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The basin of the East Reactor, shown here, was demolished a decade ago, but it remains in surveillance mode for now, awaiting final cocooning, or stabilizing. (Photos courtesy U.S. Department of Energy)

Hanford site cleanup story unfolding

By Arielle Dreher There’s no question plenty of contamination remains at the Hanford site. But let’s pause a moment to reflect on how much has been cleaned up: 2,300 tons of spent nuclear fuel resting near the Columbia River moved to dry storage. 20 tons of leftover plutonium stabilized and shipped off site. More than…

Catwell visits Hanford

Urgency, momentum progress at Hanford

By Brian Vance A sense of urgency is building at the Hanford site as we get closer to delivering on our commitment to safely, efficiently and effectively treat tank waste and close Hanford tanks; continue to remediate waste sites and facilities; and reduce risk to our employees, the public and the environment. As the manager…

Marilou Shea, Food Truck Academy

Hospitality is a timeless, stable career

By Marilou Shea I’m often surprised at the number of people who don’t know what “hospitality” means, but I am always pleasantly surprised once I enlighten them. A happy face appears, as a warm memory traverses their heart to their head. It’s clear good hospitality leaves a lasting, memorable imprint. Hospitality shares the same Latin…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Keep the family farm with farm deduction

By Beau Ruff Should a person gift the farm before death to avoid the complexity of probate and the estate tax? Probably not. The family farm occupies a unique position in Washington state estate taxation. It is arguably one of the best assets to own at death for a wealthy family. It has the benefit…

D. Patrick Jones

Arts are vibrant in Tri-Cities, but not the payroll

By D. Patrick Jones The area’s arts calendar is full, as a glance at any Tri-City events calendar makes instantly clear. Consider music. The area is home to classical organizations such as the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Camerata Musica, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. Festivals pop up in venues in the area, especially in spring and summer, such as the…

Use your sleuthing skills to avoid online scams

By Tyler Russell Employment scams were the riskiest con of 2018, according to the latest report from the Better Business Bureau. These scams topped the list for men and women, three of BBB’s six age brackets, and for both students and veterans, according to data from the BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. The risk report…

Kennewick company stars in statewide campaign

By Kris Johnson Washington employers are entrepreneurs who build their companies for more than the product they make and the services they provide; they build them to fulfill their values of community, compassion and conscience. That’s the message behind Grow Here, the multi-media employer image ad campaign from the Association of Washington Business. In it’s…

Local honey delivers a sweet deal in preserving bees

By Marilou Shea Just about this time every spring, my farmer friend laments about how the bee population is in jeopardy. It’s a crisis. A state of emergency on their farm north of Pasco where they grow cherries, apples and blueberries. Bees are essential to their crops, not to mention their livelihood, not to mention…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Watch out for hazardous materials in land acquisitions

By Beau Ruff When a person endeavors to buy a piece of real property (i.e. land and any associated buildings), the buyer would be wise to study up on the potential liability he or she may be taking on. Notably, the buyer should beware of liability for the existence of hazardous materials on the land.…

D. Patrick Jones

Tri-Citians are big consumers of green electricity

By D. Patrick Jones Data tracking life in the Tri-Cities reveal many departures from the overall profile of life in Washington. Consider the racial and ethnic make-up here. In 2017, an estimated nearly 39 percent of the population was non-Caucasian, versus slightly over 30 percent for the state. And the estimated Hispanic population in 2017…

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