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Canada-based company buys 2 Tri-City auto repair shops

Atomic Auto Body, SonShine Collision renamed as Gerber A Canada-based company recently acquired and renamed two Tri-City auto repair centers. The Boyd Group Inc. acquired Atomic Auto Body and Detail on March 18. The company served the Richland community for 53 years from the same location at 520 Wellsian Way. The Boyd Group does business…

Lazy River Taphouse

Lazy River Taphouse opens in West Richland

A new pub will revive the focus on craft beers in a West Richland strip mall. Marcos Vargas and Melissa Rabideau bought Wook’s Craft & Cork and reopened in late March as Lazy River Taphouse. “Everyone really liked what (the former owner) was building with it, so we didn’t want to stray that far from…

Preferred Freezer facility

$35 million project in works at Preferred Freezer Services

A massive freezer storage facility in north Richland is about to get bigger. Preferred Freezer Services has begun a $35 million expansion project that will add space and jobs. “We’ve been moving dirt for several weeks now,” said Burnie Taylor, director of major capital projects for Preferred Freezer Services. “And we have an expected opening…

Concept Vista Field

Vista Field development, wine village move ahead

Port of Kennewick awards $6.4 million in contracts for projects’ next phases The Port of Kennewick’s vision to create a destination waterfront wine village and redevelop former airport Vista Field is making headway. The Port of Kennewick approved more than $6.4 million in construction projects in March: infrastructure work at Vista Field and a new…

Columbia Point Golf Course

Columbia Point golf course earns conservation award

Carl Thompson loves what he does. As the superintendent at Columbia Point Golf Course, it’s his mission – and his staff’s job – to make sure the course is in great shape for the region’s golfers, who played close to 46,000 rounds on the Richland course last year alone. At the same time, Thompson and…

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)

Ground-breaking ceremony set for Vista Field redevelopment

Plans to transform Vista Field from a former airport into an urban center will take a tangible step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony this month. The ceremony to kick off the project is at 10 a.m. April 22 at 6600 W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick. The site is on the southeast side of the former…

Salvaged Hardwoods

Old wood gets new life in handmade furniture

Salvaged Hardwoods owner reclaims wood, creates custom pieces Clinton Milton remembers tinkering around with his dad in the garage as a boy. He wasn’t building much, he admits, but it gave him the skills and confidence as an adult to build modest sample tables from salvaged hardwood pieces to sell at yard sales. That was…

Hanford MSA alternative fuel vehicle

Mission Support Alliance boosts its alternative fuel vehicle fleet

By Kevin Anthony The message is simple. Clean, you might say. While cleaning up one of the biggest environmental messes in the United States, it’s best to leave as small a footprint as possible. It’s an attitude that Mission Support Alliance stresses in its role as a key contractor at the Hanford nuclear reservation. And…

Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet reigns supreme as state’s top grape

By Andy Perdue Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of Washington wine country. Washington winemakers harvested 261,000 tons of wine grapes in 2018, up from 229,000 tons in the previous year, based on numbers released in March by the Washington Wine Commission. Washington is the No. 2 producer of wine grapes in the United States, second…

Planting agriculture

Winter’s snow adds strain to agriculture industry

Mid-Columbia farmers facing Yakima basin drought declaration on top of delay in planting, harvest This year’s growing season may be challenging for farmers with possible drought conditions and delayed plantings after winter’s heavy, prolonged snow. Wheat, wine grape, apple, asparagus and potato industry officials reported weather-related delays because of the record snowfall that blanketed the…

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