The Willows trailhead parking lot adjacent to Clover Island and the Lighthouse Plaza gravel lot on Clover Island will be closed starting October 15 as the contractor readies for restoration of the Clover Island shoreline. Signs will mark the closed parking lots.
Several other lots on Clover Island will remain open for public parking throughout construction, which is anticipated to be completed by spring 2022.
The work will help stabilize and restore the island’s north and east shorelines and extend the Clover Island Riverwalk. This project will improve habitat for listed and endangered fish, beautify the Columbia River shoreline, expand recreational opportunities and support future economic development.
Other planned amenities include lighting, benches, landscaping, interpretive panels and three viewpoints.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla district awarded the $4 million contract for the aquatic and riparian habitat restoration project in July. The cost will be shared between the Corps and the Port of Kennewick with funding also contributed by the City of Kennewick, Benton County and a grant from Washington state.
Mid-Columbia Reads Literary Festival Begins October 15, Features Free Book Giveaway for All Ages and Virtual Author Visit
Mid-Columbia Libraries (MCL) proudly hosts its annual Mid-Columbia Reads literary festival Oct. 15 through Nov. 17, 2021 with a free book giveaway and a virtual visit with award-winning young adult and children’s author Adib Khorram.
Community members are invited to stop by their local MCL branch to choose from books for all ages, while supplies last. The featured titles for this year’s community-wide reading program are "You Matter," by Christian Robinson; "There, There," by Tommy Orange; and Khorram’s "Darius the Great Is Not Okay." All books are also available to borrow in print or digital form from the library; there are no holds or waitlists for digital titles. Each book is also available to borrow in Spanish.
On Nov. 17 at 6:30 pm, MCL hosts a virtual chat with Khorram! His debut “Darius the Great Is Not Okay” earned the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, among other accolades. The story centers on Darius Kellner, who speaks better Klingon than Farsi and knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a “Fractional Persian” (half, on his mom's side), and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.
This is a multilingual event; interpretation will be provided in Spanish and Arabic. Find the event link on Facebook or at midcolumbialibraries.org.
With the Mid-Columbia Reads literary festival, MCL encourages communities throughout the Mid-Columbia region to engage with the same books and come together to explore and celebrate the written and spoken word. The library strives to build community through the collective experience of reading, thinking, and discussing ideas and themes that raise important social issues while also building future readers and writers in the region.
Readers can learn more at midcolumbialibraries.org/mid-columbia-reads.
Hayden Homes is pleased to announce the acquisition of the lot supply of one of the largest Inland Northwest area builders. Like Hayden Homes, RYN Built Homes began as a family-owned and operated business and has years of experience in new home construction.
“The addition of RYN Built Homes land position presents an exciting opportunity for us to continue to grow our team and our footprint in the Inland Northwest and Tri-Cities housing markets,” said Dennis Murphy, CEO of Hayden Homes. “We take pride in the work we do and know RYN Built Homes, with the dedication to their customers, team members and local community, shares many of our same values. This acquisition supports our ongoing commitment and enthusiasm to build a strong community and provide homeownership opportunities for hardworking families throughout the Pacific Northwest for years to come.”
RYN Built Homes of Spokane Valley, Wash., formerly Viking Builders, has announced an agreement with Hayden Homes to provide single family lots in multiple projects throughout the Tri-Cities and Spokane markets.
“We will continue building apartments, some smaller single family home projects, as well as continue with land development,” said Ryan Olson, CEO of RYN Built Homes. “We are excited about this relationship between two well respected residential building companies.”
Hayden Homes has built in the Tri-Cities, Wash. area since 1992 and the Spokane, Wash. area since 1994, since expanding into North Idaho in the Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Post Falls and Rathdrum communities. This acquisition will be the fourth made by Hayden Homes. Past acquisitions include Costa Pacific Homes, Copper Basin Homes, Sullivan Rowell Homes and now RYN Built Homes.
Lourdes Health is pleased to announce that Chris Brussow, MD, has accepted a position as a family medicine provider at Lourdes Family Medicine, located at 7425 Wrigley Drive in Pasco. Dr. Brussow is joined our team on Oct. 11 and will soon begin seeing patients.
Dr. Brussow recently completed his family medicine residency with LSU State University Health Science Center, Department of Rural Family Medicine, in Vivian, Louisiana. There, he practiced in a critical access hospital and was the chief resident in his final year of the program.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Brussow to our team and help him to grow his practice and experience,” said Kevin Taylor, MD, Lourdes Medical Director. “He will be a great addition and serve our patients and community well.”
Dr. Brussow attended medical school at St. Matthews University of School of Medicine and then went on to complete a one-year internship with LSU State University, Department of Family Medicine. There, he completed rotations in inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, labor and delivery, internal medicine inpatient, orthopedics, wound care, diabetic foot care and emergency medicine. Following his internship, Dr. Brussow completed his three-year residency.
“We are looking forward to the experience Dr. Brussow will add to our team and are grateful for the diverse experiences he has already had in medicine,” Dr. Taylor said.
Dr. Brussow is fluent in both English and Afrikaans. He is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP), and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).
