Audra Distifeno

Audra Distifeno

Audra Distifeno has been in the “news” business for more than 20 years. She is passionate about writing, and is also an educator with the goal of igniting young minds so they might discover their potentials. She lives in the Yakima Valley with her children, two mini schnauzers, two lizards and multitudes of fish. She enjoys camping, kayaking and breathing in the ocean air. She hopes to one day be a published novelist and see her work being read by the masses … or even by just one who is moved by her story.

Total Site Services lands $42 million military contract

Small Richland contractor lands $42 million military contract

Lisa Chapman-Rosa has taken her small Richland company from $40,000 a year in jobs to completing nearly $22 million in projects annually. And after landing a $42 million project about a month ago, Total Site Services expects the upward trend to continue. “I have to keep pinching myself,” Chapman-Rosa said. “It is our largest contract […]

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Barracuda Coffee Company has a new location in Kennewick.

Barracuda Coffee Company expands to Kennewick

The owners of Barracuda Coffee Company say their popular Richland shop is more than a place to get a mocha, latte or tea. To them, it’s a place to connect with others and build relationships. “This has become our ministry and this is how we want to relate to people,” Michelle Shupe said. “We love […]

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Petco opening in Pasco

Commercial building projects on horizon include new Petco store

The commercial sector continues to flourish alongside the housing market in the Tri-City area, with several big-ticket building projects on the horizon. Here’s a few of them: In Richland: Lamb Weston has two new commercial buildings, one valued at $5.3 million and the other at $4 million, both planned at 2460 Saint St. Fisher Construction […]

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Hastings files for bankruptcy, closes Richland store

Richland’s Hastings Books, Music & Video store could close any day between now and Oct. 31 after the company filed for bankruptcy. The store at 1425 George Washington Way has been a fixture of the Richland community for the past 11 years and some area residents are frustrated by the closure. “I’m devastated that they’re […]

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Credit union buys property, plans for bigger building

Tri-Cities Community Federal Credit Union plans to move into a new, larger space within the next 18 months to accommodate growth and better serve its members. The credit union at 2626 W. Kennewick Ave. has outgrown its current space, said President Doug Wadsworth. “The decision for a new location and larger facility was made by […]

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Philocaly luxury lingerie boutique

Empowering women is aim of new luxury lingerie boutique, Philocaly

The grand opening for Philocaly, a new luxury lingerie boutique, will take place Saturday, July 23 – a day when “unmentionables” will definitely be talked about. “Philocaly” is Greek for “love of beauty.” “We want people to feel pretty with what they’re wearing underneath; it’s all about empowering women,” Philocaly Owner Faith Hovde said. Bras, […]

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Local Pumpkin Logo

Fruits of couple’s labors seen with Local Pumpkin’s growth

Having grown up and raised five children in the Tri-Cities, John and Cathy Franklin have enjoyed living in the midst of orchards, vineyards and farms. But when Cathy couldn’t find locally grown produce in the stores during summer months, she realized something needed to change. “It was frustrating to go to a grocery store in […]

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