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.
Residential construction at the Heights at Red Mountain Ranch in West Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

West Richland: More bedrooms to bring more commercial development

West Richland often is called the Tri-Cities’ bedroom community. Plenty more bedrooms were built in the past year and more are coming with the buildout of the Heights at Red Mountain Ranch. The west end of the city saw a boom of new home construction in 2021. In 2020, the city recorded a total of…

Tim Morris, owner of Headstones by Cemetery Tim, sets a headstone at Pasco’s City View Cemetery with help from Gilbert Sanchez. His eye-catching branded pickup is parked behind him. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Cemetery Tim keeps memories alive in stone at the graveyard

The proprietor of Headstones by Cemetery Tim makes death look cool. That’s what some of his clients have told him over the years. But Tim Morris isn’t trying to look cool. He’s going for approachable. His headstone company is based in Yakima but he recently opened a showroom in downtown Pasco. His front door at…

The Franklin County Historical Museum at 305 N. Fourth Ave. in Pasco is in a former Carnegie Library, which originally opened in 1911. Exhibits feature Native American artifacts, information on Lewis & Clark’s Corp of Discovery, railroad development, agriculture, irrigation, area ferries and bridges, aviation and health care, as well as local artifacts and photos. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Franklin County Historical Museum expansion coming – maybe by 2022?

Pieces of the Franklin County Historical Museum’s collection are scattered throughout the county. Some are stored in the basement of the Pasco police station. Some are tucked into the Kahlotus Grange Hall. The Port of Pasco is storing some items for the museum. Past museum board members opened up their barn space. Only about 10%…

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)

Kennewick warrior wanted more late-stage research

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…

Spectrum Studios is a new nonprofit operating Art on the Columbia at 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick. Its goal is to provide jobs to young adults on the autism spectrum. Here’s the team, back row, from left: Ashlyn Lockwood, Kevin Pearson, Jim Pridemore, Karen Pridemore, Jaden Julio, Garret Mashaw. Front row, from left: Tyler Pridemore, Alicia Lenz, Chantz Miner, Abi Dayton, Cameron Hails. (Courtesy Spectrum Studios)

New nonprofit wants to employ more workers on the spectrum

The 2021 pandemic prompted plenty of Tri-City businesses to reassess and regroup. For Jim and Karen Pridemore, the pause allowed them to double down on the mission close to their heart: to help young adults on the autism spectrum. Their son Tyler is on the spectrum. “It allowed us to say, ‘What now?’ ” Jim…

Divots Golf owners Monty Buell, left, and Henderson Orchard plan to open Divots Golf at 2450 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Richland in late August. It will be their third location, with two more opening, in September – one in Lewiston, Idaho, and the other in Anchorage, Alaska. (Courtesy Divots Golf)

Golf simulator chain swings into Richland

Triple-digit weather. Frigid temperatures. Notorious Tri-City winds. Smoke-filled summer skies. These will no longer be reasons to cancel tee time, thanks to the arrival of Divots Golf in Richland later this month. The Walla Walla-based Divots Golf specializes in the growing sport of virtual golf, offering competitive virtual games to casual and experienced golfers alike.…

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…

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