Articles by Wendy Culverwell

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Pasco road deal signals the start of development at Broadmoor

The ink was barely dry on a $39 million road improvement plan for Pasco’s Broadmoor area when Big Sky Developers dispatched excavators. Big Sky’s heavy equipment as much as anything…

The Tri-City Union Gospel Mission is raising $8.5 million to build a shelter for women and children in central Kennewick. The new shelter will accommodate 60 people, nearly twice the capacity of the current shelter in east Pasco, which regularly is forced to turn away mothers and children. (Courtesy Tri-City Union Gospel Mission)

As nights get cold, Union Gospel Mission turns its attention to women, children

As nights get longer and colder, staff at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission shelter for women face an unenviable task. When the shelter is full, they’re forced to turn away…

Thelbert M. “Thadd” Lawson Jr. stands inside the new Veterans Warehouse Thrift Store at 908 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick, the site of the former Sports Authority store that closed in 2016. The Army veteran suffered PTSD and served in prison before turning his life around to help veterans through the nonprofit Operation Veterans Assistance & Humanitarian Aid, based in Wenatchee. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Facing eviction, Veterans Thrift in Kennewick contemplates new location

Veterans Warehouse Thrift was moving to clear its 40,000-square-foot store on Nov. 11 in anticipation of a 72-hour eviction notice.  The store announced it was selling its entire inventory at…

IBEW 112, together with the Spokane-based Inland Empire chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, plans to build a $7.5 million Joint Apprentice Training Center at 142 N. Edison St. in Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Union electricians, contractors to build $7.5 million training center

The Tri-City chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is preparing to build a Joint Apprentice Training Center in Kennewick. IBEW 112, together with the Spokane-based Inland Empire chapter…

Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland is offering a series of professional development classes geared toward businesses, including classes about wine tasting and managing frontline workers. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

WSU Tri-Cities expands course offerings to meet business needs

Washington State University Tri-Cities is rolling out professional training focused on the needs of Tri-City businesses. The expanded workforce training program is offered in partnership with the city of Richland,…

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Union membership inches up in Washington state

A top priority for Washington’s public sector employees will be lobbying the 2023 Legislature to fund contracts negotiated this year by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. The contracts cover a wide…

Altha (Skogley) Simmelink-Perry poses in a jeep during her World War II service as a Navy WAVE at Naval Air Station Pasco in 1944. (Courtesy Malin Bergstrom/Bergstrom Aviation)

Wartime service in Tri-Cities turns into lifetime commitment

A young Altha Skogley covered plenty of ground before World War II steered her into service at Naval Air Station Pasco. Altha – “Al” to friends and family – was…

LEMA Group LLC, a Richland corporation formed by two local medical doctors, had plans to build an urgent care clinic and other medical offices near the entrance to Horn Rapids in north Richland but the deal fell apart. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Update: Horn Rapids urgent care clinic proposal falls apart

Editor’s note: The city of Richland reports it could not reach an agreement with Drs. Luay Ailabouni and Elhami Hannan for a piece of land where they intended to develop…

Courtesy city of Richland

Oregon metal fabricator plans powder coating facility in Richland

A growing Hermiston company will build a powder coating facility in Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park as it moves to keep up with rising demand from the Tri-Cities. N.W. Metal…

New apartment units are under construction near the intersection of Highway 240 and Kingsgate Way in the Horn Rapids neighborhood of Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Market Overview: Economy sends mixed signals, but public works projects press on

The Tri-Cities is being transformed by an array of public and private projects. From apartment buildings and subdivisions to new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchises and a pair of massive distribution…

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