Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Neil Lampson, founder of Lampson International Co., and Walt Trask, its head engineer, designed the company headquarters to resemble the boom of a crane. Forty-plus years later, it has not been significantly altered and continues to serve Kennewick’s iconic crane company well. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Lampson’s unique office is nod to company’s business

Neil and Billie Jane Lampson didn’t have to look far for inspiration when they decided their growing crane company needed a headquarters building. Neil Lampson enlisted Walt Trask, his head…

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Legislature convenes with new faces and familiar issues

The 2023 Washington Legislature convened on Jan. 9 with a slew of new lawmakers and a lengthy list of familiar tasks before its scheduled end date of April 23. Transportation,…

Carol Travis, ag educator at New Horizons High School in Pasco, launched the thriving Future Farmers of America chapter in 2010. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Ag educators shine in 2023 Mid-Columbia Hall of Fame

As a high schooler, Carol Travis was drawn to the flowers her classmates carried around Spokane’s Ferris High School, the results of a floral class offered through the ag program.…

The Pasco Public Facilities District hired former Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins to shepherd development of its $40 million voter-approved aquatics center. These 2016 drawings suggest what it could look like. (Courtesy city of Pasco)

Pasco moves to hire owner’s rep to lead aquatics center project

Pasco is moving to hire an owner’s representative to lead its efforts to build a $40 million aquatics center, one of the largest municipal projects in the Mid-Columbia development pipeline.…

A construction crew hoists roof trusses onto a home being built by Stellar Homes in Siena Hills in south Richland. Homebuilding slowed in the Mid-Columbia in 2022, but strong interest at the start of 2023 has builders and agents hopeful the market will be steady in the coming year. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City housing market slows but buyers are still out touring

The crystal ball gives no clear picture of what 2023 holds for the Tri-City residential real estate market. The new year started as a study in contrasts. Home starts sputtered…

A lineman works on a transmission line above Lower Monumental Dam, which bridges Franklin and Walla Walla counties on the lower Snake River. (Courtesy Franklin PUD)

End of low-cost power is barrier to economic development

In Ferndale, near Bellingham, a battle is being waged over a shuttered aluminum plant. Alcoa closed the plant in 2020 – and permanently idled another near Wenatchee in 2021 –…

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Dec. 12 at Washington State University Tri-Cities as Kirk Schultz, president of WSU, and Sandra Haynes, chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities, look on. Inslee seeks $10 million in 2023 to establish the Institute for Northwest Energy Futures at Washington State University Tri-Cities. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

Inslee seeks $10 million for energy institute at WSU Tri-Cities

Gov. Jay Inslee will seek $10 million in 2023 to establish the Institute for Northwest Energy Futures at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The move fulfills the dream of the late…

Michel Gabbud, the new general manager of The Lodge at Columbia Point, is overseeing a $1.5 million renovation that will install a restaurant and sweeping food program at the boutique wine-focused property. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

The Lodge at Columbia Point is adding a proper restaurant

The Lodge at Columbia Point is sacrificing two guest rooms to make space for a proper kitchen for its Drumheller’s restaurant. The wine-themed boutique hotel opened with 82 rooms and…

Source: Tri-City Association of Realtors

Housing market slowdown means more inventory for buyers

Brett Lott’s entry in the 2022 Parade of Homes was everything a move-up buyer in the Tri-Cities could want. Upscale south Richland address? Check. Comfortable home office? Check. Well-appointed kitchen…

Courtesy Benton-Franklin Health District

As ERs fill, docs beg employers not to require notes from sick workers

As local emergency rooms, urgent care centers and walk-in clinics fill with patients reporting respiratory distress, Tri-City doctors have a plea to employers: Be flexible. If an employee calls in…

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