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.
Instructor Wayne Ellis teaches a group of truck driver students at Martinez Trucking’s new school, Martinez Technical Institute, in Pasco.

Demand for drivers prompts Martinez Trucking to open its own school

The trucking industry has had a tough time finding qualified drivers over the last 10 to 15 years. So Martinez Trucking decided to do something about it by creating its own truck drivers’ school. [blockquote quote=”Today’s truck driver has to be tech savvy.” source=”Z Martinez, operations manager for Martinez Trucking” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] It’s called the…

Mindi Irvine, owner of Oasis Physical Therapy, stands next to a sign announcing her clinic’s fourth location, opening this summer at 1020 Queensgate Drive in south Richland. The 3,000-square-foot clinic is under construction behind her.

Oasis Physical Therapy to open fourth clinic in south Richland

$1.3 million strip mall also will be home to Orangetheory Fitness Studio Oasis Physical Therapy has opened three offices built around the Tri-Cities in the past 15 years. The company’s executive director and owner Mindi Irvine now is adding a fourth location, a $1.3 million building at 1020 Queensgate Drive in south Richland. The new…

A new Fairchild Cinemas will be built in a vacant lot across from Walmart in Kennewick. Fairchild officials hope to have the 10-screen theater open in 2018.

Fairchild planning to open third cinema in Kennewick

Fairchild Cinemas was expected to do well in its new Queensgate location in Richland when it opened in December 2015. But it did better than well, and now the company is planning a new 10-screen movie theater next to the Walmart store near the Canyon Lakes neighborhood in Kennewick. It will be in the 2900…

Jeff Ballard, general manager of the new Fredy’s Steakhouse at 3617 Plaza Way in Kennewick, said the new restaurant serves full-size 18- to 24-ounce steaks as well as half-size portions. The steakhouse has been open since Feb. 3, and a grand opening is planned later this month.

New Kennewick steakhouse aims to fill missing niche

When a food lover takes a hard look at the Tri-City restaurant scene, a glaring omission in the region is a lack of steakhouses. [blockquote quote=”A lot of people have told me it’s nice to have a steakhouse at this end of town.” source=”Jeff Ballard, co-owner of Fredy’s Steakhouse” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] Jeremy Thelin, Wayne Walton…

Bud Stephens, Columbia Basin College’s commercial driver’s license instructor, demonstrates the school’s new $111,000 full motion truck simulator. CBC revived its CDL program last year to meet demand for skilled drivers.

CBC invests in simulator for truck-driving program

The No. 1 job needed in the area is truck driving. That’s what Janese Thatcher, Columbia Basin College’s dean for Computer Science, Engineering and Technical Programs, said she recently learned when looking at the top jobs that companies were hiring for in Benton and Franklin counties. “People running many companies in this area said their…

Copiers Northwest is planning to build a new two-story building at 7035 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. Plans include leasing the second floor of the building. (Courtesy ALD Architects)

Copiers Northwest planning $1.3 million new building in Kennewick

Copiers Northwest hopes to break ground in March on a new $1.3 million two-story building in Kennewick. The new nearly 12,000-square-foot building at 7035 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick will be next to the current Copiers Northwest office space. The company’s Kennewick office is currently in a strip mall on Clearwater, with 3,200 square feet…

The state fetched more than twice the amount of the appraised value of 192 acres just south of Interstate 182 between roads 68 and 84 that were auctioned in the fall. One of the bids — for the 38-acre multi-family zone lot— fell through. The state is considering its options for selling this parcel. (Courtesy Musser Bros.) 

Four of five Pasco parcels for sale in DNR auction have closed

Bid fell through on 38 acres zoned for multi-family housing The sales of four of the five parcels of Pasco land auctioned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources in the fall have closed. A 38-acre parcel zoned for multi-family housing and appraised for $1.2 million did not close. The four parcels, appraised at $4.3…

Jason Sadler and Kendra Guzek stand in front of two of their wine machines at Tri-Cities Tap & Barrel in Richland. The bar opened in November and serves 56 wines on tap.

Tri-City business taps into self-serve wine, beer market

When two Tri-Citians walked into a Boise bar two years ago, they weren’t expecting to walk out with plans to start a new business. But what Jason Sadler and Kendra Guzek saw in Idaho in 2015 amazed them: a self-service wine bar in which customers could try wines using a pre-paid card that slid into…

Sqord activity trackers

Tri-City fifth-graders get moving with free activity trackers

West Richland’s Rosie Gregory has three sons, with the oldest two being pretty active. But her youngest, Drew, preferred television over physical activity. “He hasn’t really been an outdoors active-type of kid,” she said. That changed in October, when Drew got a Sqord, an activity-tracking device for kids. Think Fitbit, but for grade-schoolers. The wristwatch…

Legal & Taxes

Charitable giving gives back with tax breaks

Many people in the Mid-Columbia region donate to their favorite charities, especially during the holiday season. It feels good to help the less fortunate. But why not help yourself too by getting tax credits for giving? Darren Szendre, a certified public accountant and owner of Tri-Cities Tax in Kennewick, believes in the spirit of giving.…

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