Kristina Lord

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.

More than 800 caregivers at Kadlec Regional Medical Center voted on April 19-20 to join SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, a statewide union of nearly 30,000 nurses and health care workers.  The caregivers cited a need for a voice in staffing, wages and benefits as reasons to form the union.

Kadlec caregivers vote to join statewide health care union

Members hope to begin contract negotiation in coming months More than 800 nursing assistants, radiology technicians, dietary and housekeeping staff, certified surgical technologists and other caregivers at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland voted last month to join a statewide union. The vote was 422 to 297 to align with SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, which boasts […]

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The Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village riverfront development under construction on Columbia Drive in Kennewick recently received a $2.1 million boost from Benton County’s Rural County Capital Fund. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Benton County resurrects economic development grant program

Kennewick wine village gets $2.1 million boost Benton County handed out its first check after resurrecting a sales tax-generated economic development program: $2.1 million toward the Port of Kennewick’s urban wine village project on Columbia Drive. It was a joint award going to the port and city of Kennewick. The grant will be used for […]

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Einan’s at Sunset spent $2 million over two years to renovate and improve its funeral home off the bypass highway in Richland.

Richland funeral home finishes $2 million remodel

Einan’s at Sunset planning Memorial Day weekend events The staff at Einan’s at Sunset in Richland already know how difficult it is for family members to visit a funeral home after the death of a loved one. And they’ve taken care to improve the experience with a recent $2 million remodel. They’ll celebrate the completion […]

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A $2.2 million renovation is under way at Richland’s Columbia Community Church on Gage Boulevard. Lead Pastor Mark Barker said the remodel is necessary to accommodate growth.  

Construction underway at growing Richland church

Columbia Community Church undergoing $3.2 million remodeling project Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a new construction amount. It’s apparent why Columbia Community Church has outgrown its space when listening to the lead pastor rattle off statistics about the non-denominational church’s recent growth. When Mark Barker arrived at the church in 2009, about […]

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HAPO launches commercial program to serve growing business community

HAPO launches commercial program to serve growing business community

HAPO Community Credit Union has extended its “member-centric” focus to include businesses. The Richland-based credit union recently launched a commercial division that stands ready to helps businesses, large and small. “We are member-centric and focus on what our members’ needs are. Sometimes their needs get lost in bigger banks,” said Monte Drake, vice president of […]

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Pink snow mold damages region’s wheat fields

Pink snow mold damages region’s wheat fields

Benton, Franklin county wheat farmers more concerned about late start to growing season Though a damaging snow mold has been spotted in some Eastern Washington wheat fields, local farmers aren’t expressing concern. Pink-tinged mold in fields of winter wheat and even in lawns of grass in southcentral and southeastern Washington has experts and farmers keeping […]

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UPS driver Tom Ravella hauls a 105-foot rig made up of three trailers on 26 wheels carrying a maximum load of 105,000 pounds.

Kennewick UPS driver boasts 25 years of accident-free driving

Tom Ravella said road safety starts with putting away phone, staying focused A Kennewick UPS driver gives thanks every time he safely returns from one of his daily road trips. Tom Ravella, 55, typically drives 350 miles a day between Hermiston and the Farewell Bend area in Oregon, five days a week. That’s 1,750 miles […]

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Tri-City Taxi moves to Richland

Tri-City Taxi moves from Pasco into new Richland building

37-year-old company keeping close eye on how Uber affects its business The region’s biggest taxi company moved its operations from Pasco to Richland earlier this month. Mike Coyner has operated Tri-City Taxi for his mother since 2011, after taking over from his late father. His grandfather Harold Coyner started the company in 1980 in Kennewick. […]

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