Local News

Emerald Studios owner Faith Hovde is collecting donated clothes and accessories to donate to the Tri-Cities Dream Center’s Soul Sisters program to help women in crisis through the end of May. Emerald Studios is at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B170, in Kennewick

Women in crisis to benefit from spring purge campaign

Your spring cleaning could result in more than just a pared down closet — it could benefit women in crisis. Emerald Studios owner Faith Hovde is holding a campaign called Purge For a Purpose to encourage women to donate clothes and accessories they no longer need, so that they can assist local women trying to…

Carlos Roman stands in front of boots and hats sold at his store, Caballero Western Wear, at 515 W. Lewis St. in downtown Pasco. Roman and his father-in-law own and operate four western wear stores in Eastern Washington.

Successful western wear store operates in four cities

Carlos Roman knew when he was young he wanted to be an independent businessman. And the 1996 Othello High School graduate is well on his way. Roman, together with his father-in-law, Ambrocio Barajas, owns four Caballero Western Wear stores in four Eastern Washington cities, including his newest store at 515 W. Lewis St. in Pasco.…

The newest creation of HRA Inc. of West Richland is a rotor blade to replace aging parts on Bell-47 helicopters. Owner Nick Hertelendy has produced one set of prototypes and is contracted with manufacturer Scott’s-Bell 47 to sell the part. The prototype was introduced at a recent trade show in Las Vegas.

West Richland company creates blades for Vietnam-era helicopters

A Tri-City-area aviation enthusiast, raised by a father with a helicopter hobby, worked alongside his dad as a curious 12-year-old, often pedaling several miles on his bike to pick up parts for their projects. Fast forward to the end of February this year. Nick Hertelendy of West Richland attended the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo…

Energy officials celebrated the installation of the first electric vehicle DC fast charging station at a ribbon-cutting event on May 15 at the Southridge Sport Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.

Fast charging station for electric cars opens in Kennewick

Energy officials celebrated the installation of the first electric vehicle DC fast charging station — one of nine to be installed by 2019 — during a May 15 ribbon-cutting event at the Southridge Sport Complex in Kennewick. The station has a level 2 charging station as well as a DC fast charging station, which takes…

(Courtesy Four Feathers Wine Estates)

Washington’s terroir sets stage for quality grapes, wine

By David Forsyth Washington state wines are now recognized as a legitimate player in the world wine market. While small in stature relative to the California industry, Washington wines are appreciated for their quality, value and their potential to becoming a bigger player in U.S. wine production. As the wine sales shift from less than…

A conceptual drawing shows what the core of Vista Field could look like with a public park, fountain and the future Vista Arts Center. The 103-acre site, behind the Three Rivers Convention Center and the Toyota Center, is tucked between North Young and North Kellogg streets in Kennewick. It has remained undeveloped since the airport at Vista Field closed nearly five years ago. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Pedestrian-focused town center coming to Vista Field

“It’s about to get real.” That’s what Tim Arntzen, the Port of Kennewick’s chief executive officer, said while describing the next steps for the massive overhaul planned at the former site of Vista Field. Construction work on the expansive property nestled in the middle of Kennewick is set to kick-start the foundation for vibrant mixed-use…

Producers from HGTV’s “House Hunters” film Darin and Sierra Foster as they discuss the features they were looking for in a home during the opening scene. (Courtesy the Fosters)

‘House Hunters’ features Tri-City couple, showcases local real estate

By Jennifer L. Drey When Sierra and Darin Chase Foster decided it was time to buy their first home, they naturally gravitated toward watching “House Hunters,” a popular television show on HGTV that takes viewers behind the scenes with homebuyers as they choose between three potential properties. As newlyweds with two dogs, a cat and…

Employees of Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Kennewick surround owner Isidro Ortiz, center, who is preparing to open his first restaurant in Richland, in the Queensgate Drive shopping plaza, across from Target.

Fiesta Mexican Restaurant to open Richland location

The Tri-Cities soon will have a Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in each city, as the longtime owners prepare to open a third restaurant, this time in the Queensgate Drive shopping plaza. Isidro Ortiz owns the restaurants with his mother, Teresa Ortiz, having launched their first one in downtown Pasco in 2001. Since then, they have opened…

The Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific is warning consumers to beware of unethical sales practices and scams while shopping for Mother's Day gifts.

BBB: Watch for scams when shopping for mom

Mother’s Day shopping is expected to total a near-record high this year as the National Retail Federation predicts consumers will spend $23.1 billion on gifts. Popular Mother’s Day items include flowers and jewelry, two industries that have already received an estimated 43,000 inquiries and nearly 200 complaints to Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific in the past…

Energy Northwest names new CEO

Energy Northwest’s executive board today named Brad Sawatzke as the agency’s chief executive officer. He has been acting as interim CEO since the departure of Mark Reddemann on March 30. “I am humbled and honored with this new opportunity,” Sawatzke told the board on April 26. “We have a talented and capable team, and I’m…

Latest News

Columbia Center announces arrival of 3 new businesses

Queensgate ramp to close for weekend to prep for roundabout construction

Fast charging station for electric cars opens in Kennewick

Energy Northwest names new CEO

Richland construction company selected for Kennewick school project


Sign-up for e-newsletter filled with featured stories and latest news.

Around Town Photo Gallery