September 2016

Brett Crusselle, 33, of Pasco, landed a full-time job as a nuclear chemical 
operator for Washington River Protection Solutions in June after earning his degree from Columbia Basin College’s nuclear technology program.

CBC’s nuclear tech grads find jobs in their own backyard

A pastry chef traded his apron and kitchen for protective gear to work at the Hanford nuclear reservation tank farms. Just how does a pastry chef become a nuclear chemical operator? For Brett Crusselle, it meant a tough two years of classes in the nuclear technology program at Columbia Basin College. Crusselle, 33, of Pasco,…

Five parcels of Pasco land just south of Interstate 182 will be auctioned on Nov.  17. The state Department of Natural Resources recently authorized the sale of 230 acres.

State OKs sale of 230 acres of prime Pasco real estate

A chunk of prime Pasco real estate is back on the auction block after no buyers stepped forward to snatch it up last year. The state Board of Natural Resources authorized the sale of more than 230 acres of vacant state trust land in Pasco earlier this month. The five parcels range from 21 to…

Attorney Scott Boyce of The Cicotte Law Firm in Kennewick is one of three presenters at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Sept. 29 workshop on  the new federal overtime rule.

Business have options under new overtime rule, experts say

New federal overtime rules may have some small businesses nervous as the date it takes effect looms. But Tri-City experts encourage smaller mom-and-pop businesses not to worry. “I really think the big focus here is to know what the law is and to know you have options,” said attorney Scott Boyce of The Cicotte Law…

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State’s wine grape growers expect record harvest

By Wine News Service If pre-harvest estimates hold up, Washington will crush a quarter-million tons of wine grapes this fall for the first time. And if that takes place, the Washington wine industry will have effectively doubled in size in a decade. Wine grape harvest kicked off in mid-August, making it one of the earliest…

Thousands of ducks dumped into the Columbia River race to the finish line in the annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race, set this year for Oct. 8. Ducks cost $5 each. Grand prize is a 2016 Toyota Prius Two. (Courtesy Mid-Columbia Duck Race)

Lucky ducks race to raise money for Tri-City charity

By Jeff Morrow Playing with rubber duckies isn’t just for little kids in the bathtub. For more than a quarter of a century, Tri-City adults have been racing the plastic yellow toys in the name of charity. Tri-City Rotarians’ 28th annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race is Saturday, Oct. 8, in Kennewick’s Columbia Park. The event has…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — September 2016

Gubernatorial debate to be held at CBC Hear what the state’s gubernatorial candidates have to say during an October debate in Pasco. Incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee will face Republican challenger Bill Bryant at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Columbia Basin College. It will be one of two public gubernatorial debates organized by the Washington State…


Networking — September 2016

Shaw joins national health study section Wendy Shaw of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was invited to join the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. Shaw is a leader in answering questions about the formation of biominerals, such as enamel and bone.   Hansen joins Tri-City Orthopaedics…

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State still waiting for Cascade Natural Gas to provide missing safety records

By John Stang Cascade Natural Gas’ Kennewick district has 53.34 miles of high-pressure pipeline. But it cannot provide documents to show that 22.12 of those miles — or about 40 percent of its pipelines in and around Kennewick — have been tested to confirm they can resist 60 pounds per square inch of pressure. Across…

Dean and Debra Doces of Richland meet with Invest Northwest Finanical owner Ted Vause, left, to talk about financial planning and their future.

Financial planner rebrands following MassMutual’s acquisition of MetLife

A Tri-City financial planner decided to rebrand and rename his Richland firm after his former employer was gobbled up by another company. He agonized over the name but came up with a winner in Invest Northwest Financial. In late February 2016, Ted Vause learned his company, MetLife, would be acquired by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance…

RJ Lee Group’s Heath Low looks on as interns Matt Rice and Baley Westberg view information from a weather station as well as data from the proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer for a Department of Ecology project

Companies unite to create internships, build up work force

RJ Lee Group and TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering have formed a strategic partnership to prepare college students entering the science and engineering work force by offering opportunities right on campus. Richard Westberg of TerraGraphics is the lab director for the collaborative analytical laboratory on Columbia Basin College’s Pasco campus. With the baby boomer work force retiring,…

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