickets: elijahfamilyhomes. org.


• Prosser Scottish Fest: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Prosser Wine and Food Park, 2840 Lee Road, Prosser. Visit: • Garden Arts Tour, benefiting Academy of Children’s Theatre: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., various Tri-City locations. Tickets: academyofchildrenstheatre. org. • Mini Golf Tournament, benefiting The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia: 5 – 9 p.m., Golf Universe, 6311 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-222-7323.

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Benton Fire District 4 placing bond on ballot

The Board of Fire Commissioners for Benton Fire District 4 passed a resolution to place a bond request on the August ballot. The bond would be used to buy land and build a new fire station in the western part of the district to help serve the area, reduce response time and provide additional support. West Richland has grown 25 percent since 2010 and response times can be as long as 17 minutes in the western part of the district. The volume of emergency calls in the district has increased 62.5 percent. The bond would cost taxpayers 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed value,

which is $28 annually per $100,000, or $84 annually for a homeowner with a $300,000 home.

State’s monthly jobless rate up from February to March

Washington had a slight uptick in the unemployment rate in March. The state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in February. While 3,900 more jobs were added in March, the labor force also grew by an additional 1,800 people statewide. From March the previous year, the state’s labor force grew by 70,000 people. The national unemployment rate remained steady at 4.1 percent. The sectors with the biggest yearover-year growth were retail trade, pro-

fessional and business services, and education and health services.

Ecology taking public comment on vit plant permit

The Washington Department of Ecology is taking public comment through June 8 on modifications to the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, or vit plant, at the Hanford site. The modification will incorporate the draft Environmental Performance Demonstration Test Plan for the lowactivity waste facility into the original permit and well as other revisions to support the plan. To review the proposal, go to https:// Comments are preferred electronically and can be sent until June 8 to

Comments also may be sent to Daina McFadden, 3100 Port of Benton Blvd., Richland WA 99354.

Total recycling at Hanford surpasses MSA goals in ’17

Mission Support Alliance manages the Hanford site’s recycling program and the total amount diverted to landfills was 57 percent, surpassing goals by 7 percent. MSA said nonhazardous waste includes plastic, cardboard, paper and scrap metals. In addition, 154 metric tons of universal waste, including batteries and fluorescent lights, were collected for recycling off site. Last year, Department of Energy and Hanford contractors recycled 1,224 metric tons of nonhazardous waste. HANFORD, From page 3 “The second step,” Perotti said, “is do your best to perform. Whatever you present as your capabilities, make sure you can adhere to what you are putting on paper because the expectation is exactly that.” “The secret to continuing to be successful is to deliver on time and to deliver excellent quality and performance,” Bernier said. Perotti said asking for performance evaluations along the way is also a healthy practice. “There’s always room for improvement,” he said. “And patience,” said Alex Hodge, industrial sales manager at HDI. “Good relationships are not built overnight. It takes a lot longer than a normal stream of business,” he said, referring to working with government contractors. As the transition from construction to startup continues, Bernier said, “We will continue to look to partner with local small businesses in the region wherever possible.” Information:; call Cheryl Bernier at 509-371-2396. RED LION, From page 6 “Structure-wise, we’re going to spend $3 million to $4 million to upgrade the facility,” Singh said. He said his first priority will be the exterior of the property. “That means landscaping, painting, roofing and the front entrance,” he said. It’s important, he said, to get it right. “The hotel business has bigger investments compared to retail,” Singh said. “A hotel is kind of a challenge. People need their milk and gasoline at the retail store. But when people are on a budget, they might not spend that money on a hotel room.” This is the biggest of Singh’s hotels, and he’s excited about the challenge. “I have some new ideas,” he said. “But I want to keep the good things going on here.”

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Tri-Cities’ first animal urgent care clinic opens in Kennewick BY LAURA KOSTAD

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The Tri-Cities now has a walk-in veterinary clinic to handle daytime pet emergencies. Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care opened this month in the Southridge area of Kennewick. “We’re trying to fill a gap in the community,” said owner and veterinarian Dr. Sheila Erickson, who explained that previously there was no place in the Tri-Cities offering dedicated daytime emergency care for animals. Pet owners either had to wait for MidColumbia Pet Emergency Service in Pasco to open at 5:30 p.m. or see if they could get into a regular vet clinic during the week, Erickson said. With the new urgent care clinic — called H3 for short — pet owners can get their cats, dogs and exotic pets immediate care. The 3,500-square-foot, full-service clinic, which is in the building formerly occupied by The Mint Salon & Skin Care at 4309 W. 27th Place, offers surgical and intensive care services, a full pharmacy and in-house diagnostic services. These include digital X-rays, ultrasound and laboratory tests such as serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. It also offers antivenin for rattlesnake bites. “There are very few things we can’t handle,” Erickson said. Erickson said she invested heavily in her

Veterinarian Sheila Erickson, owner of the new Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care in south Kennewick, welcomes her first canine visitor, who appeared to approve of the clinic’s “fear-free” room that’s designed to look like more like a living room than exam room.

X-ray, ultrasound and lab equipment. “They’re the hallmarks of our business, enabling the ability to do in-house tests quickly. Our patients can’t talk to us, so it’s very important,” she said. She said all the clinic’s software is cloud-based and work will be done on Surface Pro tablets, enabling her team to access patient information anywhere in the clinic. Erickson also added “fear-free” exam rooms to reduce the anxiety experienced by both animals and their owners. “It’s a big push in the industry right now,” she said. “Animals are so scared when they come here, so we are trying to do whatever we can to make them less

scared,” which is why two of the three exam rooms look more like a living room than a doctor’s office. A flat screen equipped with Netflix is on one wall, while others feature soothing modern art accents with paints in cool, calming colors. A hardwood-patterned tile floor, homelike décor and sofa with pillows work to create a comfy space for pets and their owners. Exams are conducted on large ottomans in each of these rooms to help pets feel more at ease. “At urgent care, we know you have to wait, so we do our best to accommodate,” Erickson said. “Diagnostics take time … we want to make you as comfortable as

possible … we want for you what we ourselves would expect.” The clinic has a more traditional exam room set aside for special cases, but Erickson said it will use the “fear-free” rooms for as many exams as possible. H3 also has a comfort room, where Dr. Erickson and her staff can consult with owners whose pets are hospitalized and where they can perform euthanasia. The room features a small fireplace and TV, and one of the couches folds out for owners waiting or staying overnight with hospitalized pets. Rounding out the clinic’s facilities, H3 also has an isolation room for pets with contagious diseases, dedicated imaging room, operatory for surgeries, lab, sterilization and laundry room, staff lounge and open concept hospital ward with a divided area for cats and dogs. “We’re fortunate to have a staff that’s crazy experienced,” she said. She said the area’s rapid growth has created a shortage of veterinary professionals to serve the community’s needs. Erickson opened with one associate veterinarian, three licensed veterinary technicians, three assistants and the help of her husband and children. She said she also received a lot of support from colleagues in the field. “It was now or never,” she said. “It’s a great location, absolutely perfect. It’s bigger than what we wanted but it will allow us the room to grow.” uURGENT CARE, Page 10


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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Second annual George and Pat Jones Community Service Day is June 15

Tri-Citians and Tri-City businesses are encouraged to gather together to work on a community service project of their choice from 8 a.m. to noon June 15. A barbecue rib-eye steak luncheon will be served at Columbia Park near the bandshell area at noon for the first 500 people who RSVP to participate in the second annual George and Pat Jones Community Service Day. Here’s how it works: Your company chooses a community service project to work on that day. To see available opportunities, visit

Any business or individual wanting to attend the luncheon needs to RSVP at In 2017, more than 300 people participated in Community Service Day, completing more than 20 projects in and around the Tri-Cities. The event’s namesakes, George and Pat Jones, are avid community volunteers and fundraisers.

Food For Fines underway at Mid-Columbia Libraries

Mid-Columbia Libraries hosts its annual Food For Fines drive during May. The library district hopes to boost donations to local food banks by inviting patrons to pay their overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items at

any branch. Each item donated counts as $1 toward overdue fines, up to $10 per customer account. Fines aren’t required to donate, and all food will be donated to local food banks.

CBC fundraiser features classes on beef butchery

Columbia Basin College’s hospitality program will host its first ever fundraiser, an artisan butchery workshop, during three individual sessions June 20-22. The half-day, hands-on sessions will be held at Senior Life Resources Northwest’s kitchen in Richland and feature Tracy Smaciarz, an artisan butcher, and Pat Mallon, a beef producer and expert. The class includes tutorials on butch-

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Registration underway for Pasco golf tournament

The 2018 Sagebrush Scramble golf tournament held by the Pasco Chamber of Commerce is set for June 15 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Greens fee for a team of four is $400 and includes free range balls, cart tee prize and a steak dinner. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. To register, go to For more information, call 509-5479755 or email URGENT CARE, From page 9 Erickson worked for the past eight years as a veterinarian at Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service, where she discovered her passion for emergency work, especially in critical care and cardiology. “Veterinary medicine has always mimicked human medicine; urgent care is the next step,” said Erickson, who added that even her lender, Bank of America — one of several major lenders that provide loan services to those investing in the medical field — was unsure how to advise, given the newness of the animal urgent care concept. Originally from Spokane, Erickson moved to the Columbia Basin to begin practicing in 2003 after graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to emergency care, she has experience working in equine and mixed animal practices and small animal exclusive practices. Erickson has two pets of her own, a cat named Phoebe and a horse named Simon. She enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, baking, gardening, and riding and showing horses with her husband and four children. Erickson and her team have been in contact with officials at Tri-Tech Skills Center’s pre-veterinary program and plan to offer job shadow and internship opportunities for students, as well as provide continuing education workshops and events on site for those already in the field, especially related to H3’s intensive care unit capabilities. The clinic is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care: 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite C104, Kennewick; 509-581-0647; Facebook;

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Northwest Paddleboarding to open shop in Richland Tours, rentals, sales, classes to be offered from new storefront near Howard Amon BY LAURA KOSTAD

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After three years of operating from the back of a van and tow trailer, Northwest Paddleboarding is opening a shop near Howard Amon Park in Richland. The new store will offer walk-up rentals and a wider range of equipment for sale. Krista Patterson, who owns the company with her mother, Cathie Hobson, said sales doubled from year two to year three and are expected to triple this year. And since the “ideal location” opened up by the park, Patterson said opening a store seemed like the next logical step. Northwest Paddleboarding is moving into a 400-square-foot space at 710 George Washington Way, Suite D, in Richland, next door to Fur Babies Bakery and Boutique. The space was vacated by Columbia Kayak Adventures.

Northwest Paddleboarding will open the new store in May with a grand opening planned from 4 to 6 p.m. June 1. Patterson said her business will benefit from having a dedicated space for equipment sales and a more convenient rental process. The shop will continue to sell the Glide brand that Northwest Paddleboarding uses for its rentals, in addition to stocking inflatable boards by Red Paddle, which Patterson called the “best inflatables on the market.” Featuring pressure up to 25 PSI, the boards are “amazingly rigid; you wouldn’t realize they’re inflatable if you weren’t told—they feel like a hard board,” Patterson said. She said selling inflatable paddleboards will make efficient use of the small shop’s space. Free demos on all boards prior to purchase will still be available. New tours and opportunities to get on

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the water also are coming this season. Patterson said one of the most popular tours Northwest Paddleboarding offers is in partnership with LU LU’s Craft Bar + Kitchen. The tour launches

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Brief background of your business: Visit Tri-Cities is one of the TriCities’ most significant drivers of economic development. Formed in 1969, we are a local nonprofit that aggressively promotes tourism to create a diverse economy for our region. Number of employees you oversee: 14 How did you land your current role? I believe my past successes as a leader, strategist, and marketer, and civic involvement all played a major role in landing my current position. The other half of the equation is my ability and interest in building relationships and fostering collaboration. I am new to my current role. I started on April 9, 2018.


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Michael Novakovich

President & CEO of Visit Tri-Cities

What’s your main goal for your organization this year? To develop a culture of innovation. My team at Visit Tri-Cities has the talent to be the industry thought leaders others look to in the Pacific Northwest. Innovation can be our competitive advantage. To achieve this, we need to make innovation a part of our everyday conversations and activities. This is the culture I am working to create and making this transition is my main goal for our organization this year.

economic impact. It is the fourth largest industry in the Tri-Cities. Tourism supports 6,150 jobs locally and enriches the quality of life for all of us. The purpose of Visit Tri-Cities is to bring visitors to our region for overnight stays, whereby they infuse money into our local economy through the purchase of hotel room nights, food, gas, groceries, retail sales, attractions and more. We do this by attracting conventions, sports tournaments and leisure travelers. The money that is introduced into our local economy through tourism creates a healthy climate for local businesses and it attracts new businesses we all can enjoy. Tourism provides revenues to our cities for infrastructure improvements like new parks and open spaces, better facilities, improved roads and funding for many other much needed services that you and I enjoy daily. Tourism impacts all of us in profound and often unrecognized ways.

Why should the Tri-Cities care about the tourism industry? Tourism is big business for our region, to the tune of $444 million in

What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position? Find yourself a mentor or two and lean into their knowledge, perspectives

and experiences. One of my mentors said the following when I asked if he would mentor me: “I’m happy to. You bring it to me, Michael. I’m not going to bring it to you.” This is what I tell new leaders regarding mentors: You bring the questions and drive the mentoring relationship. You bear the burden of making the relationship successful. Who are your mentors? Many individuals have provided mentoring moments for me. There are two I would like to recognize. Dave Lemak, PhD, was a college professor of mine, who unfortunately lost his life to cancer several years ago. Dave had a significant interest in seeing his students succeed. Even though Dave set the bar very high, he was in your corner. His teaching style has become a part of my leadership style — motivate, encourage and inspire. That was Dave (miss this guy). Tom Corley was an interim CEO I served under for six months. I’ll never forget sitting down with him for the first time. He looked at everything I had just done and the successes that were achieved and said,

Michael Novakovich

“It’s year two, Michael. What are you gonna do?” My first thought was, it may be the second calendar year, but I have only been here six months! The message I took away was this: I must continually be innovating to provide value for my organization. This is something I apply to the strategic endeavors I create and lead — continual innovation. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? The desire to serve others. As leaders, we must serve our investors and clients’ interests, or our organizations will cease to exist. The same holds true for staff. They can and will excel when we as leaders support and serve them by ensuring they have the resources they need and by developing a culture where they can thrive. I firmly believe success as a leader comes through service. uQ&A, Page 21

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Coeur d’Alene Resort completes $10 million in renovations Idaho resort attracts thousands of Tri-City visitors annually BY LAURA KOSTAD

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Guests visiting the lakefront Coeur d’Alene Resort are in for a treat this summer season, as the Idaho destination hotel recently completed a $10 million makeover of all 338 guest rooms and its conference center. “Our resort is in the midst of a wonderful renaissance,” said Todd Gillespie, director of sales and marketing for The Coeur d’Alene Resort. “The popularity of the resort continues to grow. We’re on pace for this year to be the best year ever … trending well ahead of 2018 for 2019.” Gillespie said the remodel is the first major renovation the resort, originally built in 1986, has received in about seven years. “We did the public spaces not long ago, then took a break, and now have jumped back in,” he said. “The property is in a continuous state of evolution; we’re always investing back into our products, always trying to stay on the cutting edge in the industry,” he said. Gillespie said the Tri-Cities has been a great friend of the resort since the property first opened, citing leisure getaways and group retreats as two of the major reasons Tri-Citians visit The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Tri-City guests reserve about 8,750 rooms there annually. “We would be comfortable saying as many as 10,000 (TriCitians stay) annually as many of these guests are with families,” Gillespie said. He also said the Tri-Cities accounts for up to 7 percent of all traffic to the resort’s website, with more than 4,000 prospective guests visiting the resort electronically each month. The hotel is about 170 miles northeast of the Tri-Cities. The independent luxury resort is owned

by Hagadone Corp.’s hospitality arm, which also operates three other hotels in Idaho. The extensive renovations have introduced to the resort’s accommodations the minimalist modern vibe currently trending in home and décor, featuring vibrant pops of color and abstract designs evoking the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. “Comfort, technology, and remaining true to what guests have come to love The Coeur d’Alene for — that’s what we focused on,” Gillespie said. Among the new amenities are larger HD televisions, new living space furniture, contemporary carpet, draperies and wall coverings, modern lighting and remodeled bathrooms with new tile, better lighting and new mirrors. “Each room will also feature a new work space, with modern technology, including faster WiFi, and more abundant and convenient plug-in options, including bedside charging stations,” said Danny Pettey, a marketing professional from the Sasquatch Agency, who works with The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Technology is also important, Gillespie said. “When we last renovated, (streaming) Netflix wasn’t invented and people weren’t traveling with their tablets, but now people can bring their entertainment with them,” he said. All mattresses, toppers, pillows, sheets, comforters and other bedding also were replaced. The renovation project was three years in the making, as The Coeur d’Alene tested new products and collected feedback from guests. Gillespie said there were initially a dozen different mattresses considered, with multiple consultants weighing in. It took

The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, recently completed a $10 million renovation of all 338 guest rooms and its conference center. Guests will find new, sleek, modern furnishings evoking the blue waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene in addition to updated amenities. (Courtesy The Coeur d’Alene Resort)

six months to settle on the perfect one. “An incredible amount of time and planning went into the design,” he said. “It speaks to the granular nature in which we approached this renovation.” Gillespie went on to say how the guest rooms, adjoining spaces and amenities were renovated with the 32,000-squarefoot conference, exhibit and meeting space in mind. “Our conference center is not the sexiest part of our resort but it is the real ‘work horse’ of the resort,” Pettey said. As Pettey explained, the renovated center features “new wall coverings that improve overall sound quality, and all-new

audiovisual and connectivity technology resulting in a faster, more user-friendly experience.” A $600,000 state-of-the-art illumination system was installed. Every seat also was replaced, new carpeting installed and the bathrooms were remodeled. Gillespie said next on the resort’s agenda is a project targeting the indoor pool and fitness center to “make it more comfortable for guests … and make it more accessible to guests with physical challenges.” The Coeur d’Alene Resort: 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 855703-4648;; Facebook; Instagram.


