Articles by Wendy Culverwell


FDIC gives banks OK to modify loans affected by COVID-19

The nation’s top banking regulator is encouraging institutions with assets under $1 billion to use discretion in dealing with customers and communities affected by efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, issued a Financial Institution Letter on March 13 that encourages banks and financial institutions it supervises to…

Virginia “Ginger” Sather, 98, reported to Camp Hanford during World War II. She committed to four months. She stayed for 80 years and counting. Sather wants the community to remember the Day’s Pay effort that helped raise money to build a new building for Kadlec Medical Center in 1970. (Courtesy Kadlec Regional Medical Center / Veronica Denslow )

98-year old remembers Day’s Pay campaign that helped build Kadlec

Hanford workers gave up a day’s pay in 1944 to buy a B-17 Flying Fortress for the Army Air Forces. A less known fact: Hanford workers were rallied to support a civic effort again 1970. This time, they were asked to contribute to a new building for what was then called Kadlec Methodist Hospital in…


Tri-City Chamber postpones annual meeting over coronavirus

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has postponed its annual meeting over fears about the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting, originally scheduled for March 18 at the Three Rivers Convention Center, will be held at a later date. “We are disappointed to share this news, however, in light of the rapidly evolving situation we believe this…

Kevin Jenkins of Dura-Shine Clean disinfects the ticketing area at Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. Port of Pasco officials asked Dura-Shine to step up cleaning efforts at the regional airport. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City cleaning company stands ready to scrub out coronavirus

As questions and concerns poured in after officials confirmed 11 coronavirus deaths in Washington, Carlos Martinez called an emergency meeting of the 70-plus employees of Dura-Shine Clean, his commercial cleaning business. Dura-Shine cleans 5 million square feet of commercial space in the Tri-Cities, with clients ranging from banks to professional offices to the Tri-Cities Airport.…


Don’t want to declare a party to vote in Tuesday’s primary? A senator has your back

As thousands of Washingtonians register their displeasure over being required to declare a party preference in the state’s presidential primary on May 10, a state lawmaker is taking action. Washington Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, introduced SB 6697 on March 3 to eliminate the requirement that voters declare if they are Democrats or Republicans to participate in the presidential primary. The presidential primary is the only election where Washington voters are required…

Catholic Community Services of Eastern Washington wanted to build a $13.2 million, 52-unit residence to serve chronically homeless Tri-Citians in east Pasco.

Catholic Charities to seek new location for homeless project

Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington will spend the coming year looking for a new location for a project to serve homeless Tri-Citians. Jonathan Mallahan, vice president for housing for the Spokane-based nonprofit, said it was disappointed when the Pasco City Council voted 4-3 not to sell city-owned land on Heritage Boulevard near East Lewis Street…

WSU Tri-Cities broke ground on its newest academic building on March 12. Naming rights for the $30 million project are up for grabs. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

Your name here! WSU Tri-Cities dangles naming rights for new academic building

Washington State University broke ground on its newest academic building in Richland on March 12. However, there’s still time to influence the 40,000-square-foot, $30 million project: Naming rights are up for grabs for the building, individual classrooms and laboratories and for various pieces of equipment—Your Name Here Mass Spectrophotometer anyone? The “academic building,” as it…

Marty Conger, chairman of Fuse Advisors LLC, is leading an effort to establish a seed fund dedicated to helping promising Tri-City businesses. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

New fund raising up to $2.5M to back promising Tri-City companies

A Richland business incubator that provides space and mentoring to startups is adding a critical new tool to its lineup – money. Fuse SPC, a unique social-purpose corporation with offices on The Parkway, has launched the Fuse Fund with a goal of raising $2.5 million to invest in young, local companies. The fund is capped…

Benton County planned to break ground Feb. 17 on a $13.6 million administration building at 7122 W. Okanogan Place in Kennewick for the county commissioners, administrators and the offices of the assessor, treasurer and auditor. (Courtesy Benton County)

Benton County breaks ground on $13.6M admin building

Benton County is tapping its $24 million capital projects fund to build sunlit offices for its administrators and free up space in its crowded Kennewick courthouse. The county planned to hold public ground-breaking ceremonies for the $13.6 million, 40,000-square-foot office building on Feb. 17 at its Kennewick justice center campus, 7122 W. Okanogan Place. The…

Left: A home under construction in Richland’s Badger South neighborhood. Tri-City permitting agencies permitted a record number of single-family homes in 2019. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Homebuilders race to match Tri-City growth

Tri-City building agencies issued a record 1,655 permits for single-family homes in 2019, an 18 percent gain in just a year. Predictably, fast-growing Pasco led the market with 585 permits, followed by Richland at 371, Kennewick at 342 and West Richland at 122, according to year-end figures compiled by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities.…

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