Articles by 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 patient in Don and Lori Watts Pediatric Center is taken to surgery in a wagon to make the experience a little less stressful. The wagon, as well as a big wheel for patients, was paid for through the Kadlec Foundation. (Courtesy Kadlec Foundation)

Pooled income donor program helps Kadlec address unmet health needs

Four years ago, the Kadlec Foundation kicked off a new donor program called K-Life to allow people to make an investment in local health care while enjoying the tax savings benefits of a charitable trust. K-Life uses a pooled income fund with three major benefits: bypassing capital gains taxes, increased lifetime income and a partial…

A $1.5 million theater expansion project at the Academy of Children’s Theatre in Richland will transform the existing rear storage warehouse into a multi-use theater with 300 seats. (Courtesy ACT)

Academy of Children’s Theatre kicks off theater renovation project

The Academy of Children’s Theatre kicked off an expansion project this month to build a larger performance stage at its Richland headquarters at 213 Wellsian Way. Construction of the $1.5 million project will take place over the course of three years. This isn’t the first time ACT has undergone a transformation. Shortly after moving into…

Construction continues on the new Vintner Square strip mall that will be home to Panera Bread and Tri-City Kids Dentistry in Richland. (Photo: Paul T. Erickson)

Commercial real estate market: It’s hot

Rusty Morse has been a part of the Tri-City commercial real estate scene for 25 years, and while he’s seen plenty of growth in the area, he said the last five to 10 years have been phenomenal. “It just continues to grow,” said Morse, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial. “I look at my production,…

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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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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…

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…

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…

More than a dozen people attended a four-week class last fall at Fuse SPC to turn their ideas into businesses. Fuse also hosts events where entrepreneurs can pitch ideas to potential investors. (Courtesy Fuse SPC)

Fuse offers collaborative space for angel investors, entrepreneurs to meet

It’s hard to start a business on optimism alone. Brett Spooner, an attorney with Gravis Law PLLC in Richland, said what makes it even more difficult is that entrepreneurs are limited when it comes to soliciting the capital they need to get their businesses off the ground. “The goal of the Security and Exchange Commission…

Former employee runs two printing businesses under one roof

Ron Morris buys BIG Print Shop, Digital Image Tri-Cities in 2017 Ron Morris spent decades learning the ins and outs of the printing world and within a span of six months last year, he bought two printing businesses, both of which he used to work at. The tale of how he became the owner of…

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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