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.

Longtime health officer resigns to take state job

Dr. Amy Person, the longtime health officer of the Benton-Franklin Health District, has stepped down to serve as a regional medical officer for the state Department of Health. Jason Zaccaria, district administrator for the health district, said Person was “a shining example” of how public health can change the lives of people, from easing those…


Please meet our 2022 Young Professionals

Welcome to one of our favorite issues of the year – the one where we honor and celebrate our community’s up and coming leaders. This year marks our 15th annual Young Professionals contest and we’re pleased to introduce you to the 10 winners who are excelling in their careers and efforts to better our hometowns.…

Courtesy Washington State Potato Commission

‘Perfect growing season’ is on potato farmers’ wish lists

So many variables can send farmers’ careful preparations sideways. It’s been a common refrain this spring among leaders at many of the state’s commodity groups. Shipping delays affecting the export market. Inflation gobbling up profitability. The war in Ukraine creating market instability. Unpredictable and unseasonable weather. Despite the challenges, potato growers are ready to produce…

Lisa Seger, right, a Kennewick Home Instead lead care professional, stands
with her client, Bill, a World War II veteran. Home Instead has developed
Elderoscopy, an educational program with tools to help start the conversation
between aging parents and loved ones about preparing for their later years. (Courtesy Home Instead)

Colonoscopy or end-of-life planning? Many would pick physical exam

Most people don’t look forward to a colonoscopy. And most would rather not have a conversation about end-of-life care. Home Instead Inc., a national company with offices in Kennewick, has launched a new program called Elderoscopy with these two ideas in mind. Elderoscopy is a critical conversation, complete with “probing” questions, between older adults and…

A map on shows the wildfire risk for homes listed for sale on June 9. (Courtesy

New data offers homebuyers details about wildfire risk

Most homes listed for sale in Benton County are at “major risk” for wildfires. That’s according to a new metric on that allows homebuyers to assess a home’s wildfire risk, along with nearby home values, noise levels from traffic or airports, and the usual amenities like whether the property has a pool, or enough…

Ryan Daley, president of ABC Mini Storage, stands in front of his self-storage business on 701 Aaron Drive in Richland. Construction is underway on his second Tri-City storage store on Wellsian Way in Richland. Record occupancy and a rosy outlook for the industry nationwide have prompted several prominent Tri-City developers to build more mini storage. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Demand for self-storage soars with more projects on horizon

Several million dollars’ worth of self-storage projects will be under construction this year in the Tri-Cities as demand for places to stash stuff soars. “This industry is just going crazy. The secret’s out,” said Ryan Daley, president of ABC Mini Storage. He’s building a new mini-storage facility on Richland’s Wellsian Way, on a strip of…

Hector Rodriguez, owner of Teto Eco Wash in Kennewick, makes it his mission to keep the community’s garbage bins clean and sanitized with an eco-friendly process. (Courtesy Teto Eco Wash)

Company transforms garbage bins from dirty to disinfected

Hector Rodriguez smelled an opportunity while pressure washing garbage cans to earn extra money. He realized he could launch a business offering the service, as he knew just how stinky and filthy garbage bins could be. They also can be a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, especially on hot days. He launched Teto…

Nena Cosic watches the installation of the new signs for her business, Café Magnolia, at 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite A, in Kennewick, the spot once occupied by Koko’s Bartini. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Creating a café experience is on entrepreneur’s new menu 

A determined Tri-City entrepreneur has changed her business model and business name and signed a three-year lease in a new place to launch it.  Nena Cosic of Pasco has operated European Desserts & Appetizers by Nena out of the Red Mountain Kitchen in downtown Kennewick for the past four years. It will reopen as Café…

Kassandra Bell, general manager at Anthony’s at Columbia Point, 550 Columbia Point Drive, stands inside the dining area at her Richland restaurant. She has been working at the restaurant for 17 years and was promoted to general manager in November. “I have the prettiest office in the world,” Bell said. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Women take helm at the Richland waterfront

The women overseeing two popular waterfront restaurants in Richland didn’t intend for their jobs to become their careers. Kassandra Bell of Anthony’s at Columbia Point, earned a degree in psychology (which comes in handy interacting with staff and guests), and Cara McDonald of Budd’s Broiler spent two decades in real estate (making her savvy in…

An 88,000-square-foot Prosser Memorial Hospital and 14,000-square-foot medical office building, pictured at right of main entrance, will be built on 33 acres on North Gap Road north of Interstate 82 rest area in Prosser. (Courtesy PMH)

Prosser Memorial to break ground on $78 million hospital complex

Prosser Memorial Health plans to break ground this spring on a $78 million hospital complex on 33 acres north of Interstate 82 and to begin seeing patients there in 2024. Its aging hospital at 723 Memorial St. in Prosser will close when the new one opens and eventually will be demolished. A $57.5 million U.S.…

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