Tri-City Herald: We’re thankful for people and things that make our community better

New Badger trail

We’re grateful for the the trails on Badger Mountain in Richland. They are an excellent reason to go outside and play.

And we’re giddy about having a new one to test out.

The latest route brings the trail total to five — with a variety of challenges, some quite steep and others almost level.

The preserve has something for everyone.

And even more than the trails, which we really appreciate, are the men and women who put them there.

We acknowledge those trails do not spring up on their own. It takes thousand of hours of dedication to remove the dirt and lay the gravel. Thank you to the more than 400 volunteers who helped with the latest project and thanks to R.E.I for the grant that picked up most of the cost.

We just want to say thank you to those who build and plan and look to the future.

There’s an app for that

Most kids — and plenty of adults — can run an app.

Congrats to the Tri-Tech Skills Center team that developed a winning one.

So far, the four teenagers have won the state competition, and they still are in the running for regional recognition.

The prize for winning regionals is $5,000. But we’re thinking the experience is worth much more than that.

The idea for Safe&Sound is a solid one: helping teens deal with stress and depression. We love that it was created by students.

Our teens are coming up with some pretty impressive projects. Good job. We look forward to seeing more from these smart kids.

West Richland honors

The secret is getting out. We’ve known for a long time that the Mid-Columbia is a great place to live, work and play.

Other people are catching on, as well.

Most recently West Richland is getting its turn in the limelight.

The website NerdWallet ranked West Richland as the second-best city in the state to raise a family. No. 1 was Snoqualmie.

Lots of other people must agree with the high marks. Since 2000, the city has grown by 40 percent.

West Richland Mayor Brent Gerry says these kinds of accolades will help to grow the city even more.

NerdWallet uses statistics to come up with its rankings — things like median house prices and population growth.

Those things are quantifiable.

But to really get the feel, take a drive over to West Richland and see for yourself what’s been going on out there.

It’s a well-deserved honor. We second the nomination.