Articles by Laura Kostad

Laura Kostad is a freelance reporter for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times. After completing her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2015, she moved to Kennewick to pursue new opportunities and launch her career. She has been with the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business since 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know her new community through journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys working on the many book ideas she has and the occasional poem.
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington hopes to begin leasing units at the new Bishop Skylstad Commons, 301 S. 20th Ave. in Pasco, during the last week of March. A grand opening for the $16.79 million project is planned for April 14. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Catholic Charities’ new housing project edges to completion in Pasco

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington’s new $16.79 million housing development in Pasco is nearing completion, with leasing expected to begin at the end of March. The Bishop Skylstad Commons project, formerly…

Joe Molvik, 86, of Kennewick opened his own art gallery, Atelier JM – A Norwegian Artistic Journey, in the former office of his metalworking shop at 1218 S. Lincoln St. in Kennewick. He paints landscape and still-life scenes, carves wooden figures and handcrafts cutting boards and Norwegian tine bentwood boxes. The shop is open by appointment. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

86-year-old retiree opens art gallery in Kennewick

Joe Molvik of Kennewick is proving the old axiom you’re never too old to try something new. At 86, he decided to open an art gallery showcasing his Norwegian-inspired paintings,…

Columbia Basin Health Association is planning to build a new clinic in Pasco at the northeast corner of North Road 68 and Three Rivers Drive. CBHA operates three other clinics in Othello, Connell and Mattawa, providing medical, dental, mental health, eye care, pharmacy and more all under one roof. Pictured is the Connell clinic. (Courtesy Columbia Basin Health Association)

Rising costs delay plans for fourth CBHA clinic

Columbia Basin Health Association is coming to Pasco. The small health system, which operates clinics in Othello, Connell and Mattawa, bought an 18-acre site at the northeast corner of North…

Paul Shelp, executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Tri-Cities. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Trained mediators help to find common ground in workplace and beyond

It can be challenging to work out differences. Sometimes it’s hard to see another’s viewpoint. Sometimes it’s hard to look within. When disputes escalate, they can bog down the legal…

As opposed to traditional architects, whose focus is typically on buildings, interior spaces and mechanical systems, landscape architects are all about the site. Architects West designed Northwest Farm Credit Services’ office in Pasco featuring a layout concept centered around a 21st century activity center. (Courtesy Architects West)

Landscape architects see growing interest in Tri-City market 

As the Tri-Cities expands and reimagines itself in the wake of tremendous growth and an ongoing influx of new residents, new developments around the region are emerging more unique and…

Three linemen work on a power pole in Franklin County. (Courtesy Franklin PUD)

Crypto mining isn’t the only challenge to power dilemma

Energy faces a new frontier. Demands on data storage and energy to fuel computing power are exponentially ramping up as technology evolves and digital industries follow. The utilities that manage…

Market North co. lies beyond the Road 68 junction with Taylor Flats Road, where it becomes Columbia River Road in Pasco. Britany Tapani’s husband, Brad, who owns Silverline LLC, an electrical, plumbing and HVAC business, spearheaded construction of the two-year-old gift shop. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Pasco destination boutique promises to make it a worthwhile trip

Nestled between a tree-lined drive and active farmland is a greenhouse and rustic-modern home goods destination boutique. Located at 270 Helm Drive in Pasco, Market North Co. is about a…

Cardiologist Dr. Iyad Jamali checks Angela’s pulse at Grace Clinic during a followup visit. He volunteers at Grace Clinic and practices at Kadlec Clinic – Inland Cardiology in Richland. Angela’s last name was not released to protect her privacy. (Courtesy Grace Clinic)

Majority of Grace Clinic’s patients have jobs but no insurance

The majority of the patients Grace Clinic serves work hard at their jobs to make ends meet – but they don’t have health insurance. They arrive at the Kennewick clinic…

Five-year-old Keanu Brown is the lead spokesperson for his parents’ Richland-based company, Younglingz, which sells rugged ride-on suitcases for kids called the Lil Flyer. The luggage is available for sale at, Amazon and eBay. (Courtesy Younglingz)

Kid-focused luggage turns tots into airport rock stars

One Richland business has figured out a way to inject more fun into travel for kids. A Richland business has figured out a way to inject more fun into travel…

Vista Field is ready to welcome development, with 21 lots listed for sale at what the Port of Kennewick
calls a “pedestrian-focused regional town center.” (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: Plenty of room for new developments

Land for sale at Vista Field, Columbia Gardens and soon Clover Island could bring a variety of developments to Kennewick in the coming year and beyond. The Port of Kennewick’s…

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