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.
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New kitchen better equipped to serve Mid-Columbia seniors

A new commercial kitchen that serves as the hub for cooking hundreds of warm and nutritious meals a day for Benton and Franklin counties’ senior citizens opened last month in Richland. “This is the nicest kitchen I’ve ever been in,” gushed Chef Brian Kinner, food services manager for Senior Life Resources Northwest. The 4,300-square-foot kitchen…

Brett Crusselle, 33, of Pasco, landed a full-time job as a nuclear chemical 
operator for Washington River Protection Solutions in June after earning his degree from Columbia Basin College’s nuclear technology program.

CBC’s nuclear tech grads find jobs in their own backyard

A pastry chef traded his apron and kitchen for protective gear to work at the Hanford nuclear reservation tank farms. Just how does a pastry chef become a nuclear chemical operator? For Brett Crusselle, it meant a tough two years of classes in the nuclear technology program at Columbia Basin College. Crusselle, 33, of Pasco,…

Five parcels of Pasco land just south of Interstate 182 will be auctioned on Nov.  17. The state Department of Natural Resources recently authorized the sale of 230 acres.

State OKs sale of 230 acres of prime Pasco real estate

A chunk of prime Pasco real estate is back on the auction block after no buyers stepped forward to snatch it up last year. The state Board of Natural Resources authorized the sale of more than 230 acres of vacant state trust land in Pasco earlier this month. The five parcels range from 21 to…

Attorney Scott Boyce of The Cicotte Law Firm in Kennewick is one of three presenters at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Sept. 29 workshop on  the new federal overtime rule.

Business have options under new overtime rule, experts say

New federal overtime rules may have some small businesses nervous as the date it takes effect looms. But Tri-City experts encourage smaller mom-and-pop businesses not to worry. “I really think the big focus here is to know what the law is and to know you have options,” said attorney Scott Boyce of The Cicotte Law…

Property Manager Wendy Greeno of D&R Investments in Pasco sits in front of the custom-designed metal sign of the new Pasco subdivision, Broadmoor Terrace, located just east of the Broadmoor Outlet mall.

Busy Pasco corridor getting more single-, multi-family homes

A subdivision with 84 single-family residential lots and six commercial lots is taking shape just east of the Broadmoor Outlet mall in Pasco. And a nearby multi-family subdivision owned by the same company is poised to add more homes as well. The new subdivision, called Broadmoor Terrace, sits on 34 acres. Idaho-based Big Creek Land…

Amber Hills Assisted Living facility in Prosser, formerly Sheffield Manor, is located at 125 N. Wamba Road in Prosser and can accommodate 40 residents. Rooms currently are available. (Photo courtesy Amber Hills Assisted Living)

Yakima Valley families team up to remodel Prosser assisted living home

A Prosser assisted living facility has undergone a major expansion and remodel as well as a name change, thanks to the partnership of two longtime Yakima Valley families. The $2 million in improvements at Amber Hills Assisted Living, formerly Sheffield Manor, finished up about a month ago under the watchful eyes of the brother teams…

The Original Pancake House opens next year in Kennewick and Richland. The men behind the venture are Ryan Medford, co-owner, from left, Blake Williams, co-owner, Luke Absher, partner and director of operations, and Brian Carle, partner and director of food and beverage. They are in front of their Tacoma location.

New restaurants to serve up breakfast all day in Kennewick, Richland

Get your favorite breakfast foods served all day when The Original Pancake House opens in Kennewick and Richland. The 4,500-square-foot Kennewick restaurant will open in early 2017 near Bob’s Burgers & Brews, Hampton Inn and Trios Southridge Hospital off Highway 395. It will be able to seat about 140. This will be BTE Holding Co.’s…

Legacy One Insurance created this graphic and posted it on social media with the promise of free Pokémon and water to lure people to its Richland office. Several Tri-City businesses are trying to entice potential customers who are fans of the popular smartphone game. (Courtesy Legacy One Insurance)

Tri-City businesses try to ride Pokémon Go wave

Several savvy Tri-City businesses recognize the importance of being nimble to cash in on the Pokémon Go craze. “We’re all fighting obscurity. We’re all fighting to be known. We’ve got to be willing to learn new things,” said Oscar Suarez, marketing director and agent for Legacy One Insurance in Richland. The interest in the popular…

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TEDxRichland speakers to share ‘ideas worth spreading’

TED talks are known worldwide for sparking imaginations, dialogue and ideas that prompt change. It’s a template organizers hope to replicate in the Tri-Cities next month when speakers riff off the event’s “Invisible Adversity” theme. The idea for the Richland event hatched when the group’s core organizers noticed a disturbing pattern. They hold leadership positions,…

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It’s no rumor: New Kennewick night club opening in old TS Cattle Co. building

Rumors about what’s going in the old TS Cattle Co. restaurant began flying around town when the sign, “Rumor Lounge: We’re coming soon, are you?” went up last month on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. And that’s exactly what the new night club’s owners wanted. “People are excited the building is finally being used. We’ve had…

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