Articles by Kevin Anthony

Kevin Anthony is a longtime journalist with more than two decades of experience writing and editing. He spends way too much time binge-watching Netflix and playing addictive games on his phone, and not enough up on Badger Mountain. He's lived in the Tri-Cities since 2007.
Student Debt

Student loan debt burdening millions

A $1.5 trillion debt. Owed by 45 million people, or 15 percent of the U.S. population. Backed by the U.S. government, and by extension, taxpayers. Anyone who thinks this country’s growing student debt crisis doesn’t affect them is sorely mistaken. That’s the message from a certified student loan counselor, and he says it’s true for…

The demand for frozen potato products such as french fries and tater tots has increased so much that the Washington Potato Commission says that overseas exports have been rationed. The state’s potato farmers grew 10.5 billion pounds in 2018. (Courtesy Washington State Potato Commission)

Popular potatoes: Spuds stay big business for state

The sweetest words a potato farmer in Eastern Washington can hear aren’t about crop yields or perfect weather or the opening of new processing plants. Nah. What really rings golden is: Taco Bell is bringing back Nacho Fries. Or: McDonald’s now has all-day breakfast. And then there’s “loaded” fries, those deep-fried potato strips slathered in…

The Yakima Valley — the world’s largest producer of hops — had only a slight increase of 1 percent in hops acreage last year compared to explosive growth in previous years. (Courtesy Hop Growers of America)

Hop crops: Market slows after rapid growth

The most recent hops data paints a picture that could be interpreted as an end to the recent boom for Washington hop farmers. But that does not point toward a fall back to earth, said Ann George, a Moxee farmer and executive director of the Washington Hop Commission, which serves double duty as the Hop…

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing helps Parkinson’s patients fight disease

The answer to the obvious question is “no.” A boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease does not include a lot of fist-to-face-type action. Most of the participants already are in a pretty big fight. Instead, programs like Rock Steady Boxing — a national program offered in the Tri-Cities by Tony and Gigi Valdez at…

Wet Palette

Wet your whistle and palette at Richland studio

Becky Brice never intended to open a brick-and-mortar studio when she started The Wet Palette Paint Parties five years ago. Back then, the party traveled to its customers. Now, it stays in the studio. And it’s an even bigger studio than the one she had at The Parkway in Richland for more than three years…

Richland City Hall

New Richland City Hall opens doors

The numbers aren’t all that far apart — from 505 Swift Blvd. to 625 Swift. And the physical move into Richland’s new City Hall from the old building amounts to several hundred feet across Jadwin Avenue. But after $18.4 million and 20 months of construction — plus some 14 years of planning and negotiations before…

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