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.
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.…

: Zak O’Brien, left, and Tom O’Brien of O’Brien Construction in Kennewick head up the family-owned business.

Family-owned Kennewick construction company stays focused on service

Zak O’Brien knows how important it is to take care of customers. If you don’t do that, you’re not in business very long. O’Brien Construction Company Inc. has always understood this fact. It’s a reason the Kennewick company has been in business for close to 44 years. “My dad started this business in 1973,” said…

Four members of the Best family work for Abadan Tri-Cities

Strong leadership contributes to Richland company’s 41 years of success

Continuity can be a key to long-term success. It seems to be the case for Abadan Tri-Cities, a Richland company going strong since 1975. “It’s cross-generational. I’m the fourth owner,” said Tyler Best, president and general manager. “Each leader, from John Wells, the original owner, to Lee Pinnell, to my dad, has been great at…

Rebuilding Mid-Columbia

New nonprofit offers free home repairs for those in need

John Veysey watched with satisfaction as 60 volunteers helped spruce up five houses last month in a Pasco neighborhood near Shoshone and Third streets. Crystal Carter also was there and she was pleased too. “There are times in life where everybody needs a hand,” Carter said. “Together, we create this community we live in.” The…

WSU Tri-Cities student housing

WSU Tri-Cities student housing will look similar to Pullman campus buildings

Washington State University Tri-Cities in north Richland was originally a commuter campus. But in recent years, it’s become a destination. Of the 1,868 students enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities, many are coming from out of state. “This is not a commuter school anymore,” said Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities director of marketing and communications. “We’re growing out…

Columbia Basin College’s student housing project

Columbia Basin College student housing to open by fall 2017

When Rich Cummins became president of Columbia Basin College in 2008, one of his goals was to provide student housing on the Pasco campus. It’s taken some time, but the school’s first on-campus student housing unit should be ready by fall 2017. “When I interviewed for this job in 2008, I said I’d like to…

Preferred Freezer Services in Richland is planning a major expansion that could add 33 percent more capacity and about 30 more jobs.

Preferred Freezer Services eyes expansion

By Jeff Morrow Preferred Freezer Services opened up a monster facility in July 2015 in the north part of Richland. The $115 million building dominates the landscape, standing 120 feet tall, with 455,000 square feet of space and 313,000 square feet dedicated to automated freezer space. And it’s about to get bigger with a major…

Daniel Washam stands in front of his tanks at d’s Wicked Cider in Kennewick.

Wicked growth continues for Kennewick cider company

By Jeff Morrow All Daniel Washam was trying to do was make some apple cider for his wife. Instead what his wife Heidi received was something spectacular in d’s Wicked Cider. And then somebody wanted to buy Washam’s cider. That was in 2013. And that was when Daniel Washam knew he had a big thing…

Mid-Columbia Zymurgy Association

Beer enthusiast group celebrates Tri-City brews

By Jeff Morrow The Mid-Columbia region is known for its world-class wineries. But what if you prefer a brew over a bottle of red? It may be comforting to know that some of the best hops in the world are grown within an hour’s drive of the Tri-Cities. And that there is a group of…

Thousands of ducks dumped into the Columbia River race to the finish line in the annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race, set this year for Oct. 8. Ducks cost $5 each. Grand prize is a 2016 Toyota Prius Two. (Courtesy Mid-Columbia Duck Race)

Lucky ducks race to raise money for Tri-City charity

By Jeff Morrow Playing with rubber duckies isn’t just for little kids in the bathtub. For more than a quarter of a century, Tri-City adults have been racing the plastic yellow toys in the name of charity. Tri-City Rotarians’ 28th annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race is Saturday, Oct. 8, in Kennewick’s Columbia Park. The event has…

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