Articles by Wendy Culverwell


Family Learning Center becomes B5 as immigrant mission expands

A small Kennewick nonprofit is rebranding itself as demand rises for its English classes. Family Learning Center, now B5, offers English classes and a range of other services to support…

The Falls will mix apartment living and commercial space at 4112 W. 24th Ave. in Kennewick’s Southridge area. Elite Construction and Development calls it the first true mixed-use development in the city and a sign of development to come. (Courtesy Elite Construction + Development)

The Falls to showcase mixed uses at Southridge

The Falls will marry apartments and commercial space in a single development in Kennewick’s Southridge area. It promises to be one of the first true mixed-use project in Kennewick and…

Lt. Col. William Cooper, commander, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, speaks during ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the Richland Readiness Center as soldiers responsible for overseeing it stand at parade rest on Dec. 7. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Richland’s new armory throws open doors to National Guard unit

The Washington Army National Guard welcomed a 150-member company of soldiers to its $14.2 million Richland Readiness Center on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7. It took 10…

Montana-based Local Bounti paid $3.1 million for 28 acres at Oregon Avenue and A Street north of Big Pasco Industrial Park. The indoor ag startup raises lettuce and herbs in high-tech greenhouses. (Courtesy Local Bounti)

Pasco greenhouse is key Montana ag tech company’s future

Local Bounti Corp. has resumed construction of a $40 million project to establish commercial greenhouses in east Pasco following a months-long pause while it absorbed the purchase of a California…

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State regulators warn against crypto, move to halt FTX, BlockFi

The Washington Department of Financial Services has issued a fresh warning to residents to be cautious about investing in “unregulated” products in light of the failures of FTX and BlockFi,…

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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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