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Luke Lynch, 7, of Moses Lake, plays Feb. 24 at the podium of the state Senate after a memorial resolution was read honoring his father, Kyle Lynch, who died of cancer in November. Kyle Lynch was an aide for two 13th District senators from 2003-16. (Courtesy Rebecca White of Columbia Basin Herald)

Kennewick native honored in state Senate

By Rebecca White, Columbia Basin Herald OLYMPIA — Members of the state Senate honored a Moses Lake man who grew up in the Tri-Cities with a resolution honoring his life and work. Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, read the resolution to the Senate on Feb. 24 and along with Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, shared memories…

Regulatory overlap, uncertain timelines threaten jobs in Washington state

Regulatory overlap, uncertain timelines threaten jobs in Washington state

By Lew Moore Driving down I-5 or along I-90, it doesn’t take long to see where the information economy starts and the manufacturing economy stops. Washington has, essentially, become two Washingtons. In the big cities like Seattle, construction cranes dot the skylines. In outlying rural areas, it is a very different picture, where unemployment is…

Dennis Kyllo, one of Central Washington Corn Processors’ five principal owners, tells visitors on a tour of the 95,480-square-foot Richland warehouse that it has the capacity to store 35,000 tons of animal feed.

Tri-Cities ends year at top of job market, largest labor force

By Sean Bassinger The Tri-Cities ended the year with the largest labor force ever and the fastest-growing job market in the state. Kennewick, Richland and Pasco added more than 3,800 jobs in December, or 3.6 percent growth over the same month the previous year. The next fastest growth rates in the state include Wenatchee at…

Chart course for your business to thrive for long haul

Chart course for your business to thrive for long haul

By Berta Gabbard With the new year well underway and a new administration in the White House, many business owners in the greater Tri-Cities area are looking to maintain their stride as we see how the markets respond and evolve. Several owners I work with are actively pursuing plans to grow or retool their companies.…

Lending money

Follow these rules when lending money to family, friends

By Beau Ruff Times can get financially rough. People go through difficult periods in life and might be strapped for cash and need an additional sources of money. Perhaps the cash is needed to buy a new house or to pay for a small business or an attorney’s retainer for a divorce or to tackle…

Lynx Healthcare recently completed the remodel of the clinic formerly known as Pinnacle Pain Center at 741 W. Hood Place in Kennewick. The clinic was remodeled to make room for primary care programs as well as chiropractic, massage and pain management services. (Courtesy Lynx Healthcare)

Pinnacle Pain Center rebrands to Lynx Healthcare after renovations

By Sean Bassinger Mid-Columbia residents seeking relief from chronic back, neck, arthritic, cancer or other chronic or acute pain have more options available to them with Lynx Healthcare’s recent Kennewick expansion. Formerly Pinnacle Pain Center in Kennewick, the Tri-City pain clinic rebranded with a series of other clinics as part of Lynx Healthcare. “We wanted…

Washington state has produced more red wine than white since 2013, a trend that appears likely to continue into the foreseeable future. (Courtesy Wine News Service)

Washington’s wine production shifts firmly into reds

By Wine News Service Politically, Washington’s Columbia Valley has been the red part of a blue state for decades. And when it comes to wine, Washington has shifted firmly to being a red wine-producing state. The last year Washington produced more white wine than red was in 2012, and it’s likely to be the last…

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…

Tri-Cities Airport expansion project nears completion

$42 million Tri-Cities Airport expansion project nears completion

By Sean Bassinger Passengers waiting for flights at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco didn’t always get to enjoy a view. That’s changed after the latest series of renovations, a nearly $42 million project more than two years in the making that’s finally ready for takeoff. “Passengers will be able to see the airfield and watch…

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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