Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Maj. Brad Sanders of the Washington Air National Guard was called to active duty to help with the state’s response to the coronavirus emergency. While he’s deployed, his wife Yvette Sanders is overseeing daily operations at their business, the Tri-Cities FastSigns franchise in Kennewick. (Courtesy Washington Air National Guard)

Kennewick business owner called up for Air National Guard duty

It seems like a lifetime ago, but it’s only been a few months since Yvette and Brad Sanders bought the Tri-Cities FastSigns franchise. The January deal had everything it needed…

Boost Builds, led by David Lippes and John Crook, is a partner in construction of Park Place, an apartment and retail complex being built at Richland’s former pit, 650 George Washington Way. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Small business optimism alive and well in Tri-Cities

In early April, American businesses raced to apply for $349 billion in forgivable loans through the CARES Act’s SBA Paycheck Protection Program. The loans covered payroll costs, rent, benefits and…

The normally packed parking lot of Lamb Weston Inc.’s Kennewick business office is deserted in the middle of a weekday as workers report from home. The Eagle, Idaho-based frozen potato giant reported it is taking steps to weather the coronavirus crisis in its recent third quarter earnings statement.

Lamb Weston adapts to do its part to feed people

Lamb Weston Inc. has enjoyed an idyllic run since it spun out from ConAgra Foods in late 2016. Rising revenue and rising share prices spoke to a global appetite for…

Callies Welding and Fabrication of Pasco is building a new shop and storage yard at Foster Wells Business Park to support its growing business. (Photo courtesy Allynda Callies)

Growing Pasco pipe company plans Foster Wells expansion

A Pasco company that fabricates and installs pipe systems for farms, wineries and industry is making a bold bet on the future. Allynda and Kyle Callies, owners of Callies Welding…

Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland implemented a “no visitor” policy in mid-March. There are minimal exceptions to this policy, such as children admitted to the hospital, labor and delivery, and patients receiving end-of-life or palliative care. All visitors must be 18 years or older and be free of cold or flu-like symptoms and not have a fever. To enforce these restrictions, visitors will be screened at the entrances. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Washington adding more hospital beds in coronavirus fight

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a health crisis that has claimed more than 120 rural hospitals in recent years. But it is also raising the fortunes of at least one…

A Richland optometrist fulfilled his dream of opening his own practice in March. Dr. Jason Hair is undaunted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Optometrist’s grand opening vision thwarted

Dr. Jason Hair fulfilled his long-held ambition to own his own practice when he opened Tri-City Eyes in early March in Richland. The coronavirus pandemic as well as the stay-at-home…

The best way to help thwart the loneliness and uncertainty that comes with social isolation mandated by the coronavirus outbreak can be picking up the phone to talk with an elderly family member, friend or acquaintance, according to local and state officials who work with seniors. (File photo)

Picking up phone may help seniors feel less isolated during outbreak

As Tri-Citians adapt to a statewide order to stay at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus, organizations serving seniors are racing to support those hit heaviest by the…

Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco

Tri-City port districts consider rent breaks amid pandemic

Tri-City ports are contemplating rent relief policies for tenants as the coronavirus pandemic takes its economic toll. The Ports of Pasco and Kennewick authorized three-month rent deferral program for tenants…

Nurses at the Chaplaincy Health Care Hospice in Kennewick model homemade masks. (Photo courtesy of Chaplaincy Health Care)

Tri-City health care agencies seek homemade masks, gowns

A Tri-City nonprofit that serves the terminally ill and their families sought volunteers to make masks and gowns to protect its caregivers from infectious diseases during the coronavirus pandemic. With…

Badger Canyon Apartments construction homebuilder

Governor halts construction during coronavirus stay-home order

Tri-City homebuilders and colleagues across the state are pleading with Gov. Jay Inslee to reclassify homebuilding an essential activity after the industry was sidelined by the Stay Home, Stay Healthy…

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