Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Union membership inches up in Washington state

A top priority for Washington’s public sector employees will be lobbying the 2023 Legislature to fund contracts negotiated this year by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. The contracts cover a wide…

Altha (Skogley) Simmelink-Perry poses in a jeep during her World War II service as a Navy WAVE at Naval Air Station Pasco in 1944. (Courtesy Malin Bergstrom/Bergstrom Aviation)

Wartime service in Tri-Cities turns into lifetime commitment

A young Altha Skogley covered plenty of ground before World War II steered her into service at Naval Air Station Pasco. Altha – “Al” to friends and family – was…

LEMA Group LLC, a Richland corporation formed by two local medical doctors, had plans to build an urgent care clinic and other medical offices near the entrance to Horn Rapids in north Richland but the deal fell apart. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Update: Horn Rapids urgent care clinic proposal falls apart

Editor’s note: The city of Richland reports it could not reach an agreement with Drs. Luay Ailabouni and Elhami Hannan for a piece of land where they intended to develop…

Courtesy city of Richland

Oregon metal fabricator plans powder coating facility in Richland

A growing Hermiston company will build a powder coating facility in Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park as it moves to keep up with rising demand from the Tri-Cities. N.W. Metal…

New apartment units are under construction near the intersection of Highway 240 and Kingsgate Way in the Horn Rapids neighborhood of Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Market Overview: Economy sends mixed signals, but public works projects press on

The Tri-Cities is being transformed by an array of public and private projects. From apartment buildings and subdivisions to new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchises and a pair of massive distribution…

Tri-City residential construction may be slowing but demand remains constant, propelled by job and population growth. This multifamily development is on the south slope of Badger Mountain, off Dallas Road. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Residential Growth: Homebuilding slows as interest rates, costs increase

Brett Lott, a Tri-City homebuilder, sat in the living room of the south Richland home his company built for the 2022 Parade of Homes. He reveled in the steady stream…

Construction is underway for the new Grid Energy Storage Launchpad facility on Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Richland campus, near the intersection of Horn Rapids Road and the bypass highway. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Commercial Real Estate: Builders work to overcome market challenges

In early September, amid a gloomy inflation report that sent financial markets plummeting, Darigold Inc. broke ground on a $600 million state-of-the art milk processing plant north of Pasco. It…

Rob Wiskerchen, left, general manager, Reser’s Pasco plant, and Gary McEvoy, vice president of hotfill operations, speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the start of processing at its 250,000-square-foot plant in the Port of Pasco’s PIC395 industrial park. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Port of Pasco: Industrial parks approach capacity

The Port of Pasco has created not one but two industrial parks in recent years. And both are running out of land to sell to food processors and other companies…

Road crews install concrete curbing along Burns Road adjacent to a new west Pasco
development near the intersection of Broadmoor Boulevard.
(Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Pasco: Fast growing community is thinking big

Pasco grew by more than a third as 20,000 residents joined the city between 2010 and 2022. With a current population estimated at 80,180, Pasco is nipping at Kennewick (population…

The Pasco Public Facilities District hired former Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins to shepherd development of its $40 million voter-approved aquatics center. These 2016 drawings suggest what it could look like. (Courtesy city of Pasco)

Pasco aquatics center has target opening date

  January 2023 and October 2024. Those are the dates to keep in mind as Pasco moves to build a $40 million, voter-approved aquatics center and possible community center. January…

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