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Members of the wine grape industry taste during a seminar at the annual grape growers convention. The Washington Winegrowers Association provides a local economic impact of $875,000, according to Visit Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Washington Winegrowers Association)

Washington grape growers inject $875,000 into economy at annual convention

By Andy Perdue This month, wine grape growers from across the state and throughout the Northwest descended on the Tri-Cities for the Washington Winegrowers Association’s annual convention and trade show Feb. 11-14. About 2,000 members of the wine industry were expected at the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center to attend seminars, learn about…

Washington State

Legislative session focused on spending, taxes

By Kris Johnson The 66th Legislature convened Jan. 14 and is slated to end April 28. During that time, the top job for lawmakers is to craft the state’s two-year operating budget. The good news is they have record tax collections to work with — more than  $50 billion for the 2019-21 budget cycle. To…

Mug of tea

Read between the leaves: Tea is good brew for you

By Marilou Shea Did you know that for every cup of coffee consumed daily in the world three cups of tea are consumed? Or that next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage the world over? There are more than 1,500 varieties of tea varying in color and taste. Consumers today are beginning to…

Local or out-of-town attorney? Go local

By Beau Ruff When businesses need attorneys to assist on either day-to-day matters (e.g. labor and employment issues) or once-in-a-lifetime matters (e.g. selling the business), the business will need to choose whether to engage and rely upon local counsel or seek the services of an attorney located in a larger metropolitan area. Generally, the business…

Contractors are facing labor shortages and increased material costs as they work to meet the demand for both residential and commercial construction in the Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Elite Construction and Development)

Contractors squeezed by higher costs while demand remains strong

By Jennifer L. Drey Increased costs for materials and labor, coupled with national tariffs and state regulations are presenting challenges and squeezing margins for general contractors in the Tri-Cities as demand for construction remains heavy, according to those in the industry. Nationally, the costs of all inputs to construction increased by 4.9 percent between November…


Farm Bill could clear way for state’s industrial hemp growers

By Michelle Dupler A federal Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in December opens the door for legal industrial hemp farming nationwide, but it remains to be seen exactly how the crop will be regulated as a legal commodity in Washington state. The Washington State Department of Agriculture has said it…

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

Tri-City health care sector ranks as region’s second largest work force

By D. Patrick Jones Despite recent challenges faced by local hospitals, health care here is acquiring all the features of a major medical center. Benton-Franklin Trends data makes this quite clear, tracking the share of the work force employed in the five highest-employing sectors. Health care is the second from the bottom in the graph.…


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…

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