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What happens in the ‘other’ Washington matters, too

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…

Washington’s new Power of Attorney Act deserves special attention

Washington’s new Power of Attorney Act deserves special attention

By Beau Ruff Estate planning attorneys often remind their clients that laws change frequently and estate plans should be updated periodically to take into account not just changed family circumstances, but also new laws. And, sometimes a new law has such broad implication for estate planning that it is deserves special attention. Such is the…

Planning can prevent cohabitation from being a trap for the unwary

Planning can prevent cohabitation from being a trap for the unwary

By Beau Ruff Popular culture instills in us Washingtonians the concept of “common law marriage.” The concept goes something like this: If a man and a woman live together for more than seven years, then they have a “common law marriage” that might entitle each to certain laws or rights or responsibilities as if they…

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…

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:…

David Nansel, 49, of Kennewick, sits on the front wheel of an antique tractor he bought about six years ago.

Cancer forces Kennewick man to close his business, reassess future

By Sean Bassinger David Nansel’s life took a turn for the worse last year. The Kennewick man was diagnosed with cancer, lost his job and struggled with depression. As he approaches the age of 50, he’s looking ahead to a future he never expected to have. The former dairy industry veteran and software development consultant…

Removing Columbia, Snake river dams is unwise

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…

Washington’s largest wine grape harvest wrapped up in early November.

Grape growers anticipating largest harvest in state history

By Wine News Service Washington grape growers and winemakers are wrapping up what is being widely anticipated as the largest harvest in Washington history. Pre-harvest estimates of a quarter-million tons of wine grapes are likely to be exceeded, as the crop has come in heavier than anticipated. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which uses two out…

Tri-Cities isn’t facing real estate bubble

Tri-Cities isn’t facing real estate bubble

By Dennis Gisi Is it really a seller’s real estate market? Yes! Why? The reason is somewhat lengthy and complicated. I am going to start with a 1999 New York Times article written by Steven H. Holmes published in the New York Times, entitled, “Fannie Mae eases credit to aid mortgage lending.” The story refers…

Five traits that make exceptional employees stand out 

Five traits that make exceptional employees stand out 

By Veronica Craker While working at Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest, I’ve had the opportunity to hear from various types of business owners. I’ve chatted with leaders of large establishments like Expedia to smaller productions like the 1899 House Bed & Breakfast in Spokane. Despite their difference in size or service, almost all business…

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