Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Melissa Porcaro established CAN Do Kids, a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Richland, seven years ago. The clinic treats children with a variety of disorders that affect their interactions with others and can lead to behavior and other challenges in school and social settings. Porcaro said technology addiction is a growing challenge for many children. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Growing clinic sees spike in number of kids affected by too much screen time

Richland occupational therapy practice may need to relocate to bigger office Melissa Porcaro is all too aware of the irony. Tri-City parents turn to the internet to find someone to…

The city of West Richland sold nearly $12.5 million in bonds to pay for a new police station at the former Tri-City Raceway, which it bought in late 2019. Lower-than-expected interest rates mean property taxes won’t rise as much as originally expected. (Courtesy city of West Richland)

West Richland bonds won’t cost taxpayers as much as expected

The stars lined up for West Richland taxpayers in December, when the city sold nearly $12.5 million in bonds to pay for its new police station at the former Tri-City…

Nicole and Marco Solferino filed for personal bankruptcy in January, 10 months after placing their failed home building business in bankruptcy citing more than $9 million in debt.

Tri-City homebuilder files for personal bankruptcy

A prominent Tri-City homebuilder filed for personal bankruptcy in late January, 11 months after asking the court to liquidate his business. Marco Solferino, owner of Solferino Homes, also known as…

Talon Jager, the longtime manager at Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza on Queensgate Drive in Richland, is the new owner. Jager knew he wanted to be a chef growing up in his family’s Burger Factory restaurants in Othello and Connell. Mike Miller and the other restaurant founders recently sold the business. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime Stick + Stone manager buys restaurant

The founders of Richland’s Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza have sold the business to the employee who has managed it almost from the start. Talon Yager bought the business…

Constance “Connie” Brown of Pasco raised 10 sons on her own. At 88, she’s a cancer survivor and a dedicated dissectologist – someone who loves to do jigsaw puzzles. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Pasco woman finds the pieces that fit

Fortunately for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Constance Brown, 88, is easy to shop for. She’s a jigsaw puzzle whiz. The more pieces the better, as far as Brown is…

Kenny Teasdale, a commercial real estate broker and owner of a Tri-City moving company, expected to reopen the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 2530 Queensgate Drive in Richland by Valentine’s Day. Teasdale is relaunching the brand in the Tri-Cities eight months after it abruptly closed last June.  (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit reopens in Richland for Valentine’s Day

The Richland Dickey’s Barbecue Pit reopens this week but the future is uncertain for its still-closed sister restaurants in Kennewick and Pasco.  Kenny Teasdale, a commercial real estate broker with NAI Tri-Cities and owner of a local moving company, reached a deal…

Catholic Community Services of Eastern Washington wanted to build a $13.2 million, 52-unit residence to serve chronically homeless Tri-Citians in east Pasco.

Catholic Charities asks Pasco to salvage homeless project, says $2M grant is in jeopardy 

Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington stands to lose a $2 million grant after the Pasco City Council voted 4-3 against selling the site it wanted for a 52-unit apartment-style complex…

Construction is underway on a 7,363-square-foot building with room for at least one restaurant and a drive-thru in the JCPenney parking lot at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Burgers, pizza and coffee. Here’s who’s moving into that new building at Columbia Center

Starbucks Co. and Habit Burger expect to join MOD Pizza in a new strip mall taking shape in front of JCPenney at Columbia Center in Kennewick. The 7,363-square-foot building is…


Idaho economic development leader is TRIDEC’s new president, CEO

The Tri-City Development Council named a chief executive officer to succeed its longtime leader Carl Adrian.  Karl Dye, president and CEO of Valley Vision Economic Development Association in Lewiston, Idaho, will take…

Excavation is underway on a 7,363-square-foot building with room for at least one restaurant and a drive-thru in the JCPenney parking lot at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

UPDATE: MOD Pizza coming to Kennewick this summer

MOD Pizza confirms it will open its second Tri-City location this summer.  MOD, specializing in made-to-order pizza and salads, will be one of three businesses housed in a new strip mall taking shape in…

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