Trusted bankers can be key resource for farmers in times of change

by Ben Cox Being a farmer means being ready for anything. Whether managing through unreliable weather, planning against volatile crop prices or adapting to changing consumer preferences, the life of a farmer is anything but predictable. Today, the agricultural industry must also contend with new technologies that change how farmers operate, as well as increasing […]

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Rob Griffin’s Rosé of Sangiovese has won the rosé category five times since 2008, and a gold medal every year for 12 out of 13 years at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest judging of wine in the United States. The 2017 vintage won the rosé sweepstakes at the 2018 contest. (Courtesy Andy Perdue of Great Northwest Wine)

Richland winery making one of best rosés in country

By Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, Wine News Service When Rob Griffin arrived in Washington wine country from his native California in early 1977, he never dreamed he’d be most famous for making pink wine. Yet today, the owner/winemaker of Barnard Griffin in Richland may be making the best rosé in America. Among wine lovers, […]

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Nevermind those wine grapes, Concords yield sweet juices

By Marilou Shea Zeb’s Vineyard produces mighty fine grapes. But they typically aren’t found in an award-winning bottle of wine. Unlike the vinifera primarily grown on the West Coast that have ties to European heritage, Zeb’s grape varietals harken from good ole America. The juicy Concord is named after its namesake Massachusetts town. They’re the […]

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Viera’s Bakery & Deli has built a strong reputation in the Tri-Cities for its Mexican pastries, doughnuts and fresh bread. The family will be opening its third location in Yakima in March. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times)

Popular Pasco bakery expands to third location in Yakima

By Dave Leder, Yakima Valley Business Times One of the Tri-Cities’ best-known bakeries soon will have a presence in Yakima. Viera’s Bakery & Deli, with two locations in Pasco, could open as soon as March 1 at 516 W. Lincoln Ave., next to Cost Less Carpets and the Safeway fuel station. The Viera family is […]

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A Vandervert Construction trailer sits at 314 N. Wilson Place at Kennewick. The Spokane-based company is the general contractor for the $4.95 million Gensco warehouse planned at the site. The company was placed under receivership earlier this month to pay off mounting debt.

Vandervert Construction placed in receivership to pay off debt

By Kevin Blocker and Mike McLean, Spokane Journal of Business Spokane-based general contractor Vandervert Construction Inc. is facing a financial crisis, and control of the company has been placed under receivership. Law firm Davidson, Backman, Medeiros PLLC of Spokane was appointed to serve as the general receiver for Vandervert Construction to help the company pay off […]

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