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Port of Kennewick crippled by cyberattack 

A military-grade cyberattack seized the Port of Kennewick’s computer system on Nov. 16, cutting off email and other systems.   The port said it will not pay the $200,000 demanded to restore access to its servers, which were encrypted by sophisticated digital “military–grade” ransomware.  The attack is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Washington State Office of…

Map outlining city of Richland's snow and ice routes and their priority levels. (Courtesy city of Richland)

How does Richland work? The city has a map for that

Map geeks rejoice! The city of Richland has launched a web page where it posts maps that detail how the community works. Curious about utility lines? There’s a map for that. What routes do snowplows use in winter? There’s a map for that. In fact, there’s a map for just about every conceivable community activity…

Eric Van Winkle, a Tri-City media executive and business consultant, is leading Friends of Red Mountain Event Center, a nonprofit effort to convert the former Tri-City Raceway in West Richland into an upscale event center. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Could Tri-City Raceway be West Richland’s Carousel of Dreams?

When the city of West Richland bought the former Tri-City Raceway in 2019, it saw a spot to build its new police station and a place to steer commercial development. But a team of fans, including the raceway’s former operator, see something different. Instead of tearing out the raceway and what is left of its…

Marineland Plaza sold in October to Inland Ocean LLC, a Portland- and Vancouver-based investment team that pledges to be long-term owners for the storied shopping center. The late Warren Luke developed the complex in 1986 at the intersection of West Clearwater Avenue and North Edison Street in Kennewick. It has been through multiple owners and a foreclosure in recent years. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

New owners buy Marineland Plaza for $7M as legacy investment

Marineland Village, the storied Kennewick shopping center known for its sea otter statue, marine theme and a landscape that once featured palm trees, has changed hands for the final time after 15 years. Vancouver-based Inland Ocean LLC, consisting of Jane Schmid-Cook and her partner and former husband, Rod Cook, promises to bring stable ownership to…


Tri-City nonprofits shift to online fundraising in pandemic

Tri-City area nonprofits forced to cancel popular fundraising events are banking on supporters joining their online campaigns. Donations play a powerful role in helping organizations that help people face challenges and the need does not go away because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some of the virtual fundraisers taking place in November. Submit your…


Washington needs manufacturing to lead the economic recovery

Kaitlyn Pype wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she enjoyed working on cars. She thought about a career in automotive repair, but a degree program in mechatronics at Clover Park Technical College caught her eye because it combined a variety of interests. “So, I went for it,” Pype…


Rare order breaks China’s hammerlock on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and high-tech leaders, it is a very big deal. Our government lists 35 metals it considers vital to our national economy and security. While 17 are classified as “rare earth”…


Q&A with Christopher Martinez

Executive manager, Audi/BMW of Tri-Cities Number of employees you oversee: 59 Brief background of your business: Sales, parts and service of new and pre-owned Audis and BMWs as well as selling of any other brand pre-owned as well. How did you land your current role? How long have you been in it? My family has…

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia paid $1.17 million for a 4.54-acre undeveloped site at Wrigley Drive and North Road 76 in a deal that closed shortly before Halloween. The property borders the Pasco Walmart, 4820 N. Road 68, to the north. A future store is planned. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Goodwill Industries secures future Pasco store site

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia will build a store in Pasco after securing a site next to Walmart. The store will mirror the newly built Kennewick Goodwill. However, it will not take shape for several years, said Ken Gosney, executive director for the nonprofit, which serves people with disabilities. Goodwill paid $1.17 million for a…

Sana Behavioral Hospital, a 16-bed psychiatric facility for those 55 and over, will open in the spring at 7319 W. Hood Place, near the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, in Kennewick. (Courtesy Sana Behavioral Health)

New in-patient facility to offer senior psychiatric care

The Tri-Cities isn’t often the second location for any growing chain. But it is for a Salt Lake City-based joint venture that is building psychiatric hospitals for seniors in the West. Sana Behavioral Health will open a $2.8 million, 16-bed hospital at 7319 W. Hood Place next spring. It will be the second of five…

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