Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Old Trapper Smoked Products, a beef jerky manufacturer based in the Portland suburb of Forest Grove, is preparing to buy 20 acres in Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park for a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing plant that will employ 100 to start. The $1.3 million sale goes to the Richland City Council for approval on May 17. (Courtesy city of Richland)

Jerky plant could bring 100+ jobs to Richland

Old Trapper Smoked Products Inc., a key player in the $4 billon meat snack industry, plans to build a large food processing plant in Richland. The company, based in the Portland suburb of Forest Grove, intends to build a 50,000-square-foot facility employing 100 to start at Horn Rapids Industrial Park. The payroll could grow to…


Richland, Pasco ready to make the case for a third high school

The Richland and Pasco school districts each are preparing to make the case for a third high school. It will be the first new full-service high school for the Richland district since Hanford High opened in 1972 and for the Pasco district since Chiawana High School opened in 2009. Both plan to ask voters to…

Landon Lawson and his wife, Valery, opened AXE KPR, an axe-throwing venue, in Pasco shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic. They survived the downturn and cater to leagues, groups and others interested in throwing axes, ninja stars and other items. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City tourism expected to set new record in 2022

The Tri-City tourism market returned to prepandemic levels and is poised to beat 2019 levels this year, courtesy athletic events and leisure travelers. Visitor spending exceeded $489.3 million in 2021, a figure based on federal and state data as well as tax receipts and lodging industry surveys. It is 41.8% more than 2020 and just…

Ben Franklin Transit wants to be the go-to choice when it comes to getting around the Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Ben Franklin Transit)

Ben Franklin Transit aims to attract ‘choice’ riders

Ben Franklin Transit’s director of planning and service development does not own a car. Keith Hall gets around the Tri-Cities by bike, scooter and by bus, something he says is becoming a realistic option as the transit agency invests in initiatives to make riding the bus more convenient to all residents. Ben Franklin Transit is…

Craig Testerman, manager of the Peninsula Truck Lines Kennewick terminal, 900 E. Bruneau St., stands outside a loading dock. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Peninsula Truck Lines invests in Tri-City growth

Peninsula Truck Lines is based in western Washington, but the Northwest carrier is making inroads in the Tri-Cities. In 2021, Peninsula marked its 70th anniversary as a company. It expanded its Kennewick terminal on East Bruneau Street when it paid nearly $500,000 for a one-acre site next door. It demolished several residential structures and installed…

Horseback riders, pedestrians and a dog cross the Columbia River on the newly opened Beverly Bridge, which carries the Palouse to Cascades State Trail between eastern and western Washington near Vantage, Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee and a crowd of some 300 dedicated the bridge on April 8. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Renovated railroad trestle connects east, west

Fierce wind raked the Beverly Bridge but the challenging weather didn’t deter crowds who turned out to dedicate the Beverly Bridge, the newest link in the Washington State Park system’s Palouse to Cascades State Trail. Gov. Jay Inslee joined a crowd of more than 300 to officially open the former railroad trestle near Vantage to…

Joo Seok Baek of Richland is building 1derful Food Park near Lawrence Scott Park in Kennewick. The project will have seven kitchens serving diners through windows and outdoor seating as well as an indoor court and bathrooms. Baek will open a Korean barbecue kitchen and lease the remaining kitchens to other chefs. (Courtesy Joo Seok Baek)

Unique food park opening this fall in Kennewick

A unique food park is coming to a spot near Lawrence Scott Park in Kennewick’s Columbia Center area. 1derful Food Park – pronounced “wonderful” – is the brainchild of Joo Seok Baek of Richland. It will have seven kitchens and dining space at 6494 W. Skagit Ave., Kennewick. The 30,000-square-foot complex will have seven 400-square-foot…

The proposed location for a Panda Express restaurant in Richland is across the busy arterial from the former Richland City Hall campus, itself a redevelopment site. (Courtesy city of Richland)

Richland redevelopment gets tricky as Panda Express eyes waterfront

Panda Express will open a Chinese-American fast-food restaurant next to the Columbia River in the heart of Richland. It is the latest in a series of big moves in Richland’s central business district, where the city is fostering business and residential development along the Columbia River. The Panda Express site, 924 George Washington Way, is…

Vista Field, a 103-acre former municipal airport in Kennewick, is ready for visitors with fountains, a water feature and eventually, mixed-use development. The Port of Kennewick will celebrate its redevelopment with an open house at 2:30 p.m. June 16.  (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Vista Field is ready for its public debut

Developers, start your engines. The Port of Kennewick will begin accepting proposals from developers who want to build homes, offices, restaurants and other structures at its Vista Field urban development starting on June 16. The port will announce it is ready for ideas at the former municipal airport during grand opening festivities that will highlight…

Kelsey Bitton, project and property manager for The Public Market 
@ Columbia River Warehouse, has been meeting with interested vendors inside the former Welch’s-J. Lieb Foods plant in downtown Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell )

Kennewick public market opening delayed, ‘not ready’

A much-anticipated public market in the heart of Kennewick is putting off its opening date, citing construction delays. “We’re not ready,” said Kelsey Bitton, project manager for The Public Market @ Columbia River Warehouse, the market that is taking over the former Welch’s juice plant and later, J. Lieb, 20 E. Bruneau St. It was…

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