Articles by Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.
Libby Boothe of Kennewick pours tea during a photo shoot for a Warrior Sisterhood calendar in this 2017 photo. The tea party photo is a nod to the annual Witches’ Tea Party she held every October in conjunction with her birthday, a tradition she kept up even while fighting Stage 4 breast cancer. She died July 23 at age 44. (Courtesy Scott Butner Photography)

Cancer warrior encourages women to trust their bodies

When you join a cancer support group, you inevitably have to say goodbye to friends.  Over the years, this has been the hardest part of serving on the board of Warrior Sisterhood, a program offered through Kadlec Tri-Cities Cancer Center. I recently added another name to my ever-growing list of those cancer took too soon: Libby Boothe, 44, of Kennewick. She died in hospice care on July 23.  Her death hit hardest as…

Community First Bank is renovating the building at 1007 Jadwin Ave. in Richland with plans to open in the fall. It will close its branch just down the road at 1060 Jadwin Ave. (Courtesy Archibald and Co.)

Community First renovates building for new branch after busy pandemic year

Community First Bank couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a vacant bank property at the intersection of Swift Boulevard and Jadwin Avenue in Richland. It wasn’t looking to move but when its lease came due for renewal at 1060 Jadwin Ave., where it’s been located for 15 years, it made sense to buy instead…

Numerica Credit Union plans to demolish the 37-year-old Baskin-Robbins ice cream building at 2307 Court St. in Pasco later this year to make way for a new branch office in the coming year. (Photo by TCAJOB)

Numerica plans to open new Court Street branch in coming year

Numerica Credit Union recently bought property on busy Court Street in Pasco with plans open a new branch. The Spokane Valley-based credit union paid $940,000 in May for the 1,400-square-foot building at 2307 W. Court St. that serves as home to Baskin-Robbins. Numerica plans to demolish the ice cream shop and build a new branch…

A variety of epoxy finishes take center stage in Leggari Products’ Pasco warehouse. “We wanted it to have the look and feel of an art gallery because every kit installed is a unique representation of the installer,” said Tylor Svangren, co-founder. (Courtesy Leggari Products)

Leggari Products builds DIY juggernaut fueled by the power of social media

With up to 100 orders leaving their Big Pasco warehouse daily, record revenue last year and plans to break ground on a new building later this year, Leggari Products’ owners are ready to take on the big boys in the epoxy coating industry. The scrappy Pasco-based startup, co-founded by Tri-City natives Tim Krumland and Tylor…

Fabrication and welding are among the many services offered at Pasco Machine’s 20,000-square-foot facility at 518 W. Columbia St. in downtown Pasco. (Courtesy Pasco Machine)

Pasco Machine prepares next-generation workforce for next 100 years

A 100-year-old Pasco company is charting a course to ensure it can navigate another century by making a significant investment in its future workforce as manufacturers nationwide struggle to find qualified workers. Pasco Machine launched an on-site apprenticeship program this year to train its next generation of craftsmen. Jason Story bought the business, in downtown…

The owners of the Chicken Shack recently marked the first anniversary of their homegrown food-delivery business. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Homegrown delivery service a force to be reckoned with

Tracy LaMarr sketched out the plan to launch a restaurant delivery service on a plane homebound from a business conference in March 2020, as restaurants and other companies were shutting down to stem coronavirus infections. The Tri-City restaurant owner knew she’d face fierce competition from bigger, well-known companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub, but…

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Local companies work to make national impact on hiring process

Two Tri-City-based organizations have teamed up with a westside nonprofit to spearhead an effort to upend the job search process on a nationwide scale – and for a chance to win up to $2 million. On the line isn’t just the pot of prize money but also what leaders of the companies hope will be…

As more workers become vaccinated and return to the office, state and local rideshare proponents hope they’ll consider rideshare options, like Ben Franklin Transit’s vanpool program, to reduce ground-level ozone levels. (Courtesy Ben Franklin Transit)

Air pollution improves but region still has highest levels in state

The Tri-Cities’ ozone levels, the highest in the state, have landed the region on national and state watch lists for the past five years. Since then, levels have improved but officials can’t pinpoint why. Concerns remain about them increasing again, which could prompt sanctions from the Environmental Protection Agency. “We’ve definitely been keeping an eye…

George Perkins, left, chats with his audiologist, Neil Aiello, at his Kennewick home. The 83-year-old was the first patient to use Columbia Basin Hearing Center’s new mobile clinic, called Hear For You. (Courtesy Columbia Basin Hearing Center)

Hearing clinic adds house calls to its menu of services

George Perkins doesn’t have to worry about navigating his wheelchair into the offices of Columbia Basin Hearing Center to see his audiologist. Since February, the 83-year-old meets with Neil Aiello from the comfort of his Kennewick home. “Dr. Neil has been here every month checking on the quality – and he just left here by…

Construction is underway on a new $1.6 million office building at Senior Life Resources Northwest at 1824 Fowler St. in Richland. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Senior-focused agency breaks ground on $1.6M building

Senior Life Resources Northwest is adding a new building to its Richland campus. The $1.6 million, 6,100-square-foot building will be a replica of the existing administration building and should be move-in ready in about six months, said Grant Baynes, executive director of the senior-focused nonprofit best known for operating Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels. Senior Life…

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