Articles by Loretto Hulse

Loretto J. Hulse lives in Pasco and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. She’s married and lives with her husband, Blaine, on a small farm where they raise horses, cats and dogs.
Darigold Expansion in Sunnyside

Darigold completes $97 million expansion of Sunnyside plant

There’s a huge Milky Way in Sunnyside that few people know exists. Each morning, truck after truck, all marked Milky Way, turn into the driveway of the Darigold Sunnyside plant, back up to the offloading pumps and by the end of the day, have off-loaded 8.7 million pounds of raw milk to the plant. The…


Up-and-coming Mid-Columbia products showcased at June FABREO Expo

Saucy, spicy and sassy foods were just some of the offerings at the 2016 Food and Beverage Retention and Expansion (FABREO) Expo held June 15 at TRAC in Pasco. The event was sponsored by the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) to showcase products and foods available in the Mid-Columbia. “The aim was to bring in a…

Wells Fargo Advisors

Wells Fargo adds full-service wealth management office in Kennewick

A new Wells Fargo office has opened in the Tri-Cities. Wells Fargo & Company, the parent company of Wells Fargo Advisors, opened a new office in Kennewick this spring. Wells Fargo Advisors is a subsidiary of the well-known bank with the same name. A full-service investment firm, Wells Fargo Advisors covers all spectrums of wealth…

Hampton Inn & Suites in Pasco

New Hampton Inn & Suites in Pasco adds 120 guest rooms to tally

Although Pasco’s newest hotel is less than three months old, it’s already a popular place to stay for many out-of-town visitors. The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Pasco/Tri-Cities opened over Memorial Day weekend just about a block east of Road 68. “We’re within walking distance of Cousins Restaurant—our parking lots practically adjoin,” Ron Asmus…

Hands in for Hands on

Space exhibit tests market for Hands In for Hands On Children’s Museum

Satellites have been invisibly spinning, whirling and orbiting around our world since Russia’s Sputnik first blinked about the planet decades ago. Local youths can learn about the various pieces of hardware orbiting the Earth at the traveling A View From Space’ exhibit from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland set up…

Black Diamond 4x4 in Kennewick.

Black Diamond 4×4: New local source for after-market parts; installation

‘Trick ‘em out’ is a slogan used by 4×4 enthusiasts across the United States. But for the past few years, Mid-Columbia residents haven’t had a ready source for the after-market lift kits, bumpers, tires, suspension, body armor and other accessories popular for customizing their 4x4s, according to Makaila Holstein, manager of the new Black Diamond…

Atomic City Thrift in Richland.

New family-owned thrift shop donates portion proceeds to nonprofits

In May, three family members opened a thrift shop in Richland with one purpose in mind to improve their community by helping abused youths. The owners of Atomic City Thrift are brothers Aaron and Daniel Croskrey and their cousin Jeremiah Croskrey, all of Richland. The shop is located at 1420 Jadwin Avenue, across from the…

Columbia Garden's groundbreaking

City, Port of Kennewick move forward with Columbia Gardens

Dirt will soon fly at the site of the planned Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village in historic downtown Kennewick. Columbia Gardens is a joint project between the Port of Kennewick, which owns the land, and the City of Kennewick, which is building a wine-wastewater treatment facility and adding streetscaping to the site. The…

Rendering courtesy of Baker Construction & Development.

Spokane’s jewelry store expands to Kennewick

Kennewick will have more glitz, glimmer and glamour in August when Spokane’s Jewelry Design Center opens its second Eastern Washington store. The family-owned business was founded in 1977 by Doug Toone, who had worked as a jewelry manufacturer to the trade before striking out on his own. The company’s 17,000-sq.-ft. Spokane store at 821 N.…

State of the Cities 2016

Tri-Cities’ mayors report their cities, region continue to thrive

‘Promising and robust’ is how all four of the Tri-Cities’ mayors described the economic health of their towns. The mayors gave a brief overview of upcoming projects and finances in their respective cities during the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon in May. Mayors Steve Young of Kennewick, Matt Watkins of Pasco, Robert Thompson…

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