Lourdes Family Medicine is located at 7425 Wrigley Drive, Suite 100, just off of Road 68 in Pasco. Patients can schedule an appointment by calling 509.416.8888.
Desert Valley Eye Care is proud to announce the addition of another optometrist, Dr. Jenna Stoffel, to their team of expert eye care practitioners. Dr. Stoffel specializes in myopia control (methods to slow down the progression of near-sightedness in children and teens) and ocular disease management, including care for glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration.
Dr. Stoffel graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in spring 2020, during which she completed extensive training in medical optometry at two Veterans Affairs clinics and Quantico Marine Corps Base. She moved to the Tri-Cities last summer and has enjoyed taking advantage of all the area has to offer, including the wide array of outdoor activities and local wineries and restaurants. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Optometric Association, Optometric Physicians of Washington, and the Tri-Cities Optometric Society. Dr. Stoffel is passionate about animal welfare and has volunteered as a foster for Pet Overpopulation Prevention, working to find homes for stray dogs and cats in our community.
"I truly believe in the power of listening to my patients and trying to learn who they are and what they need from their eyes and vision. I am looking forward to getting to know my patients personally, while also providing state-of-the-art eye care," Dr. Stoffel states.
Dr. Jenna Stoffel is now accepting new patients. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (509) 735-2050.
Get Your Geek On! It’s not just a directive, it’s a way of life in the Tri-Cities. So much so that Visit Tri-Cities developed a music video and marketing campaign to promote STEM Tourism in the Tri-Cities. The high-quality video highlights STEM attractions throughout the Tri-Cities including the B Reactor as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Bechtel National Planetarium, LIGO Hanford Observatory, Triton Sail Memorial Park and more.
Get Your Geek On! has earned attention from other destination marketing organizations throughout Washington state and industry marketing professionals throughout the country for being an innovative campaign. In fact, the campaign is being used as an example of innovative marketing strategies through Destinations International’s Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program, the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement.
“Get Your Geek On! is such a cool way to present a niche market segment and promote unique tourism assets in the Tri-Cities—it was the perfect innovative idea to present as part of CDME coursework,” said Deb Travis Archer, CDME, Executive Consultant MMGY NextFactor and Destinations International CDME Program Committee Board Member.
Get Your Geek On! was also presented to tourism professionals at the Upper Midwest Convention and Visitors Bureau Fall Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, for an eight-state region that includes Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
“This campaign is a great example of how destinations can effectively advocate for their communities in innovative and unexpected ways,” said Linda John, ACC, CDME of Linda John Consulting, “During the conference we featured the campaign in ‘Advocacy is a 10-Letter Word: How Advocacy Success is Leveraged through Leadership Awareness’, which highlights destination marketing organizations’ best practice case studies paired with executive coaching to uncovers key values and strengths of the leaders related to the case studies.”
The Get Your Geek On! video premiered at Visit Tri-Cities’ 2019 Annual Meeting and was made possible thanks to our partnership with Battelle who serves as our Official Champion of Stem Tourism. Find out the “next big thing” Visit Tri-Cities is working on at the 2021 Annual Meeting taking place on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. The Annual Meeting may be viewed via Facebook or YouTube.
To Get Your Geek On!, check out https://www.visittri-cities.com/blog/stem-itineraries-in-the-tri-cities/.
Get ready to win big at the biggest Bingo event of the year! Tickets are on sale now for the $40,000 Bingo Special that happens October 23-24 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. $1000 will be awarded each game! This is a paper-only event with twenty games per day. Seating is limited and you can only buy in at the door if room is available. Doors open at 10am; 9am for those who purchase tickets before October 23. The main session begins each day at 12:30pm. Go to wildhorseresort.com for details and to purchase your two-day tickets. Must be 18 or older to play.
Club Wild –
When you’re done handing out candy to doorbell ringers on Halloween, come to Wildhorse Casino to get your own treats. Get free candy compliments of Club Wild then play with your Club Wild card from 10pm to midnight for a chance to win up to $500 in FreePlay! Two Hot Seat winners every 30 minutes.
Wildhorse Family FunPlex
The Family Funplex at Wildhorse Resort & Casino continues to celebrate its one year anniversary with a special prize. When you score 200 points or more in a game of bowling, Quaking Aspens Lanes will give you a free pair of Wildhorse socks! Not a great bowler? You can still get your cool, argyle socks with a $50 purchase in the bowling center. They’re only available while supplies last so don’t wait! Reserve your lanes now at wildhorseresort.com.
Golf Course at Birch Creek –
Every Wednesday in October is Senior Day at the Golf Course at Birch Creek. Golfers 55 and over get a cart for $15 and pay only a $20 greens fee.
Every Monday in October is Military Monday at the Golf Course at Birch Creek. Active duty military and veterans get a cart for $15 and pay only a $20 greens fee.
Every Monday through Thursday after 1pm, golfers can enjoy a special golf package that includes nine holes of golf, a cart, a burger and a brew for only $30 at the Golf Course at Birch Creek. What a fabulous way to spend a warm, fall afternoon!
