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Paul Shane is the new director of Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kennewick. As Tri-City baby boomers age, he predicts an increasing demand for the center’s services. The nonprofit serves more than 250 people annually. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Center for the blind director ready to address growing need

By Andrew Kirk As Tri-City baby boomers age, the number finding themselves losing vision is expected to balloon. One in six Americans develop a visual impairment after age 70, according to National Center for Health Statistics. It’s a scary statistic people do their best to ignore, said Paul Shane, the new executive director at Edith…

Nonprofit doesn’t mean no profit

By Michele Roth Someone recently commented to me how they didn’t want to donate to a charity event because the organization had a paid staff. Being from the nonprofit industry, I wanted to know more about why they felt this way. The answer: the organization was a nonprofit, meaning nobody should be paid (at least…

This promotional fair photo from 1954 features Queen Mary Jene Mullineaux. (Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society)

Bicounty fair and rodeo roots run deep

By East Benton County Historical Society Sixty-five years ago this month, the Benton County Fair and Rodeo came into its own. Officially! By tradition, the bicounty fair is said to have begun in the late 1940s with the ending of the annual Grape Festivals, which for decades highlighted the area’s rich agricultural history and practices.…

Steve Ackerman and Mimi Geibel perform as Waterbound at last year’s Tumbleweed Music Festival. This year’s event is Labor Day weekend and they’ll be performing again. (Photo courtesy David Carson)

Richland folk fest pays tribute to power of music

The 23rd annual Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland Labor Day weekend pays homage to a folk music legend who would have celebrated his 100thbirthday this year. It seems fitting for the Tri-Cities to celebrate Pete Seeger, an American folk singer who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The banjo-strumming Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

Beau Ruff, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies

Private family foundations can get donors, kids involved

By Beau Ruff Financially successful people often contemplate the highest and best use of their assets. In some cases, those same individuals have decided that the natural objects of their bounty (i.e., the children) already have enough resources, or that mom and pop have otherwise adequately provided for their children. Alternatively, some of these successful…

Telemedicine connects Tri-City patients to specialists

Virtual doctor’s visits becoming more widely available – not just for routine illnesses Tri-City patients are connecting with medical specialists for more types of care, thanks to the growing use of telemedicine, or telehealth, which can allow a provider to make some diagnoses of a critical patient without even being in the same room. “Telehealth…

Dan Ostler is manager of A Better View, a window cleaning and pest control business in Kennewick. He and owner Dallas DeCoria use the app Zubie for fleet management and tracking. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Put these top-rated mobile apps to work for your business

By Andrew Kirk The multitude of desktop apps to help business owners run their companies are nothing short of miraculous, but how many of those apps have good mobile versions? And how many of those “there’s an app for that” ideas are actually worth the download and time to learn? You’re not alone in wondering.…

Steven Ashby, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Q&A with Steven Ashby

Number of employees you oversee: About 4,500. Brief background of your business: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national lab proudly operated by Battelle since its inception in 1965. PNNL’s talented scientists, engineers and support professionals draw on signature capabilities in chemistry, earth sciences and data analytics to advance scientific discovery,…

(Courtesy Benton-Franklin Trends)

Tri-Cities boasts numerous science and tech workers but few firms

By D. Patrick Jones Most everyone knows that the tech pulse is strong in the Tri-Cities. The problem is, it’s hard to find the pulse in official data. The same challenge applies for presence of the technology sector in Benton-Franklin Trends. Where in the trends site might we find some coverage? Consider data from the…

MSA uses software that allows a project team to identify and fix potential issues before construction begins. By virtually removing the roof, teams are able to explore the building and ensure both functionality and design. Several issues have been found and resolved during review meetings using the 3D software. (Courtesy MSA)

3D technology supports Hanford design work

Mission Support Alliance is using industry best practices and 3D modeling software to help design a new water treatment facility on the Hanford site. The Hanford contractor’s 3D modeling is a vital design tool, enabling timely completion of complex projects. In this approach, also known as building information modeling, or BIM, the designers “build” the…

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