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Pasco chamber issues alert about misleading calls

The Pasco Chamber of Commerce is cautioning Tri-City area businesses to be alert about an out-of-state company making misleading sales calls on its behalf. CGI Communications, a Rochester, New York-based communications company, allegedly has been saying it is calling on behalf of Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins and the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, according to a…

The University of Washington, Foster School of Business is offering a free six-week Business Certificate Program in Pasco.

UW offering free business training program in Pasco

Registration is closed for a free business training program in Pasco offered by the University of Washington, Foster School of Business because the program is at capacity – but those who are interested can add their names to a waiting list. This six-week Business Certificate Program is taught by UW faculty and offers participants an…

Q&A with Merle Booker

President and owner of Booker Auction Company/ Western Real Estate Auctions Number of employees you oversee: 8 to 25 depending on sale Brief background of your business: It is a family business that has grown by providing professional productive marketing advice and services, selling a variety of assets. How did you land your current role?…

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Kennewick plans 2 open houses on convention center expansion

Meetings to provide public opportunity to learn about multimillion dollar project Two open houses have been scheduled for Kennewick’s multimillion dollar public-private plan to expand the Three Rivers Convention Center with a theater and hotel—and possibly more development later. The meetings are from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 17 at the Three Rivers Convention…

Developers expect to break ground on 105 homes at The Heights at Red Mountain Ranch development this fall. At full build-out, the project will include 563 single-family homes and 226 multi-family homes. (Courtesy Aho Construction)

West Richland approves massive housing development on 148 acres

By Andrew Kirk A proposed housing development could increase West Richland’s population by about 15 percent. The Heights at Red Mountain Ranch will add 563 single-family residential lots on 148 acres with the option of later adding 226 multi-family homes on 36 more acres. The first phase of the 10-phase project—expected to begin this fall—includes 105…

Port of Pasco commissioners will define a vision and strategy in 2020 for the marine terminal development, a 28-acre riverfront site between this railroad bridge and the cable bridge. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Pasco wharf’s fate could be decided in 2020

By Andrew Kirk Plans for a public market at the Port of Pasco wharf next to the cable bridge hit a snag, but the idea is not dead in the water, said Gary Ballew, the port’s director of economic development and marketing. The port recently completed a detailed inspection of the wharf, which included professional…

From left: Port of Kennewick Commissioners Don Barnes, Thomas Moak and Skip Novakovich

Kennewick port commissioners face sanctions, appeal following complaint

The Port of Kennewick’s three commissioners have been outspoken as costs pile up for an independent investigation involving two of them that was prompted by the third. Commissioner Skip Novakovich filed an anonymous complaint as a citizen alleging unprofessional behavior during a testy closed-door meeting about the sale of land near Vista Field. It ultimately…

Congressman Dan Newhouse, left, learns about the computerized control room inside the newly-completed Low-Activity Waste Facility at the Hanford vit plant. The analytical laboratory, one of more than a dozen buildings at the vit plant campus, is adjacent the newly-opened annex where control-room operators remotely oversee operations at the lab. (Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

Officials celebrate vit plant milestone with control room opening

By Andrew Kirk A major milestone has been reached at the massive radioactive waste treatment plant under construction at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Treatment of low-level waste—which makes up 90 percent of what’s in the aging tanks at the Hanford site—is scheduled to begin in 2023. That was the message during the U.S. Department of…

Young Professional 2019: Marcus Aranda

Marcus Aranda, Project coordinator for Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services Age and hometown: 32, Pasco How long have you worked at Veolia? 4 years Describe your company: Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services specializes in the facility clean up and treatment of radioactive waste. Specifically at the 222-S Laboratory, VNSFS performs the analytical services production functions.…

Young Professional 2019: Dee Boyle

Dee Boyle, Brand strategist at BrandCraft Marketing in Kennewick Age and hometown: 25, Pasco How long have you worked at BrandCraft Marketing? 2 years Describe your company: BrandCraft Marketing is a growth marketing firm driven by performance. We believe in well-thought strategy and execute with unrivaled marketing services through our team that contains vast and…

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