Life this week in the Tri-Cities reminds us of a trip to the cinema -- where something different is playing on every screen, from travel to romance to science fiction or police drama.
We know the Tri-Cities is a great place to spend time. It only makes sense other people are figuring that out, too.
But the uptick in visitor spending in the Tri-Cities probably has as much to do with how the area is promoted as what we have to offer.
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It's true that you can't bring a softball or soccer tournament to town without a place to play, but you also have to make sure people know about the great facilities, weather and roads that are available here.
Conventions and tournaments bring money to hotels and restaurants. Nice facilities bring people to town. And more amenities, like the new sports complex at Southridge, bring more people.
Part of us wants to keep the Mid-Columbia as the state's best-kept secret. But there's a much bigger part that wants to roll out the welcome mat.
And who wouldn't want to come to the Tri-Cities during what could easily be referred to as "grape-smelling season?"
The wine industry continues to flourish in the Mid-Columbia. The Red Mountain irrigation pact will bring more acreage into production. The Railex wine storage center makes shipping our product across the country that much easier.
The enology classes at Washington State University Tri-Cities are on track to produce a well-trained work force.
All of this will continue to boost our wine trade in the future.
But for the next few days, find a vineyard and take a deep breath. It's one of the truly wonderful things about living here this time of year.
Although vineyards and wine tend leave us feeling a little romantic, sometimes it feels like we're living in a sci-fi movie.
The most recent "wow" comes from Kadlec's da Vinci. It's a robot that operates on people, under a skilled surgeon's guidance, of course. But still, it's a doctor manipulating a robot to perform precise incisions and even sew up afterward.
Who would have ever thought?
We can't be excited that 70 DUI arrests were written in the Tri-Cities in a recent two-week emphasis patrol.
We can't be happy that this year's number is up from the 67 tickets written at the same time last year.
But we can be glad that law enforcement is working to make our roads and communities safer for all of us.
It seems like an easy enough fix. Everyone needs to just stop driving when they've been drinking. It's a good idea.