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.
Construction is under way at Framatome's new scrap uranium recovery facility on Horn Rapids Road in Richland. The company formerly known as Areva NP announced a name change Jan. 4. (Courtesy Areva NP)

Areva NP gets new (old) name

Areva NP is now called Framatome. The international company’s Richland plant supplies fuel and fuel-related products for commercial pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors. Framatome isn’t an unfamiliar name to Areva. The company changed its name to Areva NP in 2006. Resurrecting the Framatome name won’t affect much at the Richland plant, said Ben…

The Kennewick office of the American Cancer Society closed its doors at 7325 W. Deschutes Ave. on Dec. 8 as part of a regional effort to downsize to save costs.

American Cancer Society closes Kennewick office

Fate of Tri-City-based Relay for Life, Making Strides fundraiser walks uncertain The Kennewick office of the American Cancer Society ended its 25-year run in the Tri-Cities. The nonprofit shuttered its doors at 7325 W. Deschutes Ave. on Dec. 8. The closure was part of a larger regional downsizing to be more cost-effective, said Christina Kelly,…

Jared, leJerad, left, and Duane Groth operate their separate Allstate agencies as one business. Jerad recently bought and renovated this building at 4021 W. Court St. in Pasco and his father made improvements at his office in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.ft, and Duane Groth operate their separate Allstate agencies as one business. Jared recently bought and renovated this building at 4021 W. Court St. in Pasco and his father made improvements at his office in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Father, son run their separate insurance agencies as one business

Jerad Groth owns Pasco Allstate agency, his dad owns one in Richland Jerad Groth didn’t plan to follow his father’s footsteps into the insurance business. But he’s glad he did. The young entrepreneur bought an established Allstate agency in Pasco in 2011 at age 25. “Since 2011, we’ve nearly doubled our clientele and grown twice…

Shannon and Neil Aeillo, audiology doctors and owners of Columbia Basin Hearing Center, are consolidating their Richland and Kennewick offices into a combined clinic at 4015 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick in 2018.

Longtime hearing clinic to combine offices at new Kennewick location

Forty years after opening two separate hearing clinics, Columbia Basin Hearing Center will launch a combined clinic at the beginning of the year in Kennewick. Doctor-owners Shannon and Neil Aiello bought the old Center Vision Clinic building at 4015 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The Richland office on Van Giesen Street and the Kennewick clinic…

The Sandifur Crossing development is under construction at the corner of Road 68 and Sandifur Parkway in Pasco. Planet Fitness, Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree expect to open for business in 2018.

Grocery Outlet, Planet Fitness, Dollar Tree under construction at Road 68 development

A new $5 million, 13-acre development off Road 68 will be anchored by Pasco’s first Grocery Outlet and Planet Fitness, as well as a Dollar Tree store. The Sandifur Crossing development is under construction at the corner of Road 68 and Sandifur Parkway, adjacent to Gesa Credit Union. Signed leases are in place for a…

Della and Tom Seim of Richland present a check to the Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program Oct. 23. The Seims pledged to match donations up to $10,000 for the program. A total of $21,000 was raised through the “Double our Money” challenge. (Courtesy Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels)

Couple challenges community to match pledge to Meals on Wheels

Tom Seim wasn’t sure anyone would step up to match his $10,000 pledge. The Richland man threw out the challenge in July, vowing to contribute up to $10,000 to the Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program if others in the community donated the same amount. The donations were slow in the beginning of the Seim family’s…

Stroke survivor Danene Scribner of Pasco holds magnets outlining how to remember the sudden signs of a stroke. Symptoms include face drooping or numbness, weak or numb arms and slurred speech. Scribner spoke at a news conference about stroke awareness and treatment Oct. 30 in Richland.

Stroke experts, survivor encourage better awareness about symptoms, treatment

Danene Scribner wants other stroke survivors to know there’s life after a stroke. She visits with stroke patients once a week at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and encourages them to join a monthly stroke support group. [blockquote quote=”You can still do the things you love; you just do them in a different way.”…

Holley Sowards, left, operations manager of Einan’s at Sunset, and Ron Swanson, Einan’s assistant manager, smile through snowmen faces at a past Santa’s Village event. The fourth annual fundraiser runs from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway in Richland. (Courtesy Einan’s at Sunset)

Einan’s turns event center into winter wonderland

Einan’s at Sunset will transform its Richland event center into the North Pole this holiday season. The fourth annual Santa’s Village is a great way for families to shop for gifts, enjoy holiday snacks, snap photos with Santa and kick off the holiday season, said Holley Sowards, operations manager of Einan’s at Sunset. “We wanted…

Pasco-based Tri-Cities Community Health names new CEO

Tri-Cities Community Health has a new CEO after conducting a nationwide search. Jim Davis will join the federally-qualified health care organization based in Pasco as chief executive officer in January. He currently serves as CEO of Pines Health Services in Caribou, Maine. Davis replaces Jennifer Robinson, who was named CEO last October after working as…

A team of 14 seniors who live at Brookdale Canyon Lakes spent a month to produce a five-minute video dispelling the myth that senior retirement communities are places to park old people. The video includes scenes of seniors toasting during happy hour, doing yoga, planning trips and enjoying dessert.

Kennewick seniors produce video to dispel aging myths

Five-minute short nominated for retirement center’s national award Joyce Green dreamed of pursuing acting as a teenager. She worked at a theater in the ’40s and loved “the very dramatic war stories.” She tried out for a play, and at her high school teacher’s encouragement, auditioned for the lead — and landed it. Her talent…

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