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Governor halts construction during coronavirus stay-home order

All construction in Washington, including both residential and commercial, was ordered to be shut down at midnight March 25 after Gov. Jay Inslee’s office clarified that it is nonessential. Inslee’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order initially seemed to suggest construction was essential. New guidance issued two days later clarified that it is not, with the…

Poppoff Inc. of Moxee donated all 220 of its N95 respirators to local hospitals due to the shortage caused by COVID-19. O’Brien Construction Company Inc. in Kennewick is hosting a drive between now and March 27 to collect respirators for first responders in need. (Courtesy O’Brien Construction)

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

Tri-City businesses and nonprofits are rallying the community to support hospitals, health care workers, seniors and families struggling to secure the resources they need to combat the spread of coronavirus, which causes the deadly COVID-19. Here are some of the ways to help. O’Brien Construction collects respirators O’Brien Construction is challenging contractors to donate N95…

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

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a health crisis that has claimed more than 120 rural hospitals in recent years.  As Washington residents adapt to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order to stay home to contain the spread of coronavirus, the state is racing to add more hospital beds to handle the influx of patients.  The Washington Department of Health…

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How you can help seniors feel less isolated by coronavirus outbreak 

The unprecedented effort to slow the spread of coronavirus has altered many aspects of daily life.  As Tri-Citians adapt, organizations serving seniors are racing to support those hit heaviest by the new normal – those age 60 and over, particularly those with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease.  While details are still sketchy, the effort comes with a…

JMS Development of the Tri-Cities is negotiating an agreement with the Port of Pasco to develop the 55-acre Osprey Pointe, one of the only properties along the local Columbia River shoreline that is not behind a levee. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City developer steps up as Osprey Pointe’s newest partner

The Port of Pasco has a new partner to carry out its vision of an active community at its prized Osprey Pointe property on the Columbia River. JMS Development, led by James Sexton, has signed a letter of intent to work with the port to develop the 55-acre park-like property in east Pasco. A development…

The Arts Center Task Force won’t build its 800-seat performing arts center at Vista Field in Kennewick. The nonprofit notified the Port of Kennewick it won’t seek to renew an agreement for 2.2 acres at Vista Field and is pursuing public funding elsewhere, possibly in Richland, instead. (Courtesy Arts Center Task Force)

Arts center group pulls out of Vista Field over funding

A nonprofit with a bold plan to build a performing arts center at the heart of Kennewick’s Vista Field has pulled out, saying it intends to pursue taxpayer funding in Richland. The Vista Arts Center vision is still very much alive, but the financial model has shifted to a public-private partnership, said Steven Wiley, chairman…

Ron Swanby, owner of Swampy’s BBQ Sauce & Eatery, says it’s time for the region’s food truck operators to unite and advocate for their industry. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Food truck owners unite to tackle barriers to growth

Editor’s note: Ron Swanby is one of the co-founders of the new Southeastern Washington Food Truck Association, formed to give a voice to food trucks in this region. A version of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business story about the new association is below this update from Ron, given March 20. The original story has…

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Former Tri-Citian of the Year Fran Forgette retires after 40 years of practicing law

This story has been updated to reflect that the Tri-Citian of the Year banquet scheduled for April 23 has been postponed for coronavirus. Fran Forgette famously stepped out of the room when during the 2001 Tri-Citian of the Year banquet, unaware he was the guest of honor. The speaker dragged out the introduction until a…

A1 Hospitality of Kennewick opened the 99-room Courtyard by Marriott Pasco on Feb. 18 at the Tri-Cities Airport. Now, the family-owned company is shifting its focus to ambitious plans to build a four-star hotel at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. (Courtesy city of Kennewick)

A1 Hospitality shifts focus to four-star hotel

A1 Hospitality isn’t quite finished   celebrating the opening of its newest Tri-City hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott in Pasco. The 99-room hotel opened Feb. 18 at the entrance to the Tri-Cities Airport. The $10 million hotel employs more than 30 and combines the amenities of an upscale property—fitness center, pool, bar and restaurant, plush rooms—with…

A 124-acre site near North Harrington Road and Twin Bridges Road in West Richland will be sold for residential development in March. It could rival the newly started Heights at Red Mountain Ranch in size with room for roughly 500 single-family homes.

Sleepy hillside in West Richland to be auctioned for new homes

A hilly pasture near Twin Bridges Road in West Richland is being auctioned for residential development. At nearly 125 acres, the Twin Bridges property could rival the scale of The Heights at Red Mountain Ranch. The Heights is a new development just beginning to take shape on 148 acres of farmland near Rupert Road and…

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