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Social Distancing scoreboard

Interactive map shows how well (or not) we’re social distancing

By TCAJOB Washington state earned a B in social distancing, a better grade than Benton and Franklin counties’. Benton earned a C. Franklin got an F. The March 24 scores come from Unacast, a company that collects and analyzes smartphone GPS location data to compile a “Social Distancing Scoreboard.” It scores state and county level performance…

Grocery Outlet Richland

Grocery Outlet opens in Richland

The much-anticipated Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has opened at Richland’s Vintner Square, 2901 Queensgate Drive.  The store debuted March 24 with 30 employees. The newly built store joins the Target-anchored shopping complex at Queensgate and Duportail Drive. It is the third Grocery Outlet in the Tri-Cities, joining sisters in Kennewick and Pasco.  The new location is independently owned and operated by Nikki and Mike Sims. “This partnership…

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Chamber, tourism bureau offer businesses way to tell public they’re open

“Open for Business” is the battle cry of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visit Tri-Cities.  The two business entities have launched separate sites with the same branding, “Open for Business,” to give area businesses a place to tell customers how they are adapting to severe measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus, which…


Tri-Citians asked to step up to adopt a small business, plus other updates

A Leadership Tri-Cities graduate is calling on his fellow grads to adopt a small business to help them survive the coronavirus outbreak and mandatory business closures. John Roach, a member of the 17th class, proposed that each of the program’s previous classes regroup to adopt a business that’s struggling to stay open in the face…


Group urges Washington to suspend B&O taxes during crisis 

The Washington Policy Center is encouraging Gov. Jay Inslee to waive all Business and Occupation taxes retroactively to March 1.  If the governor has the legal authority, the research and watchdog group said, he should waive tax due dates, fees and penalties for the businesses severely impacted by Proclamation 20-13, which effectively closed restaurants, food courts…


Mid-Columbia hunkers down to contain COVID-19. Here’s what you need to stay in control 

The Tri-Cities and the rest of the nation are hunkering down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with schools closed, meetings canceled and public gathering spots going dark. Here’s what you need to know, what steps are being taken and what you can do to take control of an unsettling situation.  As of the afternoon of…

Ice Harbor Dam spans the Snake River between Franklin and Walla Walla counties. (Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Have an opinion on the Snake River dams? It’s time to share it

The politicians and lobbyists have had their chance to respond to a court-ordered study that will guide the future of the Columbia River system and its network of dams and reservoirs. The four lower Snake River dams are at the center of the dispute between environmental groups that favor removal and opponents who tout the…


Business Briefs – March 2020

AAA reports gas prices tumbling amid market uncertainty The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has decreased by three cents to $2.32 in mid-March. The Tri-Cities’ average was $2.71 a gallon, which is lower than the statewide average of $3.05 a gallon, according to AAA. The market plunge is in response to…

Richland High junior Ashleigh Beach practices wrapping a bandage on a fellow student during a sports medicine class. Richland School District will launch an Academy of Health & Sciences in the fall of 2020, incorporating existing courses such as sports medicine and new ones in areas such as biomedical science to help students prepare for a variety of health care careers. (Courtesy Richland School District)

Richland academy gives high schoolers head start on health care careers

Richland students will get a jump start on health care careers thanks to a new academy set to launch this fall. The Richland School District opens its new Academy of Health & Sciences at Richland High School this fall. Students are encouraged to enroll in the courses this winter as they begin setting schedules for…


Q&A with Sandra Haynes

ChancellorWashington State University Tri-Cities  Number of employees you oversee: Approximately 245 faculty and staff What is WSU Tri-Cities and how does it fit into the Washington State University system? WSU Tri-Cities is a four-year public research university in the Tri-Cities, and is one of six university campuses in the WSU system. The other WSU campuses…

Latest News

Governor halts construction during coronavirus stay-home order

Interactive map shows how well (or not) we’re social distancing

Grocery Outlet opens in Richland

Tri-Citians urged to donate N95 respirators, food, cash. Here’s how to help

Chamber, tourism bureau offer businesses way to tell public they’re open

UPDATE: Washington adding more than 2,000 hospital beds in coronavirus fight

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