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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…

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…

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