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Longtime glass artist opens gallery in downtown Benton City BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Few people can say their career took off by making unicorns. Paul Labrie credits the thousand or so sculpted glass unicorns he made while in college to help cover his school expenses until he began working full time as a glass artist. Today, his work is featured in galleries across the country. Labrie, 60, recently opened Labrie Glass Studios in downtown Benton City, providing customers an opportunity to see his gallery or blow their own glass. The studio held a grand opening in April. “People are surprised when they come into Benton City and they find a glass blower. I think they’re appreciative of the fact that there’s an artist in town,” he said. Labrie said he is ready for his first full season of wine tourism. The studio isn’t far from many of the popular wineries on Red Mountain. “Benton City isn’t really a destination; it’s more of an offshoot. People come here for the wines, so my studio is part of the opportunity to develop businesses that tie into that,” Labrie said. Labrie is the namesake of Labrie Glass Studios, on Ninth Street in a building rented from the Port of Benton. He has been a glass artist since the mid-70s, when he left college to pursue the art. His start in glass blowing came when he got a job out of high school in the shipping and packing department at a scientific glass-blowing shop in California that made chemical lab apparatuses, describing the items as “monster movie kind of stuff.” The company needed a worker to relocate to Texas, but none of the employees wanted to move. Labrie agreed to take the job if he could learn the glass-blowing trade, and 40 years later it remains his profession. Labrie has made numerous moves in the meantime, selling his handmade creations at art shows, in catalogs and through contracts with large companies like Merrill Lynch and FedEx. “A lot of my work is the whole corporate premium incentive awards. You know, the stuff you get and you put in the closet,” he joked. Labrie said his claim to fame was having one of his glass Merrill Lynch bulls appear in the company’s annual Super Bowl commercial. “They have the bulls running down Main Street and everything’s shaking and one of my pieces knocked off the shelf,” Labrie said. He hadn’t been notified ahead of time that his art was going to be featured and saw the commercial for the first time along with the rest of the viewers. “I had to call my mom, of course,” Labrie said. Labrie’s dry wit and humble nature is apparent as his studio was once called Blow Hard Glass. He meant it in a comedic way, but found customers took the name the wrong way, and so he now does business as Labrie Glass Studios. Humor is present in many of his pieces, and it’s evident Labrie doesn’t take himself too seriously. A lot of his glass designs feature animals or anthropomorphism,

Paul Labrie sculpts a glass octopus in his downtown Benton City studio, Labrie Glass Studios. The experienced artist recently opened the gallery and looks forward to the upcoming summer tourism seasons when people visit to taste wines at nearby Red Mountain wineries.

such as pigs that fly, artichokes as people or a piece called, “When Dragonflies go Bad,” which features a dragonfly that has stolen the pants of a glass man. “People laugh when they suddenly realize it’s anatomically correct,” Labrie said. Despite the creative pieces, lampworking for his wholesale line is what pays the bills. Lampworking is the kind of intricate sculpting work done with a torch instead of in an oven. Labrie ships out 90 percent of his work, which include a lot of Northwest-focused aquatic designs, like whales, seals and octopi.

He said about half his orders are for corporate customers. Labrie’s work is featured in 14 galleries around the country, including the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. His designs can also be found in catalogs like “Artful Home.” It’s a long way from Labrie’s early days, creating unicorns during the ’70s when glass as an art form was at its height. “Glass was appreciated much more than it is now. It doesn’t have the same cachet it used to have,” he said. “Back then, everything I made, I sold. So it was an income stream that I could use to easily


pay my bills.” Labrie said the popularity of glass was almost “too easy” and so he left college before finishing his oceanography degree. The first place Labrie sold his art was at a clothing store in Northern California, which let him set up a table and a torch in the middle of the lingerie section during Christmastime. Labrie laughed at the inherent liability risk it was to allow an open flame around flammable merchandise. “It was a different time,” he said. He also remembered how customers would stand and watch him for two hours straight, which is nearly unheard of today. “People don’t have that kind of attention span anymore,” he said. It takes about 15 minutes to create a small, handheld piece, like the unicorns, but can take hours for a larger, more sophisticated item. Customers who visit his Benton City studio for a glass-blowing class can expect to spend about an hour going over safety and creating a simple piece, like a paperweight, float or heart. “Glass blowing is the form that really captures people’s imagination,” Labrie said. Labrie previously ran a studio and gallery in Port Angeles. “Since we didn’t see the sun for eight years, we moved to the Tri-Cities, and now we haven’t seen the rain for eight years,” he said. uGLASS, Page 27

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Tri-City friends launch virtual pet store using cryptocurrencies TricitiesCrypto founder says new technology may change the world BY LAURA KOSTAD

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A group of Tri-City entrepreneurs hope to cash in on their new venture without traditional money. Their online virtual pet store allows customers to buy cartoon pets using digital currencies called cryptocurrencies. The crypto pets in the TricitiesCrypto store, called Tron Dogs, can be used as characters in an online game called Pet Planet, which will be renamed in the new mobile version releasing Aug. 8. “I bought the store with a group of friends from Budd’s Broiler,” said Jeff Ogryzek, who works at the Richland restaurant as a bartender. Most people don’t know anything about the world of cryptocurrencies and crypto pets, he said. But it’s becoming a popular recreational activity for gamers. In anticipation of the new mobile version of the game, creator Game. com made available 10,000 new crypto pet stores for public sale worldwide, at 30,000 TRX — one of the cryptocurrencies the site deals in — apiece, or $1,000. When Ogryzek bought his store, the value of TRX had dropped by about 25 percent, allowing him to snatch up a store

for about $600 before the currency’s value went back up. He split the cost into 20 shares, which are held between he and seven friends. Jeff Ogryzek During their first month in operation, Ogryzek and his team made a return of 10 percent (not including gains from currency value fluctuations) and sold more than 150 Tron Dogs priced at 200 TRX apiece, or about $14. “It’s a fun little camaraderie thing to talk about at work,” Ogryzek said. “It’s a paltry investment, but that’s the cryptocurrency world — that could be a huge investment in the future.” He noted that Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, started at about $100 per share, and now hovers around $8,000 per share nine years after its inception. The first crypto pets, CryptoKitties, turned out to be lucrative investments for some of their owners with some selling for more than $100,000. Ogryzek said many routinely sell in the tens of thousands. Another popular crypto game, Etherbots, involves collecting parts to assem-

ble robots which can be battled within the game. Ogryzek said he and his son play together and some parts sell for the equivalent of thousands of dollars. “I got into it because I work with younger people and the cryptocurrency market is going to be a wonderful investment tool and an important part of the investment world for everybody. Crypto pets are just a way to get people excited about it — to help younger people get involved and not get left behind,” Ogryzek said. Ogryzek said there are a lot of great opportunities for investment in the new cryptocurrency frontier. “Every day there are more competitors; it remains to be seen who’s going to come out on top. No one knows what coins will lead the future,” he said. “We won’t see this again in our lifetime. Once the winners and losers are separated, then the market will stabilize and there won’t be as much fluctuation. But right now, you can make high profit margins.” But what is the allure of cryptocurrencies or crypto items like pets and robots? “The cool thing about using the technology for crypto collectibles is even though it’s not a physical thing, it’s more unique than a physical thing,” Ogryzek said. “It has its own DNA, in a way … a specific identity,” which, he added, has its implications in the “breeding” of crypto pets to create new unique creatures. The pets have a unique mathematical identifier and can change in future value based on rarity, unique features and new

Jeff Ogryzek and seven friends recently launched an online shop where customers can buy virtual pets like this one using digital currency. (Courtesy TricitiesCrypto)

traits that come from “breeding” them. Federal and state agencies have yet to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges, but it’s not stopping techies from using the technology. “We’re still far from using the (digital) currency on a daily basis,” Ogryzek said. “I’m hoping it is going to make the world a better place. This whole thing’s not going away. It’s not even about digital currency anymore — it’s a new technology. It’s going to change the world.” TricitiesCrypto: store/1869; Facebook.

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Couple combine their passions for new dance, martial arts school BY LAURA KOSTAD

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The Tri-Cities’ only flamenco, ballet and martial arts school is open for business and accepting new members. Find Your Center’s mission is to make dance and martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background. A Pasco retiree said she feels more graceful and balanced after taking ballet classes created just for senior citizens. “The ballet for seniors class on Friday afternoons is a great way for retired folks (to) keep their minds and bodies active and express themselves artistically,” said Kate Robins, who owns the studio with her husband, DeShawn Robins. Janet Tubito of Pasco said the class has been perfect for her. “Kate shares her expert ballet knowledge in a gentle, creative, respectful and fun way. This is my first dance class ever and I don’t feel at all like this is beyond my ability because Kate focuses on making ballet accessible,” she said. Tubito also tried the martial arts class called capoeira (pronounced “kapoo-ayrah”) during the drop-in “roda” class available to Find Your Center members on Saturdays. DeShawn, who teaches the class, said the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form was developed by African slaves in Brazil seeking freedom from their oppressors. Capoeira combines music, dance, acrobatics and fighting, which the slaves used to

express and defend themselves. “Before I met DeShawn I didn’t even know what capoeira was,” Tubito said. “And now I get to learn something new, again, with another caring teacher who is an expert at what he does.” DeShawn discovered capoeira as a teenager growing up in Michigan. He took classes with his brother at the YMCA, training in the art form for eight years as he worked on his college coursework. Part way through graduate school, he felt the need to take a break from academics and his chosen career path to pursue his passion in martial arts. He moved in with master capoeira teacher, Gary Williams, who had recently come to Detroit. Under his tutelage, DeShawn embraced an intensive training schedule, practicing six hours per day. It was at a salsa dancing class that he met his future wife, who was rediscovering dance after several years of focusing on her academic studies. From a young age, Kate had participated in competitive ballet. During her teen years, she performed with a company in lead roles, but ultimately decided to pursue university coursework instead of a career as a professional ballerina. “I took dance classes at the University of Illinois and realized I could still enjoy ballet through teaching,” she said. The couple realized they could bring together everything they’d learned on their respective journeys by opening their own studio. “We found that despite the cultural

Kate Robins, right, instructs Kirsten Grace during the novice ballet class at Find Your Center. The new school in downtown Pasco aims to make dance and martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background.

distance between ballet and capoeira, we had essentially the same training in recognizing and striving for excellence. We knew the constant everyday work that it takes to center yourself, lose your center and find it again,” Kate said. In addition to ballet and capoeira for all levels and ages, the new school offers lessons in flamenco, sevillanas, capo-ballet and conditioning. “We decided we wanted our own place in spring 2015,” DeShawn said. “We were both kind of stressed in our work environments. It caused us to rethink things and prioritize, and we decided to start something new. We didn’t really doubt it; we

knew we wouldn’t give up until we got the studio open, and here we are.” Kate said they were attracted to Pasco and the greater Tri-City area because of the region’s rapid growth and the opportunities opening up for new business owners. “It sounded like a good place to open a studio and raise a family,” she said. The couple contacted the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, and Executive Director Luke Hallowell recommended the 1,400-square-foot former “everything” store space in suite E at 411 W. Clark St. uSCHOOL, Page 30


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PADDLEBOARDING, From page 11 Similar tours are being organized for endpoints at Kimo’s Sports Bar & Brewpub in Richland and Cedars Restaurant and Lounge in Kennewick. Another new offering Northwest Paddleboarding has set up is called Community Paddles, which will be every Friday and one Wednesday per month. Patterson said the focus of the new event is to “get people who have boards to meet other people who do too,” and give people a reason to get out and use their equipment. It’s free to anyone with their own equipment, with full equipment rentals available at a reduced rate of $20 for two hours. Paddleboards typically can be rented for personal use at $49 for two hours.

Community Paddle will not be a tour, but rather will launch from various places. Patterson said this will introduce paddlers to less frequented launch points and provide “opportunities to go there and learn about them in a safe environment.” Community Paddle events will be open to participants ages 6 and older. A Community Paddle Facebook page also has been established to connect area paddlers. “Paddleboarding continues to grow in popularity as visitors seek fun and exciting ways to explore the Columbia River. This sport and leisure activity enhances the Tri-Cities’ position as a tourist destination of choice,” said Michael Novakovich, president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities. “Having local providers like Northwest Paddleboarding not only offer

Tourism & Recreation additional opportunities for visitors to take advantage of the Columbia River and enjoy our great weather, but also increases the quality of life for residents as well.” This summer, paddlers also will see a new face leading classes. Patterson is in the process of bringing additional instructors onto the team, freeing her up to develop new programs for the company. Since Northwest Paddleboarding’s inception in June 2015, Patterson has led almost all classes and handled the social media and marketing end of the business. Patterson said Northwest Paddleboarding’s hour-long classes are the bread and butter of the business. Current classes include Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding, or SUP, SUP

Yoga, and Moonlight Paddle for ages 12 and up. Classes cost $49 each. Northwest Paddleboarding also offers a SUP Kids class for youth ages 10 to 15, a SUP Safety class, as well as private lessons for individuals and groups. Through local company, Explore More Northwest, customers may take Northwest Paddleboarding’s boards on weekend camping trips. Ron Tucker of Kennewick, a Hanford tank farm manager with Washington River Protection Solutions, is a fan of the sport. “What’s so nice about our region is the water. I swim in the river and boat and bike around the river. Doing the SUP is another way to have fun in the river. It’s very relaxing,” he said. Tucker became interested in paddleboarding after participating in the free Yoga in the Park. After experiencing firsthand Patterson’s aptitude as an instructor, he signed up for the Introduction to SUP course. “I had never done paddleboarding in my life,” he said. “It can be a workout; just the balance of it can be challenging. It’s a fun, unique different thing to do.” Tucker said he has tried just about all of Northwest Paddleboarding’s classes and tours, and has recommended SUP to many of his active friends. He said this summer he plans to give the only class he hasn’t tried—SUP yoga—a go. “With Krista, she just seems to be really involved with the community too, not just her own business. I’m super impressed by someone as young as I know she is to do all that. I certainly support what she’s trying to do and think she’s going to be successful,” Tucker said. Northwest Paddleboarding will continue to offer rental drop-off service and group lessons at private homes for parties and other events. Patterson said one of her latest marketing campaigns aimed at diversifying the company’s business is to present paddleboarding to local companies as a valuable teambuilding experience or customer appreciation tool. “It’s so good for people to get out of the office,” she said. “Getting to know coworkers in a different fashion tends to boost morale.” Part of what inspired Patterson to explore this new outreach effort was figuring out how to get her boards on the water more often. She said weekends and evenings bring in a lot of business, but midday is slow while people are at work. Having hired an additional instructor, Patterson said she looks forward to having more time to identify more opportunities for expansion, translating to dollars that will help pay the lease on the new store during the off-season. Patterson remains optimistic though, and said that based on the business plan she and Hobson established three years ago, “So far, everything has happened and we’ve succeeded.” Northwest Paddleboarding: 710 George Washington Way, Suite D; 509378-1469; northwestpaddleboarding. com; Facebook; Instagram.

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Columbia Park train team seeks new home, volunteers

The J&S Dreamland Express, the colorful train that offers $1 rides at Kennewick’s Columbia Park on the weekends from May to September, is in need of a home and volunteers to help operate it. (Courtesy Dick Nordness) BY KRISTINA LORD

The colorful train that delights kids and adults on weekends in Columbia Park during the summer is in need of volunteers and a new home. Dick Nordness, chairman for the J&S Dreamland Express Committee, oversees the mighty but modest volunteer team which collects the tickets, drives the train and mans the caboose. “It’s perfect for retired people that are looking for something to do. We’re always looking for volunteers. When we operate the train during boat races, it’s the mode of transportation to the nearest gate. During that boat race weekend, we’re running 12 hours a day. We get a lot of people,” he said. The Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills operates the 90-foot J&S Dreamland Express. Nordness is a Kiwanian, along with about 40 others in the Horse Heaven Hills club. The train’s been operating since 2001 in the park. The Kiwanis club took it over in 2007. The $1 tickets sold to ride the train have added up over the years to raise $28,250 for scholarships for local students. Last year, the club collected more than $11,000 and recorded 935 volunteer hours for club members. It also reported 311 hours of volunteer service from those outside the club. In 2014, the club’s biggest year to date, more than $14,000 was raised toward the scholarship fund. The Kiwanians want to be able to continue to run and operate the train to seed the scholarship fund, but the train is in need of a home. The city condemned a building near Edison Street where it had been stored for about 10 years, Nordness said. “We had been reaching out to different organizations and the Port of Kennewick was kind enough to let us use an old airport building to store it during the winter,” he said. However, driving the train to the old Vista Field facility isn’t an ideal option

because it’s too far away. “That train is rather difficult to drive any real long distance. It’s almost impossible,” Nordness said, explaining it’s a slow process because the train’s top speed is 9 mph. It takes about an hour to get it there. “Because of the way the train was originally built, it wasn’t built for comfort. There’s no shock absorbers and it’s rough on the train,” Nordness said. The ideal storage would feature doors wide enough so the train can be driven inside. “Our long-range plans are we want to build at the park,” Nordness said. But for now, the train will be parked in the Edison Street maintenance yard. The club’s temporary solution is to figure out a way to use three storage containers by cutting them so the train can drive through. The idea is one of about five possibilities the club has been considering during the past three months. “The thing with storage containers is they are not cheap. Even with volunteer labor, it’s nearly $8,000 for all three of them,” Nordness said. He said if a business has a warehouse near the park, “we’d love to use that.”  “We’re actually looking at any possibility,” he said. Old airport baggage carts were transformed to make the train cars, with Lampson International of Kennewick helping to weld and put them together. The J&S Dreamland Express’ namesake is James Saunders, a Washington State Patrol trooper killed in the line of duty in 1999.  The train begins its regular weekend schedule the first weekend in May, though it ferried passengers during the annual kids fishing event on April 21. The season ends the last weekend in September. Train hours are from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 509-9482433 or email

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TOURISM & RECREATION Q&A, From page 12 What is the biggest challenge facing business owners/managers today? Staying ahead of the curve. We must innovate, or we will stagnate and become obsolete and ineffective. How do you keep your employees (or team members) motivated? It is a collaborative process I work on with the team, which involves identifying what is meaningful to them as individuals and collectively and then working to satisfy those needs. I am also working with my team to develop a culture of innovation. Our vision in part states, “To be an industry leader for destination marketing in the Pacific Northwest …” I am on a mission to achieve our vision and this will require significant innovation. How do you measure success in the workplace? We are in the business of bringing visitors to our community and the number of rooms booked is a significant key performance indicator, or KPI. Other KPIs include but are not limited to: realizing financial targets, sales goals, managing expenses and stakeholder engagement. Qualitative measures I use include employee engagement and satisfaction. Team contributions, productivity and retention are all quantitative outcomes of these qualitative measures. What do you consider your leadership style to be? Servant leadership, which begets transformational leadership. As I aspire to grow as a servant leader, my goal is to ensure the needs of those I am charged with leading are met. If a leader can provide for the needs of their team, they can motivate, inspire and achieve the unreasonable as they create positive change in their organization, which embodies transformational leadership. How do you balance work and life? Even when my schedule is tight, I always make time for my wife. We exercise together in the morning. We meet up for a walk along the river several days a week during the noon hour. Work life balance is a conscious effort

I engage in to be sure I have quality time with my wife and our two boxers, Marciano and Primo, whom we affectionately refer to as “the boys.” What’s your best time management strategy? Avoid sideshow distractions. There is always a pressing concern, an issue or a challenge. The question I ask myself is, am I the best person to deal with the pressing concern, is the issue my issue or is the challenge one I need to address and even if I do, is it a priority when looking at the global picture of the organization’s needs? Empowering a team by building trust and accountability into culture can alleviate some sideshow distractions. Delegation is also helpful for mitigating sideshow distractions as it keeps a leader’s focus on priorities while providing leadership opportunities for others. Best tip to relieve stress? Find something you are passionate about and take a deep dive into it to relieve stress. I play drums, which provides great stress relief and not just because it is physical. It’s mental, its creative, it provides a great escape and I’m passionate about music. Passionate pursuits breed positivity.

uPROMOTIONS • Franklin PUD power director, Holly Dohrman, has been promoted to assistant general manager. She has been with the PUD since 2015 and has more than 15 years in Holly Dohrman the electric utility industry. She has an associate’s in engineering and a bachelor’s in social science. • Northwest CPA Group PLLC, a certified public accounting firm in Richland, announced that Donald Persinger has been admitted as a partner of the firm. He practices in the tax services area and manages the technology needs of Northwest CPA Group PLLC. He also provides services related to financial statements, internal controls, business valuations and business consulting. His particular areas of expertise relate to agriculture, construction, professional services, trusts and estates. Alison Gebers has been promoted from manager to principal within


Northwest CPA. She manages the audit and accounting services. She also provides tax services, internal control analysis, and specializes in assisting nonprofit organizations. She has been with the firm since 2004. • Jake Stueckle will be the new principal at Pasco High School, replacing Raul Sital who is moving into a new role as the executive director of student achievement with the Pasco School District. Stueckle is an assistant principal at Pasco High, a position he has held for the past two years. He has spent the past 14 years working at PHS, serving as the dean of students for three years after starting his career as a special education teacher. • Vikki Fogelson will be the new principal at McLoughlin Middle School, replacing Dominique Dennis who has taken a new position with the Federal Way School District. Fogelson has 19 years of experience in education, serving most recently as an assistant principal in the Spokane School District. She has also served as a middle school special education and general education, reading, language arts, math, and history teacher for schools in Kennewick, Spokane, and the Saddleback Valley Unified school district in California.

