Articles by Wendy Culverwell

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Washington ag is ready to put pests, plague and politics in rearview mirror

How tough was 2020 for Northwest agriculture? This tough: Discovery+ is streaming “Attack of the Murder Hornets,” a 90-minute documentary about the hunt for bee-murdering, crop-threatening Asian giant hornets in Washington state. The documentary crew followed Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and his team of hornet hunter-eradicators as they…

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Ag exporters left behind as consumers shop online

A side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic is hurting Washington’s ability to export its fresh cherries, apples, frozen french fries and other signature products to the rest of the world. A shipping container shortage sparked by frenzied online shopping is the latest complication faced by farmers and ranchers, who have been battered by difficult trade…

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Growers look to Mexico for export recovery

In 2020, Washington potato growers faced a staggering surplus of potatoes. In 2021, they’re banking on a revival of the food service industry, including in-person dining, improved shipping conditions and a just-opened Mexican market to help reverse the chaos left by the trade wars and Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic brought restaurant dining to a standstill…

Richland-based Isoray Inc., which makes Cesium-131 pellets to treat prostate cancer, has raised more than $50 million in supplemental stock offerings as it looks to expand to treat brain, head and neck, skin and other cancers. (Courtesy Isoray)

Isoray raises $50M to expand Cesium-131 cancer treatments

Isoray Inc., the Richland company that makes radioactive seeds to treat prostate cancer, has raised more than $50 million through supplemental stock offerings in recent months, with most targeted to expand its reach to other types of cancer. Isoray (NYSE American: ISR) raised nearly $10 million in October to fund operations through a pandemic-related slump…

Washington wineries shipped nearly 1 million fewer cases in 2020, but the news wasn’t as bleak as it seemed. Four in 10 wineries posted growth and there were other causes for celebration as the industry worked through a wine and grape glut. (Courtesy Washington Wine Commission)

2020 wasn’t a great year for Washington wine. Or was it?

Northwest wine economist Chris Bitter painted a bleak picture when he recapped the state of Washington’s $8.4 billion wine industry in March. The state’s wineries shipped almost 1 million fewer cases in 2020. All sales channels – to consumers, to retailers, to distributors – fell in 2020, according to Bitter, of Vancouver, B.C.-based Vintage Economics.…

Jennifer and Jacob Hamilton stand with their children, Cylee Wood and Liam Hamilton, in their airy bardominium or shop house (“shouse”) in a pole building near Benton City. They love the low cost and spacious surroundings. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Pole buildings get new life as unique, affordable homes

The Tri-Cities is becoming a center for Instagram-worthy barn-style homes after a pair of Tri-City entrepreneurs with a big social media following built one for themselves. Olivia “Liv” and Tanner Berg converted an old pole barn on their Kennewick property into a family home. The process was so rewarding – and interest from followers so…

Wave Design Group will lease space in a Pasco office building it designed for Tri-City Insurance Professionals. Owner Harvey Prickett credits his wife with suggesting he move his growing business into the two-story modern building at 9425 Sandifur Parkway. (Courtesy Wave Design Group)

Wave Design Group needed space. Its client had office space for rent

A Tri-Cities architectural and engineering firm was bursting at the seams when the owner’s wife spotted an obvious solution. Christelle Walker-Prickett advised her husband, Harvey, to lease space in the building he was designing for Tri-Cities Insurance Professionals in Pasco. Harvey Prickett, president and principal of Wave Companies, took his wife’s suggestion. In September, he…

David Fritch, a commercial broker and investor, is helping the ownership group of Auburn Center, formerly the Kennewick Medical and Dental Center, plot a future that does not include having a hospital across Auburn Street in downtown Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick medical office complex gets makeover

A medical office complex in downtown Kennewick is getting a makeover to appeal to tenants who do not need a hospital across the street. The Kennewick Medical and Dental Center faces the former Kennewick General Hospital across Auburn Street and provided office space for hospital-adjacent businesses such as doctor and dentist offices, a laboratory and…

The Port of Kennewick is partnering with the Kennewick Housing Authority to apply for a $2.4 million infrastructure grant through the Build Back Better program. While the infrastructure package was in limbo in early June, the addition of low-income housing to the Kennewick waterfront plan is roiling the neighborhood. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Is there room for low-income housing at Kennewick’s waterfront?

The Port of Kennewick’s efforts to revitalize a stretch of the downtown waterfront are being called into doubt over a last-minute addition to the concept: low-income housing. The port wants to incorporate low-income and other supportive housing at The Willows, the 6.55-acre former manufactured home site on Clover Island Drive, near the Columbia River and…

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Make new memories and honor old ones this Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day, the day reserved to honor the memories of those who served our country in uniform, particularly those lost in the line of duty. It is also an opportunity to make new memories and explore the stories of those who died and were laid to rest in Tri-City cemeteries.  In honor of the holiday, the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business news team…

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