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Tri-Cities Cancer Center CEO announces retirement 

Chuck DeGooyer, the longtime leader who was instrumental in establishing the Tri-Cities Cancer Center more than 25 years ago, will retire at the end of the year.  DeGooyer, who has served as chief executive officer of the cancer for seven years, announced his plans to step down on July 1. His last day is Dec. 31, 2020.  DeGooyer helped form cancer…

Jackson Contractor Group Inc. of Walla Walla will construct the Pasco Fire Department’s new headquarters and fire station after submitting the winning bid of $7.5 million to build Fire Station 84 at 4929 W. Court St. Work begins in July. (Photo courtesy TCA Architecture and Planning)

Pasco tees off on its next fire station project in July

Jackson Contractor Group Inc. of Walla Walla breaks ground in July on the Pasco Fire Department’s long-anticipated new fire station and headquarters. Jackson submitted the winning bid of $7.5 million to build the 21,800-square-foot Fire Station 84, administrative offices and storage at 4929 W. Court St. The project is expected to be completed in February…

Bruce Barnes, the Tri-City franchisee for Dutch Bros Coffee, has agreed to buy land at Wellsian Way and Stevens Drive on the approach to Richland’s Duportail Bridge for the seventh local location for the popular Oregon-based coffee brand. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Dutch Bros adding coffee stand on approach to Duportail Bridge

Dutch Bros Coffee, the popular Oregon coffee chain with a dedicated fan base, will open its seventh local stand in Richland, where it has a deal to buy land on the road leading to the new Duportail Bridge. Bruce Barnes, a Pasco-based Dutch Bros franchisee, will buy a 42,000-square-foot site for the Tri-Cities’ seventh Dutch…

West Richland hires contractors for police facility

The West Richland City Council has hired the construction and design team for the first phase of the city’s new police station. Chervenell Construction of Kennewick and Design West Architects of Kennewick were awarded a progressive design-build contract June 2. The contract is not to exceed $819,672. Design West chose TreanorHL Architects, based in Lawrence,…


Benton County Commission endorses face masks to reach Phase 2

The Benton County Commission encourages area residents to wear face masks to reduce the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.   The move came after the Washington Department of Health said it was pausing applications to move both Benton and Franklin counties to Phase 2 of the Safe Start program because of high infection rates in the Tr-Cities.  Phase 2 allows the following…


Paycheck Protection Program still has $130B to support struggling businesses

During the past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot about hope and its necessary role in healing, recovery and moving forward, not only as individuals, but as communities and a nation. I’ve been talking to our local team about the role the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, must have in providing hope to…


Together in harmony: Developing young voices

How do we, as a society, know that our next generation will be capable of solving the global problems left behind for them to handle? How do we ensure that our future leaders will be able to think independently and multidimensionally, with compassion and confidence? How can we prepare them to face obstacles with the…

Shaun Ehlers, owner of Free Culture Clothing, is scheduling private shopping appointments at his downtown Kennewick store at 509-948-8187. He said if Benton County doesn’t move to Phase 2 soon, his business will not survive. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Updated: Face masks could be key to reopening Tri-City businesses

Shaun Ehlers ended 2019 on a contented note. He’d opened a second edition of his small fashion boutique in Columbia Center mall in September. By year’s end, the Free Culture Clothing stores in downtown Kennewick and at the mall were breaking even. He knew the first few months of 2020 would be rough. January is…

The Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco could come out ahead as the Covid-19 crisis prompts airlines to cast off old, unprofitable runs and pursue new opportunities, according to a consultant who says anything is possible, including restoring the region’s connection to Portland International Airport. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Airport)

Could Covid-19 restore air service to Portland?

The Covid-19 crisis blew a hole in the aviation industry, but there could be opportunity hidden in the mayhem for airports with strong underlying business models like the one in Pasco. The Tri-Cities Airport could gain new air routes and even see airlines resume direct service to Portland International Airport. That’s the scenario laid out…

Lamb Weston is known for its frozen french fry products but it also produces shredded potatoes, diced potatoes formed potatoes (hash browns and Tater Puffs), chips, mashed potatoes, appetizers and vegetables. (Courtesy Lamb Weston)

Lamb Weston pulls back curtain with first-ever sustainability report

 The region’s largest potato processor sheds new light on french fry-making in its first-ever corporate sustainability report. Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. issued its 2020 Environmental, Social, and Governance Report on June 2. In it, the Eagle, Idaho-based company describes its corporate and environmental goals, the steps it is taking to meet them and the progress…

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Tri-Cities Cancer Center CEO announces retirement 

Benton County Commission endorses face masks to reach Phase 2

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