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Gas leak closes Queensgate businesses

A road construction crew working in south Richland struck a Cascade Natural Gas line, forcing eight businesses in the Queensgate area to close shortly after 2 p.m. Aug. 18. Mark Hanson, spokesman for the company, confirmed the company’s line was struck near Duportail Street and Keene Road. The company expected to shut off the gas…

Tri-Cities Airport, 3601 N. 20th Ave., Pasco

Survey: Tri-Citians expect to return to flying soon 

Nearly half of Tri-Citians either continued to travel by air during the pandemic or expect to return to flying within three months, according to a passenger survey conducted for the Port of Pasco, which owns and operates the Tri-Cities Airport.  The survey was conducted online in June and July and drew 468 responses.  8% reported they…


Tri-City rental assistance program opens Aug. 17

Help is now available for Tri-City renters who are unable to pay rent because of Covid-19 job losses. The Tri-Cities Home Consortium received $700,000 in Federal HOME funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and began accepting applications for rental assistance on Aug. 17. The consortium consists of the cities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, in partnership…

The Covid-19 pandemic sent a chill through the Tri-City commercial real estate market in March. Some business has returned but only outdoor dining is allowed in Benton and Franklin counties, leaving traditional indoor dining on hold. Above, diners wait for meals at Ninja Bistro at Columbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Village in Kennewick. (Photo by Melanie Hair)

Pandemic puts commercial real estate on pause in the Tri-Cities

John Corbin is not happy. The Tri-City Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, a franchise he’s helmed for 38 years, closed in March when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to curtail the spread of coronavirus.  Just 16 months earlier, he’d moved Chuck E. Cheese to a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building near Kennewick’s…

The Three Rivers Community Foundation distributed 33 grants to local nonprofits in 2019, part of a year that saw the foundation’s foundation distribute more than $520,000. (Courtesy Three Rivers Community Foundation)

Three Rivers Community Foundation marshals best of the Tri-Cities

When Kennewick’s Trios Health was sold to a for-profit company in 2018, the managers of the Trios Foundation were left in a pickle. The nonprofit had $2.2 million in assets, lots of worthy targets for donations, and no home. Led by Pete Toolson, the board considered its options. Several worthy charities wanted the cash, but…


Tri-Citians paid half their property taxes in April. October could be another story

The property owners of Benton and Franklin counties didn’t miss a beat when it was time to pay property tax bills on some $31.5 billion in real estate in April, when the first of two payment deadlines came due. The county treasurers who collect taxes say collections were normal, despite widespread economic challenges inflicted by…


Nonprofits stand ready to help but they need our help

Tri-Citians are a generous lot.  Residents generously give money to Senior Life Resources Northwest to ensure seniors eat courtesy Meals on Wheels. They give to the Kennewick Police Department’s Community Cares Fund to help officers help people in trouble.  They reach into their wallets to support important capital projects too. The new Union Gospel Mission…


Everyone needs to come together to combat Covid-19

Wearing a mask saves lives and saves jobs. And all across the state, Washington employers are leading by example in the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus. From Seattle to our small towns, workers are masking up before starting their shifts on manufacturing floors, in restaurant kitchens, construction sites and hardware stores. This…


Jobless picture improves statewide

The jobless rate fell sharply in June across Washington and in the Tri-Cities as local economies partly reopened under the Safe Start program, according to figures released July 21 by the Washington Employment Security Department. In the Tri-Cities, unemployment fell to 9.1%, down three full points from the 12.3% rate posted in May and four…


Pasco tank hauler has a new owner – its insurance agent

A Pasco company specializing in hauling chemicals, de-icers, pesticides and more has a new ownership group led by the insurance agent who covered its business for decades. Chad Messerly and his partners, Brian May and Morgan Haynes, bought Harms Pacific Transport Inc. in a deal that closed July 1. The sellers were the transportation company’s…

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