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.

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…


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…

Fifth-grader Jose Robles shakes hands with Superintendent Dave Bond of the Kennewick School District during the Amazing Shake contest at Hawthorne Elementary School in Kennewick. In this round, students had 30 seconds to make a good first impression. The seated student is Meshayla Retana. (Courtesy Jason Gradwohl)

Professionals-in-training practice poise under pressure

They worked the room like a boss. They extended their hands and gave a firm shake. They smiled and made eye contact as they introduced themselves. They asked thoughtful questions — and listened to the responses. When another person asked, “Do you mind if I join your conversation?” They replied, “Not at all. We were…

Windsong’s newest building, Windsong at Northridge, in Greeley, Colorado, will look most similar to the Windsong at Southridge building in Kennewick. The $6.1 million memory care facility will be on four acres at 4000 24th Ave. It will open next fall. (Courtesy Lenity Architecture)

New $6.1 million memory care home coming to Southridge

A $6.1 million facility offering a Montessori-based approach to memory loss care will open next fall in Kennewick. Called Windsong at Southridge, the 36,202-square-foot building will feature 56 private studio apartments, each with their own private bathroom and shower. It will be on four acres at 4000 24th Ave., off Highway 395 near Home Depot.…

Olive LaBelle, left, and Jo Cooney chat with Karen Sousley, a partner at Living Well Senior Home Placement, in their new apartment at Brookdale Senior Living in Yakima. The two sisters used Sousley’s services this spring to find their new home. (Courtesy Central Washington Senior Times)

Free home placement service helps seniors find best options

Understanding the differences between retirement, nursing and adult day homes and assisted living facilities can be challenging. It’s easy for seniors — and their families — to become overwhelmed by all the “providers” vying for their business, said Karen Sousley of Living Well Senior Home Placement. “There is so much information that they need to…

Karina Diaz of Pasco tags clothing at the Goodwill store in Pasco. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia CEO Ken Gosney and Jolene Greenough, territory program manager, are pictured at left. The Pasco store on Court Street will become the second largest Goodwill retail shop in the area when the new store at 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd. opens next year.

Goodwill to build new $3.1M shop, warehouse in Kennewick

A new place for bargain shoppers will swing open its doors in Kennewick next year. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia, which oversees nine retail stores in seven cities, including five in the Tri-Cities, plans to build a $3.1 million retail store and warehouse with 20,205 square feet of space on Columbia Center Boulevard. Construction begins…


Longtime Journal ad director dies at age 66

The longtime advertising director of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times died Oct. 26 from advanced cancer. Mike D. Haugen of Richland died at The Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick after complications related to his cancer treatments. He was 66. He joined the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times in…

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