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Caleb Knutzen processes a card transaction using the all-in-one BlockChyp payment terminal at Pasco’s Knutzen’s Meats at 6404 W. Court St. Knutzen’s was the first Tri-City company to adopt Kennewick-based BlockChyp’s blockchain-encrypted payment terminal technology, which enables merchants to process all payment types on one terminal. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

BlockChyp payment terminals adapt alongside Tri-City businesses

A Kennewick tech startup is transforming the way businesses process their payment transactions, even as coronavirus shutdowns and restrictions threatened its business model. “It’s interesting because we’re focused on brick-and-mortar transactions, so when Covid hit, we thought we were dead,” said Jeff Payne, BlockChyp’s chief technology officer. BlockChyp designs payment terminals using blockchain technology to…

BlessedbyKess, a new Tri-City nonprofit, formed to help young adults relieve stress by exploring 13 virtual realities, including other worlds, above, in interactive virtual reality suites. Terry Brown and Annie Ackerman-Brown established the CHILL program in honor of their late son, Kess. (Courtesy BlessedbyKess)

Faith leads to virtual reality encounters to relieve stress, prevent suicide

Terry Brown and his wife, Annie Ackerman-Brown, didn’t develop a business plan or research how they could best help young people in mental anguish when they launched BlessedbyKess. Faith led them to create the nonprofit, which uses virtual reality, or VR, technology to help Tri-Citians reduce stress and improve mental health. Faith led them to…

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Will tech-heavy labor force lead to technology economy?

The greater Tri-Cities enjoys a strong technology pulse, but the most readily accessible statistics are scant on the evidence. Brenton-Franklin Trends data, for instance, doesn’t carry one “technology” indicator out of the 175 available. This state of our knowledge is largely due to the difficulties in measuring the economic impact of technology. Increasingly, the absence…

PNNL materials scientist James De Yoreo has been named a distinguished scientist fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. He is pictured with an array of self-assembling bioengineered proteins generated through his research in collaboration with the University of Washington. (Background image courtesy of the University of Washington, photo courtesy PNNL)

PNNL scientist receives $1M for research as distinguished fellow

A material science pioneer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is one of three to be named a 2020 distinguished scientist fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. James “Jim” De Yoreo’s award includes $1 million in DOE funding over three years to pursue new research. De Yoreo is a fellow and…

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Working from home is helping to raise the Tri-Cities’ tech profile

The pandemic has altered daily life in many ways, some of which may long outlive the current shutdowns. Technological innovations over the past several years have allowed employees to work from home — a shift that was already well underway before the pandemic, but one that has been kicked into hyperdrive since March. Large technology…

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Battelle donates $1 million to boost STEM education

A $1 million Battelle donation aims to improve STEM education to better prepare the next generation of scientists in the greater Tri-City area. The grant will help launch a regional STEM Nexus that will develop and fund experiential learning programs for underrepresented, underserved students in rural communities. A science, technology, engineering and math-based education is…

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Lamb Weston earnings take a beating from pandemic

A global slowdown in demand for french fries took a financial toll on Lamb Weston Holdings Inc., a major Mid-Columbia employer as well as buyer of Washington-grown potatoes. Lamb Weston, based in Eagle, Idaho, reported 2020 highlights on July 28 for the fiscal year that ended July 20. The Covid-19 pandemic took hold midway through…

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Tri-City school districts offer standalone online schools

Three Tri-City public school districts won’t be throwing open their actual doors to welcome back students in the fall because of high coronavirus rates in Benton and Franklin counties. But they will be ready to greet them online when school starts Sept. 1. The Kennewick, Richland and Pasco school districts are offering additional options to…

Joey Bradbury, from left, and Mikey Patterson of Ice Harbor Brewing Co. drop off meals for cancer patients June 6 at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick as part of the cancer center’s Dine In fundraiser. Pictured at right is Tony Ingersoll of the cancer center. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Cancer Center)

As financial disaster looms, Mid-Columbia nonprofits turn to road trips, drawings and more

The cancellations spread quickly as Washington and the world shut down over Covid-19 in March.  Breakfasts and lunches, a duck race and a Gatsby-themed gala disappeared from the Mid-Columbia calendar. In-person events that generate badly needed dollars to feed low-income seniors, support cancer patients and more were suddenly too dangerous to go on. The pain…

Jerry Rhoads, founder and chief executive officer of KC Help, explains how the Pasco nonprofit sanitizes donated medical equipment before preparing it for area residents who lack insurance or Medicare coverage for wheelchairs, walkers and other home medical items. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Private donation boosts Pasco nonprofit to help region’s most vulnerable

A $40,000 private donation is helping a Pasco nonprofit and the people it serves stand a little taller. An unidentified supporter contributed the money to the Knights Community Hospital Equipment Lend Program, better known as KC Help, through the Three Rivers Community Foundation. The donation supports KC Help’s mission to help the most vulnerable Tri-Citians…

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