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.

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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Family members Bob Tippett, Charles Laird, Ashley Tippett-Laird and Kirt Shaffer enjoy the support that comes from working with relatives at Tippett Company in Pasco.

Family-owned businesses find it’s relatively easy to work together

For many people, co-workers are an extension of family. They share stories around the water cooler, celebrate birthdays with office cupcakes or luncheons, step up to help when times get rough and exchange gifts around the holidays. But for some employees, like those working at Brutzman’s Office Solutions in Richland and Tippett Company in Pasco, […]

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Columbia Basin College culinary school

Fundraising begins for $10 million culinary center in Kennewick

Baking lessons, a cooking curriculum, farm-to-table meals, menu planning. The ideas and enthusiasm cooked up for Columbia Basin College’s new culinary school continue to percolate as officials try to find $10 million to build the institute in Kennewick. “Students are excited about the opportunity. Since the first news story came out, students have wondered when […]

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Justin Coronado and Bryan Monarch, co-owners of UpAngle, display some of their drones.

Business owners expect drone technology to soar in the Tri-Cities

Four years ago, Justin Coronado and Bryan Monarch started an aerial production and photography company using drones to make commercials for businesses. “We did some aerial video work for Nelson Irrigation located in Walla Walla, made some promo videos for a couple of different agricultural companies, and also made one for a company that builds […]

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