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.

A growing number of pet owners are buying insurance policies for their furry friends and fueling a $774 million pet health insurance industry. Twelve companies currently offer plans.

Pet health insurance could be money saver for furry friends

Three years ago, Perla Zepeda’s family lost a beloved family member. Their dog, Sandy, had swallowed an unknown object, causing internal damage. She was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital in Yakima, but doctors couldn’t save her. “We grieved for about three months,” Zepeda said. They also faced more than $1,000 in veterinary bills. Shortly […]

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Four tiny houses are available for rent at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Paterson. They are all less than 400 square feet.

Wineries, brewery offer plenty of incentives for visitors to stay longer

The owners of Prosser’s Horse Heaven Saloon are breaking into the overnight business, fulfilling a longstanding vision to provide an all-inclusive experience for guests. “We wanted to diversify beyond the brewery and tasting room,” said Gary Vegar, who owns Horse Heaven Saloon, as well as Horse Heaven Brewery, with his wife Carol. “The guest industry […]

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An artist’s rendering of the planned Vintner Village II incubator building in Prosser. The Prosser Economic Development Association plans to occupy one of the spaces. Richland’s ALD Architects designed the building. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Port of Benton to break ground on $2 million development in Prosser

The Port of Benton plans to kick-start a new 21-lot development with a $2 million building in Prosser designed to attract boutique businesses to complement the neighboring Vintner Village. Construction on the new building, which will include three bays for businesses, as well as an adjacent office building for a nonprofit, is expected to begin […]

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Red Level Games

Red Level Games hopes to see green from marijuana video game

A Richland company recently landed its biggest contract to date that will move a video game idea about the marijuana industry from the whiteboard to the motherboard. Red Level Games, a video game development company, said the six-figure deal with a private investor will allow it to move a step closer to offering players a […]

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Rep. Dan Newhouse speaks with Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities Executive Director Jeff Losey.

Tri-City housing market boasts double-digit growth

The Tri-Cities appears to be beating national and state averages in the residential building market. The region saw growth with new residential building permits up 26 percent over the same time period last year with more than 1,300 new single-family home permits. Pasco recorded the highest number of permits and is experiencing growth similar to […]

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Connect Workplace marketing manager, Claire Kitt, and owners Mike Stoker and Scott Gearheart, review marketing plans. Connect Workplace is accepting memberships with occupancy planned in mid-January.

More co-working space to open in Kennewick

The trend of offering flexible office space for those on a shoestring budget is gaining traction in the Tri-Cities with the opening of Connect Workplace in Kennewick. The co-working movement allows people to rent shared office space in a collaborative environment. “Let’s say you’re an insurance agent, financial planner or attorney,” Scott Gearheart, president of […]

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