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.
Shaelah Harmon, pickleball director for the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, holds a paddle and whiffle ball as pickleball court construction takes place behind her. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

New indoor pickleball courts pave way for future tournaments

Construction on Tri-City Court Club’s new courts began in September The 200 active pickleball players in the Tri-Cities soon will have indoor courts to play on. Construction on the Tri-City Court Club’s new pickleball courts began in September. A grand opening to celebrate the six new courts is planned for Nov. 18-20. Pickleball—a cross between…

A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store is moving into the former Shopko Hometown building at 471 Wine Country Road in Prosser. (Courtesy Vanessa Guzmán)

New family-owned grocery store coming to Prosser

Harvest Foods will open in 2020 after renovation of vacant Shopko building A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store plans to renovate and move into the vacant Shopko Hometown building on Wine Country Road in Prosser next year. The 28,000-square-foot building will undergo an extensive renovation before it opens in 2020. The store will include a staffed…

Lamb Weston

French fries fuel $250M expansion

As the famous brassy trumpets from the “Rocky” movie pumped out of the speakers, Lamb Weston officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of their new Hermiston plant. Like boxer Rocky Balboa, they’ve been training and focusing on their prize: a $250 million 300,000-square-foot expansion. The addition of the new french fry processing line…

Tender Care Village volunteers Susan Anfinson, left, walks with Marie Duncan. The nonprofit’s mission is designed to assist residents age 50 and older by offering help with chores, check-ins and transportation. (Courtesy Tender Village)

Tender Care Village needs volunteers before it can add new members

Marie Duncan has been living alone for 45 years and she’d like to continue to enjoy her “little view of the river” from her Kennewick home for as long as she can. The 92-year-old credits the Tender Care Village for enabling her to remain independent at her own home. “It’s just wonderful. I just can’t…

TC Black

Ride in style with new black-car service TC Black

Expect VIP treatment inside a TC Black car with leather seats, a customized music playlist, punctual pickups and a skilled driver wearing a jacket and displaying impeccable manners. The owner of the Tri-City’s new black-car service is a native Texan and former Navy submariner. David McClain says his Lone Star State values drive his hospitality…

Tri-City homes out of reach for many at current prices

Don’t expect to see explosive growth in Tri-City residential and commercial sectors in the coming year. That was the message from a panel of industry experts on a Building the Tri-Cities panel at the Tri-City Development Council’s March 28 annual economic outlook meeting in Pasco. TRIDEC postponed the event a month due to February’s snow.…

Susan Rimpler, left, leads seniors through a stretch exercise during a recent EnhanceFitness class in Kennewick. The free hourlong exercise class, which includes low-impact cardio, balance work, strength training and stretching, is designed to prevent falls among seniors. Benton County has one of the highest rates of fall-related hospitalizations in the state. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Get fit to prevent falls is focus of new Benton County program

EnhanceFitness classes focus on reducing falls When Zenaida Myers of Pasco took her 87-year-old mother to a new fitness class, she wasn’t planning to participate. But the 65-year-old said she and her mom both have benefited from the balance and strengthening class called EnhanceFitness. She said her mother Maria Austria of Kennewick fell three times…

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Small businesses unite to promote ‘Shop not Snow’ campaign

A Kennewick business owner wasn’t too surprised when 60 Tri-City businesses stepped up to participate in a grassroots “shop local’ initiative prompted by Mother Nature’s snowfall. “I think it’s something that I have seen so many times here — these instances of camaraderie among small businesses,” said Olivia Berg, owner of BlankSpace, a Kennewick event…

Snow puns decorate two dozen sugar cookies at Tsp Bakeshop in West Richland. (Courtesy Tsp Bakeshop)

It’s snow joke: West Richland bakery finds way to poke fun at weather

With snow on the ground and in the forecast, a West Richland bakery has found a way to shovel out the wintertime blues. Tsp Bakeshop has whipped up a couple dozen sugar cookies featuring puns poking fun at the snow in royal icing with messages such as: “Ice ice baby,” “Black ice isn’t the only…

MH Construction’s new owner Alex Linde walks through a construction site outside the company’s new office at 106010 E. Wiser Parkway. Linde bought the 9-year-old company from Mike Holstein on Jan. 1 as part of a succession plan that was three years in the making.

Kennewick commercial construction company changes hands

 MH Construction’s new owner isn’t new to company The new owner of a Kennewick construction company is as comfortable working over a profit and loss statement as he is behind the controls of a mini excavator. It’s one of the reasons Alex Linde bought the nine-year-old MH Construction company Jan. 1. Linde, 40, worked for…

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