Articles by Wendy Culverwell

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…

Premier Excavation works to connect the two sides of Center Parkway behind Columbia Center mall at the Richland-Kennewick border. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

It took 22 years, but Center Parkway ‘punch through’ has started

A critical connection between Kennewick and Richland is being built after more than two decades of planning and litigation. Center Parkway is being extended across a Port of Benton-owned railroad…


Energy Summit highlights clean energy opportunities here in the Tri-Cities

The Tri-Cities is ripe to transition its economy from one focused on cleaning up the Hanford nuclear site to one focused on clean energy. “This is the place. We’ve grown…

The Washington Military Department is considering adding a second campus for its Youth Challenge Academy in Richland. Above, students at the original youth academy in Bremerton raise their hands during class. (Courtesy Washington Military Department)

Youth academy eyes Richland for second campus

The Washington Military Department is eyeing Richland for a new campus for its Youth Challenge Academy, a military-style residential school for at-risk teens. There are 40 National Guard Youth Challenge…

Four companies announced big plans for Pasco in 2021. Reser’s Fine Foods is the first to cross the finish line, moving into its new $120 million plant this summer. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Reser’s moves to its new $120 million Pasco home

Reser’s Fine Foods is making mashed potatoes and preparing to add capacity to produce more dishes at its new food processing plant in Pasco. The family-owned company showed off its…

Construction is underway to prepare a portion of the former Sears at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick into a new store for sewing and crafts retailer Joann. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Old Sears store to
welcome new tenant

Joann, the sewing and crafts retailer, is moving its Kennewick store to Columbia Center mall, where it is taking over a portion of the space vacated by Sears in 2019.…

Local Bounti, the Hamilton, Montana ag tech startup, has resumed construction of a $40 million greenhouse complex in east Pasco. (TCAJOB file photo)

Local Bounti resumes development in Pasco

Local Bounti Inc., the Montana-based ag tech startup, resumed construction of its $40 million greenhouse complex in east Pasco in September. The company paused the project in April, when it…

Rob Welch, left, and David Rose, both ex-Richland mayors as well as business owners, are restarting the Richland Chamber of Commerce. The original merged with the Kennewick Chamber of Commerce in 2005 to form the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Ex-Richland mayors revive the chamber of commerce

A pair of Richland business owners and former mayors is reviving the Richland Chamber of Commerce to restore the local connection between business and city hall. The Richland and the…

WorkSource sits at the heart of the local employment scene. It provides job seekers with workshops, resume assistance, interview training, networking opportunities and a full suite of career planning and training events. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

WorkSource: where employers and job seekers connect

The flyers were printed and posted online and anywhere prospective workers might be found. “Job Fair,” it read, against a red background matching the logo of Miramar Health Center, which…

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