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A new gas station and convenience store that will feature a fast-food chicken restaurant is under construction in the Badger Mountain South development, north of Rancho Reata, at 5151 Trowbridge Blvd., just off Dallas Road. The original plan put the housing development’s completion at 2030, but following a slow start, the revised date is now 2037. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on south side of mountain points to more growth

Signs of new construction on the south side of Badger Mountain—including a new service station and convenience store that will include a fast-food chicken restaurant—signal more growth coming to the planned development that’s been years in the making. Badger Mountain South’s owner and developer Nor Am Investments has an end-goal of building 5,000 household units,…

More than 50 people attended an Aug. 6 hearing in Kennewick—one of seven meetings held across the state—to provide feedback on Labor and Industries’ proposed changes to significantly increase the minimum amount employees must earn before they can be exempt from receiving overtime pay. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Tri-City employers balk at state’s overtime proposal

By Andrew Kirk Several Tri-City employers and nonprofit leaders criticized the state’s proposal to overhaul its worker overtime exemption rule at a recent public hearing, citing concerns about their bottom lines and ability to serve customers and clients. More than 50 people attended an Aug. 6 hearing in Kennewick—one of seven meetings held across the state—to…

Construction on Benton County’s new $1.79 million Public Services Building for permitting and land use needs is underway at 102808 Wiser Parkway near Interstate 82. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Benton County consolidates public services under one roof

3 departments merged near Tri-Cities, expanded services coming to Prosser The process of jumping through the required hoops to start new construction projects is set to run more efficiently in Benton County once a new “one-stop shop” opens in the Tri-Cities, replicating some services currently only available in Prosser. The move will merge the county’s…

The first nonstop, daily flight to LAX arrived at the Tri-Cities Airport to much fanfare this past spring. The route addition was the result of years of effort on behalf of the airport and its hired consultant to offer a nonstop Southern California flight daily to and from Pasco. Now airport officials want to add capacity to current markets. (Photo courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-Cities Airport eyes increased flight capacity

Following a successful effort to land a daily, nonstop flight to Los Angeles, the Tri-Cities Airport is setting a course for adding capacity to existing routes. “I think that’s more realistic than trying to get some new market when you don’t have any grant dollars,” said Buck Taft, director of the airport. “Add capacity to…

Kris Lapp, former president and founder of i-3 Global.

Judge rules against i-3 Global in one of three lawsuits

A Benton County Superior Court judge has issued a decision against a Kennewick company in one of its three pending lawsuits. And the state Department of Labor and Industries has found i-3 Global owes more than $18,000 in unpaid wages to eight former employees. The business and its president, Kristopher Lapp, came under fire this…

Washington winemaker opens tasting room in West Richland

By Andy Perdue One of Washington’s top winemakers has consolidated his operations in the Tri-City area. Victor Palencia, owner of Palencia Winery and Vino La Monarcha, recently closed his Walla Walla operation to focus on a tasting room and winemaking facility in downtown Kennewick and a new tasting room in West Richland. Palencia, who was…

Within a year’s span, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties opened the new $5.1 million Kennewick clubhouse, pictured, and expanded into Richland to offer school-based child care. (Photo courtesy Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties)

Boys & Girls Clubs runs 27 sites, sees a thousand kids daily

The past year has been a wild ride for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. The nonprofit took over the Richland School District’s before- and after-school child care program in June 2018. This meant more sites, children, staff and a bigger budget to manage. It also occurred while the nonprofit was…

Tri-Cities Cancer Center

Ownership change won’t affect services, CEO says

By Andrew Kirk Despite recent ownership challenges, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center is not going anywhere and there will be no noticeable difference in its operations or the care it provides to cancer patients. That’s the message Chief Executive Officer Chuck DeGooyer is working hard to share. It’s an important message because a lot recently has…

Athalia Clower left her job at Kadlec’s West Richland Primary Clinic in July for Guatemala to work with the nonprofit The Ezra Project. The group is licensed to provide a home for abandoned babies and children. (Photo courtesy The Ezra Project)

Focus on children leads Kadlec provider to Guatemala

Athalia Clower has always wanted to help people. And she has done so for more than 25 years. “I have been a certified physician assistant (PA-C) since 1993,” said Clower in an email interview. “I started working for Kadlec during March of 2010.” For Clower, this has been a high calling. But so has her…

High school students from refugee families visit Three Rivers Place to tour and learn about a career in nursing as part of the Family Learning Center program. The center, which helps Tri-City refugees thrive in their new home, is one of the nonprofits supported by United Way’s fundraising efforts. (Photo courtesy Family Learning Center)

United Way launches annual campaign, census outreach

United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties is kickstarting its annual fundraising campaign in September. And it is armed with hard data showing where the two counties it serves are falling behind. Last year, United Way recruited a group of volunteer analysts to identify key data points in hopes of measuring the overall health and…

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