Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Plans for an Agricultural Innovation Center were outlined during the Tri-City Development Council's annual Economic Outlook on Feb. 1 in Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Plans to grow ag innovation center begin to take root

Randy Hayden spent two years shepherding the team that wooed Darigold Inc. to spend $500 million to build a state-of-the-art milk processing plant in Pasco, the largest investment in Darigold’s…

Dennis Schoeneberg, owner of Desert Gem & Appraisal at 306 W. Kennewick Ave., stands behind the counter of his rebuilt store. Desert Gem and most of the businesses displaced by the 2022 fire that ravaged the Cascade building in downtown Kennewick have reopened. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

A year later, Kennewick
businesses have put fire behind
them to move on

Firefighters working to contain a devastating fire in the Cascade building in downtown Kennewick entered a neighboring business at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 4, 2022, a Friday. Dennis Schoeneberg, who has…

A farmer constructed the 500-foot Bateman Island causeway in the 1940s without permission. Today, the illegal structure blocks the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers, creating warm, brackish conditions that are hostile to salmon and steelhead. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes removing it.  (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Richland braces for Bateman causeway removal

Richland is bracing for the impact of what removing the Bateman Island causeway will have on the Yakima River Delta and on the Columbia Park Marina and public boat launch.…

Island View Grocery and 17 other properties at the Richland Wye will be listed for sale this month by the heirs of Jerry Sleater. The longtime grocer died in 2019, leaving a collection of properties that could help anchor the ongoing makeover of the Yakima River Delta waterfront. (Courtesy Stricker CRE)

Grandpa collected real estate. Now, 18 parcels at Richand Wye are for sale

Jerry Sleater was many things. A box boy in Pasco. A grocery store owner in Kennewick. A firefighter and a fire commissioner. When he died in 2019, he left for…


Two successful entrepreneurs met in the Tri-Cities. Good things followed

Dan Preston has never lived in the Tri-Cities. But that didn’t stop the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce from honoring him with its 2012 Alumnus of Distinction Award for work…

Kristi Thien, nutrition services director for Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, visits with diners at the nonprofit’s Richland cafe shortly before she retired in early February. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Meals on Wheels adds breakfast, extends cafe hours

Kristi Thien retired on a high note as nutrition services director for Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, the free senior meals program. In January, Senior Life Resources, which operates the nonprofit,…

Pacific Clinic in Kennewick has new owners and plans to expand its offerings to include more holistic health. (Courtesy Pacific Clinic)

New owner bets big on health care, pickleball at Pacific Clinic

Pacific Clinic, the sprawling fitness and health facility formerly known as the Tri-City Court Club, has a new owner and big plans to evolve as it continues its evolution from…

A pair of unused aircraft hangars on the south side of Kennewick’s Vista Field will be transformed into a pavilion and public gathering spot under a partnership between the Port of Kennewick and Benton County. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Unused hangars at Vista Field set to become public gathering spot

Kennewick’s Vista Field could debut an elegant, sheltered gathering spot by mid-2024. A pair of unused aircraft hangars on the south side of the 103-acre former municipal airport will be…


Daisy Ranch Saloon brings western vibe to old Towne Crier

A pair of Seattle restaurateurs are turning the former Towne Crier in Richland into a cowboy themed bar and nightclub. The Daisy Ranch Saloon is expected to open by late…

CEL 2 LLC, led by Lee Petty, is negotiating terms to purchase a 15.44-acre site at Horn Rapids Business Center from the city of Richland. The vacant site would be developed with a hotel, an apartment complex and storage facilities. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kingsgate could get first hotel, more apartments, storage units

Richland’s Kingsgate area seems poised to gain its first hotel, a second apartment complex and a new storage facility. The city of Richland is considering selling 15.44 acres of city-owned…

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