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The addition of a 93-room Holiday Inn Express opening in downtown Hermiston has spurred the total assessed property value of the city’s urban renewal agency, which was created four years ago to revitalize the downtown area. A landscaped event area will be built later this year to host events. (Courtesy city of Hermiston)

Hermiston continues efforts to revitalize downtown core

Hermiston’s downtown area continues to see improvements with construction to begin soon on a project to host gatherings and events. More than 100 parking spaces also were added and the total value of the Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency or HURA, topped 20 percent since it was created four years ago to revitalize the city’s downtown. […]

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Rewarding, good-paying careers await hands-on workers

By Kris Johnson For today’s and the next generation’s hands-on workers, it’s an exciting time to be a job seeker in Washington state. That’s because as many as 740,000 good-paying jobs in the state’s manufacturing sector are open. In central Washington, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage ranging from $44,398 to more than […]

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A variety of yoga accessories are on sale at the Steel 3 Yoga studios in Richland and Kennewick. (Courtesy Steel 3 Yoga)

Steel 3 Yoga to open third studio after taking over 11Exhale Yoga

Eight instructors work between Richland, Kennewick studios The owner of Steel 3 Yoga plans to open a third studio to eager Tri-City yoga enthusiasts for “workshops, training and some classes to come” this month. Brenda Steel, an ex-corporate worker turned yogi, took over 11Exhale Yoga’s two existing studios in Richland and Kennewick in August. “It’s […]

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Officials at the Aging and Long-term Care/Aging and Disability Resource Center at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., suite D100, in Kennewick help determine eligibility for the state’s new caregiver support programs. They can be reached at 509-735-0315 or toll-free at 866-720-2582.

DSHS introduces new caregiver support programs

More than 450 people have enrolled statewide, with 117 signed up in southeast Washington Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services recently added two new support programs intended to make more services available to more than 850,000 unpaid family caregivers statewide and the loved ones they care for. The two new programs, Medicaid Alternative […]

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Owner Mark Williams stands among the spirits for sale in the tasting room at the Black Heron Spirits Distillery in West Richland. His single malt whiskey and bourbon recently earned honors in Sip Northwest Magazine’s Best of the Northwest Spirits Awards competition.

West Richland whiskey, bourbon winning gold in wine country

Black Heron Spirits owner left established family business to run distillery Mark Williams is a one-man band with an award-winning distillery. He spends seven days a week at his business, making spirits at Black Heron Spirits in West Richland. Because his distillery is small and he is the only employee, Williams can use any help […]

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