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.
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…

Dick’s Sporting Goods intends to demolish the former Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center in Kennewick to make way for a 45,138-square-foot store. (Map data: Google)

Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to build $7.5M store in Kennewick

A sporting goods retail chain with more than 730 stores nationwide plans to demolish part of Kennewick’s mall to build a new $7.5 million store. Dick’s Sporting Goods intends to tear down the former Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center and build a 45,138-square-foot store. Dick’s sells sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. It also offers…

The Windermere Group One team poses at the Sept. 20 fundraiser luncheon for the Academy of Children’s Theatre’s new theater project. The real estate company bought the naming rights for the new theater, which will be called the Windermere Children’s Theatre. (Courtesy Windermere Group One)

New ACT theater gets new name, 400 donated seats

Future Academy of Children’s Theatre shows will be staged at the Windermere Children’s Theatre. The Richland real estate company stepped up as ACT’s new theater naming sponsor with a $350,000 donation. Windermere Group One’s donation was announced during a Sept. 20 fundraiser luncheon at CG Public House & Catering in Kennewick. Jeff Thompson, owner of…

Elite Construction and Development plans to build an $8-million commercial building at 4112 W. 24th Ave. in the Southridge area of Kennewick. It will include a 44,170-square-foot building and two separate 6,000-square-foot buildings. (Courtesy Kenmore Team)

$8M flexible-space building coming to Southridge

The success of a Pasco business park’s flexible design space off Road 90 is prompting a similar project in Kennewick. A new 44,170-square-foot commercial building is planned for 4112 W. 24th Ave. on 3.43 acres. It will feature Class A office space up front and flex space in the back of the two-story building. Tenants…

Gary Gemar, center, chief operating officer of Incyte Diagnostics, stands with Daniel Jardine, left, of NAC Architecture, and Mac McGrath, right, of Bouten Construction Co., inside Incyte’s new Richland laboratory at 221 Wellsian Way. The men are standing in a former badminton racquetball court that’s being divided into a histology lab and tissue supply room. The hardwood floor will remain in the lab.

Pathology provider consolidates operations into Richland lab

Faster test results for patients and streamlined operations prompted a Spokane Valley pathology services provider to open a laboratory in Richland. Incyte Diagnostics has been working on a $1.6 million renovation of a vacant office building at 221 Wellsian Way for an Aug. 13 opening. Incyte is leasing the building, with an option to buy,…

Leonard Sevigny, 84, of Richland, shakes hands with Lee Hyung-jong, the Seattle consul general of the Republic of Korea, after receiving the Ambassador for Peace Medal on June 8 in Kennewick. Sevigny served in Korea from 1952-53 in the 1st Marine Division as a radio operator. (Courtesy Washington Department of Veterans Affairs)

Forgotten War vets remembered at peace medal ceremony

Sixty-eight years after serving their country during the Korean War, 70 local veterans and their families received special recognition and appreciation for their role stopping the spread of communism in east Asia. The consul general of the Republic of Korea and state director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs director presented 63 medals to veterans…

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