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Kickboxing fitness gym to open this month in Kennewick BY JEFF MORROW

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Nicole Derryberry said she’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s just been a matter of finding the right business niche. And she thinks she’s found it with 9Round. She and her husband, Jeff, are opening the franchise this month at 321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite B, in Kennewick. “I want to help people change their low self-esteem,” Nicole said. “I know it takes baby steps, but that’s better than no steps.” 9Round uses the basic moves of kickboxing, whether it’s punching or kicking a bag, jumping rope drills or lifting kettlebells. Visitors move through nine training stations, with each station workout set for three minutes. A 30-second break between stations allows participants to quickly catch their breath. To get through all nine stations takes 30 minutes.

There are no classes. A person gets in line and waits their turn to start the circuit. There will always be at least one trainer on the floor, helping clients with wrapping their hands and getting their boxing gloves. The goal is for each person to finish three workouts a week. And with the way things are set up at 9Round with its constant change every three minutes, it allows flexibility for users. “Workouts change every day. And the workouts are designed for your own pace. It’s designed for all fitness levels,” Jeff said. It was Nicole’s sister, who lives in Seattle, who called to tell her about 9Round, knowing that Nicole was looking for some type of franchise to own. The Derryberrys started doing research on the company. Currently there are franchises in Spokane Valley, Portland and Seattle. “Seattle will have 15 of them by the end of the year,” Nicole said. The 9Round franchise has 667 locations in 13 countries.

Nicole Derryberry of Kennewick and her husband Jeff will open 9Round kickboxing gym this month. The new gym is on Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick.

The company is ranked 19th on’s fastest growing franchise list. “It’s one of the fastest-growing franchises there are,” Jeff said. “From a franchise investment perspective, it’s one of the more affordable ones out there.” To qualify, prospective franchise owners need $60,000 in net worth; $25,000 in liquid assets; and a 700-plus credit score. The total investment is $75,000 to $116,800 and financing is available. There’s a 10-year term on owning a franchise. Franchisees also need 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of retail space. The Derryberrys found that space across the street from Pizza Hut on Columbia Center Boulevard. The facility does not have a shower. “This is a high-traffic area,” she said. “There will be a lot of drive-by business.” The couple spent some time in November at the company’s headquarters in South Carolina. “We got to meet the owners,” Jeff said.

“We learned how 9Round came to be. We saw that their values kind of aligned with our values. We came back super excited, but it still required a leap of faith by us.” Nicole quickly interjected, “I was more willing to leap.” They got into the building in late February and have been working on it ever since. To get the word out, the couple have been using pre-opening promotions on Facebook and Instagram. Their mothers were the first two customers to join. “And my dad has been out to other businesses handing out fliers,” said Nicole, who will manage the business. There’s a $99 registration fee to join 9Round at a monthly rate of $119 a month. The gym is offering discounted rates for the first 100 charter members to sign up that includes free boxing gloves and hand wraps, according to its website. Customers will get their own heart rate monitor. u9 ROUND, Page 27

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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION Fiesta Mexican Restaurant to open Richland location Mother-son duo opened their first restaurant together 17 years ago


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The Tri-Cities soon will have a Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in each city, as the longtime owners prepare to open a third restaurant, this time in the Queensgate Drive shopping plaza. Isidro Ortiz owns the restaurants with his mother, Teresa Ortiz, having launched their first one in downtown Pasco in 2001. Since then, they have opened and closed a couple before settling on their largest site on Gage Boulevard in Kennewick, and on Road 68 in west Pasco. They hope the expansion will continue a tradition of offering “a nice, friendly atmosphere with an amazing staff,” said Isidro. The newest Fiesta will go in the former site of El Rancho Alegre, which operated a restaurant at the spot in Vintner Square across the parking lot from Target for a

decade before closing earlier this year. Isidro said he’s not concerned about customers thinking it’s the same restaurant with a new name. He believes he has established his own brand and people associate Fiesta with authentic food and excellent customer service. “I think that once they give us that opportunity, we’re going to be good,” he said. Isidro spent six years working in the hospitality industry, including working for Ritz-Carlton properties throughout the United States, before opening his first restaurant at age 21. He said this nationwide experience, especially as a banquet manager, taught him to deliver a high level of customer service. A Mexican immigrant who came to the U.S. as a toddler, Isidro said it was actually his mother’s dream to own a business and get out of the seasonal labor positions she had been used to working. He said her initial idea was to open a taco truck, but they bypassed that plan

Employees of Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Kennewick surround owner Isidro Ortiz, center, who is preparing to open his first restaurant in Richland, in the Queensgate Drive shopping plaza, across from Target.

and opened a restaurant instead. “I had nothing to lose. I had all this experience, and my mom had always wanted a restaurant, and until this day she has not stepped into the fields again. Now I’m her retirement and she doesn’t have to ever work again,” he said. Isidro employs a number of family members, including multiple sisters and

nephews. There are about 50 workers across the two current Fiesta locations and Isidro is looking for about 15 to 20 employees in the new restaurant. The hiring process is underway as he hopes to find “passionate cooks and customer-service oriented servers.” uFIESTA, Page 26


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Real Estate & Construction uPROMOTIONS • Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla has promoted Robert Campisi to head winemaker. He joined the winery in 2008 and has played a key role in winemaking and will help usher in the development of a new Robert Campisi series of wines from Dunham’s recently planted Kenny Hill estate vineyard.

uBOARDS • Sally Kim is the newest member to be elected to The Children’s Reading Foundation’s board of directors. Kim is the marketing director at Callisto Media and lives in San Francisco. She has a long career in publishing including marketing positions Sally Kim with Chronicle Books, Penguin Young Readers Group and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She is a member of the committee for the Great Group Read list and volunteers for the Women’s National Book Association. • Dr. Rusty Morris has joined the Benton County Law & Justice Council as the new chairwoman. The retired forensic pathologist has been a citizen member of the council for nine years. Morris also was instrumental in starting the Benton County Public Safety Tax proposal. She moved to the Tri-Cities in 2001. She has a bachelor’s in biology, a master’s in business, a doctor of medicine in pathology and a doctor of philosophy in forensic science. • Energy Northwest’s 27-member board of directors elected five inside directors and one outside director to each serve fouryear terms on the public power agency’s 11-member executive board. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization. All terms begin in June. Among its members, the board of directors elected the following utility commissioners to serve as inside directors: Terry Brewer, Grant County Public Utility District 2; Arie Callaghan, Grays Harbor County PUD 1; Linda Gott, Mason County PUD 3; Jack Janda, Mason County PUD 1; and Will Purser, Clallam County PUD. Selected from outside its membership, the Board of Directors re-elected William “Skip” Orser, a former chief operating officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority and a 30-year nuclear industry veteran, to serve as one of three outside directors. The board of directors has sole authority to authorize and terminate Energy Northwest projects. The executive board members includes five elected from the board of directors, three appointed by the board of directors from outside of Energy Northwest, and the remaining three appointed by the governor of Washington.

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Academy of Children’s Theatre kicks off theater renovation project BY JESSICA HOEFER

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The Academy of Children’s Theatre kicked off an expansion project this month to build a larger performance stage at its Richland headquarters at 213 Wellsian Way. Construction of the $1.5 million project will take place over the course of three years. This isn’t the first time ACT has undergone a transformation. Shortly after moving into a former storage warehouse building in 2004, ACT began renovating the space to add two classrooms and a black box theater that seats about 140 people. As programming grew, so did plans to expand the performance space. But Anne Spilman, interim executive director, said those plans took a backseat from 2008-11 as the economy stalled and capital funding slowed. “We’re only building as we have money, so we’re not taking out loans,” said Spilman, who has been involved with ACT since 1995 when she took the stage as Villager No. 2 in the performance of “A Christmas Carol.” “We have a pot of money, and we’re excited to renovate into a more usable space,” she said. This latest project will result in a multiuse theater with 300 seats and the first phase of construction, which began May 1, will include updating the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit and electrical system, as well as adding storage

space outside to free up inside space. “We identified summer is the best time for renovations,” Spilman said. “So we’ll try to build over the next three summers. Hopefully by the end of the third summer we’ll have a completed project.” MH Construction, based in Kennewick, will oversee the work. The second phase will include adding risers, a raised stage, sound booth and electrical components for the stage. In summer 2020, the final phase will be the finishing touches. “All of the fun, theater elements such as the curtains and spotlights and the projector screen that make it a theater,” Spilman said. “Those components range from $100,000 to $100 million—the options we have are wide. We are going to make the best educational theater we can, depending on how much money we raise (for that phase).” ACT hopes to raise money through naming opportunities, said Spilman, from the main building to specific rooms inside. A cornerstone of the campaign is marketing a $1,000 name-a-chair program. About 45 sponsored chairs have been sold. “We’ve already sold the naming opportunity for the light and sound booth,” she said, adding that it’s the perfect way for people in the community to leave a legacy. “It’ll be a great way to honor local people who love theater. We’re trying to help them be able to make a statement that, ‘Yes, this was important for the community.’ ” When construction is complete, the black box theater will remain but seating

A $1.5 million theater expansion project at the Academy of Children’s Theatre in Richland will transform the existing rear storage warehouse into a multi-use theater with 300 seats. (Courtesy ACT)

will be reduced from 140 to 99 since some of the building will be used to create the larger theater to accommodate shows that currently need to be performed off site. “Our fall show is a good example of this—a big musical. We do them at Richland High School,” she said, adding that many organizations in the art community are fortunate to work with the school district to use that space. “We are No. 7 out of 8 on a priority list, so we have to be patient and flexible. The school district works wonderfully with us, but there are a lot of requests over there. And a theater needs a lot of time to bring our equipment in, to practice. That takes a whole week at least.” It also costs about $8,000 to rent the school’s theater for a performance, and Spilman said once renovations are done to allow large performances to be done in

house, ACT would love to be able to direct that money into programming. “We can dictate our own schedule and we can get out of the way for other organizations so they can have an opportunity to rent the school’s theater,” she said. Along with a larger theater, ACT plans to add a green room, which is typically used in the evening for rehearsals but can be used in the daytime for classes. Many of ACT’s summer programs sell out, and these renovations will allow the organization to serve more young people. Spilman has fond memories of her time as a student at ACT, and although she didn’t study theater in college, she’s happy to be back working for an organization she loves. uACT, Page 26


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• Joe Jisa will be the new principal at Pasco’s Livingston Elementary, replacing Scott Raab who announced earlier this year that he would be leaving Livingston. Jisa has been the principal at Jason Lee Elementary in Richland since 2010. Before that, Jisa served as the principal at Christ the King School in Richland for three years. He also served as the dean of students at Jason Lee Elementary from 2004-07. • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has named Paul Tiranno market development manager for its Northwest community market. In this newly created role, he will help execute the firm’s growth initiative in Washington – including in the MidColumbia. He has more than 20 years of financial services experience.


FIESTA, From page 23 The remodel of the Queensgate location began in April and is targeted for completion in late May or early June. It will be the smallest of the three Fiesta sites, but will still include its signature salsa bar and tortilla station, as well as a tableside guacamole cart that the local chain has become known for. The Richland Fiesta also will offer a private banquet room, which has been a popular feature of its Kennewick location. Isidro said he hadn’t been looking to expand when this opportunity came available. “We thought, ‘It might not be a bad idea just to try,’ ” he said. He was comfortable with the current success that can sometimes include a

one-hour wait on popular days, like Cinco de Mayo, at the location on Gage that seats more than 300 people. Isidro said he was motivated to take on another restaurant because it wasn’t a large operation and he knew he could add it while keeping his efforts local, and not stretch his staff too thin, “We have a really good, positive vibe about the new place and we’re giving it that Fiesta touch,” he said. The new restaurant at 2731 Queensgate Drive in Richland will be the first to highlight catering in its exterior marquee, as catering accounts for about 20 percent of the company’s business. Other locations are at 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 130, in Kennewick and 5210 N. Road 68, Suite L, in Pasco.

ACT, From page 25 “It gave me an opportunity to practice critical thinking. What happens when someone forgets to come on stage? What do you do?” she said, recalling some of the experiences she gained from classes. “Also, the (improvisational) classes I took helped me with public speaking and adaptability.” ACT provides education programs themed around different theatrical and literary ideas to more than 3,000 students each year. Students learn everything from the basics of theater to the overall production of a live performance. For more information or to donate, visit or call 509-943-6027.


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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION GLASS, From page 15 He quietly kept studio space in Benton City for three years prior to opening the Ninth Street shop, but it wasn’t a retail business with a gallery. Having a location downtown “gives me an opportunity to mingle with people,” Labrie said. Running the retail side of his business has never been his passion, so Labrie had his three daughters selling his art beginning when they were as young as 5. Now, those daughters are grown up, yet one remains in the glass industry in the Seattle area, where there are fewer studios than the city once enjoyed. “That whole (Interstate) 5 corridor used to have more glass blowers per capita than any other place in the world. More than Murano, (Italy), or other locations known for glassblowing. There were hundreds of glass-

blowing studios, like mine, in the I-5 corridor because of Dale Chihuly and the Pilchuk Glass School, but it’s become more difficult for people to maintain the one-man glassblowing studio. It’s just that times change, so Benton City seemed like a good place,” he said. Labrie’s studio shares a building with Branches and Vines country store across from the former site of City Hall. For those looking to blow their own glass, a single item costs $85, with each additional item costing $55, which also counts toward pieces made by a group. Labrie Glass Studios: 713 Ninth St., Ste. B, Benton City; 509-362-4040; labrieglass. com. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Blow your own glass is by appointment.

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SCHOOL, From page 17 “We knew right away when we walked in that it was the right fit,” DeShawn said. After helping the building’s owner make improvements to the interior and exterior, Find Your Center opened in mid-January. “It’s going really well,” DeShawn said. “Slow but steady growth.” The couple said they’ve had several people take advantage of their $20 trial class offer, with eight becoming members and more considering membership. As Find Your Center works to establish itself, DeShawn continues his work as geographic information systems administrator for the city of Pasco, while Kate runs the studio. Eventually,


they both want to teach full time at the studio. In the meantime, while class sizes are small, students benefit from more oneon-one teaching. Kirsten Grace of Richland, a Pasco High School teacher in her 60s, said she started teaching herself ballet a year and a half ago. “But I had reached the limits of what I could learn from YouTube,” she said. Grace had been on the hunt for a studio to take classes but struggled to find any in the area that offered adult classes. Since joining Find Your Center’s novice ballet class, she said she’s improved a lot. “I couldn’t have gotten as far without Kate,” she said. Grace said the lower impact nature of ballet was a big plus, especially since

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Spokane-based construction company opens new Tri-City office BY JEFF MORROW

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Walker Construction Inc. may be a Spokane-based company but it’s done enough business over the years from Walla Walla to Yakima that it has opened an office in the Tri-Cities. The new office is at 2810 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. “We’ve been in our new office for at least 30 days,” said Jon Barter, director of the Affordable Housing Division for Walker Construction. Walker Construction has been in business for 33 years. Highlights of the company’s commercial work include several Spokane projects, including the renovation of the Macy’s store in downtown Spokane; remodeling the Riverfront Park Looff Carrousel building; renovating the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox; and some Spokane-area elementary schools. Walker Construction also has built Wahluke High School facilities in Mattawa. The company is no stranger to the Tri-Cities. It built the Bethel Church sports and recreation center in Richland, among other projects. “We’ve also built Delta High in Pasco, as well as an (Inland Northwest Bank) building in Kennewick,” said Frank Scoma, a project manager for Walker Construction. “So we have ties to the Tri-Cities. But the bulk of our work is housing.” Affordable housing, said Barter, makes up the majority of the company’s work in the Tri-Cities. “One of the things people don’t seem to talk about is the affordable housing projects we do in the Tri-Cities and up through the Yakima Valley,” said Barter, who called from a job site in Granger at another company project. “As far as affordable housing goes, we go back about six years here in the Tri-Cities,” Barter said. “And it’s been about 10 to 12 years for commercial projects here.” Affordable housing projects include clientele such as area housing authorities and the Washington Growers League. Projects include: • Three Rivers Village in Richland. Built for the American Baptist Homes of the West, the project was a renovation of a four-story building and 41 units of occupied senior housing. • Varney Court in Pasco is a new 38-unit community designed to provide quality affordable housing for agricultural families in Pasco and the surrounding areas. Built for the Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County, Varney Court has 24 two-bedroom units, 12 three-bedroom units and two four-bedroom units. • The 128-unit Walla Walla Family Homes, phases 1 and 2. The project was done for the Walla Walla Housing Authority. The 11 townhouse-style building were built for farmworkers. • Cosecha Court in Granger, built for the Yakima Housing Authority, for 75

farm and orchard workers and their families. • Glenn Acres Housing in Yakima, built for the Yakima Housing Authority. Walker Construction renovated 38 units of housing for senior citizens. • Toppenish Family Homes, built for the Yakima Housing Authority. These are 30 units of townhouse-style homes in eight buildings. • Yakima Family Homes, built for the Yakima Housing Authority. A renovation of 150 units spread across 46 buildings and 13 project sites. Walker Construction operates a small satellite office on First Avenue in Yakima because so many projects are at the west end of the Yakima Valley,

Scoma said. Barter, who has background as an active duty and reserve Marine sergeant, believes in Walker’s affordable housing mission. “By some estimates, about 13 percent of Washington state residents fall below the poverty line and their need for housing outstrips our regional inventory,” said Barter in a statement on the company’s website. “My team and I are proud to be able to come alongside affordable housing providers who are committed to responding to this housing crisis. “There’s nothing more satisfying than to go back and revisit some of our projects and see tenants taking pride in

where they live – or to hear the stories of people who have been positively impacted by having a safe, affordable home.” Scoma, who lives in the Tri-Cities, believes the Kennewick office is a step to improve an already great relationship with not only clients but subcontractors. “Our field hands have been with us for years,” Scoma said. “We have local (subcontractors) throughout the whole region. The new office was built to better serve our clients and also our base of subcontractors.” For more information, call Walker Construction at 509-535-3354.


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VISTA, From page 1 The port plans to put the project to bid in the fall “when the construction companies are hungry and they’re looking for that job to take them through the summer,” said Nick Kooiker, chief financial officer and auditor for the port. “You don’t want to bid things in the summer because most people are working, so we’re going to hit that second window.” That first phase will include what the port is calling “backbone infrastructure,” including the main street, a couple of the woonerfs, all utilities, landscaping, a water feature, street trees and lights. “That will enable the port to work with the private sector, and say, ‘Hey we’ve got some great parcels for residential,’ and ‘Hey, we’ve got some great parcels for mixed use,’ ” Kooiker said. The infrastructure included in the first phase is expected to cost between $5 million and $7 million. “When it shows what you get for the $5 million to $7 million, I’ve got to be honest, it’s bare bones,” said port Commissioner Thomas Moak. But Moak is encouraged by the next phase when the private sector starts to build up the streets. “That concept of ‘lean,’ the concept of government doing a small amount and then coming in with the private sector, I think it’s great that we’re living within our means,” he said. Kooiker expected the port to get a private bank loan of $5 million to cover the initial costs, with the goal of keeping the tax rate at 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.


