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Apple industry renews focus on domestic market

As summertime approaches, consumers begin to look to local markets for the parade of fresh fruits, and apple orchards buzz...
When the bines are stripped of the cones, the leaves come off as well. The hops and leaves are processed through a number of belts, where gravity separates them, ensuring bales are packed with hops.  (Courtesy Hop Growers of America)

Craft beer drives thirst for hops

By Mary Coffman More than 84.6 million pounds of hops were grown in Washington in 2021, a 14.1% increase over...
Automated farming irrigation system in sunset

Late winter bolstered water supplies, took some of the sting out of drought

Thanks to a very wet April, the Pacific Northwest has a lot of water. That’s potentially great news for water...
The window of a home under construction on Thebes Street in West Richland frames a view of Red Mountain. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Market Overview: 2021: The year the Tri-Cities hit 300,000 – and its stride

History will remember the early 2020s for the devastating coronavirus pandemic, the shutdowns, the economic chaos. It would be easy...
Residential development south of Bob Olson Parkway in the Southridge area of Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Residential Growth: Tight home supply drives up prices

Homebuilders face familiar headwinds in 2021 – finding enough places to build new homes, hiring enough workers to build them...
Warehouse facility under construction near 2000 block of Robertson Drive, adjacent to American Rock Products, in Richland.  (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Commercial Real Estate: Private investment dominates commercial picture, for now

Private investors are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Tri-City commercial construction in a shift from recent years, when...
Commercial construction on Port of Benton property near Einstein Ave and University Drive in Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Port of Benton: Port embraces Hanford history, tourism and infrastructure during pandemic

Despite a global pandemic leading to rising construction costs and difficulty obtaining materials throughout the U.S., the Port of Benton...
The new water feature at Vista Field in Kennewick. (Courtesy PS Media for Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: Vista Field, Columbia Gardens ready for sale

Almost a decade after closing Vista Field, the Port of Kennewick is poised to start selling land and to welcome...
Pioneer Packaging is building a $3.8 million warehouse at 5818 Industrial Way in Pasco. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Port of Pasco: Industrial expansion targets open land

The Port of Pasco is set to become the home base for the largest milk protein facility in North America...
Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. (Courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-Cities Airport: Pandemic has air travel in a holding pattern

Covid-19 has taken a bite out of air travel at the Port of Pasco-operated Tri-Cities Airport, which hasn’t rebounded as...

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