Scout Clean Energy will apply for a permit to develop a 600-megawatt wind farm on 60,000 acres in the Jump Off Joe area south of the Tri-Cities this year. Construction will employ up to 300 people. (Courtesy Scout Clean Energy)

Colorado firm plans 600-megawatt Horse Heaven Wind Farm

A 600-megawatt wind farm south of Kennewick will employ 300 during construction and help cement the region’s status as Washington’s center for wind energy. Scout Clean Energy of Boulder, Colorado, will apply for a conditional use permit from Benton County for its Horse Heaven Wind Farm project later this year. Pat Landess, spokesman for Scout,…

(Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

New nonprofit wants to speed up Hanford cleanup, shift mission to energy

A new Tri-City nonprofit has formed to push for a faster cleanup at Hanford and transition to energy research and development. Bob Ferguson, Bill Lampson and Gary Petersen established Northwest Energy Associates with the twin missions of advocating for a faster cleanup and for a long-term focus on energy research. Ferguson, former U.S. Department of…


Q & A with Adam J. Fyall

Benton County Sustainable Development Manager Number of employees you oversee: 3 You have a unique role in Benton County government. What do you oversee and how did your job come to cover such diverse areas?I primarily manage our economic development, natural resources, intergovernmental affairs, Hanford-related and parks functions. While the county as a whole has…

(Courtesy American Lung Association)

American Lung Association: Washington air quality is worsening

Wildfires and wintertime wood fires helped drive Yakima, Spokane and the Seattle area to the top of the nation’s worst cities for air pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s 2020 State of Air report. The Tri-Cities was not on the list, but Benton County received a failing grade for air quality in the report.…


Oil and mineral rights difficult to profit from, complicate estate planning

Property rights are often considered a “bundle of sticks” where a person can own varying interests in land. The person can own the entire bundle—called “fee simple.” Or a person can own distinct and specific interests in a piece of property. One form of ownership is the ownership of only the oil and mineral rights…


Economic crash makes dams more critical

We are learning many painful lessons during the coronavirus shutdown. A key lesson that if a policy isn’t economically sustainable, it isn’t environmentally sustainable. This is a particularly important lesson to remember when considering how to promote recovery of salmon and steelhead populations on the Snake River. Earlier this year, the federal agencies finished the…


Let’s work to find a new path forward

Several federal agencies just released a massive court-ordered federal study (called an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS) about the Snake and Columbia river dams. If you had other things on your mind last month, that’s more than understandable. Also, you didn’t miss much: the EIS is just another federal study aimed at propping up the…

Local honey delivers a sweet deal in preserving bees

By Marilou Shea Just about this time every spring, my farmer friend laments about how the bee population is in jeopardy. It’s a crisis. A state of emergency on their farm north of Pasco where they grow cherries, apples and blueberries. Bees are essential to their crops, not to mention their livelihood, not to mention…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Watch out for hazardous materials in land acquisitions

By Beau Ruff When a person endeavors to buy a piece of real property (i.e. land and any associated buildings), the buyer would be wise to study up on the potential liability he or she may be taking on. Notably, the buyer should beware of liability for the existence of hazardous materials on the land.…

D. Patrick Jones

Tri-Citians are big consumers of green electricity

By D. Patrick Jones Data tracking life in the Tri-Cities reveal many departures from the overall profile of life in Washington. Consider the racial and ethnic make-up here. In 2017, an estimated nearly 39 percent of the population was non-Caucasian, versus slightly over 30 percent for the state. And the estimated Hispanic population in 2017…

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