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.
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Local companies work to make national impact on hiring process

Two Tri-City-based organizations have teamed up with a westside nonprofit to spearhead an effort to upend the job search process on a nationwide scale – and for a chance to…

As more workers become vaccinated and return to the office, state and local rideshare proponents hope they’ll consider rideshare options, like Ben Franklin Transit’s vanpool program, to reduce ground-level ozone levels. (Courtesy Ben Franklin Transit)

Air pollution improves but region still has highest levels in state

The Tri-Cities’ ozone levels, the highest in the state, have landed the region on national and state watch lists for the past five years. Since then, levels have improved but…

George Perkins, left, chats with his audiologist, Neil Aiello, at his Kennewick home. The 83-year-old was the first patient to use Columbia Basin Hearing Center’s new mobile clinic, called Hear For You. (Courtesy Columbia Basin Hearing Center)

Hearing clinic adds house calls to its menu of services

George Perkins doesn’t have to worry about navigating his wheelchair into the offices of Columbia Basin Hearing Center to see his audiologist. Since February, the 83-year-old meets with Neil Aiello…

Construction is underway on a new $1.6 million office building at Senior Life Resources Northwest at 1824 Fowler St. in Richland. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Senior-focused agency breaks ground on $1.6M building

Senior Life Resources Northwest is adding a new building to its Richland campus. The $1.6 million, 6,100-square-foot building will be a replica of the existing administration building and should be…

The Tri-Cities Newcomers Club’s book club group meets monthly to discuss books. Their March selection was “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. (Photo by Kristina Lord )

Newcomers Club isn’t just for newcomers

Is a pandemic a good time to join a new club? The women who make up the Tri-Cities Newcomers Club think so. Don’t let the club’s name throw you off.…

Deane Duncan takes a break from renovating her new store at 617 The Parkway in Richland. She’s anxious to open Hotoveli Boutique, now that Benton County has moved into phase 3.  (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Shop expands into spot once home to Ariel Gourmet & Gifts

The owner of an upscale clothing boutique can’t help but gush when she talks about her new storefront, a well-known corner spot in the Richland Parkway, once home to Ariel…

Red Door Party Rentals owners Tammy and P.J. Stoflet stand in the lobby at their Richland store at 1331 Wyman Road. The couple have owned the business for 14 years but haven’t ever experienced a year like the past one. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Party supply company sees ebbs, flows of Tri-City hospitality sector

A third-generation rental store owner isn’t looking to the future with the fear she felt a year ago. Today, she’s planning with Covid-19 in mind. And it appears so are…

Keith Moon adds tomatoes to the line of tacos being prepared for the lunch crowd at Tumbleweeds at 894 Stevens Drive in Richland. Moon said his restaurant and crew have adapted to the turbulent year of the pandemic. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Richland’s Tumbleweeds rolls through turbulent year

When anyone asks the owner of Tumbleweeds Mexican Flair about his plans, he likes to quip: “I am just honored that you think I have a plan.” The past year…

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Entrepreneurial teacher opens gourmet cookie shop in Richland

A Richland elementary school teacher who runs a festive wintertime side hustle is adding another one – this one catering to the Tri-City sweet tooth. Kevin Hatch, 39, plans to…

Joyce Green, a resident at Brookdale Canyon Lakes senior living community in Kennewick, receives the Covid-19 vaccine on Jan. 14. “I was elated,” she said. (Courtesy Joe Green)

Kennewick seniors celebrate Covid-19 vaccine’s arrival

Seniors at home on the day the vaccine arrived at Brookdale Canyon Lakes readily rolled up their sleeves to receive it. The Kennewick senior living community had 18 hours’ notice…

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