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.
Windsong at Southridge’s Executive Director Drew Percival, left, and 
Community Relations Manager Becky Lepinski are excited to welcome residents to the Tri-Cities’ newest residential memory care community when it opens in March. Photo by Kristina Lord.

New Kennewick memory care home to open this spring

Kennewick’s newest residential memory care facility had plans to open this month but the state agency in charge of licensing assisting living facilities likely won’t issue one until March. It typically takes the state Department of Social and Health Services four to six months to process assisted living facility license applications, according to state officials.…

Mike Neely prepares a tray of ranger cookies for the oven at the Meals on Wheels kitchen in Richland. He and his wife volunteer once a week. More than 500 volunteers are expected to donate 30,000 hours of labor and record nearly 100,000 miles delivering hot meals to homebound seniors by year’s end.

Demand for senior meals growing along with need for volunteers

An agency that prides itself on “delivering kindness” is on track to serve 220,000 meals to 2,400 seniors by year’s end. That’s a 5 percent increase over the previous year. The volunteer drivers for Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels distribute about 450 meals to homebound seniors each day along 45 routes in Benton and Franklin counties.…

The interior of the existing connecting structure at the Benton County Museum in Prosser features a shrub-steppe exhibit. (Courtesy Benton County Museum and Historical Society)

New entrance to welcome visitors to Benton County Museum

$100,000 renovation project also will fix leaking roof The project to move and renovate the entrance to the Prosser museum started out as a plan to fix a leaking roof. But once planning for the roof work began in earnest, Benton County Museum and Historical Society members said it was apparent there was an opportunity…

Kelsie Blanco, left, administrator of Rosetta Assisted Living in Pasco, and Crystal Worcott, regional director of Rosetta, sit in the living room in the new Pasco facility at 5921 Road 60. This second wing hasn’t yet opened for residents but is expected to before the end of the year. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Memory care home fills up weeks after opening in Pasco

Pasco’s newest memory care assisted living facility was nearly full after being open for about three weeks. There were two of the 17 rooms available in late October at Rosetta Assisted Living at 5921 Road 60. It’s a good thing a second 17-room identical wing is ready to open once this one reaches capacity. “We…

Shaelah Harmon, pickleball director for the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, holds a paddle and whiffle ball as pickleball court construction takes place behind her. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

New indoor pickleball courts pave way for future tournaments

Construction on Tri-City Court Club’s new courts began in September The 200 active pickleball players in the Tri-Cities soon will have indoor courts to play on. Construction on the Tri-City Court Club’s new pickleball courts began in September. A grand opening to celebrate the six new courts is planned for Nov. 18-20. Pickleball—a cross between…

A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store is moving into the former Shopko Hometown building at 471 Wine Country Road in Prosser. (Courtesy Vanessa Guzmán)

New family-owned grocery store coming to Prosser

Harvest Foods will open in 2020 after renovation of vacant Shopko building A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store plans to renovate and move into the vacant Shopko Hometown building on Wine Country Road in Prosser next year. The 28,000-square-foot building will undergo an extensive renovation before it opens in 2020. The store will include a staffed…

Lamb Weston

French fries fuel $250M expansion

As the famous brassy trumpets from the “Rocky” movie pumped out of the speakers, Lamb Weston officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of their new Hermiston plant. Like boxer Rocky Balboa, they’ve been training and focusing on their prize: a $250 million 300,000-square-foot expansion. The addition of the new french fry processing line…

Tender Care Village volunteers Susan Anfinson, left, walks with Marie Duncan. The nonprofit’s mission is designed to assist residents age 50 and older by offering help with chores, check-ins and transportation. (Courtesy Tender Village)

Tender Care Village needs volunteers before it can add new members

Marie Duncan has been living alone for 45 years and she’d like to continue to enjoy her “little view of the river” from her Kennewick home for as long as she can. The 92-year-old credits the Tender Care Village for enabling her to remain independent at her own home. “It’s just wonderful. I just can’t…

TC Black

Ride in style with new black-car service TC Black

Expect VIP treatment inside a TC Black car with leather seats, a customized music playlist, punctual pickups and a skilled driver wearing a jacket and displaying impeccable manners. The owner of the Tri-City’s new black-car service is a native Texan and former Navy submariner. David McClain says his Lone Star State values drive his hospitality…

Tri-City homes out of reach for many at current prices

Don’t expect to see explosive growth in Tri-City residential and commercial sectors in the coming year. That was the message from a panel of industry experts on a Building the Tri-Cities panel at the Tri-City Development Council’s March 28 annual economic outlook meeting in Pasco. TRIDEC postponed the event a month due to February’s snow.…

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