The Port of Benton began construction on an electrical replacement project at the Richland Airport in summer 2022. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

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

The Port of Benton has been busy investing in promoting economic development in Richland, Prosser, Benton City and Benton County....
Jenny Vollmer of Kennewick rents her swimming pool by the hour on Swimply, a company that connects pool owners with swimmers willing to pay a fee to rent them. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Tri-City homeowners take the plunge into pool rentals

When Bunim Laskin was a kid in New Jersey, he was always looking for things to do. “I am the...
The Reach Museum at 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland offers private event rentals. The museum overlooking the Columbia River opened in 2014 and celebrates the natural and scientific history of the Mid-Columbia along with its people and cultures. (Courtesy Reach Museum)

Richland’s Reach Museum emerges
from pandemic leaner and stronger

The Reach Museum survived the pandemic, increasing admissions beyond pre-pandemic levels, celebrating its eighth anniversary and looking to the future...

Tourism Briefs – August 2022

Golf tournament supports Arts Center The Arts Center Task Force is inaugurating a golf tournament to support plans to build...
Trevor Macduff, a Richland science teacher and founder of Silas Education, is replicating the solar system at a regional scale, with planets orbiting around a model of the sun at the Reach Museum. Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus have markers. Neptune is next. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Cities embrace space when the solar system comes to town

Mid-Columbia is being transformed into an 80-mile scaled replica of the solar system, one planetary orbit at a time. The...
The LIGO Hanford Observatory or LExC opens to local students in September
and to the public in October. LExC celebrates the Nobel Prize winning physics
research conducted by the twin LIGO observatories at Hanford and Livingston,
Louisiana, and with partners in Italy and Japan. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Exploration center caters to science-savvy community

The LIGO Hanford Observatory opens its much-anticipated visitor center to school children in September and to the public in October...

Local hospitality has recovered by sales and wages, but not by jobs

From an economic perspective, measuring tourism is a bit dicey. Outside of a national “experimental” account from the U.S. Department...

Don’t despair that summer’s winding down, there’s still plenty to do

It’s hard to believe summer is winding down. The sun is setting just a little earlier, the start of the...
Bookwalter Fable Fiction

Bookwalter launches Fable so Fiction restaurant can soar

Bookwalter Winery is expanding its dining business in service of a lofty goal. Owner John Bookwalter wants to transform the...
Nena Cosic watches the installation of the new signs for her business, Café Magnolia, at 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite A, in Kennewick, the spot once occupied by Koko’s Bartini. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Creating a café experience is on entrepreneur’s new menu 

A determined Tri-City entrepreneur has changed her business model and business name and signed a three-year lease in a new...

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