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.

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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KAIZENSPEED

Kennewick’s KAIZENSPEED helps gearheads achieve peak performance

In a race to become a premium performance brand in Northwest, KAIZENSPEED of Kennewick manufactures top-of-the-line auto parts, all in the name of speed. Owner Reid Lunde plans to have the human and technological resources to influence the industry and meet the finish line by 2023. “There isn’t a world-class manufacturing hub in this area […]

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Northwest Cancer Clinic

Northwest Cancer Clinic adds new weapon in fight against brain cancer

The Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick is giving patients with glioblastoma brain cancers a new tool to battle invasive cancer cells — a device called Optune. Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick is affiliated with 21st Century Oncology, a national provider of integrated cancer care services. It was one of the first medical practices nationally to […]

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Mustangs for Mustangs

Mustangs for Mustangs helps families by tackling immediate needs head-on

Mustangs for Mustangs is a philanthropic organization born almost two years ago and somewhat by accident, said organizer Brett Dillahunt. The mission, however, is quite deliberate — to “Stampede the Needs” of its extended (Prosser) Mustang alumni family. Dillahunt is a Prosser High School history teacher. Prosser High School has been his home-away-from-home for the […]

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John Baylor, an automotive technician at Cronk Automotive in Richland runs diagnostic tests on a customer’s car. Bob Cronkhite started the auto repair shop in 1985. For three decades, Cronk Automotive’s core values of offering service with honesty and integrity has driven growth at the business.

Word-of-mouth revs Cronk Automotive’s engine for 30 years

It may be hard for some to believe in today’s digital world, that a small business can flourish for 30 years without any formal advertising. But at Cronk Automotive in Richland, no website, Facebook page or Twitter account is necessary. Owner Bob Cronkhite attributes the success to the business’ two core values: honesty and integrity. […]

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