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Firefighting experience offers glimpse into servant leadership

By Melanie Hair Time critical. Highly technical. Labor intensive. These three phrases were repeated throughout my daylong stint as a firefighter trainee on March 23 at the Volpentest HAMMER federal training facility at the Hanford site in Richland. Called Fire Ops 101, the multi-agency event is designed to show everyday Joes and Janes what it’s…

Moving toward sustainability at work or home begins with one step

By Gail Everett All this talk about sustainability only widens the gap between those who get it and those who are too overwhelmed to start. In general, being sustainable means doing your best to avoid the depletion of our natural resources and reducing your adverse impact by being careful stewards of the resources you are…

Wade Wolfe, owner/winemaker of Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, walks through a vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills during harvest. The total crushed last fall added up to 227,000 tons, down considerably from 2016, when winemakers crushed a record 270,000 tons.

Washington wine grape harvest falls short of record

By Andy Perdue As predicted last fall, Washington’s wine grape crop fell short of record numbers, according to the annual harvest report recently released by the Washington State Wine Commission. The total crushed last fall added up to 227,000 tons, down considerably from 2016, when winemakers crushed a record 270,000 tons. Even so, that total…


Hospitality association’s top priority for year is tourism

By Anthony Anton I love hospitality. We are welcoming and solution-oriented, constantly finding ways to improve the experience we deliver to guests. The team here at the Washington Hospitality Association is working on solutions to policy issues that fit the needs of our industry and work for Washingtonians. During the past several years, we’ve had…

Degrees of hospitality limited only by imagination

By Marilou Shea Hospitality is a vast industry comprised of a lot of different things — food and beverage, lodging, conventions, travel, attractions and leisure. The industry is typically divided into two measureable sectors: arts, entertainment and recreation; and accommodations and food services. I’m going to focus on the latter because that’s where the job…

Winemaker offers advice for choosing best wine for casual dinner party

Winemaker offers advice for choosing best wine for casual dinner party

By David Forsyth OK, so here’s the challenge. I’ve got company visiting from out-of-town, California wine country to be exact, folks who know and are active in the wine industry. Which Washington wine should be served to showcase the true essence of Washington wine? Do I distill the choice down to one white and one…


Channel the art of hospitality to keep customers coming back

By Robert J. Harrington Hospitality and tourism make up one of the largest industries in the United States. At the same time, the market is saturated with competition, and consumer expectations are evolving. In changing times, how can hospitality businesses change to meet the needs of their customers and still run a successful operation? One…

Work was at a standstill in mid-February at the College Avenue Apartments project at 1318 W. College just north of the Kendall Yards neighborhood, in Spokane. Vandervert Construction Inc. had been the general contractor on the $3.4 million project.  (Courtesy Spokane Journal of Business)

Vandervert Construction’s financial crisis sends ripples through construction industry

By Kevin Blocker, Spokane Journal of Business A Coeur d’Alene-based company recently laid off four employees as a direct consequence of Vandervert Construction Inc. entering into receivership. Aaron Kayser, owner of Innovative Electrical Solutions LLC, said the workers were dedicated exclusively to working on projects for the now-shuttered Spokane-based general contractor. “I don’t think I’ll…

attractive nuisances

How to protect against attractive nuisances to avoid liability

By Beau Ruff If you’ve ever driven past an abandoned house with rusted play equipment in plain sight and thought that it looked like a dangerous trap for unwary children, then you intuitively know about the concept of an “attractive nuisance.” Landowners owe a duty to those who come on their property. The level of…

State legislator’s bill aims to protect citizens in wake of federal pot crackdown

By Michelle Dupler If one Washington lawmaker has his way, the federal government won’t be able to look to state employees for help enforcing federal marijuana prohibitions. Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, introduced House Bill 2124 in the wake of the Jan. 4 memorandum by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing federal prosecutors to resume enforcement…

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