The $3.2 million West Richland industrial wastewater treatment plant, known as the I-Plant, opened before last year’s first crush. It’s a plant that treats all the effluent before any remaining waste gets processed through West Richland’s sewer system. (Courtesy city of West Richland)

Cities build wine waste treatment plants to lure wineries

By Sean Bassinger Even the sweetest wine has waste. That’s why two Eastern Washington cities have invested in special wastewater treatment facilities to handle wine effluent. It’s not a glamorous piece of the wine industry, but it’s a critical part of a continued multimillion-dollar effort to draw more wineries to the Tri-City area. The $3.2 […]

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Columbia Gardens Wine Village

Kennewick businesses await completion of wine village

By Sean Bassinger Business owners in downtown Kennewick sense the excitement building as the new wine village takes shape along the Columbia Drive riverfront. “It’s just the perfect time to be there,” said Liz Thompson, who co-owns ET Estate Sales with her husband, Mark. The Thompsons are moving back to the retail area after outgrowing […]

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What happens in the ‘other’ Washington matters, too

By Kris Johnson Last month, two dozen business leaders from Washington state headed to the “other” Washington to meet with our state’s congressional delegation and hear from key insiders about what to expect on everything from trade and health care to environmental and immigration policy. It was the third annual “D.C. Fly-in” led by the […]

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The kids’ playroom at the Tri-Cities Airport is taking shape. The airport is looking to wrap up a 2 1/2-year, $41.9 million airport expansion. (Courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-City ports celebrate year’s accomplishments

By Sean Bassinger Expanded job growth, a multi-million dollar airport remodeling project and additional commercial retail developments are among the year’s top accomplishments cited by Tri-City port officals. Port officials say they hope to continue to draw more businesses and increase tourism as they move into 2017. Here’s a roundup of their economic development highlights […]

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Construction continues on the large $38.9 million AutoZone distribution center on Capitol Avenue north of the King City truck stop in Pasco. The center will add more than 200 jobs to the area.

Cities cite new development projects, prospects as wins for year

By Sean Bassinger Business continues to boom in the Tri-Cities even as 2016 winds down. City officials in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and West Richland have seen several signs of continued economic development throughout each city in what’s considered to be the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. There’s lots to brag about in 2016: […]

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Removing Columbia, Snake river dams is unwise

By Don C. Brunell There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. Here is the difference. Demolishing the two dams on the Elwha River west of […]

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