Audra Distifeno

Audra Distifeno

Audra Distifeno has been in the “news” business for more than 20 years. She is passionate about writing, and is also an educator with the goal of igniting young minds so they might discover their potentials. She lives in the Yakima Valley with her children, two mini schnauzers, two lizards and multitudes of fish. She enjoys camping, kayaking and breathing in the ocean air. She hopes to one day be a published novelist and see her work being read by the masses … or even by just one who is moved by her story.

The WinSome staff includes, back row, from left, Cara Thomas, Lynette Fransen, owner Jane Winslow and Alysha McManus, and front row, from left, Amy Andrus, Vanessa Guzman and Dani Smart. The full-service brand development and marketing firm recently added grant writing and administration to its services, made possible through the company’s move to a new office at 1201 Jadwin Ave. in Richland. (Courtesy WinSome Design)

Richland marketing company moves to larger office

During the past 10 years, WinSome Design Inc. staff have called an 800-square-foot basement their office space. It was the place they brainstormed, collaborated and created to improve others’ business outcomes. The team recently moved from Riverwood Street in Richland to 1201 Jadwin Ave., Suite 101, and more than doubled its work space. “It’s awesome […]

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

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

Two commercial mixed-use parcels overlooking Clover Island’s marina and shoreline improvements should be available to developers this fall. “We’d hoped it’d be done at the end of June, but the (subcontractors) are really busy,” said Tana Bader Inglima, Port of Kennewick deputy CEO. The port has been working over the past several years to transform […]

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

Kennewick accounting firm acquires longtime CPA business

About two years ago, Jennifer Mitchell, owner of Account Sense in Kennewick, met a fellow accountant and discussed with him the possibility of a future buy-out when he was ready to retire. That time has come with Account Sense recently buying Robert Vaughan, CPA of Kennewick. “When Bob (Vaughan) finally set a retirement date, we […]

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Dave Hedden displays a 17-pound walleye he caught. The Richland native owns Hedden’s Northwest Sportfishing, a business that has steadily grown over the past eight years. 

Fishing charters help anglers land salmon, sturgeon, walleye, steelhead

Experts recommend researching guide options to get most out of trip Dropping a line into the rivers around the Tri-Cities to catch salmon, sturgeon, walleye or steelhead has launched a handful of fishing charter businesses around the Tri-Cities. Recreational fishing is big business, generating more than $115 billion in economic output and more than 828,000 […]

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Hilan Piao, WSU research associate for the viticulture and enology program, takes samples of research wine for analysis at the Wine Science Center in Richland. The 40,000-square-foot facility boasts a state-of-the-art research and teaching winery, complete with labs, classrooms and meeting spaces.

Wine Science Center a boon to state viticulture, enology industry

The region’s wine leaders realized several years ago that an investment in students and research would ultimately lead to a more lucrative statewide industry. The students have come and the research is underway with the opening of the Washington State University Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center in Richland. “Industry leaders said, ‘We have […]

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The former Country Gentleman restaurant in Kennewick was rebranded as CG Public House and Catering in mid-January, along with a remodel and enhanced menu. The upgrades are paying off with an increase in customers and profits over the same time last year. (Courtesy Shirley Simmons)

Longtime Kennewick restaurant sheds old look, name for urban feel

Country Gentleman remodels interior, changes name to CG Public House CG Public House and Catering in Kennewick has seen an upswing in hungry customers despite experiencing the worst winter weather in recent memory, resulting in a 25 percent increase in profits over the same period last year. The owners credit the upswing to the restaurant’s […]

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