Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Fluid Controls and Components Inc., a 2020-21 recipient of Bechtel's Global Supplier Awards, provided 9,000 nuclear-certified valves to the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant project. (Courtesy FCCI)

FCCI named top vit plant supplier after aligning with Bechtel

A Richland company catering to U.S. Department of Energy contractors found success by aligning itself with the needs of one of the biggest operators at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Bechtel National Inc. Bechtel recognized Fluid Controls and Components Inc., or FCCI, with one of four 2020-21 Global Supplier Awards for its contributions to the Hanford…

X-energy is preparing to place its high-temperature gas-cooled advanced reactor technology at the Energy Northwest campus north of Richland. (Courtesy X-Energy)

X-energy swoons at opportunity to bring next-gen nuclear to Tri-Cities

J. Clay Sell had two main goals when he visited the Tri-Cities in October to participate in Energy Northwest’s annual conference in Kennewick. Sell, chief executive officer of X-energy, came to discuss a government-backed partnership that will bring a fourth-generation nuclear plant to the Energy Northwest campus north Richland. Sell spent his visit pitching his…

Workers assemble a crane at the construction site for Reser’s Fine Foods, the Portland-area deli salad maker that is building a 277,681-square-foot processing plant and offices at 5526 Capitol Ave., east of Highway 395, north of Pasco. Construction resumed after a brief stoppage after framing collapsed in a windstorm. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Reser’s construction is back on track after collapse stopped work

Reser’s Fine Foods is proceeding with construction of a food processing facility in Pasco after a framed section of the building collapsed during a windstorm. No workers were injured in the Nov. 15 incident. Reser’s, serving as its own contractor, briefly halted work. By early December, crews were operating at both ends of the massive…

A Bellevue developer behind two upscale apartment complexes in north Richland aims to solve the local coffee shortage in north Richland by converting spaces once occupied by Gesa Credit Union and Ethos Bakery into a spacious coffee shop. IC University Square LLC, aka Shotgun Creek Investments, has not selected an operator. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Developer plans to end north Richland’s coffee desert

A Bellevue-based developer is converting a north Richland building into a coffee shop to serve residents and workers near the PNNL campus. IC University Square LLC plans to apply for permits to reconfigure the building in January, with a tentative opening date in mid-2022. The LLC is associated with Shotgun Creek Investments, a real estate-focused…

The former China Café, 131 N. Ely St., will reopen as Graze – A Place to Eat in mid-2022 following a down-to-the-studs remodel by owners Rebecca and John Lastoskie, who bought the building in July. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Graze makes big bet on China Café spot in Kennewick

Graze – a Place to Eat is making its biggest bet ever on the Tri-Cities with a new location planned in the former China Café spot in Kennewick. Graze owners Rebecca and John Lastoskie bought the restaurant at 131 N. Ely St. in July and expect to open it in mid-2022 following a down-to-the-studs renovation…


Educator, Hanford trainer selected for port vacancy

The Port of Benton Commission selected Christy Rasmussen, a former Christ the King School principal and current Hanford employee, to fill the board seat vacated when Robert Larson retired in October with two years left of his term. Rasmussen was one of four candidates interviewed in a special commission session on Nov. 29. She was the unanimous choice…

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Richland taps interim manager for city’s top job

Jon Amundson will be Richland’s new city manager 10 months after Cindy Reents departed.


Four years ago, Carbitex bet its future on footwear – it’s paying off

Carbitex Inc., the Kennewick tech manufacturer that turns carbon fabric into flexible carbon composites, had a choice to make when it debuted in 2012. Its patented, flexible-yet-rigid composite material could be used in any number of products. Junus Khan, founder and chairman, had to figure out which one to target. Four years ago, Khan and…

The Bob will honor the late Robert “Bob” Young, a Tri-City apartment developer who died in 2014. Construction on the 192-unit Class A apartment project begins in early 2022. (Courtesy Nick Wright)

New apartment project honors pioneering builder

The late developer Robert “Bob” Young liked to give his apartment complexes dignified names. The Villas. Washington Square. Broadmoor. Jadwin Stevens. Highlands. Young, who lived in San Francisco but left a mark on the Tri-City landscape, died in 2014 at age 82. The company he founded, once known as Robert Young and Associates, is now…

Benton County District Court Judge Dan Kathren, left, and Ryan Washburn, case manager for Veterans Court, say the therapeutic court for veterans accused of crimes is turning lives around. Franklin County is piloting a test case that supporters hope will lead to the program expanding there too. (Courtesy Benton County)

Veterans Court is changing lives in Benton County. Will Franklin follow?

  Judge Dan Kathren expected miracles in 2019, when Benton County launched a special court to help veterans charged with crimes turn their lives around. Forty veterans and 20 graduates later, he has not been disappointed. “It’s absolutely doing what we were hoping it would,” said Kathren, a seasoned Benton County District Court judge who…

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