Kooiker said the port is “determined not to increase that,” even though it has the ability to raise it to 44 centsper-$1,000. The port said it is has listened to public feedback in all aspects of the project, from design to financing, and the overriding message was: pay as you go. Moak insists there will be “no new taxes. We’re not leveraging your future.” The “pay as you go” approach will be critical for the second phase and beyond, and will allow the port to pay off the loan through land sales and leases, creating more cash to spend on development. Plans are included in the conceptual sketches rolled out by the port, and designed by Miami-based architecture firm DPZ, which specializes in the concept of new urbanism. Arntzen said the sketches of walkable streets lined with a bubbling canal, arts center, open pavilion space and retail have all “captured what the public has said through this multi-year process.” Peterson said, “the primary design element is not automotive-driven.” The port is looking to offer a solution to what it sees as the “missing middle” in the Tri-Cities — smaller homes and multi-unit apartments. The end result could include 1,100 residential units and nearly 250,000 square feet of commercial space. Port Commissioner Don Barnes said the proposal could resolve some of the community concerns outlined in a study by consultant Roger Brooks. “We lack an urban center, culture and the arts, and small businesses organic to

A conceptual drawing shows what the core of Vista Field could look like with a public park, fountain and the future Vista Arts Center. The 103-acre site, behind the Three Rivers Convention Center and the Toyota Center, is tucked between North Young and North Kellogg streets in Kennewick. It has remained undeveloped since the airport at Vista Field closed nearly five years ago. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

the Tri-Cities. I think that if Vista Field is done well, it will address all the major deficiencies addressed in the Roger Brooks study,” Barnes said. The Arts Center Task Force, a volunteer nonprofit, has committed to building an 800-seat multi-purpose performing arts center at Vista Field. The Vista Arts Center will be funded through donations and grants. Planners are excited about creating a “vibrant center of the Tri-Cities,” Moak said. He believes people will “expect vibrancy” if they choose to live at Vista Field to road test this new concept.

“The sidewalks don’t roll up at 5 o’clock when the stores close,” Peterson said. “You’ll be able to live, work and play all in one area to make better use of the spaces,” Barnes said. The project will be years in the making. It will be built in eight phases, from the center out, targeting no more than 20 acres in a single phase so it could take a long time to fully reach its potential. At full build-out, the project will bring in nearly $500 million in private investments. “I may not see the promised land. But it will be there for a lot of folks who are going to come after us,” Moak said. “We hope to be able, as a port, to shepherd one of the greatest developments in the history of the Tri-Cities.” The plans are to break ground on the first phase later this year with completion by July 2019. Moak invites the public to remain a vocal part of the planning the build-out process: “We need you to continue to hold us true to the vision, to continue to ask the tough questions, to make sure we have that livable, bikeable, walkable community of vibrancy that you’ve asked for.”

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Real Estate & Construction 3 EYED FISH, From page 1 3 Eyed Fish has since thrived in its south Richland location, hosting private events, live music and Meet the Maker nights that shine a spotlight on rotating winemakers. But Goulet said 3 Eyed Fish has been forced to have a more limited menu than she’d prefer to offer due to minimal kitchen and bar space. She expects to reveal new menu items when the restaurant reopens, including expanded American cuisine of what she describes as “craveable items” like burgers, pastas and additional craft cocktails. “We’ll still have an outstanding wine list,” Goulet said. “We’ll continue to feature lots of local wines.” The general manager for 3 Eyed Fish is also in the process of obtaining her level two certification as a sommelier. Set to be removed is a roll-up door that connects the indoor restaurant with ground level outdoor seating. Goulet said an open floor plan designed by Wave Design Group of Kennewick will keep the upstairs patio as a focal point. The remodel will include moving the front door and an overhaul of the interior décor. “It will still be a fairly modern look, but completely different,” Goulet said. “The restrooms will be nicer, and there will be more space in the bar and kitchen to service a busy weekend.” Space has been a challenge on weekends when the restaurant often didn’t have the room to offer a full menu to the number of people coming through the door. Goulet’s target market for 3 Eyed Fish continues to be the surrounding community.

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Richland’s 3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar at 1970 Keene Road is scheduled to reopen in mid-August “bigger and better” after completion of a $750,000 remodeling project. The restaurant’s owner scheduled the construction to coincide with the city’s plans to add two roundabouts to Queensgate Drive.

“I want it to be a neighborhood casual bar and kitchen where people would be very comfortable going,” she said. “We’ll have a great takeout menu and someone could sit and have a glass of wine before picking up food for their family.” Goulet promised the menu will continue to be “very much from scratch.” The building was gutted when demolition began in mid-April, with the entire remodel expected to last four months. The construction of two roundabouts on Queensgate Drive was originally set to begin in March, but the date was bumped to early May. It is now underway. There will be major traffic disruptions during the roadwork, which is scheduled to conclude at the end of August.

The work will result in one roundabout near the west entrance to Columbia Park Trail, and the other at the on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 182. An additional rightturn lane will be added on Keene Road westbound at the Queensgate intersection, which is close to 3 Eyed Fish. The seven employees from 3 Eyed Fish were offered temporary positions at LU LU during the south Richland restaurant’s closure. Some chose to relocate, while others opted to take the summer off and return when 3 Eyed Fish reopens. The $750,000 construction project is being completed by IBK Inc., a Richland company owned by Goulet’s husband, Brian, the same general contractor who built LU LU.

• Liz Schweighardt has been hired as the new administrative assistant for United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. She has a bachelor’s in education from Eastern Washington University. • Derek Robinson is the newest vice president and consultant for Community First Bank’s mortgage team. He has more than 18 Derek Robinson years in the business and is a Kennewick native. • Tom Fisher joined Community First Bank as senior vice president and chief lending officer in March. He has more than Tom Fisher 23 years of experience in the banking and finance industry.


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Buy local to support state’s asparagus renaissance BY MARILOU SHEA

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I’m still in mourning over the wrenching tale of what happened to our Washington asparagus industry. In the late 1980s, asparagus was a thriving industry in the fresh and processed markets with 32,000 acres of the green spears shooting up from the fertile soils in Franklin, Walla Walla and Adams counties and the Yakima Valley. Today, the processed market is miniscule and the fresh product market is a mere shadow at about 5,000 acres, or 14 percent of what it used to be. Two primary market factors contributed to the demise of the industry: Peru’s duty-free access to our processed market during the 1990s, which caused the collapse of the local processing industry from 2001-05 and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico’s lower cost of living, cheaper production costs and access to our fresh market hurt the U.S. fresh asparagus supply big time too. Alan Schreiber, executive director at the Washington Asparagus Commission, said the industry is still reeling. How do multi-generational farmers sustain an industry desperate for a rebound when market forces beyond their control have it out-numbered and out-regulated? One of those farmers is Jeff Muse, a third-generation asparagus farmer at Muse Family Farm Inc. He follows in the footsteps of both sets of grandparents and his parents, Doug and Cynthia Muse. No doubt about it, his maternal grandparents, Jack and Delma Williams were key leaders in our community and progressive farmers: Ag Hall of Famers and Jack is a former Franklin County commissioner. With 40 acres (and no mule), they were the first to establish a business relationship with Green Giant in 1966. His paternal grandparents, Rupert (Bill) and Flora Muse, put down roots in the Basin in 1970 with 20 acres of asparagus and secured an enviable contract with Green Giant’s chief competitor, Del Monte. Since then and under Doug and Jeff’s oversight, the family farm north of Pasco has grown to more than 150 acres of asparagus. The farm is a mid-large size producer primarily for the fresh market. The Yakima Valley is home to about two-thirds of asparagus growers who produce one third of the state’s crop. The Columbia Basin is just the opposite with a third of the growers delivering two-thirds of the asparagus yield. Many local growers sell to a distributor like Gourmet Trading Co. or to L&F

Farms in north Pasco, which bought the popular Foster’s label. In 2017, they got about 87 cents per pound of asparagus. The distributor washes, packages and bundles the asparagus, then sells it for about $1.70 a pound. Some consumers lament that asparagus, despite its taste appeal and nutrient content, is so expensive. The reason? The intense labor Marilou Shea required to delivFood Truck er those plump Academy spears to your table. It’s a delicate crop and one of the few crops still cut by hand — every single spear is cut by human laborers. Jeff Muse thinks the industry is on the verge of a renaissance. Its future will depend on alternative sources of labor and/or advancements in harvest technology, he said. Today, many asparagus growers like Muse favor seed planting over the hand planting as it’s less time consuming and less expensive. That’s a start in the right direction to lower production costs for our growers. Did you know that since 2015, during the height of our domestic season (April through June), Mexico has imported more than double the amount of asparagus into the U.S. than our growers can produce? That’s twice the size of our output but the spears are not nearly as pretty — they are slim, like pencil grass, Schreiber said. I can understand friends who buy Mexico asparagus in November and December, but during our high season? Schreiber said the imported quality is clearly inferior to our local growers’ asparagus and yet the consumer can’t resist it because it’s cheaper. Washington asparagus is better looking, better tasting, has unsurpassed quality and is safe. The next time you check out asparagus at the grocery store, look for and buy locally-grown Washington asparagus. It’s a lot fresher than anything imported. And most importantly, it supports our local asparagus growers who deliver a mighty good product at a fair price. What’s not to love? Food Love columnist Marilou Shea is adjunct faculty for Columbia Basin College’s hospitality program and Food Truck Academy, as well as the creator of Food Truck Fridays.

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Women in crisis to benefit from spring purge campaign BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Your spring cleaning could result in more than just a pared down closet — it could benefit women in crisis. Emerald Studios owner Faith Hovde is holding a campaign called Purge For a Purpose to encourage women to donate clothes and accessories they no longer need, so that they can assist local women trying to rebuild their lives. “My business primarily serves women and I’ve always tried to come alongside women no matter where they are in life. I had it on my heart that I wanted to do something,” Hovde said. Hovde is working with the Tri-Cities Dream Center, a faith-based organization and a network partner of the L.A. Dream Center, which focuses on serving others. The group’s latest outreach program is called Soul Sisters and its focus is on helping women who may have been sex trafficked, involved in prostitution or escaped domestic violence. Often, these women are freed from their situation with only the clothes on their back. “They don’t just want to give them clothes and send them on their way, but come alongside them and really help them, empower them and build their confidence,” Hovde said. “The end goal is to get them back in the job market.” Hovde is assisting that effort through the Purge For a Purpose donation drive she’s holding at her Kennewick photography studio, where she works as both a photographer and wardrobe stylist. She’s created a series of videos posted online that help walk women through the process of purging strategically. “It’s not just, ‘Clean out all your things from the 1980s.’ There’s a purpose behind it and a purpose for it. Sometimes I think we hold onto those pieces because we actu-

ally do love them, but I think being able to say, ‘I love this, but it doesn’t serve me anymore,’ so it can serve someone else, and it may serve her very well in a life-changing way.” The videos provide guidance and suggestions on how women can free themselves of some of the clothing and accessories that might not just be hanging in a closet, but might actually be holding someone back from their full potential. “I want to help them align their image with their strengths,” Hovde said. “I want to help women define their God-given beauty and to just embrace that. I think a lot of times we’re comparing ourselves to each other instead of letting women celebrate who they are, being unique and letting that shine through.” She’s encouraging women to target three items a week, keeping it “small and manageable” as they slowly build confidence to get rid of more things they don’t need. Hovde pointed to national statistics that say most women spend 16 minutes a day deciding what to wear and then only end up using a fifth of the clothes they own. The Purge For a Purpose effort is looking for clothes described as “clean, nice and functional.” There is no restriction on the style; donations ranging from casual to formal will be accepted. In just the first few weeks of the drive, Hovde received donations that filled a half dozen garbage bags. The clothes will go to Soul Sisters, Dream Center’s outreach program launched this spring that was designed for women, and run by women. Its goal is “to support women who are beautiful, but can’t see it yet.” As part of Hovde’s ongoing effort to inspire women to lift each other up, she is also giving away a style makeover/closet audit to a single winner. An audit includes a home visit to weed out clothes that no longer fit, or no longer

Emerald Studios owner Faith Hovde is collecting donated clothes and accessories to donate to the Tri-Cities Dream Center’s Soul Sisters program to help women in crisis through the end of May. Emerald Studios is at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B170, in Kennewick

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Kennewick financial planner ventures into independent practice BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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A tool designed to protect a climber from a fall or ascend a mountain faster is the inspiration behind the name of a new independent practice headed up by a Kennewick financial planner. Named Piton Wealth for the mountaineering tool known as a piton, founder and Chief Executive Officer Michelle Clary likes to compare people’s financial path to climbing a mountain. “The success or failure of your journey depends not only on your progress, but also how well you plan and prepare for the climb ahead,” she said. Clary, 42, has been a wealth advisor for Thrivent Financial for 17 years and her practice was one of six nationwide to be chosen as an independent practice, with the other five in much larger communities. Thrivent is a national company based in Minneapolis. By branching off, Clary will be able to create a succession plan for her business and is able to market it on the local level, instead of using branding provided by corporate leadership to all its practices nationwide. Clary said she believes her practice is set

apart from other financial planners in the TriCities in that she focuses on comprehensive planning versus managing dollars. She said the level Michelle Clary to which the company partners with other professionals provides a unique service to her clients. Clary has trademarked a process she calls The Navigated Journey, with four phases of planning: discover, design, realize and achieve. Clary said the mountaineering inspiration “just worked well in defining the process. We have very engaged, intentional clients who ask us to get to know their needs and then work alongside them in the journey to their goal, as defined by them.” The six Piton Wealth team members are physically active and many enjoy hiking, though none have used a piton on a mountain. “We’ll get there,” Clary promised. The employees recently spent time learning the ropes at an indoor rock-climbing wall as a team-building exercise. Thrivent Financial is unique in that it is

Piton Wealth employees recently spent time learning the ropes at an indoor rock-climbing wall as a team-building exercise. Piton Wealth’s founder and CEO Michelle Clary was selected by Thrivent Financial to join the nationwide company’s new network of independent practices. (Courtesy Piton Wealth)

a fraternal organization and exempt from corporate taxes. Clary said the money saved amounts to about $200 million a year on a nationwide basis, and about $200,000 a year for her local practice, which can then be directed elsewhere. “It’s like a charitable dividend every year called Thrivent Choice Dollars,” Clary said. “Clients will receive anywhere between $50 and $2,500 a year, based on their fraternal participation, that they can

direct or give to a charity.” Local nonprofits benefiting from these donations include Habitat for Humanity, Grace Clinic and Second Harvest. Clary’s team and clients also provide community service to these groups. Anyone can become a client of Piton Wealth, but to become a member of Thrivent Financial, it’s required to sign a simple faith statement. uPITON, Page 43

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Adjusting to a retirement mindset can be challenging BY SCOTT SARBER

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Many people come into our office to prepare for retirement. We talk about when they are anticipating retirement and what their goals are. We review assets, liabilities and current cash flow. Through our financial planning process, we estimate future net worth and future cash flow. We let them know if they are on track for retirement, or if they need to make adjustments to get on track. After the process, they are generally comfortable with the results, make recommended changes and leave knowing they have a plan.

As the retirement date gets closer, the feeling of stress and anxiety increases because of the decision to retire, or not. A 2015 study of retired baby boomers indicated 63 percent of respondents felt stressed about retirement leading up to the decision and 25 percent said they still feel stress after being retired for some time. Some clients have postponed the decision, even though they could meet their financial goals. Psychologically, it is a big step that cannot be taken lightly. After working hard to save for so long, it can be a mental challenge to think savings will stop once the employer turns off automatic payroll

deposits. In fact, the opposite occurs when spending commences from hard earned retirement accounts. An abrupt change from being an “accuScott Sarber mulator” to a Petersen Hastings “spender” is not something most people emotionally process before submitting their retirement paperwork. Seeing how distributions may reduce

retirement accounts, especially when investments decline in value, can be scary. We have found that it may take up to a year or two to fully adjust to the financial mindset of retirement. Business owners have an especially difficult time with retiring. The business owner may not have a succession plan to take over the business. The business may not have the enterprise value the owner had anticipated. Personal pride and other emotions tied to the business make the thought of retiring difficult. The business has been their baby. The employees and customers are their network, and if they left it all behind, they could lose a piece of their identity. Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and Charles Schwab are good examples of entrepreneurs who turned their companies over to others, only to take control again because of the strong emotional and financial ties to the company. The financial calculations for retirement can be fairly easy — to the qualified practitioner. As financial planners, we are adept at calculating cash flows, expected rates of return, impact from inflation and the present and future values of income streams. The math is the straightforward part of what we do. Helping people achieve their goals, actually deciding to leave the work force and processing the emotions of the transition are the real challenges. This entails discussing what retirement looks like well in advance, so when the time comes they are emotionally prepared. For business owners, it is talking about a succession plan and describing what life looks like if they are not involved in the day-to-day activities of the business. There are many succession strategies. I have seen owners walk away from the business and simply close the doors, hand it off to qualified employees, sell to publicly listed companies and everything in between. The important thing is to come up with a plan that aligns with personal and company values and start working toward it. The plan might change along the way, but at least there is a direction the efforts are heading. A successful strategy I have seen is when the business owner transfers ownership but continues to work for the company at an increasingly reduced rate. This slow-glide path seems to prepare business owners really well for the emotional transition to retirement. The reality is we are all getting older. A lot of time is spent on the financial aspects of retirement. I suggest spending some time preparing emotionally for retirement as well. A quick internet search for “psychology of retirement” will bring up many resources. Of course, talking to your trusted financial advisor about it will help as well. Scott Sarber is president of Petersen Hastings, a registered investment advisory firm in Kennewick.

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New nonprofit creates ‘village’ to enable elderly to remain home longer BY KRISTINA LORD

Beck Royer admitted she was pretty picky about who would care for her aging mother in Kennewick. The Seattle woman, a physician’s assistant for 31 years, knew she found the right place with Tender Care Village. The new nonprofit, which was registered with the state a year ago, is part of a national network to help establish and manage communities wanting to offer aging-in-place initiatives called “villages.” It pairs seniors with volunteers. For an annual fee, village members can tap into a network of screened volunteers for non-medical assistance, like rides to the grocery store or doctor’s offices, light home maintenance, seasonal yard chores or companionship. “Whether you’re dying or getting older, the Tri-Cities needs something like this. A lot of people can’t pay $40 an hour to have someone come over. Mom was on a limited budget and this worked for us,” Royer said. Royer, 66, said the Tender Care Village allowed her mom, 94-year-old Phyllis Royer, to stay at home until her March 17 death. “I highly recommend it. If I was in town, I would be volunteering for them,” she said, explaining that her mother didn’t want to move or be placed in an assisted living facility. Royer’s wife Judi Fisher said Tender Care Village helped her mother-in-law get organized and find a way to enjoy a quality life at home despite the onset of dementia.  Village volunteers played cards with her, took her to Fred Meyer to buy organizational materials, helped with her meals and drove her to doctor’s appointments, Fisher said.

