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Lessons learned from demise of Northwest aluminum industry

By Don C. Brunell Driving east along Highway 14 these days, you see water pouring out of Columbia River dams.  It is already a high water year with much of the run-off from our heavy mountain snowpack yet to come. It is part of our “feast or famine” weather cycle. As you pop over the…

Chardonnay harvest in the Yakima Valley brought in 45,000 tons of Chardonnay this past fall compared with 42,000 the previous year. The state boasted a record crop of 270,000 tons harvested last fall, easily eclipsing 2014’s record of 227,000 tons. (Courtesy Niranjana Perdue)

Cab reigns as king in state’s record wine grape harvest

By Wine News Service As expected, the Washington wine industry’s 2016 harvest for grapes was a record. The Washington State Wine Commission released statistics in early March, and the report showed a record crop of 270,000 tons harvested last fall, easily eclipsing 2014’s record of 227,000 tons. [blockquote quote=”Cab is still king.” source=”Kevin Corliss, Ste.…

Irrevocable life insurance trust can be effective planning strategy for business owners

By Beau Ruff Business owners are particularly sensitive to cash flow and liquidity needs. This can be especially true of the business owner’s estate after death. The estate needs cash to continue business operations and to pay potential estate taxes. Life insurance can be an effective planning strategy for business owners if properly structured. In…

Storage Unit

Homeowner’s insurance might not cover theft from storage units

By Sean Bassinger Belongings stashed inside self-storage units may not be covered by homeowner or renter insurance policies if anything gets stolen or damaged. Policies that cover items at off-site storage units may have limits in place as well, according to the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. It’s good information to find out before…

Double Canyon hires winemaker for new West Richland winery

By Wine News Service Double Canyon plans to move into its new facility near Red Mountain in time for the 2017 harvest, and Kate Michaud will lead winemaking for the brand focused on Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington’s acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills. Michaud, 43, takes over the position previously held by Jason Ledbetter. “We’re delighted to…

Luke Lynch, 7, of Moses Lake, plays Feb. 24 at the podium of the state Senate after a memorial resolution was read honoring his father, Kyle Lynch, who died of cancer in November. Kyle Lynch was an aide for two 13th District senators from 2003-16. (Courtesy Rebecca White of Columbia Basin Herald)

Kennewick native honored in state Senate

By Rebecca White, Columbia Basin Herald OLYMPIA — Members of the state Senate honored a Moses Lake man who grew up in the Tri-Cities with a resolution honoring his life and work. Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, read the resolution to the Senate on Feb. 24 and along with Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, shared memories…

Regulatory overlap, uncertain timelines threaten jobs in Washington state

By Lew Moore Driving down I-5 or along I-90, it doesn’t take long to see where the information economy starts and the manufacturing economy stops. Washington has, essentially, become two Washingtons. In the big cities like Seattle, construction cranes dot the skylines. In outlying rural areas, it is a very different picture, where unemployment is…

Dennis Kyllo, one of Central Washington Corn Processors’ five principal owners, tells visitors on a tour of the 95,480-square-foot Richland warehouse that it has the capacity to store 35,000 tons of animal feed.

Tri-Cities ends year at top of job market, largest labor force

By Sean Bassinger The Tri-Cities ended the year with the largest labor force ever and the fastest-growing job market in the state. Kennewick, Richland and Pasco added more than 3,800 jobs in December, or 3.6 percent growth over the same month the previous year. The next fastest growth rates in the state include Wenatchee at…

Chart course for your business to thrive for long haul

By Berta Gabbard With the new year well underway and a new administration in the White House, many business owners in the greater Tri-Cities area are looking to maintain their stride as we see how the markets respond and evolve. Several owners I work with are actively pursuing plans to grow or retool their companies.…

Lending money

Follow these rules when lending money to family, friends

By Beau Ruff Times can get financially rough. People go through difficult periods in life and might be strapped for cash and need an additional sources of money. Perhaps the cash is needed to buy a new house or to pay for a small business or an attorney’s retainer for a divorce or to tackle…

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