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.

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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This map shows the 80- to 90-acre sports complex Prosser has in the works. There will be about 20 acres earmarked for festivals and other outdoor events. It will be south of Interstate 82 between Bettinson Road and Chandler Canal. (Courtesy city of Prosser)

Prosser aims to develop 80- to 90-acre sports complex by 2020

City plans to parcel off 24 acres for residential development to pay for project’s first phase By 2020, football, baseball, softball and soccer players will have new fields to play on as the city of Prosser moves toward its goal to create a sports complex. “It’s been a long time coming,” said David Stockdale, Prosser […]

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Since its inception, the Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised $2.5 million for PMH Medical Center. The hospital is in the process of creating its own foundation.

After 17 years, PMH Medical Center, foundation cut ties

PMH Medical Center has ended its relationship with the charitable group formerly known as the Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Prosser hospital’s decision to sever ties with the nonprofit became effective July 31. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has raised as estimated $2.5 million for the hospital, including $2.15 million for the capital […]

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The new Tri-CU building, which will cost almost $3 million, was designed by Terence L. Thornhill Architect Inc. of Pasco. DGR Grant Construction of Richland is the general contractor. (Courtesy Tri-CU)

Credit union announces name change, plans for new building

Tri-CU unveils new logo name, plans for new headquarters Tri-Cities Community Federal Credit Union announced its new name this month and soon the company will get a new home. The credit union is now called Tri-CU (pronounced Tri-Q) as announced during a recent ground-breaking ceremony for a 8,300-square-foot building at 3213 W. 19th Ave. in […]

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