How it works

Tender Care Village, which is a member of the national Village to Village Network,

is an all-volunteer nonprofit. Its mission is to assist residents age 50 and over in the Tri-Cities and West Richland so they can stay at home as they age. Members pay a single annual fee of $192 per household for up to two adults for access to resources, non-medical services and social opportunities. For those who sign up in May, the cost is $150. Proceeds pay for the group’s insurance, a $400 annual membership to the national group, background checks for volunteers and office materials and other supplies. “We’re trying to keep costs as low as we can,” said Traci Wells of Kennewick, the director and president of the group. Seniors can request services with a onecall-does-it-all approach. And members soon will be able to log onto a computer to add requests for assistance. Screened volunteers can review their requests and choose a task that matches their abilities and interest—from changing a light bulb to providing a ride to the doctor. “It’s a neighbors-helping-neighbors approach,” Wells said. The village intends to fill the gaps, not duplicate, services already available in the Tri-Cities, Wells said. The group does not provide medical care, toileting assistance or wheelchair transfers. The village has been operating for the past six months with 15 members and about 15 volunteers. “It’s not a question of if you’re going to need it but when,” said Ron Hines of Kennewick, Wells’ father. He is a member and a volunteer. Initial interest in the group has occurred mostly by word of mouth, said Wells, who has been working to create the village for about two years. The 56-year-old worked with seniors diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s as a social worker for six years. She ran the village network idea by her

Traci Wells, center, director of Tender Care Village, said her family was instrumental in helping her launch a new nonprofit to help support seniors wanting to age in place in their homes. Her mother-in-law Patricia Wells, left, designed the group’s logo, and her mother Joan Hines, right, came up with the group’s name.

mother, Joan Hines, and mother-in-law, Patricia Wells, both of Kennewick. “They said it sounded cool. My mom came up with the name. My mother-in-law designed the logo. We went door to door in Kennewick and got a core group of people together,” Traci Wells said. From those 300 or so house visits, they recruited some dedicated volunteers, said Patricia Wells, her mother-in-law. “When you get older, you’re not as agile as you used to be,” Patricia Wells said. “It’s difficult to climb a ladder and replace a lightbulb. And you can’t lift like you used to.”

Wells said she’d like to have a ratio of one volunteer per member so there’s good coverage for service calls. “Volunteers are the heart of the organization. If we don’t have the volunteers, we will have to have a waiting list for new members,” Well said. The requirements to become a volunteer are to attend a two-hour training, complete a background check and fill out paperwork. After the training, volunteers can pick and choose what services they would like to provide on a weekly basis. uTENDER CARE, Page 42

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Pooled income donor program helps Kadlec address unmet health needs BY JESSICA HOEFER

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Four years ago, the Kadlec Foundation kicked off a new donor program called K-Life to allow people to make an investment in local health care while enjoying the tax savings benefits of a charitable trust. K-Life uses a pooled income fund with three major benefits: bypassing capital gains taxes, increased lifetime income and a partial income tax deduction. The tax benefits sound almost too good to be true, even to Kadlec Foundation’s Chief Development Officer Chris Garratt who remembered having similar doubts when he first heard about the program. “I thought, ‘What’s the catch?’ How can you make a donation, get the tax deduction, earn income for life and impact health care? But for the donor, it’s as simple as it gets. This is as guaranteed as you can possibly find,” he said.  The catch is the law of numbers, Garratt said. Today, K-Life has 30 donors contributing to the program with $1.8 million in the pool.  To date, K-Life has distributed more than $1.6 million to Kadlec to pay for a variety of needed capital projects. “It becomes a source of capital for the hospital, and it’s very unique,” he said, adding that Kadlec is one of the few hospitals around with this program. “It’s a huge benefit to the Tri-Cities to have this.”

Here’s how it works: Kadlec Foundation sells all assets contributed to K-Life, adds the proceeds to other cash contributions and invests the money in a medical building leased to Kadlec, the Tri-City Regional Surgery Center building on Goethals Drive. Currently, rental income is distributed to donors at an annual amount of 6.2 percent of the initial gift. Kadlec’s share helps augment its nursing program or free mammography program, for instance. “K-Life helps eliminate the financial barriers that some women face when deciding whether they can get a mammography. There are some women who cannot afford to get it,” Garratt said. “Just in 2017, 376 women used this service—and several found very early stages of cancer.” Barbara Wood, a Kadlec volunteer and K-Life donor, lives by the saying, “Give your money while you’re living so you know where you’re giving.” To her, supporting local health care that directly affects her neighbors is a win-win. “As you get older, you like to have a source of income that is secure. To get 6 percent in this environment that is secure is not that easy,” she said. “And the hospital gets to use the money right away. The technical equipment may help you or us, the person that donates this, or their family in the future.” Garratt said it’s not uncommon for donors to have specific programs they like to support, oftentimes because of an

A patient in Don and Lori Watts Pediatric Center is taken to surgery in a wagon to make the experience a little less stressful. The wagon, as well as a big wheel for patients, was paid for through the Kadlec Foundation. (Courtesy Kadlec Foundation)

experience they went through. “If donors are only interested in donating through Kadlec to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), they can do that, even in the K-Life program, and that’s a really cool thing,” he said. K-Life funds can be directed by the donor or the money can go to the general account where the board will address any unmet health needs, Garratt said. “Foundations and charitable givings are becoming more and more of a necessity to fund our hospitals,” Garratt said. Dr. Ted Samsell, a K-Life donor and member of Kadlec’s Board of Trustees, said participating in K-Life by giving

securities is a way many people can donate more efficiently. “There are people who bought stocks a long time ago and have been sitting on them. They may not realize that there will be a heavy tax,” he said. “K-Life is a great way to get a tax benefit and feel good about directly making a difference in our community.” Donors must be older than 60 to qualify for the K-Life program with a minimum contribution of $10,000. There are three ways to give: cash, appreciated securities and marketable real estate. For more information, visit give/k-life or call 509-943-2661. 

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Most people in Washington state don’t need a living trust BY BEAU RUFF

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One of the most commonly fielded questions by estate planning attorneys is, “Do I need a trust?” But what most people mean by this question is, “Do I need a living trust?” The term “living trust” is interchangeable with “revocable living trust” and for purposes of this column, I will refer to it as RLT. Most people don’t need a RLT. In my estimation (and consistent with my informal poll), less than 5 percent of people need a RLT in Washington state. I conducted an admittedly non-scientific study of a few of the larger law firms in town. The following firms confirmed they had no attorney in their practice with an RLT: Brian Doyle, partner at Leavy Schultz Davis (local firm of eight attorneys); Mike Froehlich, partner of Miller Mertens Comfort (a five-lawyer firm): Jeremy Bishop, partner at Roach & Bishop (a seven-lawyer firm); and Ben Volmer of Powell & Gunter (a four-lawyer firm). Shea Meehan, managing member of Walker Heye Meehan & Eisinger (a local seven-lawyer firm), said only one attorney there uses a RLT for his estate plan. So, from my informal poll of 31 local attorneys, only one uses a RLT. But, my neighbor said I should have one. I read online I should have one. Some attorney gave me a free dinner and said I need one. What gives? What is the right answer? The two primary methods to pass property to your heirs are the will and the RLT. Most of us are familiar with wills. But, the RLT sounds so interesting, exotic and esoteric. The RLT is a separate entity. In a sense, it is like setting up your own corporation. The attorney drafts the shell (the trust),

and you transfer in all your assets. For example, you deed your house from Beau Ruff (individually) to Beau Ruff, Trustee of the Beau Ruff Trust dated Jan. 1, 2018. Now, Beau Ruff is not the owner of the house any longer, but Beau Ruff in his fiduciary capacity is the owner of the house. Additionally, the RLT dictates how the trust is administered during life and death. Largely, during life, you would have unfettered access to the trust and its assets just as you have access to your assets without the trust. Does the RLT offer advantages over will-based planning? For income tax purposes, the RLT is a grantor trust, meaning it is treated as if the trust didn’t exist at all. This means there is not a single income tax advantage. The Beau Ruff Trust doesn’t die like Beau Ruff eventually will. This means that the property in the RLT is not generally subject to the dreaded “probate.” People often fear this word. Most are not sure what probate is but want to avoid it at all costs. With a properly structured RLT, probate is avoided. But, in Washington, the probate process is much simpler and less expensive than other states. It is not a process to be feared. Further, the RLT is administered through a process called trust administration. Since about 2013, the administration of a RLT through the trust administration process is substantially similar to the probate process for a will. For most people, the perceived advantages of avoiding probate are not realized. The will is generally simpler to draft, less expensive and less complicated. And, to the extent the RLT is not properly “funded,” that is, all the assets must be properly titled in the name of the trust, then there is the possibility you would go through both trust administration and probate to properly administer the estate. There is no estate tax savings when comparing a RLT and a will, with associ-

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ated testamentary irrevocable trusts. There is no creditor protection for a RLT above and beyond that achieved with a will-based plan, with associated testamentary irrevocable

trusts. The will is public, meaning it is filed at the county courthouse upon death. The RLT is typically not filed at the courthouse. This “privacy” is typically of limited value. Most people do not venture to the courthouse to read wills. And, if someone does happen to read a will, it is usually bland. In some cases, with celebrities or politicians or sensitive bequests (“I give $1,000 a month to my son John Smith who is a meth addict, but only so long as he can pass a urinalysis exam to show he is clean of meth at the time of distribution”), the privacy might be important. Most people don’t find value in the priva-

cy proposition offered by trusts. So, the RLT costs more, it is more complicated to set up — the advantages so far seem small. Why would anyone set up a RLT? In my opinion, there is really one major factor that weighs in favor of the RLT: the amount and nature of real property owned outside the state of Washington. If there is a lot, consider the RLT. If there is not, you are probably just as well off with a willbased estate plan. But don’t confuse the RLT with other types of trusts like irrevocable trusts which can have real income tax, estate tax and creditor protection attributes that don’t exist in the revocable variety. Still, 95 percent of people do not need these trusts either. Also, note that other states’ laws are different and in other states you can achieve real creditor protection through a RLT and avoid expensive probate costs. Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a full-service independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick, where he focuses on assisting clients with comprehensive planning.

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Saving for the future just got easier for Washingtonians BY CATHY MACCAUL

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A new retirement savings initiative has launched in Washington. The Retirement Marketplace officially opened the nation’s first online savings portal in March, where businesses and individuals can comparison shop for low-cost, state-verified retirement savings plans. The Retirement Marketplace was created to help about 2 million Washingtonians who do not have access to retirement savings plans through their workplace. We know a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those who work for themselves or for small businesses. The Retirement Marketplace is easy to navigate and offers unique shopping pathways for businesses and individuals – including self-employed, part-time and temporary “gig” workers and people with traditional jobs. Studies show that workers with access to a retirement savings plan through work are 15 times more likely to save. More than 131,000 Washington businesses do not offer a savings vehicle for employees. Small businesses know the value of offering strong benefits, but many have been unable to provide retirement plans to their employees due to high costs and administrative burdens. With the new marketplace, small businesses can compete with benefit packages provided by larger employers, enabling them to hire and keep valued employees.  “The Retirement Marketplace, man-

aged by the Washington Department of Commerce, offers an efficient and no-cost way for employers to offer a retirement savings benefit to their employees. It’s easy to select a plan and employees can carry their savings from job to job, even if they move out of the state,” said Doug Shadel, AARP Washington state director. Plan portability is a boon, particularly for younger workers. Retirement plans can travel with a worker as he or she moves from one job to the next — even if their new job takes them out of state — providing the employee a level of financial security that wasn’t available in the past. Approved by the state Legislature in 2015, AARP Washington advocated strongly for this legislation as part of an AARP national initiative called “Work and Save,” which helps all workers grow retirement savings so they can be less reliant on public assistance in the future and live with purpose and dignity as they age. While it is best to start early when it comes to saving for retirement years, it is never too late to start. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey, about 31 percent of workers and 29 percent of retirees have less than $25,000 in savings and investments. The marketplace can help older workers play catch up prior to retirement. If a 55-year-old started saving now, they could add thousands of dollars to their retirement accounts in just 10 years. This savings cushion can help retirees delay claiming Social Security benefits

until full retirement age. What sets Washington’s savings initiative apart from other state-monitored plans? While the Retirement Marketplace is Cathy MacCaul targeted to small AARP Washington business owners, sole proprietors can set up an automatic savings contribution to a state-verified 401(k), IRA or Roth IRA plan. This is a great advantage for 61 percent of Washington workers who currently have to navigate a complex financial marketplace to save for the future. A daunting task considering many say day-to-day life gets in the way of saving for retirement.  In addition to helping businesses and individuals, providing employees with a simple way to save for retirement means fewer Americans will need to rely on public assistance later in life, which will save TENDER CARE, From page 39 “One week they may have time to provide a couple of services and the next week they may not sign up for any services. It is totally up to the volunteer which day and time they want to provide help each week. There are no assigned or designated times and days, each week is a new slate,” Wells said. The next three volunteer training and

taxpayer dollars. Each plan listed on the Retirement Marketplace meets strict criteria established by the state Legislature: • Must first be reviewed by officials at the Department of Financial Institutions and/or the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. • While employers do not pay fees, enrollees will never pay more than 1 percent in total annual administrative fees. • Must go through an annual renewal process to ensure the plan and provider remain in good standing. The site launched with five types of 401(k) plans offered by Saturna Trust Co., with no administrative fees charged to Washington employers who access the plans through the marketplace. The site also offers Roth and Traditional IRAs from Finhabits. To learn more about the Retirement Marketplace and find no- and low-cost plans, visit Cathy MacCaul is the advocacy director for AARP Washington.

orientation dates are from noon to 2 p.m. May 21; and 5 to 7 p.m. May 31. All sessions are at the Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick branch, 1620 S. Union St. and include food and refreshments. For more information, call 509-2900617, email tendercarevillage@gmail. com or visit

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The essential partnership to improve retirement readiness BY STEPHEN PALM

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Retirement planning is the process to prepare for the phase of life after employment income ends. There are several lifestyle items to consider. However, the primary issue is will there be sufficient assets and income to provide the desired income and lifestyle for the remainder of the retiree’s life. Research shows the earlier a person begins preparing for retirement and the more they contribute for this stage of life, the greater likelihood of a successful outcome. This column will address the important partnership between employer and employee to help employees improve their retirement readiness and outcome. Many recent surveys show that employees are not prepared, or “on-track” for retirement. In one survey of employers: • 68 percent agreed that most employees at their company could work until age 65 and still not save enough to meet their retirement income needs. • 74 percent concluded that most employees at their company did not know as much as they should about retirement. • 48 percent determined that their employees were not very involved in monitoring and managing their retirement savings. When it comes to generating wealth and preparing for retirement, some pursue entrepreneurship and others will invest in real estate. Each has pros and cons, and will better suit certain people. However, most people today rely on portfolio investments, such as retirement accounts and savings, to supplement Social Security during their retirement years. This was not PITON, From page 37 “It’s very generic,” Clary said. “It says, ‘I am a Christian seeking to live out my faith.’ ” Clary said this necessity is because members of a fraternal organization must be united by a common bond. For Thrivent, that bond is their Christian faith. Those clients who choose not to become members of Thrivent are given options of others they can broker through instead. Clary finds that many people are drawn to her practice, even if they don’t become members of Thrivent, because they appreciate the element of fraternalism. “It really gets in your heart,” she said. Piton Wealth opened a second practice in Walla Walla in January, coinciding with its independent designation, and also serves clients worldwide. Clary said she might consider future expansions to Spokane and Flathead, Montana, but right now believes “it’s critical to make haste slowly.” Clary’s practice shares a building with a corporate training and event facility, Sageland Center, where Piton Wealth holds educational events for clients. Clary sees herself as an important guide in helping people reach the summit, no matter what their financial goal may be. Piton Wealth: 11257 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 110, Kennewick; 509-5820570;

the case a few decades ago. In the past, retirement for many employees came in the form of a traditional company pension plan. It’s a great mechanism for those who stay with their career and employer for 25 to 30 years or longer. Some people can amass a large pension retirement income stream for the remainder of their life as they accumulate years of service and grow their income. With a company pension plan, the employer contributes to a pooled investment account for the eligible employees. An actuary determines the total amount needed in the pension fund for the employee’s future benefit. Each year the actuary will determine if it’s “fully-funded,” “over-funded” or “under-funded.” The employer hires a professional investment manager to oversee the account. The investment manager will understand the risk-return tradeoff and intricate details to avoid investment pitfalls. If the pension account becomes under-funded due to investment underperformance or insufficient contributions, it is the responsibility of the employer to contribute more to the fund to support the employee’s future retirement payments. The employer can contribute additional dollars all at once, or over a multi-year period. Having only been around since the 1980s, company-sponsored 401(k) plans and IRAs have grown to overtake pension plans. With this shift, responsibility and control also has shifted. Employees must be responsible to

review investment options, understand the risk and return opportunities of each investment option, and select the appropriate investments for their Stephen Palm time horizon; HFG Trust have a consistent savings plan throughout their life sufficient to accomplish their retirement goals; regularly review their “on-track” status; and make sure they will not outlive their investment account Unfortunately, recent surveys show a bleak outlook: • 21 percent were not contributing enough to get the full company match. • 26 percent had less than $1,000 saved for retirement, while 64 percent had less than $50,000 saved. • 36 percent of American adults older than 65 are completely dependent on Social Security for their income, while 27 percent were also able to rely on friends, relatives or charity. •80 percent of Americans between 30 and 54 believe they will not have enough saved for retirement. Even though the shift from pensions to 401(k) plans has taken place, employers should not take a hands-off approach to their employees’ financial well-being. Just as owners encourage their workers in other healthy living categories, employers

should encourage financial wellness. Here are suggestions for employers: • Review retirement plan features and make changes to improve employee participation and engagement. • Encourage employees to participate in the company 401(k) plan, maximize the full employer match initially and increase the deferral rate over time. • Review plan statistics such as average deferral and plan participation rates to determine the level of engagement. • Inspire employees to meet with a fiduciary financial advisor who will provide encouragement and recommendations that will be in the participant’s best interest. If an employee seeks the advice of a financial advisor (similar to an actuary for a pension) and determines their retirement is “under-funded,” they are able to reverse course and move toward being fully funded. The options for the employee are to decrease current spending and increase retirement contributions; delay the retirement date; or decrease the retirement income expectation. Despite the perceived shift of responsibility in retirement planning from employer pension to employee 401(k) plans, employers still play a critical role in helping their employees achieve long term financial and retirement success. The partnership between the two is very important and can result in long-term success with strong participation from both sides. Stephen Palm is a certified financial planner with HFG Trust in Kennewick.


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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • May 2018 uHONORS • Shae Frichette, co-owner of Frichette Winery in Benton City, is among eight female winemakers to be honored in the International Women in Wine Celebration Dinner and Cruise. Frichette’s rosé of merlot, Sashay, will be among the winemakers’ wines that will be featured in a multi-course dinner during the cruise. • Michelle Clary, a financial advisor with Piton Wealth in Kennewick, received the Voice in Philanthropy Award from InFaith Community Foundation for being among the company’s Michelle Clary financial representatives with the highest dollar amount given to charity via their clients. • Kennewick criminal attorney Keith Hilde has been named one of Two Years American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Washington for two years. • Kennewick attorney John Raekes has been named as a 2018 American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Washington. • Anneliese Johnson, financial advisor with Waddell & Reed in Kennewick, has been selected to attend the 2018 Waddell & Reed Circle of Champions conference for the top advisor affiliations with the company. Johnson joined Waddell & Reed in 2006. • New Traditions Homes, with an office in Pasco, received the 2018

Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. The U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency recognized the company in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award is given to those who show leadership and commitment to energy efficiency and the Energy Star program. • Matthew Riesenweber of Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick has been named the 26th best Matthew financial adviRiesenweber sor in Washington and among the top 1,200 financial advisors in the U.S. by Barron’s. Riesenweber has been providing financial services in the Tri-Cities since 2003. • John and Priscilla Cadwell of Cadwell Laboratories were given the Boy Scouts of America North Star Award. The award recognizes the couple’s more than 40 years of making significant contributions to youth in the community. They moved their medical equipment company to Kennewick from Seattle in 1979. While their five chilJohn and Priscilla dren were Cadwell young, they were involved in Boy Scouts, the Richland ParentTeacher Organization, the MidColumbia Science Fair and Christ the King’s Sausage Fest, among many others.



