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Time is running out for Windows support

By George Hefter On Jan. 14, 2020, three widely-used Windows Operating Systems reach the end of their useful lives and will no longer receive updates and security patches from Microsoft: Windows 7, Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2011 (which is based on Server 2008). This so-called “end-of-support” doesn’t mean that systems using this software…

From left, Sheila Godfrey, Jim Godfrey, Jordan Godfrey, Matt Roake, Brenda Godfrey, Josh Godfrey, Jacob Godfrey, Casey Boyles and Michael Jordan stand in the new Horn Rapids RV shop in the Horn Rapids Business Park at 2451 Henderson Loop in Richland. (Photo courtesy Horn Rapids RV Service & Sales)

New RV business plans to service Hanford, growing area

By Andrew Kirk Seven members of Jim Godfrey’s family were working together at a family-owned business—but not their family’s. It was time to rectify that, he said, so he opened Horn Rapids RV Service & Sales Inc. on July 12. All three of Godfrey’s sons started working with him when they were 14 at the…

Greenies owner and manager Darin Warnick has gone from being the only worker at the business when he and wife Jenn took it over in 2008 to having eight employees selling, renting and repairing bikes, paddleboards and kayaks. Greenies is in the Richland Parkway at 701 George Washington Way. (Photo by Kevin Anthony)

Peddling pedaling: Richland Greenies’ owner knows how to solve world’s problems

Darin Warnick has a five-word solution to all the world’s problems. “Just go ride a bike.” From global warming and bad traffic, to stress and bad health, all of it can be solved by climbing into the saddle, pushing the pedals, grinding the gears and basically biking away your worries. “The bike is a simple…

A $26 million manufacturing plant that will make cardboard boxes in north Richland is under construction and expected to open in mid-November, bringing with it 100 new jobs. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on $26M box-making plant underway in Richland

Packaging Corporation of America plans to hire 100 people, open in mid-November Construction is underway on a $26 million cardboard box manufacturing plant that eventually will employ 100 people in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park in Richland. Packaging Corporation of America, an Illinois-based company, expects to open the plant in mid-November. The city of Richland…

Crews made quick work of a 1940s-era building in the Richland Parkway that was once home to The Brass Door. It’s been vacant for years. Work on a replacement building at 702 The Parkway should begin soon, with a targeted finish by spring. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Cocktail bar coming to Richland Parkway

A high-end craft bar will open in a new Richland Parkway building next year after crews made short of work of demolishing the space that’s languished unoccupied for years. The site at 702 The Parkway—which shares a courtyard with Frost Me Sweet, near the fountain—is almost ready for construction planned at the site, which will…

Windsong at Southridge, a 56-bed memory care facility near Quillan Place and 24th Street in Kennewick, is Vista Pointe Developers’ first Washington state property. The company sees growth potential in the Tri-Cities. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Tri-Cities’ hot market attracts outside buyers

By Andrew Kirk A woman from Hawaii recently bought a home in Tri-Cities with cash and outbid other buyers by $10,000. Real estate shoppers from Seattle, Portland, California and beyond are a growing trend in Tri-Cities, said Dave Shinabarger, president of the Tri-City Association of Realtors. Lance Kenmore of the Kenmore Team in Kennewick said…

A Grocery Outlet is planned for the Queensgate area of Richland and set to open next year. It will be next door to Party City, near Target. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Grocery store headed to Richland’s Queensgate area

California-based chain has stores in Pasco, Kennewick A third Grocery Outlet store is coming to the Tri-Cities, putting a “bargain market” in each of the three cities. The latest will be in the Queensgate area of Richland, next door to Party City near Target. Richland is reviewing a permit for the proposed project at 2901…

The city of Richland is actively looking to sell the property that was once home to its City Hall. Nearly three acres is available in the heart of downtown but it must be the right project for Richland to sign off on a sale.

8 questions about sale of Richland’s old City Hall

Now that the city of Richland has moved into its new City Hall, what’s going on with the property across the street where the old city complex is? The city is clearing out and demolishing its former City Hall at 505 Swift Blvd. and 975 George Washington Way. The site is expected to be fully…

Courtesy Tidewater Terminal Co. Tidewater Terminal Co.’s two new storage tanks at 671 Tank Farm Road in Pasco mean the company is ready to store ethanol and petroleum for offloading onto train cars more quickly, expanding its capacity. (Photo courtesy Tidewater Terminal Co.)

Pasco ethanol facility expands capacity

Tanks will allow Tidewater Terminal Co. to deliver ethanol-petroleum throughout region A $12.5 million ethanol facility is coming online in August at the Tidewater Terminal Co. in Pasco. “Right now we’re going through our testing phase to make sure all our set points are where they need to be,” said Mark Davis, general manager of…

Cara Coon of Greater Spokane Incorporated moderated the Developing Housing Options panel in the Land Use and Supply breakout session at the 2019 Housing Forum. From left: Todd McKellips, executive director of the Washington Tiny House Association; Courtney Williams of Homes First; and Mike Kingsella of Up for Growth Action. The forum was held at the Hilton Bellevue on July 8. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)

Housing becoming an issue for state’s long-term economic health

By Kris Johnson We hear about skyrocketing home prices in places like Seattle, San Francisco and New York and shake our heads. Modest three-bedroom ramblers going for $1 million or more. Hopeful homebuyers engaging in bidding wars, sometimes buying houses sight-unseen, or skipping inspections to ensure someone else doesn’t close the deal first. But the…

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