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We must take steps to care for older adults’ mental health

No matter your age, mental health and well-being are influenced by numerous factors and are susceptible to change. Right now, most people, across all sectors of society, are being affected by the global health crisis related to the new coronavirus. One particular group we should keep in mind during this challenging time is older adults,…

Kennewick High School’s Class of 1920 included eight girls and nine boys, who are identified on back of photo, which is available at the East Benton County History Museum in Kennewick. Students are seated in grass in front of main entrance to Kennewick High School, which originally was just west of Dayton Street facing north toward the canal. (Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society)

A look back at a century-old graduation in the age of coronavirus

By East Benton County Historical Society On May 14, 1920, exactly 100 years ago this month, Kennewick High School graduated its 13th class with festivities and ceremonies marking the occasion. Kennewick graduated its first class in 1908, and this year marks its 113th graduating class. The tradition of graduation ceremonies, complete with pomp and circumstance,…

Gas prices drop

Gas prices drop under $2 a gallon around Tri-Cities

Gas prices tumbled below $2 a gallon at several gas stations around the Tri-Cities. The lowest price per gallon at the pump was $1.77 at Mid-Columbia Grocery, 6409 Court St., in Pasco, according to GasBuddy.com on April 28. Gas at the Kennewick Costco was $1.89 a gallon. Benton County’s average is $2.09 a gallon; Franklin…

Boost Builds project

Low-risk construction gets green light from governor

Some $100 million in residential construction and other “low risk” construction is reviving across the Tri-Cities. Gov. Jay Inslee nudged the door open to an industry he controversially sidelined in the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Under pressure from homebuilders and two eastern Washington congressional representatives, Inslee…

Chipotle Richland

Chipotle open for pickup, delivery in Richland 

Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened its second Tri-City location.  The newest Chipotle is open for pickup and delivery only.   Pickup orders can be placed by phone at 509-396–0314. Delivery orders must be placed online at chipotle.com or through the chain’s mobile app.   The fast-Mexican chain is at 2673 Queensgate Drive in Vintner Plaza, the Target-anchored shopping center in Richland. Business hours are 10:45 a.m. to 10…

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Richland’s iconic water plant is getting a subdued facelift

A familiar midcentury piece of the Richland waterfront is about to disappear. The city of Richland is updating the façade of its aging water treatment plant on Saint Street. The eye-catching blue and yellow panels will be swapped for a modern, neutral-colored exterior that’s more energy efficient. The city awarded a $400,000 contract to Pasco-based…


UPDATE: Hispanic chamber helps minority businesses apply for aid

Editor’s note: This story was updated April 24 to reflect the addition of new state and federal funds to support small business during the COVID-19 crisis. The Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is helping minority and underrepresented businesses apply for emergency assistance after securing a contract worth up to $30,000 from the Washington Department of Commerce.  The…

Maj. Brad Sanders of the Washington Air National Guard was called to active duty to help with the state’s response to the coronavirus emergency. While he’s deployed, his wife Yvette Sanders is overseeing daily operations at their business, the Tri-Cities FastSigns franchise in Kennewick. (Courtesy Washington Air National Guard)

Kennewick business owner called up for Air National Guard duty

It seems like a lifetime ago, but it’s only been a few months since Yvette and Brad Sanders bought the Tri-Cities FastSigns franchise. The January deal had everything it needed to ensure the local business would continue and grow. The couple already had run a business and the sellers were staying on to help with…

Boost Builds, led by David Lippes and John Crook, is a partner in construction of Park Place, an apartment and retail complex being built at Richland’s former pit, 650 George Washington Way. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Small business optimism alive and well in Tri-Cities

In early April, American businesses raced to apply for $349 billion in forgivable loans through the CARES Act’s SBA Paycheck Protection Program. The loans covered payroll costs, rent, benefits and more. Better still, they’re forgiven if businesses maintain employment through the coronavirus pandemic. Locally and nationwide, the numbers are staggering. Washington state reports unemployment claims…

The normally packed parking lot of Lamb Weston Inc.’s Kennewick business office is deserted in the middle of a weekday as workers report from home. The Eagle, Idaho-based frozen potato giant reported it is taking steps to weather the coronavirus crisis in its recent third quarter earnings statement.

Lamb Weston adapts to do its part to feed people

Lamb Weston Inc. has enjoyed an idyllic run since it spun out from ConAgra Foods in late 2016. Rising revenue and rising share prices spoke to a global appetite for its french fries, many produced in the Mid-Columbia, where Lamb Weston is a major employer as well as major buyer of Washington-grown potatoes. The coronavirus…

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Gas prices drop under $2 a gallon around Tri-Cities

Chipotle open for pickup, delivery in Richland 

UPDATE: Hispanic chamber helps minority businesses apply for aid

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