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Pat Tucker and his daughter Jamie Ssenkubuge stand outside their Paterson tasting room for their nonprofit Water from Wine, which donates wine sale profits to organizations working to bring clean water to communities around the world. (Courtesy Jamie Ssenkubuge/Water from Wine)

Paterson farmer making water from wine

Sandpiper Farms creates Water from Wine nonprofit to fund clean water work By Arielle Dreher In a way, the family behind the local nonprofit Water from Wine is bringing the first miracle of Jesus turning water into a wine into a modern-day context, leveraging the rich wine-growing potential in the vineyard at Sandpiper Farms with…

Planning key to independence in retirement

By Eileen L. Griffin A recent Wall Street Journal column attempted to dispel the myth of an impending retirement crisis in the United States. It said most private sector employees are well prepared for retirement, having saved and invested for many years with both employer-sponsored plans and Individual Retirement Accounts. Recent data indicates 61 percent…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Estate planning too important to ignore

By Beau Ruff Property owned by a spouse does not automatically transfer to the surviving spouse at death. Instead, something more is needed in the estate plan to accomplish this feat. In all the complexity of the estate plan, the community property agreement is one document in particular that offers simplicity, and yet still is…

Washington may be in tight spot at next downturn

By Kris Johnson The 2019 legislative session was a busy one by any measure, with unprecedented challenges for Washington employers, and it led to dramatic growth in the state budget. One of the bright spots was watching thousands of hairstylists and salon owners rally in Olympia like never before to tell lawmakers how proposals aimed…

The Hermiston Lamb Weston processing facility is in the process of adding an additional french fry line, which will increase production to more than 700 pounds of frozen potato products, from fries to hash browns. (Courtesy Courtesy Lamb Weston)

Fertile ag area fuels food processing industry

By Arielle Dreher The Columbia Basin’s rich agricultural resources are well known at local dining room tables and restaurants. The confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers in the region, good soil for growing crops and a long growing season provide not just food resources but also fuel economic growth, jobs and sustainability for…

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Tri-Cities has hold on NW industry hub

By Mark Fountain Today, many people do not know where their food comes from. But Tri-City residents can just look down the road and see some of the country’s largest food and beverage manufacturing facilities. The Pasco-Kennewick-Richland area and its surrounding counties are a major hub of food processing. Local companies make products including french…

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Agricultural processing seeing rapid growth

By D. Patrick Jones Manufacturing in the greater Tri-Cities is synonymous with agricultural processing. Out of the nearly 7,900 manufacturing workers in the two counties in 2017, more than 70 percent commuted daily to an agricultural processing facility. Unlike other Eastern Washington metro areas, manufacturing doesn’t rank in the top five by the number of…

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Herbal love can go beyond the stockpot

By Marilou Shea What’s green and typically soft, smells good and blankets you, your plate or room with swoon-worthy fragrance? Herbs. I love herbs! Can’t get enough of them. Mostly because they’re often pretty, smell good and have lots of variety. Sounds like a good first date, right? And what appeals to the logical part…

Ice Harbor Lock and Dam near Burbank is among the list of federal dams that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing. (Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Snake River dams key to economy

By Don C. Brunell There are some dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. That review is expected to be ready for public comment in late…

Be wary of offers for free medical equipment

By Tyler Russell Don’t fall for the free durable medical equipment scam that’s making the rounds among senior citizens. The Better Business Bureau is hearing from consumers — more than 200 since the first of the year — who have been targeted by scammers offering “free” back or knee braces. Here’s how the scam works:…

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