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.
Building owners Dr. Gordon Hsieh, from left, Dr. Stan Ling and his wife Grace stand with Tri-City investors Hilda and Manny Chavallo in front of the Cynergy Centre off 27th Avenue in Kennewick. The owners have plans to remarket the 14-year-old mixed-use professional center. (Courtesy Kenmore Team)

Building owners want to create synergy to relaunch Cynergy Centre

After sitting vacant for months, Kennewick’s three-story Cynergy Centre is ready for its part deux debut. The building features a wall of curved glass at the entrance and is near the traffic circle at 27th Avenue and Union Street in the Southridge area of Kennewick. Two doctors and a Tri-City investor have teamed up to…

Marcee Woffinden, the longtime senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, poses with a rock engraved with her name and years of service at the Richland-based agency. She retired May 31 after 17 years overseeing the Meals on Wheels program. The engraved rocks are a tradition to honor those involved with the nonprofit.

Longtime Meals on Wheels director retires, successor named

The longtime director of the Meals on Wheels program retired in May after a career of providing services to seniors for more than 30 years. Marcee Woffinden, the senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, retired May 31 after more than 17 years at the Richland-based agency. Woffinden, 62, served as the aging…

The city of Kennewick plans to transform its Kennewick Senior Center at 500 S. Auburn St. into a community center.

Kennewick to turn senior center into community center

The Kennewick Senior Center will transition into a community center because of dwindling use and a demand for more all-age facilities. “Our daily participation counts of seniors at the senior center have steadily declined, as have the number of volunteer hours contributed at the center. We’ve got to make a change with the marketplace,” said…

Reg Unterseher of Kennewick and his wife transformed a grassy corner of their yard into a certified Heritage Garden featuring a boulder focal point, flagstone path and colorful native plants. The garden is one of five to be featured during this year’s Academy of Children’s Theatre Garden Arts Tour fundraiser on Saturday, June 16.

Get inspired, support the arts during 20th annual garden tour

A Kennewick couple traded a Fuji cherry tree and mature evergreen bushes growing in a grassy corner of their front yard for native grasses and plants like sagebrush, bitterbrush and blanket flower. It was part of their plan hatched about nine years ago to reduce water use, get rid of green grass and transform their…

The J&S Dreamland Express, the colorful train that offers $1 rides at Kennewick’s Columbia Park on the weekends from May to September, is in need of a home and volunteers to help operate it. (Courtesy Dick Nordness)

Columbia Park train team seeks new home, volunteers

The colorful train that delights kids and adults on weekends in Columbia Park during the summer is in need of volunteers and a new home. Dick Nordness, chairman for the J&S Dreamland Express Committee, oversees the mighty but modest volunteer team which collects the tickets, drives the train and mans the caboose. “It’s perfect for…

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Chaplaincy opens second thrift store in Richland Uptown

The successful launch of Chaplaincy Health Care’s new thrift store in Kennewick last year prompted the opening of a second store in Richland. The nonprofit, which provides hospice, palliative and grief care and behavioral health services, opened a second thrift store — also called Repeat Boutique — in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center in March.…

Leslie Kelly of Richland holds up the quilt she donated to Rebuilding Mid-Columbia for its third annual fundraiser on Friday, April 20 in Richland. Money raised through the raffle of the blanket will be used to assist Rebuilding Mid-Columbia’s mission of offering free housing repairs to low-income homeowners. The nonprofit built a wheelchair ramp for Kelly’s elderly mother last year.

Quilt a labor of love for Richland woman to support home repair projects

A Richland woman will never forget the day she finished the quilt she spent months designing, sewing and making. It was the morning her 92-year-old mother died. Leslie Kelly started planning the king-size quilt nearly a year before as a donation to Rebuilding Mid-Columbia. The nonprofit built a wheelchair ramp for Kelly’s mother, Isa “Dee”…

Traci Wells, center, director of Tender Care Village, said her family was instrumental in helping her launch a new nonprofit to help support seniors wanting to age in place in their homes. Her mother-in-law Patricia Wells, left, designed the group’s logo, and her mother Joan Hines, right, came up with the group’s name.

New nonprofit pairs seniors, volunteers to enable elderly to remain home longer

Beck Royer admitted she was pretty picky about who would care for her aging mother in Kennewick. The Seattle woman, a physician’s assistant for 31 years, knew she found the right place with Tender Care Village. The new nonprofit, which was registered with the state a year ago, is part of a national network to…


Tri-City, Spokane radiology groups to merge practices

A Tri-City radiology group has announced plans to merge with a Spokane clinic. Columbia Basin Imaging of the Tri-Cities, and Inland Imaging PS of Spokane are combining their professional radiology groups, effective this September. CBI will be folded into Inland Imaging as part of the merger. CBI, made up of a Tri-City-based group of physicians,…

Melanie Hair, general manager and founder of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times, climbs the aerial ladder March 23 at the HAMMER Federal Training Facility in Richland. She was participating in Fire Ops 101 training to learn what it's like to be a firefighter.

Community leaders become firefighters for a day (w/video)

Elected officials and community leaders slipped into firefighter gear and learned how to put out car and Dumpster fires, navigate their way through a smoky building, climb an aerial ladder to the top of a seven-story building, pry open metal doors and wield chainsaws to ventilate a roof fire. It was part of an experience…

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