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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Trios makes another swap of top leadership

Three weeks after announcing a new interim chief executive officer and four weeks after introducing a new chief financial officer, Trios Health has made another change to its top leadership team. Scott Landrum has been appointed as the new interim CEO and Tom Marshall is the new CFO. Both are Quorum Health Resources employees. The…

Trios Health puts new leaders in charge of operations

 Quorum employees appointed to CEO, finance director positions Trios Health has appointed two new leaders to key roles to oversee the beleaguered Kennewick hospital system. Both are Quorum Health Resources employees. The Tennessee-based consultants were hired by the Kennewick Public Hospital Board of Commissioners in 2016 to help analyze and manage the financial crisis that…

Paul Casey is the new chairman of the Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities chapter of SCORE, a national organization providing free business mentoring. Casey said the group has a renewed focus on recruiting more clients and volunteers.

Revitalized business mentoring group seeks to serve budding entrepreneurs

Tri-City SCORE counselors want to help small businesses succeed A Richland entrepreneur credits a free business mentoring program for enabling him to quit his day job to focus on his own company. Brandon Andersen said monthly meetings with his SCORE mentor kept him accountable and provided honest feedback. “Sometimes you tell people your idea and…

The Four Feathers Wine Estates warehouse features an elevated receiving area and gravity-fed crush pad that doesn’t rely on an auger for maceration, which reduces grape-skin tearing to reduce astringent compounds. It’s a preferred process for making high-end white wines, said David Forsyth, winemaker and general manager. (Courtesy Four Feathers Wine Estates)

Prosser bulk winemaking operation poised to expand with growing demand

Four Feathers Wine Estates processed 15,000 tons of grapes last year The winemaking happening inside Four Feathers Wine Estates in Prosser is no small operation. The more than 100 towering silver tanks can store three million gallons within the 50,000-square-foot warehouse and process some 15,000 tons of wine grapes a year. Four Feathers’ focus is…

Paulina Perez, co-owner of Hot Tamales, said she’s been blown away by the popularity of her family’s tamale food truck business. The small business also offers home delivery and recently began selling the traditional Mexican dish in downtown Pasco. A retail shop is planned in the spring. (Courtesy Downtown Pasco Development Authority)

Tamale business growing into retail space in downtown Pasco

The Tri-Cities’ appetite for Hot Tamales’ traditional Mexican dish continues to grow. The Pasco-based food truck business is now serving its popular tamales through a walk-up window at 110 S. Fourth Ave. in downtown Pasco and hopes to be selling tamales from a retail store there by spring. “People are excited to see the diversity.…

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Young professionals group dissolves after 12 years

A professional development group made up of about 70 people disbanded at the close of 2017. Emerging Tri-Cities — previously called Young Professionals Tri-Cities — dissolved Dec. 31. “The needs for young and emerging professionals are well-served in the community through other, more industry specific organizations. It is the consensus of the board that the…

Standard Paint and Flooring bought the vacant Staples store at 1480 Tapteal Drive in Richland for $2.5 million. NAI Tri-Cities Commercial handled the sale and officials with the firm predict a strong commercial outlook for 2018. (Courtesy NAI Tri-Cities Commercial)

Experts call Tri-City commercial real estate market ‘hot’

Standard Paint and Flooring buys vacant Staples building for store expansion Commercial real estate growth in the Tri-Cities continues to mirror the region’s robust residential housing growth. “The market is hot,” said Vicki Monteagudo, a broker and principal with NAI Tri-Cities Commercial in Richland. Key growth areas in the Tri-Cities for commercial real estate include…

Connie Wormington, 69, of Kennewick, wears the bronze medal her team earned during the Huntsman World Senior Games last fall. The owner of Just Roses Flowers and More shops in Kennewick and Pasco is an avid softball player.

Love of softball keeps Kennewick business owner fit and focused

When Connie Wormington isn’t running one of her three businesses, she can usually be found on the softball field. A love for the game has helped keep the 69-year-old Kennewick woman fit, healthy and focused over the years. “It’s the thrill of hitting the ball and making a base hit. It’s tough to get a…

The Original Pancake House is under construction at 424 Keene Road in front of Yoke’s Fresh Market in Richland. Kennewick welcomed the franchise to 3717 Plaza Way near Trios Southridge Hospital last spring.

Construction underway for Richland’s pancake restaurant

Construction is underway on the Tri-Cities’ second The Original Pancake House and if the winter weather cooperates, it could be open by summer. The 4,544-square-foot restaurant at 424 Keene Road in Richland, in front of Yoke’s Fresh Market, will offer occupancy for 214 people and a covered patio area, according to a building permit approved…

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Trios Health cuts more staff amid financial crisis

More Trios Health employees lost their jobs in January amid continued financial challenges throttling Kennewick’s public hospital district. Among the most recent issues are: Twenty employees losing their jobs Jan. 19. Declining patient volume. Delayed reimbursement for services to the tune of $11 million over five years. Resignation of Trios’ chief financial officer. Despite the…

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