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.
Within a year’s span, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties opened the new $5.1 million Kennewick clubhouse, pictured, and expanded into Richland to offer school-based child care. (Photo courtesy Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties)

Boys & Girls Clubs runs 27 sites, sees a thousand kids daily

The past year has been a wild ride for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. The nonprofit took over the Richland School District’s before- and after-school child care program in June 2018. This meant more sites, children, staff and a bigger budget to manage. It also occurred while the nonprofit was…

Athalia Clower left her job at Kadlec’s West Richland Primary Clinic in July for Guatemala to work with the nonprofit The Ezra Project. The group is licensed to provide a home for abandoned babies and children. (Photo courtesy The Ezra Project)

Focus on children leads Kadlec provider to Guatemala

Athalia Clower has always wanted to help people. And she has done so for more than 25 years. “I have been a certified physician assistant (PA-C) since 1993,” said Clower in an email interview. “I started working for Kadlec during March of 2010.” For Clower, this has been a high calling. But so has her…

LIGO STEM center

Funding approved for LIGO STEM center

The first detection of gravitational waves from deep space were recorded at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, out on the edge of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in September 2015 and announced in February 2016. Ever since that announcement, people from all walks of life — many of them students — have wanted to…

Sports Tourism

Sports tourism a score for economy

Sports continues to be big business in the Tri-Cities. Visit Tri-Cities, the Tri-City area’s visitors and convention bureau, reports that last year there were 212 sports, convention and group activities that attracted 127,931 visitors who spent $38,157,557. The same report estimates that in 2019 and beyond there will be 227 sports, convention and group activities…

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…

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