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.
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…

The Kennewick DirtKart raceway at 2203 W. Fourth Ave. is the sixth family-operated facility to open in three states since 2019. The Kennewick track is also the biggest. (Courtesy Jade Pennella)

Get speed, adrenaline rush at indoor go-kart track

 Since Kennewick’s first indoor go-kart track opened, it has been a popular place for those who need to speed. The Kennewick track is the sixth DirtKart facility to open since Brycen Tarr and his family launched the first one in Spokane in September 2019, after years of having a dirt track in their backyard and…

Owner Scott Conrad stands in front of his shoe inventory at Runners Soul at 5020 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Runners Soul finds right shoe so your feet will thank you

On a recent Friday morning, customers were coming into Runners Soul at a steady flow. Suddenly, a woman and her high school-aged son from Connell entered the store and walked right up to Scott Conrad, who owns the Kennewick establishment. “My son is running cross country and he needs new shoes. I’ve been told you…

Paleteria La Jalpita in Pasco has been handcrafting and molding paletas – Mexican popsicles – for 28 years (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Mexican ice pop shop’s icy treats keep you cool on hot days

For 28 years, Paleteria La Jalpita has been handcrafting icy Mexican treats on a stick in downtown Pasco. “We have six pots a day, with each pot producing 800 paletas, for 4,800 total paletas a day,” said Rom Romero, whose dad, Jesus Romero, owns the shop. Paletas are Mexican ice pops that come in a…

Elena Gavin, left, and Concetta Gulluni, stand in their Layered Cake Artistry store. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Richland sisters find sweet success with Layered Cake

Richland sisters Elena Gavin and Concetta Gulluni admit they were never good friends as teenagers. Being 3 ½ years apart in age, they had their own friends. But now, as business partners in Layered Cake Artistry, 117 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite 110, in downtown Kennewick, Elena, 41, and Concetta, 38, have become the best of…

Rubi and Tino Robles own Power Athletics Compound, which runs two Tri-City gyms. PAC recently signed a deal with the Tri-City Rush of the American West Football Conference to help the football players stay in shape. (Photo by Jeff Morrow )

Weightlifter-owned gym combines science, nutrition and just the right machine

Valentino Robles played basketball during his high school days in Pasco. Tino, as most people know him, never thought much back then about lifting weights. “I hated lifting weights back in high school,” he said. “I liked being skinny and agile.” But lifting weights – and helping others learn how to lift them – has…

Susan Mendenhall, the franchisee of the Kennewick and Pasco IHOP restaurants, loves the interaction she has with customers. (Courtesy of Lauren Jones)

IHOP owner: Locally-owned franchises are local too

Susan Mendenhall is a fighter. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a pandemic or trying to educate the public that her two Tri-City IHOP stores are local restaurants. She won’t lose her fight because after 20 years with IHOP, she still loves and believes in what she does. She loves the people, whether it’s her employees…

Pat Howard, co-founder and owner of Rock Shop, stands in front of one of the many rock walls at the climbing gym at 1965 Fowler St. in Richland. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Richland High grad trades golf career for rock climbing gym

Pat Howard was looking for something that would push himself the way playing golf used to. Howard, a Richland High School graduate, was a standout golfer who went on to compete for Oregon State University. He then worked as an assistant professional at Bellevue’s Overlake Golf and Country Club for the past 15 years. “I…

Bill McIntyre, from left, stands with his granddaughter, Justine VerMulm and her husband Nick and their children at Pasco Golfland at 2901 N. Road 40. McIntyre recently sold the longtime business to the young couple. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

A new generation takes a swing at Pasco Golfland

For as long as she can remember, Justine VerMulm has known Pasco Golfland as both her playground and her workplace. “My mom was pregnant with me when they were selling golf balls out there from a fireworks stand,” she said. “I worked out there as a kid. As a family, we’ve always celebrated birthdays there,…

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