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.
Rob Griffin, from left, and his wife, Deborah Barnard, pause for a portrait with their daughter, Megan Hughes, outside the new Barnard Griffin tasting room at The Waterfront in Vancouver. (Courtesy Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Richland winery opens riverside tasting room in Vancouver

A Richland winery has opened a tasting room downriver from the Tri-Cities in hopes of expanding its customer base. Barnard Griffin’s new storefront joined a growing number of wineries setting up shop at The Waterfront in Vancouver, just across the Columbia River from Portland. “It’s been a long time in the planning,” said Deborah Barnard,…

The mother-daughter team of Niki Young, left, and Mary Sue Hui stand in the dining room of their newly renovated restaurant Pacific Pasta & Grill at 603 Goethals Drive in Richland. They briefly removed their masks to be photographed. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Downsized pasta restaurant provides better chance of survival

When the owners of Pacific Pasta & Grill decided to downsize to survive the pandemic, they also took the opportunity to create a more efficient operation. “We fixed all the mistakes of the old restaurant,” said co-owner Niki Young. The restaurant opened Dec. 19 at 603 Goethals Drive in Richland after closing the doors at…

Bluewood built two outbuildings at its Dayton-area resort to allow for better social distancing and traffic flow for this year’s winter season. (Courtesy Bluewood)

Bluewood carves out room on mountain for safe skiing

Northwest ski resorts have spent the better part of the year planning for Covid-19 contingencies to ensure skiers and snowboarders can race down their favorite slopes safely this winter. Bluewood, the Tri-Cities’ closest resort which is owned by seven Tri-Citians, has been planning since March. It’s outside of Dayton, about 80 miles east of the…

Owner Dustin Stordahl stands inside the recently expanded Community Thrift store at 303 Wellsian Way in Richland. He was able to move his production and pricing area into a vacant shop of the building so he could expand the store’s children and toy area. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Surge in donations prompts Richland thrift store expansion

When one door closes, another opens – in this case quite literally. The unexpected closure of a neighboring business and a spring surge in community donations prompted Community Thrift’s expansion. The 1½-year-old thrift shop at 303 Wellsian Way in Richland recently took over the lease of the storefront once occupied by Cascade Sign & Apparel…

The White Bluffs area north of the Tri-Cities is one of Paul Shoemaker’s favorite places to hike. The West Richland man runs a website featuring a list of more than 50 local hikes. (Courtesy Hike Tri-Cities)

Hike Tri-Cities is just what the nurse practitioner ordered

Paul Shoemaker loves the solace and beauty of the Tri-City desert landscape. A nurse practitioner with a news background and a passion for healthy living, the West Richland man is happy to share his favorite hikes and walks with the community. The 56-year-old’s passion for the outdoors and what the Tri-City area has to offer…

The River Lodge & Grill is building new riverside cabins next door to its campus at 6 Marine Drive NE in Boardman, Oregon. Two are available to reserve starting July 1. (Courtesy COHO Services)

Boardman hotel builds riverfront cabins with a view

Tri-Citians looking for change of scenery that doesn’t involve a long drive or flight can head about 50 miles south to stay in a riverside cabin with panoramic views of the Columbia River. The River Lodge & Grill in Boardman broke ground on two cabins, which will be ready to reserve starting July 1. And…

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers wear masks and gloves to prepare frozen meals to distribute to Tri-City area senior citizens. (Courtesy Meals on Wheels)

Meals on Wheels ramps up frozen meal production to feed seniors

A plea for help Senior Life Resources Northwest, which runs Meals on Wheels, was forced to cancel a major fundraiser in early March that was expected to generate $50,000. Grant Baynes, executive director of the agency, encourages supporters to give money if they can, whether it is to Meals on Wheels or any cause that…

The Washington State University Extension of Benton and Franklin Counties offers plenty of resources to assist new gardeners. Spring has arrived and the mild weather beckons despite state mandates to remain home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Staying at home? Why not plant a garden?

Royceann Taft knows there’s solace to be found in the garden. The Master Gardener who lives in Kennewick said anyone can tap into it, especially in times of isolation or stress. “I have seen research that says that being out in the soil and sun is very, very good for your immune system. Not just…

Windsong at Southridge’s Executive Director Drew Percival, left, and 
Community Relations Manager Becky Lepinski are excited to welcome residents to the Tri-Cities’ newest residential memory care community when it opens in March. Photo by Kristina Lord.

New Kennewick memory care home to open this spring

Kennewick’s newest residential memory care facility had plans to open this month but the state agency in charge of licensing assisting living facilities likely won’t issue one until March. It typically takes the state Department of Social and Health Services four to six months to process assisted living facility license applications, according to state officials.…

Mike Neely prepares a tray of ranger cookies for the oven at the Meals on Wheels kitchen in Richland. He and his wife volunteer once a week. More than 500 volunteers are expected to donate 30,000 hours of labor and record nearly 100,000 miles delivering hot meals to homebound seniors by year’s end.

Demand for senior meals growing along with need for volunteers

An agency that prides itself on “delivering kindness” is on track to serve 220,000 meals to 2,400 seniors by year’s end. That’s a 5 percent increase over the previous year. The volunteer drivers for Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels distribute about 450 meals to homebound seniors each day along 45 routes in Benton and Franklin counties.…

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