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Hanford workers conduct a test run of delivery of the 13 chemicals that will form glass to immobilize hazardous and radioactive waste in preparation for the start of vitrification in 2024. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Energy)

Pasco company supplies ingredients to bake Hanford waste into glass

A Pasco ag chemical firm is supplying the Hanford site with the ingredients it needs to bake radioactive and hazardous waste into borosilicate glass logs at the $17 billion Waste Treatment & Immobilization Plant. Two Rivers Terminal delivered a 35,000-pound load of lithium carbonate to Hanford this summer, the first of what promises to be…

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Leader of downtown Pasco group out as board assesses next steps

Gustavo Gutierrez Gomez has left the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, the nonprofit group that operates the Pasco Specialty Kitchen, Pasco Farmers Market and puts on Cinco de Mayo, Pasco Fiery Foods Festival and more. Gabriel Portugal, president of the board, said Gutierrez Gomez departed effective July 31. Portugal praised his work but said his vision…

Layna Kinsman, left, and Ellen LeVee of the Tri-City chapter of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association prepare gift baskets to hand out during the first in-person meeting in more than a year. (Courtesy Mary Alice Binder)

Retired federal employees group celebrates 50 years of advocacy and fellowship

The Tri-City chapter of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association launched its 50th year with a return to form and its first in-person event in more than a year. The local chapter met Sept. 1 at the Red Lion Hotel Kennewick Columbia Center – its usual spot – in a return to business…

Jared Walther, a former nuclear industry executive and cybersecurity expert, is converting a former strip club on South Gum Street into a Mexican grocery. It’s one of two investments in downtown Kennewick for Walther and his faith-led group of investors. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Faith-led investor wants to rehab downtown, starting with old strip club

A casino-turned-strip club in downtown Kennewick will reopen as a Mexican grocery following a remodel by a faith-led investment group that is eager to play a role in the neighborhood. Jared Walther, a former nuclear industry executive and cybersecurity expert, is the driving force behind Walther CRE LLC and related investment entities. The Christian nonprofit…

The Port of Kennewick expects to hang a “For Sale” sign at Columbia Gardens, its wine-themed urban village near the base of the cable bridge, in September, and at Vista Field, the former municipal airport, a few months later. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

‘For Sale’ signs coming to Columbia Gardens, Vista Field – at last

Years after Columbia Gardens and its sister development, Vista Field, began taking shape in Kennewick, private developers will finally get a shot at buying sites in both developments this fall. The Port of Kennewick expects to hang a “For Sale” sign at Columbia Gardens, its wine-themed urban village near the base of the cable bridge,…

Thelbert “Thadd” Lawson toured the former Albertsons in downtown Richland as a possible location for a new Veterans Warehouse Thrift Store, but the board of his nonprofit said it would cost too much money to rewire the building and make other improvements. (Photo by TCAJOB)

Veterans Warehouse eyed Richland’s old Albertsons but seeks alternative spot

Thelbert “Thadd” Lawson toured a former Albertsons in Richland as a possible new location for Veterans Warehouse Thrift Store, prompting speculation the long-empty grocery would finally come back to life. Alas, there is no deal. Lawson confirmed he was interested in the nearly 40,000-square-foot store. He loves the location and even made a proposal to…

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Massive warehouses to bring 1,200 jobs to east Pasco

Two industrial distribution centers, each more than 1 million square feet, are planned near Sacajawea State Park. The Ryan Companies of Bellevue is developing the two facilities under separate code names, “Project Oyster” and “Project Pearl,” on either side of South Road 40 East near Lakeview Trailer Court. The sites are north of the state…

A residential development takes shape in the Broadmoor area of western Pasco. In a normal year, word that Costco would build its second Tri-City store nearby would be the biggest business story of the year. But in 2021, it is one of many important developments. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Costco-anchored Broadmoor helps Pasco boom

Word that Costco likely will anchor new development at Pasco’s Broadmoor Boulevard would normally be one of the year’s top business stories. But 2021 is shaping up as one for the records as one eye-popping development deal after another breaks in Pasco. Collectively, new development at Broadmoor coupled with at least three new food processors…

Lionel Kunka, a Kennewick golf pro, is considering pursuing the senior tour after he qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, held in July in Nebraska. He manages Golf Universe in Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick golf manager eyes tour after U.S. Senior Open appearance

A Kennewick golf pro is considering joining the senior tour after he qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, held July 7-11 at the Omaha, Nebraska, Country Club. Lionel Kunka, manager of Golf Universe in Kennewick, missed the cut after he shot a 79 and an 81 in the first two rounds. But it was a…

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Armed with data and anecdotes, United Way sharpens focus on families, kids

Programs that help families and kids thrive will be the sole focus of the 2022 round of grants awarded by the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. The nonprofit that raises money and vets nonprofits is sharpening its focus as it addresses “gaps” that opened in the local social safety net during the Covid-19…

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