Articles by Jeff Morrow

Jeff Morrow retired from the Tri-City Herald in 2015. Jeff spent 30 years on the Herald's sports staff, including the last 19 as the sports editor. Although he likes to write, Jeff still finds time to travel, golf and take care of his family's three dogs. He and his wife of 31 years, Connie, have two adult daughters.
Malin Bergstrom, president of Bergstrom Aircraft Inc. in Pasco, said more people are signing up for flight lessons than ever. Her company also offers maintenance services and aircraft and hangar rental. She is pictured in the Pasco Aviation Museum. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Interest in flight training soars after pandemic lockdowns

Malin Bergstrom had never really planned on working in the family business. “I was going to be a veterinarian,” she said. But things quickly changed, said the president of Bergstrom Aircraft Inc. “Growing up, I worked summers and weekends to help out,” she said. “The summer after my senior year, I was approached to work…

Steve Carroll of Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium vets all the food sold at his Kennewick store. The store’s mission is to sell American-made high quality pet food free of corn, soy, wheat, artificial flavors and color. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Paw’s aims to keep pets healthy from the inside out

It might be easy to think of Steve Carroll as the protector of pets once you hear his story. After all, his research of dog and cat food helps keep those pets healthy. The co-owner of Kennewick’s Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium says it’s all about the animals and the customers. “I’m essentially paid to pet…

Irving, left, and Omar Ortega own Pasco’s The Granite Guy LLC, along with Irving’s wife Cassandra. They said a lot of their customers are in eastern Oregon. (Courtesy Granite Guy LLC)

The Granite Guy aims to meet demand for quality countertops

Installing unique, shiny granite surfaces is The Granite Guy’s specialty. The family-owned company, located just upriver from the cable bridge in Pasco, has been in business for 10 years. “We basically do anything: kitchens, bathroom, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces,” said Irving Ortega. He, his wife Cassandra, and his brother Omar, own The Granite Guy LLC, which…

Brigette Rose takes a bat to old electronics at Take A Break at 309 W. Kennewick Ave. in downtown Kennewick. She created the business to give people a safe place to release tension and anxiety by breaking boxes, popping bubble wrap and yes, taking a bat to various items. (Courtesy Take A Break)

Need to release some tension? Take A Break here

The words scrawled on the walls after a smashing session at Take A Break in Kennewick show the catharsis. “Women Veteran Approved.” “It’s OK to Not Be OK.” “Know Your Worth.” “Cancer Sucks.” “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Swing.” Brigette Rose hatched the idea for Take A Break last summer, saying what the area needed was…

Theresa and Jubert Javonillo credit their Filipino fans for keeping Dagupan Grill in Kennewick going during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, they’re fighting for its future success.(Courtesy Dagupan Grill)

Dagupan Grill survived the pandemic thanks to its Filipino fans

There came a time during the pandemic when Jubert and Theresa Javonillo knew they had to save their restaurant, Dagupan Grill, in Kennewick. “At the beginning of the pandemic, it was really scary,” Theresa said. “We had to shut down. It was like a nightmare. So we were really scared in the beginning. So we’ll…

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Kennewick baseball bat maker swings for the rafters

Kennewick’s Jordan DeVoir absolutely loves baseball. He loves everything about it. Playing it. Coaching it. Watching it. But perhaps making baseball products is where he’ll make his biggest mark in the game. DeVoir founded DeVo Bat Company in 2008. He makes wooden baseball bats for players ages 10 up to adults. Give him a chance…

Owner Matt Ulrich stands in front of the 300 tanks at Finatics Tropical Fish, 
1374 Jadwin Ave. in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. Plans are underway to expand the store to welcome more pets. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Demand for pandemic pets feeds Richland shop’s success

Matt Ulrich owns a dog, two turtles, two tortoises and a couple of fish tanks at home. “I have fewer tanks at home than I used to,” he said. “I’ve got 300 tanks to take care of at Finatics.” That’s why people call Ulrich the Fish Guy. He owns Finatics Tropical Fish, a pet store…

Employees Lydia Dillsworth, from left, and Lisa Ortiz, stand next to Tri-City Music owners Bobbi and Dave Dickerson. The Richland store is a place where people can buy or rent pianos, attend recitals, or listen to concerts to share the joy of music. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Music store knows learning how to play makes life more fun

Music has always played a major part in the lives of Bobbi and David Dickerson, even before they married three years ago. David, 68, ran Dickerson’s Piano Service company. Bobbi, 64, is a retired school teacher who has given countless piano lessons. Together, they run Tri-City Music, a Richland store where musicians can buy or…

Steven Whitehead, owner, right, and founder of Elite Ambitions Training at 191 Reata Road in Richland, and his team train athletes so they can compete at the highest level possible. (Courtesy Elite Ambitions Training)

Want to be a better athlete? Former Fever player can help

Steven Whitehead played football for years, getting a cup of coffee with the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints before embarking on a successful indoor football league career with the Tri-Cities Fever. The last season with the now-defunct Fever came in 2015, when he was named the Indoor Football League’s (IFL) top Offensive Player of…

Construction at the new Badger Mountain Elementary school in south Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

Education: Build, rebuild, remodel – repeat?

Despite the pandemic, the Mid-Columbia’s school districts and schools – grades Kindergarten through 12, as well as higher education – plowed ahead to build, rebuild and remodel schools and support facilities. From a recently opened Kennewick High School, which cost over $100 million, to $30 million buildings at both Columbia Basin College in Pasco and…

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