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David, left and Nathan Croskrey stand outside their recently completed Road 44 storage unit project in Pasco. The identical twins have bought, built and sold dozens of properties across the Tri-Cities.

Tri-Cities’ twin ‘Property Brothers’ share real estate success

By Robin Wojtanik Tri-Cities’ real-life “Property Brothers,” David and Nathan Croskrey have found success as a team, building, buying and selling properties around the area for decades. [blockquote quote=”We wouldn’t do it if it was not fun.” source=”Nathan Croskrey” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] But it’s not a business model they would recommend for everyone. The identical twins…

Values-based investment growing in Tri-Cities, nationwide

Values-based investment growing in Tri-Cities, nationwide

By Eleanor Cummins Preparing for retirement isn’t just about getting finances in order. Faith-based financial advisers, whose ranks are rapidly expanding in the Tri-Cities and across the country, say retirement is also a time to reaffirm commitments to family, friends and the causes you believe in. [blockquote quote=”You can leave your money three places. You…

Don’t be ‘all thumbs’ when it comes to retirement planning

Don’t be ‘all thumbs’ when it comes to retirement planning

By Benjamin Messinger My favorite economics professor started our first class by asking: “What is the purpose of a business?” A classmate called out, “To make a profit.” Our professor replied, “Wrong! The purpose of a business is to MAXIMIZE profit! Making a profit leads to golfing in Ritzville. Maximizing profit leads to scuba diving…

Terry Chick, who relies on Social Security for his income, mows his own lawn at his Kennewick home to save money. He’s one of a growing number of senior citizens nationwide relying on Social Security as their primary source of income.

More seniors relying on Social Security as main income

By Robin Wojtanik Terry Chick is among a growing percentage of Baby Boomers who rely on a Social Security check every month as a main source of income. But it’s not a position he expected to be in after decades of full-time work. [blockquote quote=”Don’t call me frugal. Call me cheap.” source=”Terry Chick” align=”right” max_width=”300px”]…

Probate could be avoided with proper planning

Probate could be avoided with proper planning

By Beau Ruff Few words evoke such strong negative imagery as the term “probate.” For most people, they are not sure exactly what probate entails, but they know they want to avoid it at all cost. Contrary to conventional wisdom — and unlike other states — Washington has a simplified and streamlined probate process. Indeed,…

Dick Boushey walks through his vineyard near Grandview. The longtime grape grower is taking over management of Klipsun Vineyards on Red Mountain, which is considered one of the top vineyards in the state. The 120-acre vineyard was recently bought by Chicago-based Terlato Wines International. (Courtesy Wine News Service)

120-acre Red Mountain vineyard sold to Chicago-based company

By Wine News Service A Chicago company recently bought one of Red Mountain’s top vineyards. And one of Washington wine country’s most celebrated grape growers will be managing it. Dick Boushey will be oversee the 120-acre Klipsun Vineyard for Terlato Wines International, a leading importer and marketer. The company also owns such Napa Valley brands…

Bethany Cooper, left, and Alyssa Schultheiss of Kennewick High School confer during the Junior Achievement High-Tech Business Challenge, an online business simulation contest on April 25 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

High school students test their business knowledge in Junior Achievement contest

By Melissa Heaton Pasco High’s Purple Powerhouse team earned bragging rights, cash and a traveling trophy after showcasing their business savvy during Junior Achievement’s 10th annual High-Tech Business Challenge. [blockquote quote=”Connecting students to the ‘real world’ of business – that is one of our priorities.” source=”Dana Munn, program specialist with Junior Achievement of Washington” align=”right”…

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Washington state wine industry marks 30-year milestone

Wineries, winegrowers experiencing explosive growth since wine commission formed in 1987 By Heather Bradshaw This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Washington State Wine Commission, a marketing, communications and research organization that represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in the state. In 1987, early industry visionaries saw the need to bring…

Palencia Wine Co. ‘bottling’ with eco-friendly, recyclable totes

Local winemaker ‘bottling’ with eco-friendly, recyclable totes

By Wine News Service Palencia Wine Co. plans to put 500 cases into the totes this year A Walla Walla winemaker who is relocating part of his business to the Tri-Cities also is doing everything he can to reduce his carbon footprint. [blockquote quote=”I’ve seen first-hand how much waste can be generated with traditional bottlings.”…

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Popular property tax limit is working; lawmakers should leave it alone

By Paul Guppy With so much commotion happening in our national government, it is reassuring to know one effective policy in our state is working every day, quietly and effectively, exactly as planned. That policy is based on the wise decision voters made in 2001 to enact a 1 percent limit on how much state…

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