February 2017

Congressman Newhouse to speak at inaugural agriculture policy dinner

The Washington Policy Center is hosting an inaugural agriculture policy dinner with Congressman Dan Newhouse, a former member of the House Committee on Agriculture, as the keynote speaker, on March 6 in Pasco. “Living in the Tri-Cities, I know the critical role agriculture plays in our state’s economy,” Madi Clark, agriculture policy director at Washington…


Chiawana, Pasco high schools seek volunteers to conduct mock student interviews

Volunteers are sought to conduct mock interviews with students at Chiawana and Pasco high schools. The mock interview sessions are March 9 at Chiawana High, while Pasco High’s is March 17. Mock interviews give students an opportunity to experience the interview process so they will be more prepared and successful in obtaining jobs after high…

School books and an apple.

Job fair for substitute cooks, cashiers is March 7

Those interested in working in Kennewick school kitchens and lunchrooms as substitute cooks and cashiers are invited to an informational meeting on March 7. Nutrition Services staff will explain the costs and requirements of a food handler’s permit and background check as well as cover the district’s training program, wages and job requirements. Interviews with…

Luke Lynch, 7, of Moses Lake, plays Feb. 24 at the podium of the state Senate after a memorial resolution was read honoring his father, Kyle Lynch, who died of cancer in November. Kyle Lynch was an aide for two 13th District senators from 2003-16. (Courtesy Rebecca White of Columbia Basin Herald)

Kennewick native honored in state Senate

By Rebecca White, Columbia Basin Herald OLYMPIA — Members of the state Senate honored a Moses Lake man who grew up in the Tri-Cities with a resolution honoring his life and work. Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, read the resolution to the Senate on Feb. 24 and along with Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, shared memories…

Regulatory overlap, uncertain timelines threaten jobs in Washington state

By Lew Moore Driving down I-5 or along I-90, it doesn’t take long to see where the information economy starts and the manufacturing economy stops. Washington has, essentially, become two Washingtons. In the big cities like Seattle, construction cranes dot the skylines. In outlying rural areas, it is a very different picture, where unemployment is…

Historic Downtown Kennewick

Input sought about downtown Kennewick

The city of Kennewick and Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership are asking the public to take a short survey about what they like about the downtown area. The input collected on shopping and eating preferences, events and what attracts people to the historic downtown and waterfront district will be used in business recruitment, grant requests and…

The new $200 million Lamb Weston french fry processing plant under construction on Saint Street in Richland is one of the two biggest commercial construction projects cited by economic development officials as a boon to the region along with the $38.9 million AutoZone distribution plant in Pasco. 

Region’s economic outlook full of ‘rainbows and unicorns’

The Tri-Cities’ economy appears to be all “rainbows and unicorns” judging from all the upbeat updates provided at TRIDEC’s recent economic outlook conference. That’s what Jeff Losey, president of the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, said during his report on residential construction during the Feb. 1 event. “We’re a very affordable place to live and…

TRIDEC’s Petersen reflects on 52-year  career in Tri-Cities

The Tri-Cities’ longtime champion of securing federal dollars to clean up Hanford and invigorate the local economy plans to retire next month. Gary Petersen, Tri-City Development Council’s vice president of federal programs, leaves his post March 3 after 14 years with the agency. The 76-year-old Richland man came to the Tri-Cities in 1965 to join…

An artist’s rendering of the planned Vintner Village II incubator building in Prosser. The Prosser Economic Development Association plans to occupy one of the spaces. Richland’s ALD Architects designed the building. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Port of Benton to break ground on $2 million development in Prosser

The Port of Benton plans to kick-start a new 21-lot development with a $2 million building in Prosser designed to attract boutique businesses to complement the neighboring Vintner Village. Construction on the new building, which will include three bays for businesses, as well as an adjacent office building for a nonprofit, is expected to begin…

Trios Health has begun offering a new telemedicine service allowing patients to consult with a board-certified provider via telephone or web chat technology, such as Skype or FaceTime. Trios Urgent eCare is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A virtual office visit costs $39.

Trios Health launches virtual doctor house calls

Lois Evanson knew she needed to see a doctor when she couldn’t stop coughing. So she drove to an urgent care clinic only to find she would have to wait about four hours before she could see a provider. She returned home and asked for a house call instead. Trios Health in Kennewick recently launched…

Latest News

New fashion retailer to open at Columbia Center

Shopko files for bankruptcy, announces 38 store closures

Tri-Cities Airport travel hits record number

1,000 federal workers in state apply for benefits amid shutdown 

Kennewick Sears store to close in March

IRS raises business mileage rates for 2019

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