Energy Northwest’s executive board has named Brad Sawatzke as the agency’s chief executive officer. He has been acting as interim CEO since the departure of Mark Reddemann on March 30. “I am humbled and honored with this new opportunity,” Brad Sawatzke Sawatzke told the board on April 26. “We have a talented and capable team, and I’m very enthusiastic about the bright future facing us as a 100 percent clean generator of environmentally safe and affordable electricity.” As CEO, Sawatzke leads an organization of nearly 1,100 employees who help power the region through a variety of carbon-free resources, the most prominent of which is the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant. The plant near Richland provides about 10 percent of Washington’s electricity, or enough electricity to power a million homes. Energy Northwest’s executive board also appointed Grover Hettel as chief nuclear officer. Grover Hettel He previously served as vice president for operations. Replacing Hettel as operations vice president is Bob Schuetz, who also will continue in his role as Columbia Generating Station’s plant general manager pending selection of a new plant manager.

In an organizational change, the executive board moved the agency’s hydro, wind and solar operations, as well as new development and energy busiBob Schuetz ness services, under the leadership of Brent Ridge, who continues as vice president for corporate services. Before joining Energy Northwest in 2010, Sawatzke was the director of site operations at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Minnesota, Brent Ridge operated by Xcel Energy. He worked for Xcel Energy for nearly 29 years. Sawatzke holds a bachelor of science in applied physics from Winona State University and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He has also held a reactor operator and senior reactor operator license at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant, Monticello, Minnesota. He currently serves on the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties board of directors and its Community Solutions board; Northwest Public Power Association board of trustees; and is a member of the Columbia Basin College nuclear technology advisory board. “The executive board is extremely pleased with Brad’s acceptance to lead the agency,” said executive board chair Sid Morrison in a statement. “His passionate leadership and commitment to excellence is contagious, which is exactly what we were looking for.”


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Business Profile

Successful western wear store operates in four cities Caballero offers niché products like boots, hats, shirts and belts


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Carlos Roman knew when he was young he wanted to be an independent businessman. And the 1996 Othello High School graduate is well on his way. Roman, together with his father-in-law, Ambrocio Barajas, owns four Caballero Western Wear stores in four Eastern Washington cities, including his newest store at 515 W. Lewis St. in Pasco. That store opened in December 2016, and it might just be the most successful of Roman’s stores. “So far, after a full year, I’d say it’s been an 8 (on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most successful),” Roman said. “For 2018, I’m looking at what I could do better.” Luke Hallowell, the executive director of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, is already ecstatic at what Roman has accomplished. “That building has sat vacant for so many years,” Hallowell said. “At least five years, and it has been almost 10 years since the building had a business that was thriving. So it’s been a while. This guy has invested a sizable amount of money for upgrades. Any time that happens, you’re

excited when you’re in the development field.” About 14 years ago, Roman was looking for the right business idea. “I wanted to find a niché product tailored to your customers,” he said. “I look at it this way: we are all consumers. We need shelter, food, clothing and transportation.” He concentrated on the clothing option. “I know my clientele,” he said. “There are a lot of Hispanics in the area who came from small farms and towns in Mexico. They like to dress up for occasions, wearing hats and boots.” Roman does his research. He knows that someone from Guadalajara may have different tastes in clothing than someone from Monterey. And boots are a big thing. Caballero Western Wear offers more than 100 styles of boots made from different animals — ostrich, crocodile, lizard, elephant, shark, python, stingray, eel and a pirarucu fish, a large freshwater fish native to the Amazon River. Once customers decide on boots, Roman also can sell them a matching belt buckle, cowboy hat or sharp-looking shirt to go with a new pair of jeans. “I try to tie it all together,” he said. He’s been doing it for years.

Carlos Roman stands in front of boots and hats sold at his store, Caballero Western Wear, at 515 W. Lewis St. in downtown Pasco. Roman and his fatherin-law own and operate four western wear stores in Eastern Washington.

The first Caballero store was opened in 2004 in Wenatchee. In 2006, he and his father-in-law opened a store in Yakima. In 2013, a competitor in Sunnyside closed. So Caballero moved in and opened a store there. “Prices were so high in some of those other stores,” Roman said. “I heard there was just no good customer service. I felt we had good prices and customer service.” Roman employs nine employees for all four stores. Outside of work, Roman likes to spend time with family at get-togethers or watching movies.

But it is the work that inspires him. “The love for what I do moves me,” Roman said. “It’s about knowing your clientele, including different types of clients and ages. It’s giving the customer that great value. Giving them what they need at a competitive price.” And he plans to do it for many more years. “I see myself just growing this business over the next five, 10 years,” Roman said. “For 14 years I’ve been in this business. Within the next five years, for sure I see another store, possibly two. This will be my legacy.”

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West Richland company creates blades for Vietnam-era helicopters BY AUDRA DISTIFENO

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A Tri-City-area aviation enthusiast, raised by a father with a helicopter hobby, worked alongside his dad as a curious 12-year-old, often pedaling several miles on his bike to pick up parts for their projects. Fast forward to the end of February this year. Nick Hertelendy of West Richland attended the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo in Las Vegas to launch his creation – a prototype replacement blade and grip assembly for the Bell47, which many recognize as the “M*A*S*H” helicopter. “We (Hertelendy Research Associates) were contacted by the original equipment manufacturer to develop a new main rotor for the aircraft. They’re 20 feet long and sit on top of the machine. We’ve manufactured one set of prototypes,” he said. “If we get enough interest from the operators, we’ll move ahead with certification.” About 1,500 of the iconic helicopters are still operational worldwide, a few locally – just outside the Tri-Cities, a couple near Dayton and in Pendleton, Hertelendy said. In the late 1970s, Hertelendy and his late father bought a Scorpion 2 home-build helicopter kit. “The blades on it were atrocious. So dad, being an enterprising guy, said, ‘I can do better than that.’ And we built a new blade. A friend of the family, an operator, had mentioned they had a hard time getting parts. He said, ‘Don’t waste your time; build something for us because we need it,’ ” Hertelendy said. “We started with the intention of designing and building a set of blades for our own use on our own aircraft and ended up here,” he said. “It’s a hobby gone horribly wrong. We’ve been in production since 1996.” Hertelendy quit his day job as a mechanical engineer about six years ago and has been creating and building aircraft parts for the past six years. His dad dedicated years to the company, starting daily at 6 a.m. He died in 2015. The entire process for the Bell-47 replacement rotor blade — from planning stages to the complete build — took about four months. The most difficult part was building tooling to make extrusions. Extrusions are basically taking aluminum and having a die to shove it through, “like


The newest creation of HRA Inc. of West Richland is a rotor blade to replace aging parts on Bell-47 helicopters. Owner Nick Hertelendy has produced one set of prototypes and is contracted with manufacturer Scott’s-Bell 47 to sell the part. The prototype was introduced at a recent trade show in Las Vegas.

dough through a spaghetti maker,” Hertelendy said. “I create a drawing that shows what I want the finished product to look like. Then I contract with a company to manufacture that component,” he said. The aluminum spars are 222 inches long and straight when they first come out, but when finished, are twisted. Pockets with trim tabs are produced and held into place by clamps. “When it’s done, it looks like one cohesive piece but it’s actually lots of little pieces glued together,” Hertelendy said. The raw product is shipped to Scott’s-Bell and painted there. Hertelendy said the process is slow, partly due to a “tremendous amount of checks and balances. The quality assurance program requirements for aircraft parts are comparable to NQA1 (used in the nuclear industry) – very rigorous,” Hertelendy said. “These parts end up on commercial aircraft with passengers. They’re life-critical and non-redundant so you don’t want them to break,” he said. Hertelendy is in negotiations with two other companies interested in doing projects and is working on a joint venture with an Australian company for a Bell-206 tail rotor. “It used to be that we were producing products in competition with manufacturers,” Hertelendy said. “Now, we’re finding it easier to work with the manufacturers. I can design and build and let them market; they have the contacts. When the manufac-

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turer needs one (rotor blade), they’ll just call to order it from me.” It’s a streamlined process and one that makes it easier to focus on design and the building process, Hertelendy said. “Now I have four clients instead of hundreds to manage. Instead of splitting the pie and struggling, we all work together and it’s much easier for everybody,” Hertelendy said. The company’s largest current project is the replacement rotor blades for the Bell47. “These aircraft are primarily used for agricultural work and logging utility slingloads. A few are for private owners, but it’s primarily a working machine,” Hertelendy

said. Production of the helicopter ceased in 1974, with total production of about 1,600. “I am very honored to be able to contribute in sustaining the Bell 47 helicopter fleet for the next few decades. I know that the dwindling availability of main roto blades has caused some concern for operators in the last few years,” Hertelendy said. “With this program, already initiated with the design and manufacture of a prototype blade and grip assembly, I am extremely confident to enter the STC (supplemental type certificate) certification phase and to have blade and grip assemblies ready for delivery in a timeframe of two to three years from now.” The STC is designed to be fully compatible with the popular No-Bar-Kit, he said. Scott’s Helicopter Services is offering presale orders on Hertelendy’s creation, with a discounted price of $71,500 per set of blades and grips. “Through this aggressive presale, it is paramount to understand that we need to receive enough orders to hit our minimum numbers in order to justify certification and production cost,” said Scott Churchill, Scott’s-Bell owner and president. He urged all Bell 47 operators “to seriously consider placing an order for this presale because if the program doesn’t advance, replacement main rotor blades will simply no longer be available, which risks the future of this beautiful helicopter.” uHELICOPTER, Page 48

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uSCHOLARSHIP • The Hispanic Academic Achievers Program awarded $80,000 in scholarships this year, up from last year’s $60,000. Twenty-six scholarships were awarded April 27 during the ceremony. HAAP awards certificates to Hispanic students in grades 4 through 12 who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average. This year’s keynote speaker was Johnny Samaniego, a member of the 1987 track team depicted in the 2015 movie, “McFarland USA” with Kevin Costner.

uGRADUATIONS • Washington State University TriCities in Richland conferred 403 degrees during its May 5 commencement ceremony. Vicky Gordon, owner of Gordon

Estate Winery, presented the keynote address. Six students were selected to carry gonfalons, which are colorful banners that represent the colleges, based on their academic excellence. Those students include: Conner Eck, Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences; Dana Parmenter, Arts and Sciences; Mikayla Blosser, Business; Becky Rausch, Education; David Garcia, Engineering and Architecture; Haneen Al-wazani, Nursing.

uDONATION • The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo made a donation of $5,175 to cancer prevention efforts in the community as part of its Tough Enough To Wear Pink program. The money will be shared among

area hospital foundations to assist those in need in the battle against breast cancer. During the past 11 years, the fair has donated more than $158,000 to local programs to help uninsured women. Those dollars have enabled more than 1,500 people to receive free mammograms and cancer screenings, follow-up care and other forms of assistance.

uGRANT • A $150,000 grant awarded to Park Middle School in Kennewick will go toward improving math achievement at the school and better preparing students for the rigors of college. The school will use the three-year grant from College Spark Washington to pay for teacher training on state math standards and assistance

developing lesson plans and interventions for students.

uHONORS • Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland earned the highest grade possible for quality and safety by the Leapfrog Group, which recently announced spring 2018 scores. The bi-annual grading assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. Kadlec is one of 11 hospitals in the state of Washington to earn an A grade. Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla also earned an A. Trios Southridge Hospital and Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Kennewick received a C. • Shelley Kennedy, a Richland Edward Jones financial advisor, qualified for Edward Jones’ Financial Advisor Leaders Conference, which recognizes financial advisors who are among the leaders in the firm. The conference also providShelley Kennedy ed additional training to help serve more individual investors in advisors’ communities. She was among 800 financial advisors who qualified out of the firm’s 16,000 financial advisors in the U.S. and Canada. The conference was May 9-11 in St. Louis. • Farmers Exchange of Kennewick has earned the President’s Elite award from Toro. This annual award is presented to qualified Toro dealers in recognition of exceptional sales of residential lawn and landscape contractor equipment. HELICOPTER, From page 47 Hertelendy agreed. “The difficulty is they (Bell-47 rotor blades) haven’t been manufactured since the 1980s and are getting in short supply. Unfortunately, the technology to produce the original blades is cost-prohibitive,” Hertelendy said. Instead the new blades are built of carbon fiber and aluminum, which makes them “more efficient,” he said. The new composite main rotor blade and grip assembly, which is designed as a drop-in replacement for both the existing -21 and -23 blades and grips, will be offered as an SB47 owned STC for helicopters operating under the 2H1 and 2H3 Type Certificates, Churchill said. “Current projections show an increase in performance of about 10 percent over the existing blades by simply utilizing a proven NASA airfoil design,” Churchill said. The assembly is designed to have a 5,000-hour life limit with no overhaul scheduled during its life, providing a true direct operating cost of $14.30 an hour, he added. While attending the launch at the HAI event in Las Vegas, one of the largest civilian rotorcraft trade shows offered, Bell-47 operators were enthusiastic about the product, Hertelendy said. “We’ll see if the enthusiasm translates to deposits put in escrow,” Hertelendy said. Regardless, HRA’s innovation will continue at its West Richland headquarters.

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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 Sandra R. Shaw, 918 Empire Drive, Pasco. Jose T. Madrigal, Jr., PO Box 331, Mesa. Christopher A. and Kristiana L. Leveque, 2105 N. Steptoe, Kennewick. Selene G. Lopez-Sandoval, 421 Barth Ave., Richland. Yolanda Alfaro-Loredo, 3030 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Dawn M. Rua, 1808 Hopkins St., Pasco. Maraiah L. Tenpenny, 1617 S. Rainier St., Kennewick. Rhonda L. Stamper, 206 Crestwood Drive, Richland. Robert Cabrera, 818 Madrona Ave., Pasco. Mary Bauer, 505 Meadows Drive S., Richland. Jesus Alcaraz, 1711 W. Marie, Pasco. Sharon K. Kerbaugh, 1621 George Washington Way, Richland. John and Louise Wilson, 410 Basswood Ave., Richland. Alyssa Ralston, 6704 Yankee Drive, Pasco. Tommy and Chavon Avis, 401 S. Buntin, Kennewick.

Jacob J. Horton, 1408 Black Court, Richland. James R. Morris, 1609 Torbet, Richland. Paul and Felecia Clements, 5728 W. 11th Ave., Kennewick. Felix S. Reyes, 2103 W. Grand Rhonde Ave., Kennewick. Isidro Godinez-Guizar, 702 Anaconda Ave., Pasco. Michael J. Trunkhill, PO Box 1309, Richland. Thelma Rodriguez, 925 N. 26th Ave., Pasco. Victor and Esther Salcedo, 2713 Custer Court, Pasco. Carlos A. Vargas, 2021 Mahan Ave., Richland. Alex O. Parra and Francisca V. LealGuerrero, 3625 W. Ruby St., Pasco. Cindy Suarez, 219 N. Owen Ave., Pasco. Taleese R. Sickels, 402 E. Ninth Place, Kennewick. Jody A. Kennedy, PO Box 2435, Richland. Patricia Elkin, 7906 W. Deschutes Road, Kennewick. Phyllis Prothero, 1212 Fontana Court, Richland. Salvador and Yurico Hernandez, 916 W. Bonneville St., Pasco. Carol Y. Williams, 504 Cottonwood Drive, Richland. Edy and Olivia Centeno, 844 Madona Ave., Pasco. Shawna M. Andrews, 3131 W. Hood, Kennewick. Steve and Doris Knighten, 207207 E. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Timothy L. and Manna McIntosh, 612 S. Alder St., Kennewick. Jose L. and Esperanza Marmolejo, 714 S. Tacoma St., Kennewick. Richard S. Cloud, 1475 Larkspur Dr, Richland. Jose and Cecilla Yanez, PO Box 567, Prosser. Marie J. Danz, 1919 W. Opal St., Pasco. Tyler J. and Chelsea N. Dalton, 6015 Comiskey Drive, Pasco.

Shane A. Vacek, 6212 N. Road 68, Pasco. Roger Baker, 9202 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Jerald D. and Paul J. Anderson, 6626 Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco. Milca M. Ruiz, 118 Orchard Way, Richland. CHAPTER 13 Phyllis A. Mulkey, 461 Main Mast Ct, Richland. Mary A. Riley, 1112 N. Grant Place, Kennewick. Kolby Kirby, 1115 S. Keller Place, Kennewick. Miguel A. Mendoza, 127202 W. King Tull Road, Prosser. Tara L. Peck, 402 E. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Pedro Cuevas, 163501 W. Johnson Road, Prosser. Quinton L. and Deanna G. Hall, 5736 Gray St., West Richland. Pedro D. Hernandez, 1708 W. Hopkins St., Pasco. Robert L. Jordon, 9202 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Khale Hendricks, 308 Bell Ave., Benton City. Ben Pehan, PO Box 6485, Kennewick. Hernan and Sarah Tercero, 5817 Tyre Drive, Pasco.


Top property values listed start at $500,000 and have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

BENTON COUNTY 10505 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, 8,241-square-foot, commercial building on 1.65 acres. Price: $1,250,000. Buyer: Lux Property Management Corporation. Seller: John and Linda Monk. 2112 Harris Ave., Richland, 3,314-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $658,000.


