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.
More than $6 million in plant improvements are underway at Tree Top, 2780 Lee Road in Prosser. The grower-owned food manufacturer will close its Medford, Oregon, plant and move its puree production line to Prosser in 2023, adding 40 new jobs. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Tree Top moves puree line, jobs to Prosser, begins $6M expansion

A Prosser food manufacturer has begun a major expansion project in advance of moving its puree operations from Oregon to the Lower Yakima Valley. Tree Top Inc. will close its…

Steve Zetz, Prosser’s community development director, flips through PMH Health’s plans for a $78 million hospital complex. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Prosser sees spike in residential construction

 Rolls of blueprints for new buildings – including a $78 million hospital complex – and plans for new developments are piled on chairs and tables in the Prosser Building Department’s…


West Richland plans to turn traffic circle into traffic signals

Plans are underway to replace a traffic circle with traffic lights at a key intersection connecting Richland to West Richland. The city of West Richland wants to remove the circle…

Colton Brady, left, and Britt Creer of Urban Range LLC stand outside their new fourplex development off Van Giesen Street, behind the West Richland police station. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Builders pivot from commercial to multifamily projects

A group of Tri-City builders is turning its focus away from commercial development to focus on multifamily projects. It’s a strategy that appears to be a smart business move for…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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