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Technician Dillon Reese works with some of the tooled used by Bernardo|Wills Architecture PC in its downtown Spokane offices. Courtesy Spokane Journal of Business.

Northwest firms explore 3D, virtual reality, drones

Advanced technology helps architects better communicate with clients By Natasha Nellis The flood of technology over the past 10 years has changed the day-to-day operations of Inland Northwest architecture firms, and up-and-coming technology advances have the potential to change the industry even more, experts say. A growing industry of design and building information modeling software,…

The Miramar Clinic in Kennewick will respect the Italian stylings of the Vista Field redevelopment plan. The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic broke ground on the $20 million project in January. It’s expected to open in 2021. Courtesy The Neenan Co.

$20 million clinic shows what’s possible at Vista Field

Architect to respect Italian stylings on exterior of Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ newest clinic The Tri-Cities’ newest health clinic will respect design standards of the Port of  Kennewick’s neighborhood on the outside.  On the inside, the newest Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will offer state-of-the-art medical services to its patients.  The nonprofit broke ground this month…

The Tri-Cities is no architectural wasteland. The Franklin County Courthouse, constructed in 1911, is a handy example, but it’s not alone. The region is dotted with architectural gems, some prominent and many not. Photo by Wendy Culverwell .

Meet the architectural gems of the Tri-Cities

Michael Marley recalls when Tri-City school officials cautioned architects to avoid anything fanciful in their designs for new buildings.  Districts need voter approval to raise taxes to build and remodel schools. They feared “fancy” would come across as “wasteful.” Decision-makers relied on plain buildings to convey stability and frugality, said Marley, principal with CKJT Architects, a Kennewick firm focused on public sector projects.  It’s an ethos that informed much of the region’s…

Learning by Design magazine presented an outstanding project award to Gib Olinger Elementary School in Milton-Freewater. The Oregon school was designed by Spokane-based Architects West, working with design consultant Opsis Architecture of Portland. Courtesy Architects West.

Milton-Freewater school receives design award

A Milton-Freewater elementary school recently earned an outstanding project award from Learning by Design magazine. Architects West, with offices in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, designed the first all-new school facility constructed in the Oregon city since 1923. Architects West worked with design consultant Opsis Architecture of Portland on the project. The $20 million Gib Olinger…

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Legal Aid Society recognizes pro bono stars of 2019

The Benton Franklin Bar’s Legal Aid Society recently honored the attorneys who provided nearly 1,200 hours of volunteer time to help thousands of low-income Mid-Columbians with legal issues. U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. spoke about the need for professional representation in both state and federal court during the society’s annual Attorney Appreciation luncheon.…

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Q&A with Shawn P. Sant

Franklin County prosecutor2020 president of Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Number of employees you oversee: 26 Brief background of what the Prosecuting Attorney’s office does: The prosecutor’s office handles all legal matters for Franklin County. This includes criminal prosecution for all felony crimes occurring within Franklin County, as well as misdemeanor crimes occurring outside of…

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Professional, technical services disproportionately large here

By Patrick Jones One of the startling aspects of the greater Tri-City economy is the juxtaposition of a large agricultural sector with one formerly called the white-collar sector. In the terminology of labor economists, the latter consists of professional and technical services. It, too, looms large in the two counties. Today, we might call the…

From left: Edwardo “Eddie” Morfin of Morfin Law Firm in Kennewick; Mario Ledesma of Ledesma Law Offices in Richland; Kari Hayles-Davenport of Kennewick; and Allison King and Patricia Chvatal of Chvatal King Law in Richland.

Legal Aid group honors area attorneys’ contributions

Each year about 4,000 people reach out to the Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society for legal assistance. And each year Tri-City area attorneys donate their time to help those they can. The nonprofit society recently held its annual awards luncheon to recognize attorneys who significantly contributed to the organization’s efforts to find pro bono legal representation…

Franklin County Assessor Peter McEnderfer reviews levy calculations. He’s optimistic taxpayers will feel relief in their tax bill this year.

Assessor anticipates decrease in property tax bills

Despite a higher state school tax levy in 2018, families in Eastern Washington may see some relief on their property tax bill this year. That’s because the state collected more than it anticipated, and to alleviate the tax burden for 2019, the state rate of $2.70 per $1,000 of assessed property value will drop to…

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Kennewick attorney fields frequently asked questions about DUIs

By Alex Johnson As a DUI defense attorney here in the Tri-Cities, I often get questions about this area of law. Here are short answers to frequently asked questions about driving under the influence. What is the “legal limit” for a DUI? When I’m asked this question, it is usually pertaining to alcohol-based DUIs. The…

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