The 144 sodium vapor lights that illuminate the cables on the cable bridge over the Columbia River were added in 1996. To change the lights’ colors is a labor intensive, expensive job, as technicians must bolt colored glass discs over each light. The fledgling effort aims to build support to replace the bridge’s aging lighting system with a computer-controlled LED one. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Is the cable bridge ready for the spotlight? Boosters say yes

A well-connected Tri-City trio is building support to give the iconic cable bridge a glittery update. Karen Miller, Kathy Lampson...
2047 Productions films a scene from “Black’s Treasure,” a short film produced in the Tri-Cities. The local production company is seeking a permanent home to make films. (Courtesy 2047 Productions)

Moviemakers aim their cameras at the Tri-Cities

A Tri-City film company is making a name for itself producing short movies featuring local actors, crews and scenes. The...
Artist Heidi Elkington and her dog, Carmen Electra, pose by her skateboard-themed mural behind Real Deals in the Uptown Shopping Center alley. Gallery in the Alley is an emerging art destination in the heart of Richland. The subject – a lizard riding a board – is a nod to Elkington’s youth, growing up in Richland and skateboarding at the shopping center. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Alley art gallery adds to Uptown’s quirky charm

The Uptown Shopping Center, Richland’s quirky midcentury retail hub, is being transformed into a living gallery courtesy local artists and...
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Swampy’s BBQ to build kitchen on Kennewick waterfront

Ron Swanby is putting down roots for his barbecue business at Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village, courtesy a...
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Visit Tri-Cities champions tourism recovery, economic prosperity

Sense of community is why we do what we do, and relationships are how we get it done. These two...
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...
Divots Golf owners Monty Buell, left, and Henderson Orchard plan to open Divots Golf at 2450 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Richland in late August. It will be their third location, with two more opening, in September – one in Lewiston, Idaho, and the other in Anchorage, Alaska. (Courtesy Divots Golf)

Golf simulator chain swings into Richland

Triple-digit weather. Frigid temperatures. Notorious Tri-City winds. Smoke-filled summer skies. These will no longer be reasons to cancel tee time,...
One of the Tri-Cities’ signature events, Water Follies, returns July 23-25 after being canceled in 2020. It attracts thousands to the riverside for hydroplane races and an air show. (Courtesy Water Follies)

Visit Tri-Cities drops membership dues as it pivots to storytelling model

Visit Tri-Cities, the tax- and fee- funded agency responsible for putting heads in hotel beds, is dropping its paid membership...

Tourism Briefs – July 2021

New grads can enter airline ticket giveaway Avelo Air, a new airline that serves the Tri-Cities, is giving away 21...
Corvettes on the Columbia returns to the Tri-Cities in September after being canceled in 2020. Above, a vintage model is displayed during the 2019 gathering, which raised $145,000 for Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington. (Courtesy Tom McKenna)

Corvette owners have a wish for Make-A-Wish

Corvettes on the Columbia, a long-running celebration of all things Corvette and a major fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington,...

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