Kennewick’s new Diversity Commission tackles complex issue

By Michelle Dupler After a year of discussion, the Kennewick Diversity Commission has an eye on making a report to the city council this fall on the state of diversity in the city and its recommendations for promoting inclusiveness. Commission Chairwoman Zelma Maine Jackson said the group recently concluded a citizen survey and is in […]

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Potato dynasties supply world with unmatched varieties

By Marilou Shea Potatoes are a way of life around the Tri-Cities. Washington state potato farmers produce 23 percent of all potatoes in the nation, from the russet family where the Russet Burbank, Umatilla and Russet Ranger make up a good deal of the French fries in McDonald’s Happy Meals, to red and yellow varieties. […]

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Sudden deaths take trio of state’s business, ag leaders

By Don C. Brunell So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture.  Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large shoes to fill. They came from vastly different backgrounds and political perspectives, yet it was their diversity, ingenuity and drive that makes our state and nation […]

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Reporter finds zen in float pod, until her nose itches

By Robin Wojtanik Journalism usually requires the reporter to stay out of the story, but sometimes you can’t explain a new experience without experiencing it yourself. That’s why I packed a swimsuit for the first time on an assignment. I wanted to climb into the float pod to offer a firsthand perspective from someone who […]

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A Walmart associate helps a customer sign for a grocery pickup order. Tri-City Fred Meyer and Walmart stores expect to offer grocery service pickup services before the end of the year. (Courtesy Walmart)

Order groceries online, then pick up curbside

By Robin Wojtanik Whether it’s back-to-school lunch supplies or a Thanksgiving turkey, grocery shopping will get more convenient as stores begin to offer curbside pickup. Tri-City Fred Meyer and some Walmart stores expect to offer their version of the service before the end of the year. The Richland Fred Meyer will begin its ClickList service […]

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Kennewick man perfects kombucha recipe, opens brewery

By Andy Perdue The Tri-Cities’ first commercial kombucha brewery has been established in Kennewick. Joshua Steensland of Kennewick has opened Steensland Family Kombucha. Steensland, a veteran of the Marine Corps, spent the past year perfecting his kombucha recipe and now is confident enough to turn it into a commercial venture. Steensland Family Kombucha passed its […]

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Columbia Center Rotary’s outgoing president Peter Kalunian stands with incoming president Roger McDowell in front of the club’s wall of flags, which were exchanged by members who visited the Kennewick chapter or visited chapters elsewhere and brought back.

Civic-minded citizens making difference in Tri-City service groups

By Robin Wojtanik Attend a weekly meeting at Columbia Center Rotary’s event center in Kennewick, and you’ll find a diverse group of members, ranging in both age and profession. The recent fiscal year-end meeting for the local service organization included the announcement of 16 new dues-paying members joining in the last year, adding to the […]

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Washington River Protection Solutions volunteer Bree Smith, left, watches McLoughlin Middle School students use straw rockets to test their trajectories during a STEM Like Me! session. The program addresses the disparity of students pursuing STEM subjects as they prepare to enter high school.

From programs to playhouses, STEM remains focus

By Robin Wojtanik The Tri-City community benefits from both grass-roots and professional efforts to spread awareness of STEM concepts, projects and ideas in the region. From small ideas with the potential to make a big impact, to large projects affecting thousands, there is a strong push by nonprofits to make today’s youth aware of science, […]

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