Business notes – February 2022

New Flights Sustain Traffic at Tri-Cities Airport

The Tri-Cities Airport is reporting a respectable increase in air traffic in 2021 thanks in part to the arrival of new carriers.

With 346,503 people boarding flights, boardings are up 83% from 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic hurt travel and left planes nearly empty.

Buck Taft, airport manager, attributed the rebound in part to new routes added last year.

Avelo Airlines has added a flight to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Allegiant Air has added a flight to San Diego International Airport. Ah! Airlines have added a flight to Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Air travel is still below the record of 438,123 boardings recorded in 2019.

“As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the entire aviation industry, it is encouraging to see our passenger numbers trending towards pre-pandemic levels, he said. he declares.

The airport, owned and operated by the Port of Pasco, is also served by Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines.

The airport said cargo operations increased 12% to more than 3.5 million pounds of cargo handled through Pasco Airport in 2021.

Communities In Schools Celebrates $2 Million Donation

Communities In Schools Benton-Franklin, a nonprofit serving students, is celebrating a $2 million donation from Mackenzie Scott, the Westside philanthropist who was once married to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos.

Communities in Schools said Scott has contributed more than $133.5 million to the network with donations to 40 individual affiliates. In Washington, she gave nearly $6 million to three affiliates, including Benton-Franklin.

“We are humbled and humbled to receive this generous gift which will strengthen our ability to surround students with the support they need to succeed in school and in life,” said Lupe Mares, Executive Director of the Benton-Franklin Branch. .

Yakima Herald-Republic cuts print edition to three days

The Yakima Herald-Republic is reducing its print edition to save money by switching to digital subscriptions.

The newspaper, majority-owned by Seattle Times Co., announced that beginning April 1, it will print the paper on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

He said the Covid-19 cuts in local advertising have forced him to take action to preserve his newsroom staff.

Print subscriptions include access to, the publication’s online presence. An electronic edition is also available.

The Tri-City Herald ceased printing a Saturday edition in 2019.

Ecology hires young people for summer cleaning concerts

The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting applications through April 1 as its Ecology Youth Corps program returns after a Covid-19 hiatus since 2020.

EYC is deploying teams to clean up roadside rubbish.

The program will hire 40 young people between the ages of 14 and 17 (as of June 27). Workers earn $14.49 an hour and work up to 32 hours a week, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, during one of two four-week sessions, from June 27 to June 21. July and from July 25 to August. 17.

To be eligible, applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, have a Social Security card and photo ID, submit two teacher references, and work every day without excused absences. Camp and family vacations are not acceptable excuses, he said.

Ecology cautions that the job can be physically taxing, involves working in all weather conditions and traveling long distances.

Workers must behave in a professional manner and be willing to pick up all kinds of litter, “including discarded diapers”.

EYC crews picked up over 1 million pounds of trash along 4,000 miles or routes in the last full season in 2019. About 10% was recyclable.

“Every summer we are faced with what seems like a daunting task. And over the past two years, due to Covid restricting pick-ups, the litter has really piled up,” said Rod Hankinson, EYC Team Leader for Central Region.

Central Washington crews will be based in Ellensburg, Richland, Sunnyside, Toppenish and Yakima.

Applications are available from school counselors and at

Visit Tri-Cities launches its latest IDEA

Visit Tri-Cities spotlights business owners, community leaders and others with a weekly interview as part of its new Tri-IDEAs program to promote diversity in tourism.

The program celebrates inclusiveness, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) through tourism.

Early programs feature Shae Frichette of the International Winemakers Summit, Vanessa Moore of the African American Community, Cultural and Educational Society, and Antonio Smith, a travel influencer who talks about his visit to the Tri-Cities to promote National Plan Your Vacation Day. ”

Tri-IDEAS can be viewed at

The program is also available on the tourist office’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

JA postpones Bowling Classic to May

Junior Achievement of Washington has postponed its annual JA Bowling Classic: Back to the 90s to May due to rising Covid-19 numbers in the region.

The new event dates are May 12 and 13 at Spare Time Lanes, Kennewick, and May 17 and 22 at Atomic Bowl, Richland. The new auction dates are May 11-25.

The fundraiser is a popular corporate employee engagement event, and what organizers call essential fundraising for JA programs across the state. JA offers youth programs in financial literacy, career preparation and entrepreneurship.

Registrations are ongoing for the event. If you have already registered, contact [email protected] or 509-783-7222 to confirm your new date.

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Appleway RV sold to national retailer

The Appleway RV business, including locations in Pasco and Spokane Valley, was purchased by RV Retailer LLC, a national recreational vehicle company with nearly 100 locations in 29 states.

The move expands its presence in the Pacific Northwest, said Jon Ferrando, CEO and President.

Terms were not disclosed.

Appleway sells the Tiffin, Newmar, Jayco, Thor Motor Coach, Dynamax and Forest River Sunseeker lines, complementing RVR’s Blue Dog RV business in Washington and Idaho.

Its regional brands include RV One Superstores, Motor Home Specialist, ExploreUSA, Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel, Cousins ​​RV, Camper Clinic, Lifestyle RVs, Family RV Group, Northgate RV, Tom’s Camperland and Blue Dog.

The wine festival postponed to March

The Children’s Development Center has postponed its 20th annual Winter Wine Party to March due to high rates of Covid-19 in the community.

The benefit dinner and auction support the non-profit organization, which cares for young children with developmental delays and other special needs.

The event will now take place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., March 19, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Tickets are $140 and are available at

Benton County K9 Sable gets a Kevlar vest

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Foundation raised more than $2,600 in donations to purchase a protective vest for K9 Sable, his German Shepherd who accompanies officers on searches, chases and other activities.

The foundation, a nonprofit created to support K9 Sable, was motivated to purchase protective gear for the pooch by the Jan. 5 death of K9 Jedi from the Seattle Police Department. The Seattle dog was stabbed by a suspect.

There’s more to Hanford than nuclear waste

Geologist Bruce Bjornstad will give a talk on the geology of Hanford at 5:30 p.m. on February 24 on Zoom and Facebook.

“Let’s Talk Hanford Geology: Floods, Lava and More” will explore 17 million years in the Hanford area, from Ice Age floods to basalt lava flows. It is sponsored by the Washington Department of Ecology.

The program includes a presentation as well as a live Q&A session.

Bjornstad is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist and a retired principal investigator of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in science from Eastern Washington University.

He will be joined by hosts Ginger Wireman, Diana McFadden and Ryan Miller from the Department of Ecology.

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Tamástslikt launches a new multimedia exhibition

‘You Are Here’ is a new multimedia exhibition running through May at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton.

The exhibition was organized by the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College to support a college course in Indigenous aesthetics and explore themes of place and identity.

The exhibit includes portraits painted by Ric Gendron, a member of the Arrow Lakes Band of Confederated Tribes from the Colville Reservation, lithographs that fuse historic photos with traditional quilt patterns by Apsáalooke artist Wendy Red Star, landscapes by James Lavadour of the Walla Walla Tribe and fiber art made from wool blankets and embroidered by Marie Watt of the Seneca Nation.

Mandatory masks and social distancing.

Tamástslikt is located at 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., near the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10 minutes east of Pendleton. Go to:

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