Buyer: Ljijana and Nikola Tolic. Seller: Jeffrey and Susan Monahan. 5110 Hershey Lane, West Richland, 2,531-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $584,000. Buyer: Bradley and Meghan Barnes. Seller: Chadd and Janelle Bliss. 30703 S. 959 PRSE, Kennewick, 2,773-square-foot, single-family home on 2.5 acres. Price: $554,900. Buyer: Aaron and Rebecca Brenner. Seller: Bradley and Meghan Barnes. 531 Ferrara Lane, Richland, 0.57 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $660,600. Buyer: Scott and Jeannette Mason. Seller: Prodigy Homes. 3700 Eastlake Drive, West Richland, 3,343-square-foot, single-family home on 1.56 acres. Price: $583,900. Buyer: Correy and Sue Ellen Spooner. Seller: Lyle and Nona Diediker. 1155 Bridle Drive, Richland, 2,440-squarefoot, single-family home on 0.61 acres. Price: $565,000. Buyer: Benjamin Grogan and Christine Currie. Seller: Douglas Quesnell. 1412 W. 682 PR NW, Benton City, 2,341-square-foot, single-family home on 5 acres. Price: $578,000. Buyer: Debbie Sue Joseph. Seller: Charles and Linda Macrae. 83001 E. Sagebrush Road, Kennewick, 3,477-square-foot, single-family home on 0.84 acres. Price: $674,900. Buyer: Khari and Elise Wilder. Seller: Hammerstom Construction. 2647 Quarterhorse Way, Richland, 4,448-square-foot, single-family home on 1.24 acres. Price: $670,000. Buyer: Richard and Katrina Millikin. Seller: Thomas and Kathleen Trotta. 3327 Southlake Drive, West Richland, 3,766-square-foot, single-family home on 1 acre. Price: $525,000. Buyer: Ryan and Brandaige Hafen. Seller: Charles and Ginelle Gunzel.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 49 4316 Queen St., West Richland, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $550,000. Buyer: Joely Nye-Felt and Thatcher Felt. Seller: Varsity Development. 2610 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, 1,920-square-foot, commercial building. Price: $715,200. Buyer: SHS LLC. Seller: Christensen LLC. 13605 S. Maso PRSE, Kennewick, 2,602-square-foot, single-family home on 2.58 acre. Price: $519,900. Buyer: David and Susan Schubring. Seller: Patricia Lovell. 84106 E. Wallowa Road, Kennewick, 0.58 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $550,400. Buyer: Daniel and Janice Griner. Seller: Hammerstrom Construction. 650 Melissa St., Richland, 3,510-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $513,700. Buyer: Jason and Terri Lacher. Seller: New Tradition Homes. 32203 S. Clodfelter Road, Kennewick, 3,398-square-foot, single-family home on 15 acres. Price: $549,000. Buyer: Robert and Amber Perry. Seller: William Hutton III and Claire McCulloch. 1646 W. 52nd Ave., Kennewick, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $518,600. Buyer; Caji Jackson. Seller: Prodigy Homes. E. Badger Road, Kennewick, 16.78 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $690,000. Buyer: W McKay Construction. Seller: Victor and Marilyn Johnson. FRANKLIN COUNTY 6525 Sandy Ridge Road, Pasco, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $568,800. Buyer: Robert and Heather Callihan. Seller: Hammerstom Construction. 2715 St. Andrews Loop, Pasco, 8,000-square-foot commercial building on 0.68 acres. Price: $1,325,000. Buyer: R&R Investments. Seller: Janet Tippett Uhler. Undisclosed location, 38 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $1,470,000. Buyer: Ron and Tracy Asmus. Seller: Department of Natural Resources. 6626 Nocking Point Road, Pasco, 1 lot undeveloped land. Price: $523,200. Buyer:

Jennifer & Shane Smith. Seller: Alderbrook Investments. 4620 W. River Blvd., Pasco, 3,966-squarefoot, single-family home on 1.12 acres. Price: $650,000. Buyer: Justin & Sara White. Seller: Eva Swain.


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

BENTON CITY Port of Benton, 515 Ninth St., $97,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: W McKay Construction. Michael Atkinson, 713 Eighth St., $59,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Lexar Homes Tri-Cities. BENTON COUNTY Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, 239653 S. Canoe Ridge Road, $26,800 for mechanical. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Sandvik Special Metals, 235407 E. SR 397, $12,000 for a fire alarm system. Contractor: Cascade Fire Protection. Sprint, 50604 N. District Line Road, $5,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: North Sky Communication. Lamb Weston, 158695 S. SR 221, $2,293,400 for an agricultural building. Contractor: Teton West of Washington. FRANKLIN COUNTY Crown Castle, 1221 Cemetery Road, $10,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: Legacy Telecommunications. Othello Blueberry, 4041 Rangeview Road, $46,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: Pacific Mobile Structures. Yakima Valley Orchards, 567 Mclain Road, $7,600 for an accessory building. Contractor: Silverline Electric and Plumbing. KENNEWICK Kennewick School District, 5980 W. 12th

Ave., $4,500,000 for commercial remodel, $581,300 for a heat pump/HVAC and $219,600 for plumbing. Contractors: Chervenell Construction, Total Energy Management and BNB Mechanical. CIBB Properties, 5401 Ridgeline Drive, $10,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Bagley Landscape Construction. South Hill Plaza, 4303 W. 27th Ave., $30,000 for commercial remodel, $30,000 for plumbing and $8,000 for a sign. Contractors: owner, Columbia Basin Plumbing and Quality Signs. KB & G, 910 W. Seventh Place, $3,800,000 for new commercial construction, $299,700 for a heat pump/HVAC and $200,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Chervenell Construction, Bruce Heating & Air and Riggle Plumbing. Columbia Square Kennewick, 1220 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $6,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Cambridge Association, 3204 W. Third Place, $9,300 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing. Fiore Group, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., $5,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. PIK Properties, 2459 S. Union Place, $19,000 for tenant improvements, $10,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $5,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Don Pratt Construction, Chinook Heating & Air and Mullins Enterprises. Kennewick School District, 5980 W. 12th Ave., $6,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Columbia Square Kennewick, 1220 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $22,400 for demolition. Contractor: Columbia Property Maintenance. Columbia Everett, 507 N. Everett St., $13,900 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Welch Heating & A/C. PASCO Pasco School District, 2803 Road 88, $7,600 for accessory building. Contractor: owner. Port of Pasco, 1705 W. Argent Road, $5,840,900 for commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Pasco School District, 1315 N. Seventh Ave., $5,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Hogback Sandifur, 5710 Road 68, $477,900

for tenant improvements. Contractor: to be determined. Walmart, 4820 Road 68, $179,200 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Sletten Construction. Teton Gold, 5806 Industrial Way, $8,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Self Storage at Chapel Hill, 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd., $8,000 for a fire alarm system. Contactor: Advanced Protection Solutions. Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, 425 W. Lewis St., $5,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Port of Pasco, 4022 Stearman Ave., $19,500 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Gillespie Roofing. Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, 112 N. Second Ave., $8,000 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: ABC Fire Control. Tim Corwin Family Real Estate, 1226 N. Autoplex Way, $29,800 for tenant improvements. Contractor: LCR Construction. Tim Corwin Family Real Estate, 1225 N. Autoplex Way, $209,300 for tenant improvements. Contractor: LCR Construction. Vitruvius Development, 5804 Road 90, $19,700 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. Jeffery Tucksen, 9321 Sunset Trail, $13,600 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Benton Franklin CAC, 720 W. Court St., $7,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. Pasco Coke, 1225 Road 34, $6,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. RICHLAND 135 Reata, 127 Reata Road, $95,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Paramount Commercial. Framatome, 2025 Horn Rapids Road, $18,900 for commercial construction. Contractor: Fowler General Construction. Vandervert Development, 404 Bradley Blvd., #106, $115,700 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Western Equipment Sales. TSR Management Group, 135 Reata Road, $522,500 for new commercial construction. Contractor: CRF Metal Works. Lamb Weston, 2011 Saint St., $811,200 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Fisher Construction Group. Richland State Professional Building, 1653 Fowler St., $45,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: WCE General Contractors. Grigsby Properties, 599 Stevens Drive, $25,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Port of Benton, 2000 Logston Blvd., $13,100 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Port of Benton, 3190 George Washington Way, $13,100 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Port of Benton, 2952 George Washington Way, $13,100 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Port of Benton, 23345 Stevens Drive, $13,100 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Port of Benton, 2939 Richardson Road, $26,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Columbia Bank, 139 Gage Blvd., $39,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • May 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 50 WA Securities & Investments, 1034 Jadwin Ave., $5,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Port of Benton, 3250 Port of Benton Blvd., Suite A, $13,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Perfection Glass, 1238 Columbia Park Trail, $375,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Chervenell Construction. Goulet Properties, 1970 Keene Road, $500,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Inland Bank & Kitchen. Gesa Credit Union, 836 Stevens Drive, $20,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: General Dynamics Info Telecommunications. WEST RICHLAND Bush Living Trust, 3310 Kennedy Road, $85,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MH Construction. Bush Living Trust, 3320 Kennedy Road, $75,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: MH Construction. Benton Fire District 4, 2604 Bombing Range Road, $42,800 for a fire alarm system. Contractor: Redhawk Fire & Security.

uBUSINESS LICENSES KENNEWICK Wilbur-Ellis Company, 1141 N. Edison St. Mount’s Lock and Key, 415 W. First Ave. American Rock Products, 11919 Harris Road, Pasco. Liebler, Connor, Berry & St. Hilaire, P.S., 1141 N. Edison St., Suite C. Studio One Hair & Spa, 101 N. Union St., Suite 101. Hooks Crane Service, 2989 Kingsgate Way, Richland. Sletten Construction Company, 2720 S. Qullian St. Ea Engineering, Science and Technology, 8019 W. Quinault Ave., Suite 201. Ron White All American Arborist, 6217 W. First Ave. The Sygma Network, 13019 SE Jennifer St., Suite 400, Clackamas. Chinook Construction, 3280 Clark Court, West Richland. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, 1102 S. Grant St. BT & Sons Construction, 9020 W. Skagit Ave. Groovie Styles, 1920 W. Bonneville, Pasco. EM Precision, 1011 E. Main St., Suite 205B, Puyallup. Action Materials, 10710 S. Cheney Spokane

Road, Cheney. Dream Builders, 647 Big Sky Drive, Richland. American Auto Glass, 2114 W. Fifth Ave. HRG Construction, 1921 N. Road 33, Pasco. Ruan’s Garden, 3502 W. Fourth Ave. Between the Buns, 3902 W. Clearwater Ave. Interstate Restoration, 3200 E. Trent Ave., Suite 3C, Spokane. ALLcities Solar, 288 Wellsian Way, Richland. Perfect Touch House Cleaning, 13224 Third Place SW, Burien. Western Exterminator Company, 10905 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 2, Montgomery. SL Start and Associates Human Services, 7401 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 101. J&M Masonry and Construction, 902 S. Garfield St. First Choice Loan Center, 1360 N. Louisiana St., Suite A. All Climate Services, 2912 N. 65th Place, Pasco. Quality First Construction, 217308 E. Bowles Road. Sei Bella Photography, 123 E. 36th Place. De Pauw Brother’s, 719 S. Tacoma. AJW Construction, 2104 Highland Dr., Prosser. Imagine Behavior and Development Services, 7401 W. Grandridge Blvd. A Five Construction, 7028 N. Mohawk Ave., Portland, Oregon. Farabee Enterprises, 2404 Olympia St., Richland. Hop Jack’s, 4898 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Suite A. Badger Mountain Painting, 4616 W. Margaret St., Pasco. Mobile Income Tax, 417 W. First Ave. Saddle Mountain Homes, 3312 S. Quincy Pl. K and L Spray Service, 9100 Russell Rd, Mesa. Pro-X Professional Service, 2904 Sedona Circle, Richland. J&L Construction, 4326 S. Anderson Place. Magic Touch Janitorial Service, 1515 W. Seventh Ave. Tropical Dew, 131 S. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Adela S. Valencia Agency, 3104 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite D. Sunshine Cleaning Services, 3709 W. Opal Place, Pasco. Lighthouse Advanced Planning, 7131 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 102. Tri-Cities Furniture, 4432 W. Clearwater Ave. Built with Integrity Remodeling & Construction, 1602 W. 30th Ave. CLF Massage, 209 W. Kennewick Ave. Kdow Construction, 2969 Sawgrass Loop, Richland. Affordable Design Homes, 90105 Badger View Drive. Sumir Painting, 1920 W. Seventh Ave. Nuclear Care Partners, 214 Torbett St., Suite C, Richland. School of Chrome Guide Service, 9615


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Welsh Drive, Pasco. Crosspointe, 7803 W. Deschutes Ave. Renow Body Rehab, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 20, Richland. J and C Flooring, 5702 Roosevelt Ct, Pasco. Taylored Living Magazine, 1506 S. Taft St. Kjmacs Produce, 23211 S. Haney Road. Outreach Floors, 9811 Chelan Court, Pasco. Sunrise Dental of Kennewick, 8045 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite B. Apple-A-Day Type 2 Diabetes 2 Care, 2018 W. 10th Ave. The Everhart Company, 1800 W. 51st Ave. Palomera’s Siding, 203106 E. Bowles Road. Gage Massage, 8390 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 111. Family Home Care, 6855 W. Clearwater Ave. Penny’s Hair Design, 5215 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 4. CLM Construction, 425 N. River Road, Prosser. MGS Pasco, 6303 Burden Blvd., Suite E, Pasco. The Plug Barbershop, 524 N. Jean St. Blink of an Eye Healing, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B200. Vman Construction, 4508 W. Sixth Ave. Sunrich Construction, 8524 W. Gage Blvd. SDH Investments One, 504 W. 45th Ave. Mr. Mobile Auto Repair, 8311 Lummi Dr, Pasco. Apricot Construction and Design, 4106 W. Marie St., Pasco. Homeworx Construction, 10251 Ridgeline Dr. Cima Services, 190 Frontier Dr., Pasco. Lozas Concrete, 616 N. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Tri-City Piece O’ Cake, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. American Centro Trans, 747 E. Fifth Ave. Ez Trade, 3019 Duportail St., Suite 180, Richland. Kaydean Services, 1212 W. 10th Ave. Rue21 Store #1428, 6807 W. Canal Drive, Suite E. Stacks Mobile Bistro, 5718 W. Clearwater Ave. Mother Earth Mowing, 2620 S. Everett Place. H3Puc, 4309 W. 27th, Building C, suite 104. Just Sports, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Madison Heights Properties, 4920 W. 24th Pl. Dg Mobile Car Wash, 4518 W. Marie St., Pasco. Columbia Kayak Adventures, 405 W. 48th Ave. Integrity Enterprise, 1128 N. Arthur St. Alpha Altruist, 5501 W. 20th Ave. Wissman Exteriors, 1814 W. 11th Ave. TNC Construction, 4607 S. Hartford St.

TidalWavePowerWash, 9120 W. Yellowstone Ave. J’s Barber Shop, 6515 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 248. Pending Inspection, Home Inspection Service, 6406 W. 15th Ave. Mendoza’s General Contractor, 804 S. Morain St. Heavenly Lawn Care, 3637 W. Agate St., Pasco. JSH Ventures, 507 N. Louisiana St. Freedom Lawn Care, 192205 E. 247 PRSE. Fitzgerald’s Fine Arts, 6113 W. 9th Ave. Red Fades, 8236 W. Gage Blvd., Suite B. A&A Construction Company, 1615 W. 25th Pl. Jabezco, 816 S. Neel Court. Wit and Whittle, 402 Kennewick Ave. H&M Photography, 10298 W. 19th Place. Los Guzman’s Services, 461 Jake Rd, Pasco. Robison Construction & Remodeling, 603 S. Arthur Place. Aalliam, 2633 Quarterhorse Way, Richland. Cozumel Mexican Cuisine, 3801 S. Zintel Way, Suite A110. KMD Media, 9049 W. Deschutes Drive. Daysia Health, 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A101. A&M Carpet & More, 1019 S. Sixth Ave., Pasco. Wright Engineering, 4003 S. Anderson St. Columbia Valley Winery Services, 1712 S. Arthur St. Desert Vibez IT Services, 82904 Summit View Drive. Road 36 JV, 512 W. Canyon Lakes Drive. Targeted Editing Services, 3813 W. 46th Ave. B&H Transport, 2510 W. Seventh Ave. Burlesque Co., 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. Rooly Designs, 1305 N. Williams St. Valiant General Contracting, 700 N. Road 32, Pasco. The Detail King, 15 N. Jefferson St. Afforadable Handyman, 1832 W. Henry St., Pasco. Corriell Appliance, 311 S. Roosevelt St. Simpson Life, 1127 Broadway, Suite 10, Tacoma. DV Handyman Services, 1930 Benson Ave., Prosser. Core Value Properties, 2307 W. 29th Ave.


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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 51 M&R Cleaning Services, 2105 N. Steptoe St.

Anchored Consulting & Coaching, 2075 34th St., Washougal. Roy’s Rustic Designs, 1305 W. 43rd Court. Carebear Cleaner, 1212 W. 10th Ave. Buxton Painting, 1428 S. Gum St. Beauty by Natalie, 10121 W. Clearwater Ave. FCI Garden, 5304 W. Eighth Ave. Taylorridge IT Consulting, 5803 Glenbrook Loop, West Richland. Total Quality Services, 706 W. 49th Ave. Tenacious Workers Outfitters, 1001 W. Fourth Ave. Selyabu, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Deep Shelters, 1030 N. Center Parkway. Carpenter Financial Coaching, 1030 N. Center Parkway, Suite N134. Longoria Interpretation, 653 Eagle Ct, Othello. Pedrito’s Lawn Care, 615 N. Douglas Ave., Pasco. The Magic of Hans Appel, 3121 W. 30th Ave. Evj & Associates, 4215A W. Clearwater Ave. Para Unlimited, 2405 S. Ledbetter St. J&F Lawn Service, 106 N. Zinser St. Ideal Services, 7011 W. Fifth Ave.

Banuelos Bright Shines, 1212 W. 10th Ave. Extreme Cleaning Services, 3324 W. 19th Ave. Desert Rose Coffee and Acai, 2210 W. 13th Ave. Luctiano Leathers, 7322 W. Bonnie Ave. Unica Jefa, 44 N. Lyle St. Razor Blades, 20904 S. Williams PRSE. Dental Success Charity, 3308 S. Tweedt St. All Seasons Lawn Care, 1201 W. 17th Place. Get in Where You Fit In, 3515 W. Clearwater Ave. Envy Galore, 323 W. First Ave. Vape City509, 1351 E. Third Ave. Suite I. PASCO Wissman Exteriors, 1814 W. 11th Ave., Kennewick. LTR North West Granite, 1801 E. Chemical Drive, Unit A. Fusion Plumbing, 4712 John Deere Lane. Close Cut TC, 1009 Park Hills Drive., Kennewick. Haus of Sausage, 5442 Fern Loop., West Richland. Animal Medical Services of Seattle, 1531 N. 143rd St, Seattle. Tri-Cities Wu Ying Tao, 3330 W. Court St. Norheim Transportation, 8206 Wenatchee Ct. My Bomb Squad, 4900 S. Washington Place, Kennewick.

Nitro Construction, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Dap Properties, 4408 Phoenix Lane. Compassionate Cremation, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland. NW Transportation, 714 W. Bonneville St., Kennewick. Nueva Vida 9.5, 1501 W. Court St., Suite 105. Atom City Labs, 4211 Monterey Drive. Hom Solutions of Durango, 6512 W. Hood Place, Suite 120. Winery Compliance Solutions, 4202 Mojave Court. Chrism Consulting, 5416 Dundas Lane. Resonance DJ Services, 512 W. Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. Tri-Cities Photo Booth and Events, 932 N. Elm Ave., Kennewick. Frank Blairs Pro Plumbing Service, 10412 S 952 PRSE, Kennewick. Fastenal Company, 404 N Oregon Ave. VL Flooring, 1743 S. Cascade St., Kennewick. Wood’s Nursery and Garden Store, 1020 N. Center Parkway, Suite B, Kennewick. Ramirez Construction, 411 W. Clark St. GD Chavez Enterprises, 2508 W. Sylvester St. Dogos El Rey, 931 W. Court St. Solgen Power, 5100 Elm Road.

