Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer is a freelance writer based in Prosser and a contributor to numerous print and online publications. When she’s not working on a news story, she can be found on the soccer field, at her local library or holed up in her office working on her next Young Adult novel.

Workers are replacing the deck on the Interstate 82 bridge connecting Washington to Oregon and rehabilitating critical steel components to improve safety. (Courtesy DOT)

State gears up to build rock fence, improve I-182, Highway 12

Work is expected to begin in May on the biggest rock fence in Washington state’s history—and it’s not along the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass but along Highway 730 south of the Wallula junction. “That whole stretch from the Oregon border to the Wallula junction, there’s boulders in the ditch and there have been cars and […]

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Federal law now requires carriers and drivers to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to help create a safer work environment and make it easier to accurately track, manage and share data. (Courtesy Omnitracs)

New federal regulations aim to keep workers safe, help track shipments

Kennewick business owners support use of required electronic logging devices The transportation industry is feeling the effects of new regulations that went into effect at the end of 2017. After a 24-month phase-in period, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, now requires carriers and drivers to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to […]

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Scott Eckstein, clinical assistant professor of hospitality business management, takes program students on a field trip to gain real-world experience to help them better understand senior living. (Courtesy Washington State University)

WSU hospitality school rolls out Institute for Senior Living

A Washington State University professor knows firsthand the importance of hiring well trained, qualified “senior living” professionals. Scott Eckstein lived in an assisted living facility for a while to help settle his maternal grandparents into one. He also believes living in one may have prevented his grandmother’s death. He knows the business side of the […]

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Jolene Johnson started In4ormed Benefits Solutions in 2015 to connect business owners with policies that provide “financial protection and peace of mind.” (Courtesy In4ormed Benefits Solutions)

Entrepreneur aims to help business owners retain, attract workers

Owner of Kennewick’s In4ormed Benefits Solutions says more clients seeking to offer ancillary benefits For as long as Jolene Johnson can remember, she’s had an entrepreneurial spirit. In high school, she worked alongside her parents at the RV park they owned on Snoqualmie Pass, but she learned quickly that she loved helping people much more […]

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The new Bleyhl Co-op store at the corner of Road 68 and Chapel Hill Boulevard in Pasco will be about 20,000 square feet and will include True Value Hardware and Great Harvest Bread Co. (Courtesy Bleyhl Co-op)

Bleyhl Co-op plans to open new Pasco store in fall

Bleyhl Co-op plans to break ground this spring on a new 20,000-square-foot store in Pasco and share the space with True Value Hardware and Great Harvest Bread Co. The $4.5 million to $5 million project at Road 68 and Chapel Hill Boulevard will replace the current Pasco store at 1126 W. Ainsworth St. Russ Ward, […]

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The Tri-City residential building market continues to grow. It’s up six percent year over last year during the same period. (Courtesy Paul T. Erickson)

Tri-City housing market already topping last year’s numbers

The number of home building permits issued in Benton and Franklin counties grew six percent in 2017—despite a slow start to the year. “We couldn’t pour concrete; the ground was freezing,” said Jeff Losey, executive director of the Tri-Cities Home Builders Association, or HBA. “For two straight months, we had to play catch up.” The […]

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Gensco’s current warehouse, at 6425 W. John Day Ave., is 22,000 square feet. The company has applied for a building permit for a new 56,662-square-foot building at 314 N. Wilson Place that includes a warehouse and showroom.

Company planning to double warehouse size in Kennewick

Gensco has applied for $4.95 million permit for new warehouse, showroom A wholesale and regional distributor of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment plans to build a new 53,735-square-foot warehouse in Kennewick. The new building will be on three acres just off Deschutes Avenue at 314 N. Wilson Place. Vandervert Construction of Spokane has been […]

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