December 2016

Benton REA warns of phone scams

Businesses and residents have recently been targeted by two separate phone scams, both falsely identifying themselves as Benton REA representatives. A business owner reported that a caller threatened to immediately shut off the power unless a large payment was made. Another Benton REA member informed the cooperative that someone told her she needed to wire $415 […]

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Dayton farmer settles fine for illegal irrigation

A recent settlement with Warren Orchards will help make major environmental improvements to the Touchet River near Dayton, which provides critical habitat for threatened steelhead, according to the state Department of Ecology. The Department of Ecology fined Warren Orchards for illegally watering a 100-acre apple and pear orchard in Columbia County after being ordered to […]

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Networking — December 2016

PNNL’s Baker receives ACS Rising Star award  Erin Baker, a bioanalytical chemist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is one of six winners of the American Chemical Society’s Rising Star award. The ACS Women Chemists Committee gives the national honor to up to 10 exceptional early to mid-career women chemists. Baker is a senior research scientist in […]

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Business Briefs

Business Briefs — December 2016

Pasco School Board holding roundtable forum The Pasco School District’s Board of Directors will hold its second board forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Ochoa Middle School, 1801 E. Sheppard St. in Pasco. The forum on increased parental and family involvement will be presented in a roundtable format. Board members will sit at […]

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Rep. Dan Newhouse speaks with Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities Executive Director Jeff Losey.

Tri-City housing market boasts double-digit growth

The Tri-Cities appears to be beating national and state averages in the residential building market. The region saw growth with new residential building permits up 26 percent over the same time period last year with more than 1,300 new single-family home permits. Pasco recorded the highest number of permits and is experiencing growth similar to […]

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Connect Workplace marketing manager, Claire Kitt, and owners Mike Stoker and Scott Gearheart, review marketing plans. Connect Workplace is accepting memberships with occupancy planned in mid-January.

More co-working space to open in Kennewick

The trend of offering flexible office space for those on a shoestring budget is gaining traction in the Tri-Cities with the opening of Connect Workplace in Kennewick. The co-working movement allows people to rent shared office space in a collaborative environment. “Let’s say you’re an insurance agent, financial planner or attorney,” Scott Gearheart, president of […]

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