Articles by 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.
Dave Hedden displays a 17-pound walleye he caught. The Richland native owns Hedden’s Northwest Sportfishing, a business that has steadily grown over the past eight years. 

Fishing charters help anglers land salmon, sturgeon, walleye, steelhead

Experts recommend researching guide options to get most out of trip Dropping a line into the rivers around the Tri-Cities to catch salmon, sturgeon, walleye or steelhead has launched a handful of fishing charter businesses around the Tri-Cities. [blockquote quote=”I take pride in making the best trip possible for my clients.” source=”Dave Hedden, owner of…

Hilan Piao, WSU research associate for the viticulture and enology program, takes samples of research wine for analysis at the Wine Science Center in Richland. The 40,000-square-foot facility boasts a state-of-the-art research and teaching winery, complete with labs, classrooms and meeting spaces.

Wine Science Center a boon to state viticulture, enology industry

The region’s wine leaders realized several years ago that an investment in students and research would ultimately lead to a more lucrative statewide industry. The students have come and the research is underway with the opening of the Washington State University Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center in Richland. “Industry leaders said, ‘We have…

The former Country Gentleman restaurant in Kennewick was rebranded as CG Public House and Catering in mid-January, along with a remodel and enhanced menu. The upgrades are paying off with an increase in customers and profits over the same time last year. (Courtesy Shirley Simmons)

Longtime Kennewick restaurant sheds old look, name for urban feel

Country Gentleman remodels interior, changes name to CG Public House CG Public House and Catering in Kennewick has seen an upswing in hungry customers despite experiencing the worst winter weather in recent memory, resulting in a 25 percent increase in profits over the same period last year. The owners credit the upswing to the restaurant’s…

Kaizenspeed partners with McCurley

Camaros, Corvettes get ‘American Thump’ boost

Kaizen Speed, McCurley partner to offer aftermarket performance packages Two of America’s favorite fast cars — Corvettes and Camaros — can get an aftermarket horsepower and torque boost covered by a warranty, thanks to a new partnership between two Tri-City businesses. Kennewick’s Kaizenspeed and Pasco’s McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Cadillac teamed up to offer area consumers…

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…

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…

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…

Area residents converge on Hastings in Richland for the final days of its going-out-of-business sale. Merchandise and store fixtures are being sold at the George Washington Way store after the company filed for bankruptcy.

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…

Tri-Cities Community Federal Credit Union recently purchased property on 19th and Highway 395 in Kennewick with plans for a much larger building to serve its growing number of members and offer convenient access, parking and at least one ATM.

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…

LoAnn Ayers, new United Way president and CEO, is also a proud Washington State University alumni and United Way volunteer.

Campaign launch underway—full speed ahead for new United Way president

Having just completed work on a five-year, $2.6 million grant for Washington State University in June, LoAnn Ayers started as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties July 1, succeeding Beverly Weber upon her retirement. [blockquote quote=”It’s all in an effort to help connect people to needed resources…

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