Call 541-966-1655 for more information or go to birchcreekgolfcourse.com.
Wildhorse Golf Course –
Every Tuesday and Thursday in October is Senior Day at Wildhorse Golf Course. Golfers 55 and over get a cart for $15 and pay only a $25 greens fee.
Ever Monday in October is Military Monday at Wildhorse Golf Course. Active duty military and veterans get a cart for $15 and pay only a $25 greens fee.
Every Monday through Thursday after 1pm, golfers can enjoy a special golf package that includes nine holes of golf, a cart, a burger and a brew for only $35 at Wildhorse Golf Course. Enjoy some friendly competition, a delicious meal, and a fantastic deal!
For more information go to wildhorseresort.com/resort/golf/ or call 541-276-5588.
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute –
Join us at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute for Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum. This special event features two incredible authors. Sarah Koenig, author of the book Providence and the Invention of American History, will address the topic, “What Do We Do With Whitman? Contesting the Legacy of a Providential Icon.” Blaine Harden, author of Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, will discuss the myth and legends of Marcus Whitman. A book signing will follow. This thought-provoking presentation takes place October 16 at 2pm. Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is free and open to the public. Please wear a mask.
Visit Tri-Cities was honored with a Best Idea Program Outstanding Achievement Award by the Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West) during the 2021 DMA West Education Summit held Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in Vancouver, Wash. The annual Best Idea Program showcases innovative projects and creative marketing strategies.
Visit Tri-Cities was recognized for its Pandemic Response Campaign that took place September 2020 through July 2021. VTC developed, created and deployed 38 high-quality public service announcements to amplify messaging from local leadership, the Benton-Franklin Health District as well as created unique messaging to mitigate the adverse economic and public health impacts of COVID-19. The campaigns focused on adherence to mask wearing, physical distancing, limiting gathering size and eventually the encouragement of vaccination as it became available. The PSAs were developed in English and Spanish and distributed throughout the Tri-Cities region.
Visit Tri-Cities was one of only four destination marketing organizations—Visit Mesa, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory and Visit Vancouver USA—to receive outstanding achievement awards. Following receipt of the entry forms, a Board-appointed Task Force reviewed the submissions and selected several ideas for presentation. Michael Novakovich, President & CEO of Visit Tri-Cities, presented the organization’s best idea during the annual summit of western states destination marketing organizations.
For more information about the campaign, check out Visit Tri-Cities’ YouTube channel to view the Pandemic Response Playlist. For more information about Visit Tri-Cities, visit VisitTri-Cities.com.
Rick Dunn, Benton PUD General Manager was selected as one of two utility stakeholder representatives from the four northwest states to serve on the Columbia Basin Collaborative’s Integration/Recommendation Group (I/RG). The I/RG will seek consensus agreement on proposed actions and develop recommendations to federal, state, tribal and other decision-makers on issues affecting salmon and steelhead recovery in the Columbia River Basin.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected to serve in this position,” said Rick Dunn. “This is an opportunity for electric utility customers throughout the northwest to have a voice at the table. Northwest hydropower provides clean energy like nowhere else in the country and is the foundation of affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electricity supplies for 127 public power and tribal utilities in five states. I look forward to contributing to the honest, transparent and respectful dialogue we are going to need to develop innovative solutions for salmon and steelhead recovery that also consider the complex and diverse interests represented by the Collaborative.”
Having lived most of his life in south-central Washington’s Benton County, Dunn knows first-hand what the rivers in the Columbia Basin mean to our region. And with over thirty-five years of electrical power and utility engineering, operations and management experience, Dunn is a leader well-versed on the challenge of balancing complex energy and environmental issues. His recent engagement and expertise on regional clean energy policies and grid reliability are expected to be a valuable contribution as he serves side-by-side representatives from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, Columbia Basin Tribes, the federal action agencies who own, operate and market the federal hydro system, NOAA National Marine Fisheries, and other interested stakeholders.
The I/RG is scheduled to convene later this Fall, with recommendation scheduled to be released by the end of 2022.
Lourdes Health is pleased to announce that Janak Patel, MD, has accepted a position as a family medicine provider at Lourdes Family Medicine, located at 7425 Wrigley Drive in Pasco. Dr. Patel joined our team in September and began seeing patients on Oct. 4.
Dr. Patel recently completed his family medicine residency with West River Health Services in Hettinger, North Dakota.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Patel and growing our family medicine provider base even more,” said Kevin Taylor, MD, Lourdes Medical Director. “He will be a great addition to our team, for our patients, and for our community.”
Dr. Patel attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts, West Indies and then went on to complete a one-year internship with Sanford Hospital and CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, North Dakota. Following his internship, Dr. Patel completed his three-year residency. Dr. Patel has medical experience in urban and rural settings, and his range of rotations have included emergency medicine, urgent care, inpatient management and outpatient clinics.
Dr. Patel is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), is board certified in Family Medicine, and has certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Lourdes Family Medicine is located at 7425 Wrigley Drive, Suite 100, just off of Road 68 in Pasco. Patients can schedule an appointment by calling 509.416.8888.
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