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More than 50 people attended an Aug. 6 hearing in Kennewick—one of seven meetings held across the state—to provide feedback on Labor and Industries’ proposed changes to significantly increase the minimum amount employees must earn before they can be exempt from receiving overtime pay. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Tri-City employers balk at state’s overtime proposal

By Andrew Kirk Several Tri-City employers and nonprofit leaders criticized the state’s proposal to overhaul its worker overtime exemption rule at a recent public hearing, citing concerns about their bottom lines and ability to serve customers and clients. More than 50 people attended an Aug. 6 hearing in Kennewick—one of seven meetings held across the state—to…

Washington winemaker opens tasting room in West Richland

By Andy Perdue One of Washington’s top winemakers has consolidated his operations in the Tri-City area. Victor Palencia, owner of Palencia Winery and Vino La Monarcha, recently closed his Walla Walla operation to focus on a tasting room and winemaking facility in downtown Kennewick and a new tasting room in West Richland. Palencia, who was…

Tri-Cities Cancer Center

Ownership change won’t affect services, CEO says

By Andrew Kirk Despite recent ownership challenges, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center is not going anywhere and there will be no noticeable difference in its operations or the care it provides to cancer patients. That’s the message Chief Executive Officer Chuck DeGooyer is working hard to share. It’s an important message because a lot recently has…

Paul Shane is the new director of Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kennewick. As Tri-City baby boomers age, he predicts an increasing demand for the center’s services. The nonprofit serves more than 250 people annually. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Center for the blind director ready to address growing need

By Andrew Kirk As Tri-City baby boomers age, the number finding themselves losing vision is expected to balloon. One in six Americans develop a visual impairment after age 70, according to National Center for Health Statistics. It’s a scary statistic people do their best to ignore, said Paul Shane, the new executive director at Edith…

Nonprofit doesn’t mean no profit

By Michele Roth Someone recently commented to me how they didn’t want to donate to a charity event because the organization had a paid staff. Being from the nonprofit industry, I wanted to know more about why they felt this way. The answer: the organization was a nonprofit, meaning nobody should be paid (at least…

This promotional fair photo from 1954 features Queen Mary Jene Mullineaux. (Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society)

Bicounty fair and rodeo roots run deep

By East Benton County Historical Society Sixty-five years ago this month, the Benton County Fair and Rodeo came into its own. Officially! By tradition, the bicounty fair is said to have begun in the late 1940s with the ending of the annual Grape Festivals, which for decades highlighted the area’s rich agricultural history and practices.…

Beau Ruff, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies

Private family foundations can get donors, kids involved

By Beau Ruff Financially successful people often contemplate the highest and best use of their assets. In some cases, those same individuals have decided that the natural objects of their bounty (i.e., the children) already have enough resources, or that mom and pop have otherwise adequately provided for their children. Alternatively, some of these successful…

Deb Dihel of Lamb Weston; Sen. Sharon Brown; Ann Nash of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Maren Katzaroff of Brillance Empowered spoke during the Architects for Innovation panel at the Tri-Cities Tech Summit in 2018. This year’s summit is Sept. 12 in Richland. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Tech Summit/Teknologize)

Tech Summit to shine spotlight on tech origins, future

By Byron Martin and Ty Mulholland When asking people for a word to describe the Tri-Cities, some of the answers that you hear might be wine, water sports, Hanford, agriculture or tumbleweeds. The last thing you would expect to hear is “technology.” What most people don’t realize is that the Tri-Cities has a long and…

(Courtesy Benton-Franklin Trends)

Tri-Cities boasts numerous science and tech workers but few firms

By D. Patrick Jones Most everyone knows that the tech pulse is strong in the Tri-Cities. The problem is, it’s hard to find the pulse in official data. The same challenge applies for presence of the technology sector in Benton-Franklin Trends. Where in the trends site might we find some coverage? Consider data from the…

woman typing on a computer

Time is running out for Windows support

By George Hefter On Jan. 14, 2020, three widely-used Windows Operating Systems reach the end of their useful lives and will no longer receive updates and security patches from Microsoft: Windows 7, Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2011 (which is based on Server 2008). This so-called “end-of-support” doesn’t mean that systems using this software…

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