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Columbia Center mall’s holiday parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 in Kennewick. The tree lighting is at 10 a.m. (Courtesy Columbia Center)

Columbia Center decks the halls for Santa’s visit

Book appointments for Santa photos online Avoid the lines for a photo with Santa at Columbia Center mall by reserving an appointment in advance. Children can share their Christmas wishes and get photos with Santa beginning Nov. 18 through Dec. 24 outside the Sears store. Parents can reserve times with Santa online at simonsanta.com. “One of […]

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Pasco City Hall

Pasco’s proposed budget includes multiple construction projects

Infrastructure improvements also part of 2018 plans; public comments sought The Pasco City Council is seeking comments, both online and in person, from the public on the 2018 preliminary budget. The council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at City Hall to receive comments from the community on the proposals for 2018 […]

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Two Tri-City commercial real estate businesses join forces

By Michelle Dupler Two Tri-City commercial real estate firms have joined forces to become the newly formed NAI Group LLC. In the wake of the departure of former principal Lance Bacon from NAI Tri-Cities in July, remaining principal Todd Sternfeld partnered with Vicki Monteagudo of Century 21 Tri-Cities to open the new commercial-focused firm. NAI […]

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This map shows the 80- to 90-acre sports complex Prosser has in the works. There will be about 20 acres earmarked for festivals and other outdoor events. It will be south of Interstate 82 between Bettinson Road and Chandler Canal. (Courtesy city of Prosser)

Prosser aims to develop 80- to 90-acre sports complex by 2020

City plans to parcel off 24 acres for residential development to pay for project’s first phase By 2020, football, baseball, softball and soccer players will have new fields to play on as the city of Prosser moves toward its goal to create a sports complex. “It’s been a long time coming,” said David Stockdale, Prosser […]

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Prosser’s new Holiday Inn Express & Suites recently opened its 75-room hotel at 680 Wine Country Road. (Courtesy Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores)

New 75-bed Holiday Inn Express hotel opens in Prosser

A new 75-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel recently open for business in Prosser. The hotel, valued at $7 million, features an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour guest laundry center and an outdoor grill and covered patio. In addition, the hotel provides a 24-hour business center with copy and fax services, along […]

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Apollo wins $11.3 million contract to prepare Hanford building for cleanup

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company recently awarded a $11.3 million subcontract to Kennewick’s Apollo Mechanical Contractors Inc. to prepare Hanford’s 324 Building for installation of remote-operated equipment to clean up highly radioactive soil under the building. The building is about a mile north of Richland and about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. The […]

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rural versus urban counties

New jobs report outlines differences between rural, urban counties

State’s rural jobless rates historically lag behind urban counties Washington’s unemployment is hitting a major low, but the state’s rural counties — including Benton and Franklin — are not doing as well as their urban counterparts. That’s because rural counties, which have huge agricultural presences, have less diversified industrial economies than cities, said Asja Suljic, regional […]

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Mid-Columbians in lower-paying jobs earn less than urban counterparts

Mid-Columbians in lower-paying jobs tend to earn less than their counterparts across Washington. That’s what a breakdown of figures show in a state Employment Security Department report on employment and wages released in September. The report’s statistics came from statewide surveys with a 66 percent return rate, said Asja Suljic, a Kennewick-based regional labor economist for […]

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Eager job seekers fill out basic paperwork at Express Employment Professionals in Kennewick, where hiring specialists meet with clients and place them in positions throughout the area.

Recruiters do check social media feeds to find, screen candidates

Experts say maintaining professional online presence is important for job seekers Seventy percent. That’s the percentage of employment recruiters using social media to screen candidates, according to a recent CareerBuilder study. The online employment company’s study surveyed 2,380 private sector hiring and human resource professionals selected from a variety of industries and company sizes. As […]

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