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.
Owner Mark Williams stands among the spirits for sale in the tasting room at the Black Heron Spirits Distillery in West Richland. His single malt whiskey and bourbon recently earned honors in Sip Northwest Magazine’s Best of the Northwest Spirits Awards competition.

West Richland whiskey, bourbon winning gold in wine country

Black Heron Spirits owner left established family business to run distillery Mark Williams is a one-man band with an award-winning distillery. He spends seven days a week at his business, making spirits at Black Heron Spirits in West Richland. Because his distillery is small and he is the only employee, Williams can use any help…

Viera’s Bakery opened in 2004 at 430 W. Lewis St. in downtown Pasco. The family opened a second shop at 6411 Burden Blvd. in 2009.

Family-owned bakery boasts loyal following in Pasco

Nine family members work between Viera’s two bakeries Eulogio Zarate considers himself a fan of weather reports. The manager of Viera’s Bakery said he can tell when business is good based on the weather. “We always get excited as a business when it’s raining or cold,” he said while standing behind the counter at his Lewis…

Renovations are underway at the new Fuse SPC building at 723 The Parkway. The three-story building has 15 offices throughout the building, an expanded podcast studio and more space for a first-come, first-serve area for people using laptops for their business. The opening date is expected to be Jan. 1.

Richland’s Fuse plans move to bigger building in The Parkway

New location more than triples the space for the co-working community Richland’s growing co-working community will be moving into a three-story office that more than triples its space. Fuse SPC, which started in 2014, is moving from its current location at 710 George Washington Way, Suite A, across the street to 723 The Parkway. The new…

Andrew Porter, executive director of the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, stands at the site of the new mission on Fourth Avenue in downtown Pasco. The $10 million project is expected to be completed in fall 2018 to help serve the Tri-Cities’ growing homeless population.

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission expects to open facility next year

Path to raise $10 million to build new mission is six years in the making Andrew Porter recently walked on the cement around the steel beams at what will become the new Tri-City Union Gospel Mission next year, and tried unsuccessfully to contain his excitement. “It’s becoming more real,” said the executive director of the Pasco-based…

SSC North America’s plans to build a manufacturing center, showroom and museum in West Richland continues to move ahead despite a change in property ownership. Company and city officials broke ground on the project in 2013. (File photo)

West Richland sells land intended for supercar project for $1.15 million

SSC North America said plans for manufacturing plant ‘to ramp back up’ West Richland land intended for a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing center, showroom and museum for exotic supercars recently was sold for $1.15 million to a Tri-City home builder. Despite years of delays and the sale of the nearly five acres to developer Ron Asmus in…

Members of the Tri-City Country Club voted unanimously in early October to turn over day-to-day operations of running the club and par-65 golf course to a group of 21 people called Save the Club. Plans include renaming the Kennewick club, opening the restaurant to the public and reducing rates to attract more golfers.

Members of area’s oldest golf club buy it to save it

The new owners of the Tri-City Country Club are working to shed the 79-year-old private club’s longtime reputation as a members-only golf course by making the greens public and overhauling the private restaurant into a high-end steakhouse and sports lounge. Members of the Kennewick country club voted unanimously Oct. 3 to turn over the day-to-day…

David and Hanna Goss stand in front of their new Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Richland. The store planned an Oct. 14 soft opening and a grand opening is planned for Nov. 3.

Backyard birders’ store comes to roost in Richland

David and Hanna Goss knew they were on to something when they started feeding their backyard birds with seed sold by Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop. “Our neighbors started complaining because the birds weren’t coming over to their house anymore,” Hanna Goss said. Apparently, word of beak spread throughout the bird community. It’s just one…

Virtual receptionist on the job to take care of businesses’ needs

Virtual receptionist on the job to take care of businesses’ needs

A Richland company has a solution for businesses who can’t hire an employee to serve as a receptionist, or a company sharing a building with multiple tenants. Her name is ALICE and she’s a virtual receptionist. Abadan Tri-Cities is offering ALICE’s service to area businesses. ALICE, which stands for A Live Interactive Customer Experience, helps…

Kamiakin High School senior Mitchel Denke runs a four-hour radio program each weekend at U-Rock Radio in Kennewick, thanks to the station’s Training The Kids program that began in March.

U-Rock radio trains young DJs, then gets them on-air

A weekend DJ on U-Rock Radio admitted he didn’t know much about ’80s rock music when he started. Age might have something to do with it. Mitchel Denke is a senior at Kamiakin High School, born around the turn of the century. But joining the station has turned him into a fan of the music.…

Josh Kandle, from left, Faith Harral, Christian Wilson, Araceli Fuentes and Travis Hartliep stand outside Cougar Digital Marketing & Design’s West Richland storefront. The company grew from a two-person home-based business into the storefront on Kennedy Road to accommodate seven employees.

West Richland digital marketing company aims to be one-stop shop

Cougar Digital Marketing & Design’s business plan has evolved over time Travis Hartliep wasn’t sure how long his startup company would last when he began it out of his then Tri-Cities home in 2012. Back then, Cougar Digital Marketing & Design LLC was just him, with his wife Erika helping out. “To be honest, I…

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