Piton Wealth employees recently spent time learning the ropes at an indoor rock-climbing wall as a team-building exercise. Piton Wealth’s founder and CEO Michelle Clary was selected by Thrivent Financial to join the nationwide company’s new network of independent practices. (Courtesy Piton Wealth)

Kennewick financial planner ventures into independent practice

A tool designed to protect a climber from a fall or ascend a mountain faster is the inspiration behind the name of a new independent practice headed up by a Kennewick financial planner. Named Piton Wealth for the mountaineering tool known as a piton, founder and Chief Executive Officer Michelle Clary likes to compare people’s…

The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, recently completed a $10 million renovation of all 338 guest rooms and its conference center. Guests will find new, sleek, modern furnishings evoking the blue waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene in addition to updated amenities. (Courtesy The Coeur d’Alene Resort)

Coeur d’Alene Resort completes $10 million in renovations

Guests visiting the lakefront Coeur d’Alene Resort are in for a treat this summer season, as the Idaho destination hotel recently completed a $10 million makeover of all 338 guest rooms and its conference center. “Our resort is in the midst of a wonderful renaissance,” said Todd Gillespie, director of sales and marketing for The…

Northwest Paddleboarding’s hour-long classes are the bread and butter of the three-year-old business. It will open a storefront this month next to Richland’s Howard Amon Park, offering walk-up rentals and boards and other gear available for sale. (Courtesy Northwest Paddleboarding)

Northwest Paddleboarding to open shop in Richland

After three years of operating from the back of a van and tow trailer, Northwest Paddleboarding is opening a shop near Howard Amon Park in Richland. The new store will offer walk-up rentals and a wider range of equipment for sale. Krista Patterson, who owns the company with her mother, Cathie Hobson, said sales doubled…

APRIL Tour de Coop

Backyard chicken coop tour eggs on wannabe beak owners

Tour De Coop event on April 21 offers scoop on a dozen coops Annette Pederson scooped up the fluffy yellow chicks that had just arrived at Kennewick’s Basin Feed and Supply to start her first foray into raising chickens. “I’m looking forward to fresh eggs, recycling all my food scraps, bug control and fertilizer,” the…

Home2 Suites by Hilton Richland

Richland hotel caters to travelers seeking more sustainable amenities

Hilton Home2 Suites focuses on eco-friendly options throughout facility Richland’s new Hilton Home2 Suites appeals to travelers’ increasing environmental consciousness and desire for more sustainable amenities. The Queensgate area hotel’s sales manager, Berenice Trevino, said she’s interacted with guests who specifically seek out Home2 Suites for this reason and said hotel reviews often mention the…

APRIL Chaplaincy Repeat

Chaplaincy opens second thrift store in Richland Uptown

The successful launch of Chaplaincy Health Care’s new thrift store in Kennewick last year prompted the opening of a second store in Richland. The nonprofit, which provides hospice, palliative and grief care and behavioral health services, opened a second thrift store — also called Repeat Boutique — in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center in March.…

Moving toward sustainability at work or home begins with one step

By Gail Everett All this talk about sustainability only widens the gap between those who get it and those who are too overwhelmed to start. In general, being sustainable means doing your best to avoid the depletion of our natural resources and reducing your adverse impact by being careful stewards of the resources you are…


State gears up to build rock fence, improve I-182, Highway 12

Work is expected to begin in May on the biggest rock fence in Washington state’s history—and it’s not along the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass but along Highway 730 south of the Wallula junction. “That whole stretch from the Oregon border to the Wallula junction, there’s boulders in the ditch and there have been cars and…

APRIL BNSF Construction

Pasco train congestion could be improved with new Idaho bridge

Coalition of Washington business group supports $10 million project Planning is underway to build a new BNSF Railway bridge in Idaho that’s expected to improve train traffic in Pasco. BNSF Railway and Keep Washington Competitive representatives met recently in Pasco about the project. The permitting process is moving forward on the $100 million Sandpoint Junction…


Hittman Transport Services opens Northwest terminal in north Richland

Company recently took over Apogee Logistics’ former facility Hanford contractors have a new local set of wheels at their disposal. Hittman Transport Services, a national leader in the transport of radioactive and hazardous material shipments, has established its Northwest terminal in north Richland. “We’re the largest premier transportation company of radioactive waste and nuclear fuel…

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