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.
Finding skilled workers for construction job sites continues to be a challenge across the industry, as many building projects are underway across the Tri-Cities, including Pasco’s Elite Construction & Dev.’s work on a new multi-level building for Chicago Title Co. of Washington at 8009 W. Tucannon Ave. in Kennewick. (Courtesy Elite Construction & Development)

Construction companies face shortage of skilled workers

Tri-City construction companies must try harder than ever to recruit skilled workers. Amos Construction recently stationed an employee holding a “now hiring” sign on a busy street in Kennewick. “I’ve run radio ads, placed ads on Craigslist in three cities, done the signage, done logos, I’ve Facebook advertised, and I still can’t find enough employees,”…

Bombing Range Brewing Co. has established a following that includes famous people, like former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, center, standing between brewery owners Mike and Dashia Hopp. The Hopps plan to open a second bar called The Dive in the same north Richland building in June. (Courtesy Dashia Hopp)

Richland brewery owners to open dive bar

The Dive to open in June at Shrub Steppe’s old site Business has been great since Mike and Dashia Hopp opened Bombing Range Brewing Co. nearly three years ago in north Richland. The microbrewery and restaurant at 2000 Logston Blvd. has loyal customers. People who live at nearby Horn Rapids and those commuting to the…

Cool Desert Nights

West Richland revs up for an ‘all wheels’ event

The community is about to find out what happens when you combine the Tri-Cities’ most popular classic car, street rod and motorcycle shows. The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce jumped in to take on organizing Cool Desert Nights car and street festival, along with its wildly popular West Richland Hogs & Dogs Regional Family…

Ron Asmus of R.E.A. Construction plans to begin construction within 90 days on a new $3.2 million, 35,000-square-foot commercial building at 2943 Belmont Blvd. in West Richland. The site was once the planned future home of SSC North America’s high-performance car manufacturing plant, but the deal fell apart amid a financial dispute and ensuing $10.3 million lawsuit. (Courtesy Ron Asmus)

Agreement on supercar facility ends in lawsuits against SSC North America

The long-planned SSC North America supercar production facility destined for the Belmont Business District in West Richland is now at the center of a $10.3 million dispute. A new $3.2 million commercial building — tenant to be determined — is going up at the property instead, and the high-performance car manufacturing plant is moving to…

D-BAT Columbia Basin

Kennewick batting facility D-BAT Columbia Basin opening near Vista Field

Bob and Tammy Benson have long wanted to run a batting cage business in the Tri-City area. “We’ve always talked about having a facility,” Tammy said. “We’d look and talk about it. But we wouldn’t do it.” Then a friend showed them information about a D-BAT franchise a few years ago. The Bensons bought a…

Moonshot Brewing

Craft brew pub, soccer bar Moonshot Brewing to open in Kennewick

Ryan Wattenbarger and Hilary Bird will be ready to share their craft brews and love of soccer with the Tri-Cities in May. The Tri-City couple are opening Moonshot Brewing at 8804 Victoria Ave., Suite 130, in Kennewick, near the Gage Boulevard and Steptoe Street intersection. “I think we can be open in the first half…

Preferred Freezer facility

$35 million project in works at Preferred Freezer Services

A massive freezer storage facility in north Richland is about to get bigger. Preferred Freezer Services has begun a $35 million expansion project that will add space and jobs. “We’ve been moving dirt for several weeks now,” said Burnie Taylor, director of major capital projects for Preferred Freezer Services. “And we have an expected opening…

Columbia Point Golf Course

Columbia Point golf course earns conservation award

Carl Thompson loves what he does. As the superintendent at Columbia Point Golf Course, it’s his mission – and his staff’s job – to make sure the course is in great shape for the region’s golfers, who played close to 46,000 rounds on the Richland course last year alone. At the same time, Thompson and…

Sun Downs race track season to feature three weekends of racing beginning April 27 after a snowy winter delayed the season's start. (Photo courtesy Ginny Harding)

Horse race season gallops to starting gates

Season set to open April 27 with three weekends of racing The snowy start to this year’s horse racing season delayed training for more than a month at Sun Downs Race Track in Kennewick. It also postponed the start of the annual six-day meet at Sun Downs. But don’t despair, horse race fans, the season…

Richland’s Tim Krantz, center, holds the Diamond Club award he recently received from Darden Restaurants for his leadership and professional development of his team members. Krantz is director of operations for eight Olive Garden restaurants in the Northwest. Darden CEO Gene Lee, left, and Darden President Dan Kiernan, right, stand beside him. (Courtesy Tim Krantz)

Olive Garden manager earns national award for ‘exceptional’ service

When he was young, Tim Krantz wanted to be a doctor so he could take care of people. But that dream never came true for the Richland man. Instead, Krantz has spent the last 22 years working in the restaurant industry, taking care of his employees and customers. As the director of operations for eight…

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