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.
Jeremy Dimond, left, and Pete Kelley man their Roof Maxx trade booth at the Regional Home and Garden Show to educate customers about their new business, Roof Maxx, which offers a plant-based spray treatment to extend the life of roofs.

Tri-Citians launch new roof spray treatment business

Roof Maxx’s award-winning technology can extend the life of roofs Jeremy Dimond and Pete Kelley once worked together as wine salesmen. But they always wanted to own their own business. It happened this year when they launched Roof Maxx. Kelley was scrolling through Facebook one day when he learned about the Roof Maxx story. It…

Architect MMEC’s rendering of the 20,000-square-foot addition at J. Bookwalter Winery at 849 Tulip Lane includes offices, a bigger kitchen, production facilities and banquet and tasting rooms.

Bookwalter Winery plans $4M expansion

Construction begins on the Richland winery’s addition in February, with completion set for summer’s end For nearly 10 years, John Bookwalter dreamed of expanding his winery and restaurant. The dream begins taking shape in February, when J. Bookwalter Winery breaks ground on a $4 million expansion that will more than triple the size of its…

Pasco investors recently spent $3.9 million to buy the 102,000-square-foot Tri-City Herald building on 333 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. They plan to transform the downtown building into multi-tenant office space. (Courtesy SVN Retter & Co.)

Downtown changes coming with sale of Herald building

It took almost eight years and a lot of on-again, off-again negotiations with different prospective buyers, but the Tri-City Herald building in downtown Kennewick has new owners. Pasco investors Mike Detrick Sr., his son Mike Detrick Jr. and their wives bought the building at 333 W. Canal Drive for $3.9 million in October with plans…

The Professional Investment Management Services team includes Nicki Kennedy, from left, office manager; Garrick Russell, investment advisor representative; and Kiarra Tow, executive assistant. The Kennewick firm, which celebrates 20 years in business in 2020, positions itself as an independent boutique advisory firm. (Courtesy PIMS)

Small Kennewick financial firm values personal relationships

Professional Investment Management Services celebrates 20 years in business in 2020 A Kennewick independent boutique investment advisory firm is closing in on 20 years of business next year. That’s the case for Professional Investment Management Services, or PIMS for short, at 7103 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B, upstairs in the new Copiers Northwest Building in…

Robin Wojtanik of Richland stands next to one of her Sign Gypsies’ signs outside Badger Mountain Elementary School in Richland. Her business provides custom yard greetings for homes, schools or businesses. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Customized signs spread messages of joy throughout Tri-Cities

Sign Gypsies owner delivers personalized messages for friends, family, customers Robin Wojtanik of Richland didn’t expect to become an expert on Tri-City area soil density when she launched her new business, Sign Gypsies, this summer. But putting up signs with custom messages at homes, schools and businesses has turned her into one. “North Richland is…

Four parcels of Harris Farm will be auctioned off Nov. 14 by Musser Bros. of Pasco, a northwest auction marketing company. The 45 acres are north of Interstate 182 on the east banks of the Columbia River. (Courtesy Musser Bros.)

Pioneering Pasco farming family says it’s time to sell

Lurene Harris Fleshman sat at a table in her garage recently at Harris Farm, looking out at the land as she pondered what it would look like filled with houses and streets. “I’m not ever gonna look again!” she said with a chuckle, before admitting that yes, she’d want to see what it’d look like…

Kennewick High School demolition. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

K-12 education: New schools open as Tri-Cities grows

As the Tri-City’s population climbs toward 300,000, its three school districts continue to work to keep pace with it. Student enrollment numbers for 2018-19 put Kennewick’s student enrollment at 19,750 students; Pasco’s at 18,774; and Richland’s at 14,204, according to data from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Voters seem to understand the…

Aerial photo of WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

Higher education: New academic, rec buildings coming to Tri-City campuses

Continued growth at the higher education campuses in the Tri-Cities will be moving forward at a steady clip in the coming year. At Washington State University Tri-Cities, the school is proceeding with plans to build a 40,000-square-foot academic building for undergraduate studies in biology, chemistry and education in science, technology and math—or STEM studies. Columbia…

Three generations of the Erstad family have worked at the Columbia Avenue restaurant best known for its eagle burger. Named after the Connell High mascot, it’s a cheeseburger with a slice of ham on a hoagie sandwich bun. (Courtesy Burger Factory)

Couple see burger joint as place to bring community together

Three generations of Erstad family worked at Burger Factory before owning it Rhonda Erstad grew up in Connell. So did her husband, Mike. They’ve lived in the Connell area pretty much their whole lives, and Rhonda wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love Connell,” she said. “Our kids always had someone looking out for…

Alex Job, co-owner and retail manager at Job’s Nursery in Pasco, stands in the two-acre U-pick pumpkin patch. His family has owned the business for nearly 80 years. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Longtime Pasco gardening family offers laid-back pumpkin picking

Job’s Nursery celebrates 80 years in business next year As the calendar flips to October, families begin to visit the region’s pumpkin patches. Many head to Job’s Nursery in Pasco. “We have two acres of pumpkins in our pumpkin patch,” said Alex Job, who has been a co-owner of the business since 2012, along with…

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