Articles by Jamie Council

Preston Morris, center, has been working as an intern for three years at Richland’s Planet Fitness through a placement program with Richland School District’s Community Based Transition Center. Scott Piippo, left, is a work-based learning coordinator for CBTC, and Amani Wilburn, right, is club manager at the Richland Planet Fitness. (Photo by Jamie Council)

Richland School District’s special needs program seeks business partners

They say good work – and good workers – are hard to find, but a new program in the Richland School District is helping businesses find employees while changing students’…

Night racing returned to the Tri-City Raceway in West Richland after two decades. Visit Tri-Cities officials say sports tourism is on the upswing. (Photo by Jamie Council)

Sports tourism rebounding after pandemic slump

Sports tourism hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels yet, but Visit Tri-Cities is working hard to change that. “Sports was one of the first groups to open back up (after the…

Ryan and Robin Burck are the co-owners of the Shoot 360 Tri-Cities franchise at 2541 Logan St. in Richland. It opened June 30. (Photo by Jamie Council)

New basketball tech-focused skills gym has all the balls and whistles

A national franchise that combines state-of-the-art, data-driven shot analytics for the serious hooper with skills and game stations for ballers of all skill levels has opened in Richland. Shoot 360…

Paulina Perez of Hot Tamales said she never expected the business would be able to buy a building of its own. It recently moved from Kennewick to 608 Williams Blvd. in Richland. (Photo by Jamie Council)

New location, new kitchen, same Hot Tamales

Hot Tamales started as a side hustle for Paulina Perez and her mother, Lupe Perez. They’ve served up their tamales in each of the Tri-Cities since launching in 2017 but…

Wonderland Pole and Dance studio owner Lindsey Ross, center, poses with instructor Lianne Meyer, right and student Yoselin Pedraza at her studio at 1823 George Washington Way in Richland. Wonderland offers a shame-free environment for students to explore movement. (Photo by Jamie Council)

Take a chance, get on the pole and dance at new Richland studio

What would the love child of ballet and gymnastics look like? Wonderland Pole and Dance studio, said owner Lindsey Ross. “It’s like the gym and the club mixed and made…

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