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.

Fuel distributor R.E. Powell recently bought a $4.45 million three-story office building at 1060 Jadwin Ave. in Richland after outgrowing its facility in Pasco. Twenty employees work out of the offices on Jadwin. The company is the largest distributor of Chevron fuels in the Northwest and the largest distributor of Shell lubricant, supplying businesses all over Washington, northern and eastern Oregon, and the Idaho panhandle.

R.E. Powell expands in Tri-Cities, buys $4.45M building in Richland

R.E. Powell, a distributor of fuels and lubricants, has expanded its presence in the Tri-Cities by buying a three-story office building in Richland. In late April 2017, the company bought a 46,800-square-foot building for $4.45 million at 1060 Jadwin Ave. The Grandview-based company had been leasing the building since fall 2016 after outgrowing its facility […]

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Dev Patel and Jackie Cross stand in front of crops at Prosser Farm. The farm supplies more than a dozen Seattle-area Tom Douglas Restaurants with about 10 percent of its produce annually. Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, melons and a plethora of herbs are grown on five acres.

Prosser Farm supplies fresh produce to Seattle-area foodies

Five-acre farm produced 65,000 pounds last year for Tom Douglas Restaurants   Jackie Cross had no intention of owning a farm in Prosser as she and her husband Tom Douglas spend most of their days on the west side of the state. As the owners of more than a dozen Seattle-area restaurants, including Lola, Cuoco and […]

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Brett Lott, co-owner of Brett Lott Homes, examines floor plans. As a certified aging-in-place specialist, he custom designs homes so clients can stay in them long term.

Specialty builders look to the future when designing homes

Aging-in-place specialists can help homeowners make adjustments As nearly 77 million baby boomers settle into retirement, many are concerned with more than just their bank accounts. Almost 70 percent of homeowners nationwide have made adjustments to their homes so they can live there longer, according to an AARP study called “Fixing to Stay.” It’s one […]

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Dave Landis, Cindy Landis and Jay Denney pose in front of the 96-foot yacht used to operate Water2Wine Cruises, which sails out of Columbia Point Marina in Richland. The new business offers lunch and dinner cruises.

Water2Wine Cruises providing lunch, dinner aboard yacht

Cruises depart from Richland’s Columbia Point Marina When you have more than three decades of experience in the cruise industry, you’re bound to cross paths with the same people more than once. Jay Denney and Dave Landis did so on several occasions—in different ports and on different boats—over a period of 17 years. It was […]

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Pacific Steel & Recycling warehouse customer service specialist Shawn Jackson sends cans up the conveyor to be weighed. The company accepts an average of 400 to 500 pounds of cans per day.

Metals market sees an upswing as economy improves

Pacific Steel & Recycling customers include food processing, construction, towing companies Long before Jackie Koleber became the manager of Pacific Steel & Recycling’s Kennewick location, she was a customer. “When I was little, I used to collect pop cans. My uncle would take me and my cousins out (to find cans), and we would bring […]

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People For People, a nonprofit committed to empowering senior citizens with resources, such as medical transportation

People For People offers seniors rides across 12 counties

Madelyn Carlson knows what drives seniors to lead longer, more productive lives. “If they don’t have transportation services—if they can’t access critical services—they’re going to be institutionalized much earlier,” said Carlson, CEO of People For People, a nonprofit committed to empowering senior citizens with resources, such as medical transportation. “And when they have to be […]

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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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