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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, left, invited Jennifer Granholm, the new Energy secretary, to tour the Hanford site, continuing his tradition of hosting senior officials in Richland. Above, he welcomed former secretary Rick Perry, center in dark jacket, in August 2017. Perry was former President Donald Trump’s first Energy secretary. (Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

Newhouse invites new Energy secretary to tour Hanford

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse personally invited the new U.S. Secretary of Energy to tour the Hanford site so she can familiarize herself with the country’s largest defense nuclear cleanup site. Newhouse, whose district includes Hanford, wants Secretary Jennifer Granholm to see the complicated undertaking for herself. In the same letter, he expressly denied a request…

Cody Easterday, 49, of Mesa, faces a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in a $244 million "ghost-cattle" scheme that targeted Tyson Foods Inc. and CME Group Inc.

Easterday pleads guilty in $244M cattle fraud, faces 20 years

A Mesa man faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to defrauding Tyson Foods Inc. and CME Group Inc. of more than $244 million through a stunning “ghost-cattle” scheme to cover his massive trading losses. Cody Easterday, 49, former president of Easterday Ranches in Franklin County, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire…


Business Briefs – April 2021

Gesa makes $11M naming rights deal with WSU The playing surface at Washington State University’s Martin Stadium is now called Gesa Field under a 10-year naming rights deal valued at $11 million. Richland-based Gesa Credit Union and WSU announced the deal in March. The value could go higher if consumer incentives are reached. Don Miller,…


Hanford’s progress heartening in era of Covid-19 challenges

The Hanford nuclear site cleanup work happening in our backyard costs billions of dollars and relies on a complicated network of companies, favorable-to-Hanford political winds and the talents and time of its many workers. This complex cleanup project has long been a driver of the Tri-City economy, involving many contracts, businesses, state and federal oversight…

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Networking – April 2021

Donations Baker Boyer bank donated $32,500 from its Legacy Giving Grant Program to be distributed to nonprofits and organizations in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, Tri-Cities and Yakima in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its continued impact on the most vulnerable people. These donations focus on food insecurity, providing support to low-income individuals facing challenges of…


State files against janitorial company for exploiting mostly immigrant workers

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against janitorial services company National Maintenance Contractors, which has 17 affiliate franchisees in the Tri-Cities. National took advantage of immigrants with limited English proficiency and promised them the independence of business ownership, Ferguson said in a news release. But instead, National, a Delaware-based limited…


Q&A with Gustavo Gutierrez-Gomez

Executive Director, Downtown Pasco Development Authority Number of employees you oversee: 6 – four full and 2 part time. Please describe the Downtown Pasco Development Authority and the Main Street program: The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) is a nonprofit that runs with Main Street tax credit money, which means someone buys the tax credit…


Business Briefs – March 2021

Gov. Inslee extends eviction moratorium Gov. Jay Inslee extended the state’s moratorium prohibiting evictions through June 30 due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The moratorium, which does not cover those who are not named on leases, protects approximately 76,000 Washington tenants who are unable to pay rent because of financial challenges related…

David Condon, left, of Premera Blue Cross, presents a $5,000 donation to fund a small expansion at KC Help, a Pasco nonprofit that provides durable medical equipment to needy residents, to Jerry Rhoads, KC Help president. George Mackie, center, of the KC Help board, looks on. (Courtesy Jerry Rhoads/KC Help)

Covid-19 cleanouts prompt expansion at KC Help

A Pasco nonprofit that provides home health equipment such as beds and wheelchairs added 400 square feet of storage space in part to keep up with donations as area residents clean out storage units during the Covid-19 pandemic. Premera Blue Cross donated $5,000 to the Knights Community Hospital Equipment Lend Program, or KC Help, for…

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Bankruptcies – April 2021

Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings:Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is discharged.Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them.Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure.Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to…

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