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2019: The year of greens, grasshoppers and gut health

By Marilou Shea Unlike the Pantone color of the year that’s selected annually by a chosen few, the food trends I’m about to share — most falling into a “healthy” category — are ultimately based on the masses — yes, that’s you, me, us. As if you didn’t know, keto, kale and gluten-free diets were…


Kennewick attorney fields frequently asked questions about DUIs

By Alex Johnson As a DUI defense attorney here in the Tri-Cities, I often get questions about this area of law. Here are short answers to frequently asked questions about driving under the influence. What is the “legal limit” for a DUI? When I’m asked this question, it is usually pertaining to alcohol-based DUIs. The…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Tax code provides gift that doesn’t receive the appreciation it’s due

By Beau Ruff At death, there is a little-known tax benefit that the federal government provides. It is an adjustment to tax basis and it can have a profound effect on the taxation of the assets owned at death. This column discusses two kinds of taxes that apply at death: the estate tax and the…

RX Pharmacy technician Justin Hunter shows how many prescriptions often go into a bubble pack, which serve as pre-made pill boxes for patients. The service, along with free delivery, has helped the independent Richland pharmacy grow since opening in 2014.

Independent pharmacy’s prescription for success? Delivering on customer service

By Kevin Anthony Randy Johnson is big on challenges. It’s why the owner of RX Pharmacy on the Kadlec campus in Richland jumped right in as a pharmacist and store manager straight out of college. It’s why he went from working behind the counter for one of the biggest chains in the nation to opening…

Bridging the divide between Washington state and D.C.

By Kris Johnson On a map, the distance from our Washington to the “other” Washington looks so far away. But, policies being made and debated there hit us here in Washington state. Take trade policies, for example. As one of the most trade-driven states in the nation, what happens with trade agreements has a direct…

Joel Watson spent a day at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick, teaching the culinary arts, pastry and baking class to make pie crust. (Courtesy Joel Watson)

He’s just living the dream at Just Joel’s in Kennewick

By Annie Fowler Tucked away in a small building at 1505 W. Kennewick Ave. is one man’s dream. Just Joel’s, a small diner that features homemade breakfast and lunch, had a banner first year, which nearly brings owner Joel Watson to tears when he talks about it. “When you come here, the food is made…

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.

Tri-City entrepreneurship, labor market show mixed signals

By D. Patrick Jones It’s human nature to keep score. Look at all the stats in the sports pages. Or the various top 10 rankings of U.S. cities. So, too, with economic development. An overriding goal of nearly all communities is to create jobs. Chambers of commerce, local government and economic development organizations often keep score with jobs. At…

Entrepreneurs: be a goal-setter and goal-getter in new year

By Paul Casey One of the greatest predictors of success for entrepreneurs is goal orientation. Goals are dreams with a deadline. ’Tis the season to set your annual business goals and ensure they fit into your long-term vision for success. Prepare for the goal-setting process. In advance, self-evaluate against key priorities before setting goals. This…


Take precautions: BBB reports 42 scams in the Tri-Cities in past year

By Danielle Kane Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific spends a lot of time talking to local media outlets about national, regional and local scams. But did you know there could be scams taking place in your very own neighborhood? Since November 2017, there have been 42 scams reported in the Tri-Cities with an estimated…

Lisa Perry, community relations for Sierra Pacific Industries (at right), moderates the Natural Resources panel at the 2018 AWB Rural Jobs Summit. Joining her, from left: Robert Sudar of Fall Creek Fish, George Harris of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, and Alex McGregor of The McGregor Company. They spoke at Lower Columbia College in Longview on Nov. 8. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)

Let’s work together to prioritize rural economic revitalization

By Kris Johnson The mission of the Association of Washington Business is to bring people together throughout the state to promote economic prosperity — from the urban centers to the most rural corners. We know that parts of Washington have boomed since the end of the recession, but others areas — particularly the rural communities…

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