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Modern Living Services President Ray Geimer, from left, Vice President Andrea Mallonee and Flavien Sawadogo of MMEC Architecture stand at 526 N. Edison St. in Kennewick, the future home of Carmina’s Place. Modern Living Services is building the family home for adults with disabilities with pro bono assistance from community partners.

Nonprofit to build group homes for developmentally disabled adults

By Arielle Dreher A nonprofit’s new Kennewick development aims to offer more housing options for developmentally disabled adults in the Tri-City area. The 1.7-acre dirt and asphalt lot with a community garden in the corner is the future home of Carmina’s Place, a cluster of five community group homes for adults living with disabilities that…

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Tri-City retailers may rejoice this holiday shopping season

By D. Patrick Jones It’s November and ’tis the season. Holiday decorations, a parade of ads, the Hallmark channel showing lots of Christmas trees and, of course, the ever-present music reminds us that it is time to shop. For most retailers, as this quarter goes, so go the results for the year. So, a look…

Rosa Reyna, an employment specialist at Goodwill Industries of the Columbia, shows off the job board in the Employment Connection Center in Pasco during a recent open house. The local nonprofit has placed 571 people in jobs and assisted 3,439 people from January to September.

Local unemployment rate hits lowest point in 28 years

By Jennifer L. Drey It’s a good time to be a job seeker in the Tri-Cities. The unemployment rate for Benton and Franklin counties hit a record low in September, dropping to 4.1 percent and marking its lowest point in the 28 years kept on record by the state’s Employment Security Department. The figure was…

Second chance hiring may expand talent pool for Tri-City employers

By Jerry Goodstein Washington became the 11th state to adopt the Fair Chance Act on June 2, extending “ban the box” job seeker protections to cover the state’s public and private employers. The bill delays criminal background checks until an applicant meets the basic criteria for the job and prohibits employers from automatically or categorically…

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Empowering employees helps business owners succeed

By Danielle Kane Congratulations, business owner. You have successfully found and hired a team of smart and capable employees to help accomplish the organization’s goals. The team is working well – until one day, your top manager needs an unexpected couple of days off during a busy time when you and your other employees are…

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A pumpkin primer in time for the holidays

By Marilou Shea It came as no surprise to my mom when I told her that Lurene Fleshman of Harris Produce in Pasco told me that they don’t use pumpkins in their pie-making. They use squash. In New England, where we’re from, squash pie was the original pumpkin pie. It was in that same region…

Impact investing means aligning your portfolio with your purpose

By Meredith Farris You want to make a difference in the world in a way that reflects your deeply-held beliefs. Increasingly, investors are defining long-term value as not only realizing attractive returns, but also generating positive social or environmental impact. To that end, they are looking for ways to align their portfolios with their purpose,…

Alex Ovechkin, right, hands the Stanley Cup to Olie Kolzig after the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals in June. (Courtesy Olie Kolzig)

Famous trophy helps to raise money for autism foundation

By Annie Fowler The most iconic trophy in sports made an appearance in the Tri-Cities last month, helping to raise $15,000 for the Responding to Autism Center in Kennewick. The Stanley Cup, the guest of former NHL goalie Olie Kolzig, made an appearance Oct. 23 at the Carson Kolzig Foundation in Kennewick and at a…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Place real property in an LLC to reduce liability exposure

By Beau Ruff Generally, in Washington state, income-producing real property should be placed into a Washington limited liability company, or LLC. What is real property? Real property is any property that is of a non-movable nature: land, house, condo, building, etc. It is distinguished from personal property. What does it mean to be income producing?…

Doug Gore, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates executive vice president of winemaking, vineyards and operations, has been winemaking for 36 years in Eastern Washington. He retires at the end of the year. (Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

Longtime Ste. Michelle winemaking executive retires

By Andy Perdue One of Washington’s longest tenured and most successful and prolific winemakers will be retiring at the end of this year. Doug Gore, Ste. Michelle Wine Estate’s executive vice president of winemaking, vineyards and operations, has been winemaking for 36 years in Eastern Washington. The California native came north to Washington in 1982,…

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