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May 29 (5/29) is National 529 College Savings Plan Day. If you are not familiar with 529 plans, you are not alone – although these plans have been around since 1996, many people are still unaware of their existence. And that’s unfortunate, because a 529 savings plan can be a valuable tool for anyone wanting to help a child, grandchild, friend or other family member save for education. Here are some of the key benefits of a 529 plan: • Potential tax advantages – A 529 plan’s earnings are not subject to federal income taxes, as long as withdrawals are used for qualified education expenses of the designated beneficiary, such as your child or grandchild. (You will be subject to ordinary income taxes, plus a 10 percent federal penalty, on the earnings

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portion of withdrawals not used for qualified education expenses.) • High contribution limits – Contribution limits are generally quite high for most states’ 529 plans. However, you could possibly incur gift tax consequences if your contributions, plus any other gifts, to a particular beneficiary exceed $15,000 during a single year. • Ability to switch beneficiaries – As the old song goes, “the future is not ours to see.” You might name a

particular child or grandchild as a beneficiary of a 529 plan, only to see him or her decide not to go to college after all – but as the owner of the plan, you generally may be able to switch beneficiaries whenever you like, right up to the point when you start taking withdrawals. (However, to make this switch non-taxable and penalty free, you must designate a new beneficiary who is a member of the same family as the original beneficiary.) • Freedom to invest in any state’s plan – You can invest in the 529 plan offered by any state, regardless of where you live. But if you invest in your own state’s plan, you might receive some type of state tax benefit, such as a deduction or credit. Additional benefits may also be available. • Flexibility in changing investments – You can switch investment options in your 529 plan up to twice a year. Or, if you’d rather take a more hands-off approach, you could select an automatic age-based option that starts out with a heavier emphasis on growth-oriented investments and shifts toward less risky, fixed-income vehicles as the beneficiary approaches college age. While a 529 plan clearly offers some benefits, it also raises some issues of which you should be aware. For example, when colleges compute financial aid packages, they may count assets in a 529 plan as parental assets, assuming the parents are the plan owners. To clarify the impact of 529 plans on potential financial aid awards, you might want to consult with a college’s financial aid officer. One final note: In previous years, 529 plans were limited to eligible colleges, universities and trade schools, but starting in 2018, you can also use up to $10,000 per year, per beneficiary, from a 529 plan to pay for tuition expenses at public, private or religious elementary and secondary schools. Education is a great investment in a child’s future. And to make that education more affordable, you might want to make your own investment in a 529 plan. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Member SIPC

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Bullseye Fencing, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. O’Brien Logistics, 3813 W. Jay St. Hartman Technical Business Services, 4711 Santa Rosa Court. Boyer Mtn Door & Pool, 4960 Mission Creek Road., Cashmere. Aunty Wonderful, 252 W. 53rd Ave., Kennewick. El Senor, 1901 N. Fourth Ave. Trinity Homes, 31 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. Weights and Repetition, 6916 W. Argent Road. RiCHLAND Garda CL Northwest, 601 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane. Chaplaincy Repeat Boutique, 1331 George Washington Way. TriCities Printer Repair, 931 Clermont Drive. Eddie Ford’s Janitorial, 1411 S. 32nd Ave., Yakima. Ayers Cabinetry and Designs, 1605 Turner St. VNS Federal Services, 1355 Columbia Park Trail. Oscar’s Tree Service, 3805 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. D10 Signs & Graphics, 12700 NE 124th St., Suite 204, Kirkland. D.A.M. Concrete, 98403 E. Sidibe PRSE, Kennewick. Partners in Grime, 1731 N. 16th Ave., Pasco. A Clean View, 6210 Pimlico Drive, Pasco. Pazazz Interior Decorating, 335 Greenbrook Pl. Lynx Healthcare, 943 Stevens Drive. Home Remodeling Solutions, 209 N. Washington St., Kennewick. Loungenecker & Associates, 308 Columbia Point Drive. Tri-City Beautiful Lawns, 716 N. 12th Ave., Pasco. Boyer Mtn Door & Pool, 4960 Mission Creek Road, Cashmere. Saunders Line Construction, 7109 W. Melville Road, Cheney. Ink Giant, 1901 Williams Blvd. Quality First Construction, 216904 E. Bowles Road, Kennewick. Lighthouse Interpreting, 5404 Eisenhower Court, Pasco. Wyoming Wood Floors, 240B Expressway, Missoula, Montana. Donley Associates, 75 Newcomer St. Petra Skin Care & Waxing Boutique, 610 The Parkway, Suite 610. Fuller Life, 4365 Highview St. Adkisson Consulting, 668 Big Sky Drive. Hom Solutions of Durango, 6512 W. Hood Place, Suite A120, Kennewick. Jerald’s Consulting, 8 W. Sunrise PRNW, Benton City. AJM and Associates, 3555 Regent St. Blue Rudder, 315 Shaw St. 1st Place Concrete, 209903 E. 315 PRSE, Kennewick. 4G Car Wash Consulting, 140 Center Blvd. W.C.E. General Contractors, 22802 Seatter Road NE, Kingston. Aspire Detail Services, 407 Abbot St. Catholic Curio, 703 Lynnwood Loop. Macc Northwest Distribution, 578 Clermont Dr. Genesis Drywall & Paint, 4815 Airway Drive NE, Moses Lake. Bang for Buck Backflower Testing, 2665 Waggoner Road, Walla Walla. Hansens Concrete, 2005 S. Tacoma St., Kennewick. Kagen Coffee & Bistro, 2475 Stevens Center Place. Reliance Energy, 4009 S. Anderson St., Kennewick. Martha’s Cleaning Service, 209804 E. Perkins Road., Kennewick. Investment Construction, 2004 S. Olympia St., Kennewick. Stellar You Wellness Center, 750 Swift Blvd. Mod Jamz Entertainment, 662 Canyon St. Reliable Northwest Painting Services, 5015 Catalonia Drive, Pasco. AGR Arc and Steel, 209808 E. Perkins Road, Kennewick. Val-entine Delites, 1322 Thayer Drive. Ramirez Construction, 411 W. Clark St. Pasco. Affordable Construction, 8202 Kootenay Court, Pasco. Evolve Nutrition MP, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Stone Age Granite, 1520 W. Howard St., Pasco. Rancho Storage Center- Richland, 3869 Kennedy Road. Riaz, 1921 Anna Ave. Solgen Power, 5100 Elm Road, Pasco. Briella, 1413 Potter Ave. Spotless Personal Cleaning Services, 200 E. Sixth Ave., Kennewick., 761 George Washington Way. Lobos Stucco, 416 S. Seventh Ave, Walla Walla. Vankatwijk Engineering, 615 Cherrywood Lp.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • May 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 52 All-Safe Abatement Services, 6223 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite 316, Kennewick. CM Bradley, 511 N. Iler St., Moxee. Atlcont, 1958 Newhaven Loop. Compassionate Cremation Society, 915 Bypass Highway. Superior Construction, 33 Valleyview Circle. Atoms Services, 725 N. Center Parkway, Kennewick. My Bomb Squad, 4900 S. Washington Place, Kennewick. Tri-Cities Photo Booth and Events, 932 N. Elm Ave., Pasco. All Things Drywall & Construction, 6010 Pimlico Drive, Pasco. Asphalt Assault Skateboard Shop, 480 Williams Blvd. Tri-Cities Construction, 1728 N. 22nd Ave., Pasco. Christensen Enterprises, 1365 George Washington Way. Empire Bros Construction, 931 W. Agate St., Pasco. Accessible Interpreters, 1004 N Road 60, Pasco. Fusion Plumbing, 4712 John Deere Ln, Pasco. Foley Custom Masonry, 206 S. Olson St., Kennewick. 3 Brothers Construction, 1827 W. Jay St., Pasco. Soto Lawn Maintenance, 1904 W. Ninth Ave., Kennewick. Shiny Girl Cleaning, 2105 N. Steptoe St., Kennewick. Clean Cut TC, 1009 W. Park Hills Dr, Kennewick. She Blings That, 1991 Stevens Drive. Landmark Grading & Landscape, 109 N. Washington St., Kennewick. Furbabies Bakery and Boutique, 710 George Washington Way, Suite E. Resonance DJ Services, 512 W. Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. JN Solutions, 2101 Steptoe St., Kennewick. Rohlfs & Adkins Research, 4562 Barbera St. The Guitar Trade, 375 Wright Ave. Rollins Courier Services, 9706 204th Ave. Court E., Bonney Lake. Hill’s & Sons Services, 4309 Finnhorse Lane, Pasco. Kenmore Team Construction Services, 8927 W. Tucannon Ave., Suite B201, Kennewick. V Salon, 1370 Jadwin Ave., Suite A. Market Valuations, 2691 Eagle Watch Loop. Tdbrim, 1535 W. 35th Loop, Kennewick. Richland Aero Shelters, 2146 Butler Loop. White Linen Interior Staging, 64217 E. 99 PRSE, Benton City. Huminsky’s Heating & Cooling, 3921 W. Park St., Pasco. National Site Consulting, 714 S. Hawthorne St., Kennewick.

Mines of Dumathoin, 1329 Perkins Ave. Home Brewed T-Shirts & Apparel, 139 Orchard Way. Davis Transportation Service, 8620 W. Canyon Ave. Victory Lane Parts, 20112 W. Johnson Lane, Nine Mile Falls. T&S Modular, 2066 George Washington Way. Jordan Edens Studio, 212 Broadmoor St. Top One Solutions, 1783 Citrus Ave. Atomic Tile, 1601 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. 77 Ventures, 1006 Country Court. Patriot Builders, 1005 Allenwhite Drive. Dollarsaway, 358 Cottonwood Drive. Fit Fore You Golf Clubs, 2723 Eastwood Ave. VHProducts, 519 Cullum Ave. WEST RICHLAND

Permit Surveying, 2245 Robertson Drive, Richland. Artisan Door & Trim, 129 Spengler St., Richland. Jimmy’s Roofing, 11401 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 2, Spokane Valley. Flourish Mid-Columbia, 2400 Mark Ave., Richland. CW Brock Construction, 310 Greentree Court, Richland. City Maintenance, 6107 Washougal Lane, Pasco. Columbia River Eco Wash, 6021 Thynewood Loop. Legacy Commercial Floor Covering, 7718 89th Ave. SE, Snohomish. Pellets Northwest, 4614 Snowy Owl Court. Performance Digital Marketing, 403 S. Taft St., Kennewick. Wire-Tech Electronic, 7110 Kau Trail, Pasco. Go Go Construction, 4416 Appaloosa Court, Pasco. Lawn Patrol Landscape Services, 4507 Campolina Lane, Pasco. Coast to Coast Carports, 22525 I-40, Knoxville, Arizona. TJ’s General Contractor, 1707 W. Brown St., Pasco. Dash Productions, 3703 W. Fifth Court, Suite B, Kennewick. Preston Homes, 5012 Latimer Court, Pasco. JC Lawn Care, 4908 Tamarisk Drive, Pasco. Ed’s Irrigation and Landscaping, 526 S. Olympia St., Kennewick. Windy River Home Inspections, 6634 Opal Court. Desert Wine Development, 5212 E. Rail Court. Miner Products, 1801 Diamond Head Way. Riding Tall Construction, 2638 Jason Loop, Richland. Hummel Construction and Development, 84719 E. Reata Road, Kennewick. Alliance Drywall & Paint, 3923 Meadow

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Beauty Drive, Pasco. A-Q Construction, 197 Geiger Drive, Pasco. Farm House Bake Shop, 26658 Ice Harbor Drive, Burbank. Commercial Construction, 24119 E. SR 397, Kennewick. IQ Consulting and Marketing, 4004 Jenny Lake Court. Innovative Arts, 3623 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick. Tri-Cities Concrete, 5215 Montague Lane, Pasco. Dreamscape Masonry & Garden, 1608 W. 41st Ave., Kennewick. Rollin, 5322 Seahawk Drive. Three Nails Safety, 5106 Crane Drive. Pro-X Professional Service, 2904 Sedona Circle, Richland. Crete Brothers, 3719 W. 16th Place, Kennewick. Tony’s Construction, 2211 W. Fifth Ave., Kennewick. James E. John Construction Co., 1701 SE Columbia River Road, Vancouver. RJ’s Bounce-N-Things, 7300 W. Van Giesen St. Red Hawk Fire & Security, 21312 30th Drive SE, Suite 103, Bothell. Notary Signature Services, 1845 Leslie Road, Richland. Corriell Appliance, 311 S. Roosevelt St., Kennewick. Badger Mountain Painting, 4616 W. Margaret St., Pasco. Good Cents Home Remodeling and Repairs, 6469 Sapphire St. R&L Landscaping, 314 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Tropical Dew, 131 S. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Miranda Construction, 451 Green Road, Paasco. Marla’s Cookie Co, 5516 Dundas Lane, Pasco. Pedrito’s Lawn Care, 615 N. Douglas Ave., Pasco. Longoria Interpretation, 653 Eagle Court, Othello. All Seasons Lawn Care, 1201 W. 17th Place, Kennewick. Einar Frimodt & Sons, 24 Wayne Court, Burbank. Hilton Lawn Care, 8721 W. Second Ave., Kennewick. Tri-Cities AAV, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Columbia Custom Fence, 6206 Klickitat Lane, Pasco.

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.

Paul D. Stepanov, unpaid Department of Licensing taxes, filed April 6. D&R&G Roofing Partnership, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 6. JC’s General Contracting and Drywall, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 6. Antonio Lazaro Flores, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 6. Elite Tree Service, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 12. CM Curbing, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 13. Brian N. Beauchamp, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Ashley A. Hahn, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Stephanie L. Sachse, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Maria D. Romero, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Jermell L. Heavens, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Meliton Ramierz, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Leslie Guilford, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Elizabeth R. St. John, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 13. Robert Garcia, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed April 16. A1 Tri-City Taxi, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 16. Genero Mendiola Linarez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 16. Juan Castellanos, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed April 16. Antonio Mireles, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 16. Carefree Meats, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed April 16. Kathryn E. Silva, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed April 18. Essential Planning, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 20. Noemi G. Palomino, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed April 23. JC’s General Contracting, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed April 23. 3 Cities Landscaping, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed April 23. Melanie P. Slatina, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Neftali S. Camacho, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Ray J. Segura, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30.



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Juan E. Lovos Mejia, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Aaron Lindholm, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Jerry L. Davis, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Mark A. Estrada, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Juan C. Campusano, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Cynthia P. Nunez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Stephen Byrd, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Anthony R. Mancillas, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30. Maria Escobar, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed April 30.

Paper Street Alehouse, 701 The Parkway, Suite A, Richland. License type: Direct shipment receiver in Washington only; beer/wine restaurant/taproom; direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; off premises. Application type: added/change of class. Horse Heaven Saloon, 615 Sixth St., Prosser. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only. Application type: added/change of class. The Lodge at Columbia Point, 530 Columbia Point Drive, Richland. License type: hotel. Application type: new. Vinaceus, 318 Wellhouse Loop, Richland. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: alcohol permits. MV Chrysalis, 458-C Columbia Point Drive, Richland. License type: interstate common carrier. Application type: added/change of class.

uLiquor Licenses

Information provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS The Hungry Bear Mexican Grill, 502 Ninth St., Benton City. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, 2731 Queensgate Drive, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Branding Iron, 213 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Application type: assumption. Sushi Mori, 1350 N. Louisiana St., Suite G, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: assumption. The Bradley, 404 Bradley Blvd., Suite 106, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; direct shipment receiver in Washington only; spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Application type: new.

Xpress Mart of Pasco, 1724 W. Clark St., Pasco. License type: grocery store beer/wine. Application type: assumption.


Information provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Five Leaves III, 233757 E. SR 397, Suite 1, Kennewick. License type: marijuana processor. Application type: new. Green Bluff Orchards II, 102003 E. Badger Road, Suite A, Kennewick. License type: marijuana producer tier 2; marijuana processor. Application type: assumption. APPROVED


Five Leaves, 234805 E. Straight Bank Road, Suite B, Finley. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: added fees.

RMV Cellars, 48313 N. Sunset Road, Benton City. License type: domestic winery < 250,00 liters.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS El Aguila Restaurant, 939 S. 10th Ave., Pasco. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Application type: new. Carniceria La Cabana #4, 5426 N. Road 68, Suite C2, Pasco. License type: grocery store beer/wine. Application type: new. El Dorado Night Club, direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; direct shipment in Washington only; nightclub. Application type: new. APPROVED Elpatron Night Club, 101 W. Columbia St., Pasco. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only; nightclub. Application type: new.

NEW BUSINESSES 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness, 321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite B in Kennewick. The gym offers 30-minute, total body, kickboxing circuits. No class times, workouts change daily and a trainer is included. Hours: 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Contact: 509-579-4487,, Facebook. Art on the Columbia has opened at 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite B2 in Kennewick. The business sells fine art supplies and offers workshops and art classes. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Contact: 509-5396193,, Facebook. Curtis Dahl, State Farm Insurance has opened at 8903 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 100 in Kennewick. The agency offers a variety of insurance policies for auto, home, life, business and health. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through

Friday. Contact: 509-783-1363, dahlinsurance. com. Envy Galore has opened at 323 W. First Ave. in Kennewick. The store sells clothes, jewelry and accessories for women as well as home décor. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact: 509-579-5928, Facebook. Refresh Hair Salon has opened at 2160 Keene Road in Richland. The salon offers haircuts, color, highlights, waxing and tinting. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-3929995, Facebook. White Glove Weddings & Bridal Bar has opened at 8901 W. Tucannon Ave., Suite 145 in Kennewick. The business offers wedding and event coordination and design. Contact: 503310-2933,, Facebook. MOVED Design West Architects has moved to 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite E in Kennewick. Contact: 509-783-2244,, Facebook. Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities has moved to 500 W. First Ave., Suite C in Kennewick. Contact: 509-222-8008,, Facebook. MH Construction has moved to 106010 Wiser Parkway in Kennewick. Contact: 509308-6489, ADDITIONAL LOCATION Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has opened an additional location at 6627 Burden Blvd., Suite C in Pasco. Contact: 509-412-1515, Encore Wellness 4 Life has opened an additional location at 616 The Parkway in Richland. Contact: 509-987-1099,, Facebook. NAME CHANGE Dressbarn is now Roz & ALI at 5244 Outlet Drive in Pasco. Contact: 509-544-0944,

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • May 2018


Don Pratt, owner of Don Pratt Construction in Kennewick, was named the 2018 Tri-Citian of the Year on May 3 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. (Courtesy Rob Di Piazza, Artistic Portraits)

Joshua Sivonen, from left, Anisa Rodriguez, Trevor Arm and Mollie Greenough learn to record short interviews with each other using professional mobile recorders during a RadioActive workshop, a youth media program where young people discover public radio journalism. The event was April 14-15 at Washington State University Tri-Cities. KUOW Public Radio in Seattle, WSU TriCities and WSU Murrow College’s Northwest Public Broadcasting worked together to bring RadioActive to the Tri-Cities. To hear their stories, visit http:// (Courtesy Lila Kitaeff of KUOW)

The Richland Rotary Club honored 30 graduating Richland School District seniors on May 1, including National Merit finalists, semifinalists and commended students; and WSU Regent Scholars and Distinguished Regent Scholars. Richland Rotary Academic scholarship winners were Maisie Bowles, Meghan Callaway, Haley Coleman, Marcia Kim, Sydney Porter, Tyler Slade, Zachary Villanueva, Gracelyn Ward. For the Tri-Citian of The Year Sponsor Scholarships: RBC Wealth Management awarded to Brienna Buchanan, and Stevens Center Management funded scholarships to Caitlin Gallivan, Nate Jo and Gavin Perez. (Courtesy Richland Rotary)


Runners begin the race to support Meals on Wheels on March 31 during the second annual Outrunning Senior Hunger Blue Brigade Fun Run. The event raised $12,000 with 175 people participating. (Courtesy Meals on Wheels)

Author Elizabeth Eulberg looks on as Kara Wangsgaard, a sixth-grader from Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, shares her results from a writing exercise at the 2018 Cavalcade of Authors event on April 12 at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland. About 500 students participated in the event. (Courtesy Isabella Martinez)

U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office’s Greg Jones, from left, Office of River Protection’s Jon Peschong, Environmental Protection Agency’s Laura Buelow and Washington State Department of Ecology’s John Price spoke at an April 23 meeting on Hanford’s cleanup budget priorities at the Richland Public Library. About 20 people attended. The meeting kicked off a public comment period on Hanford cleanup priorities that runs through May 25. Submit written comments no later than May 25 to HanfordPriorities2020@ (Courtesy Mission Support Alliance)

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