Articles by Robin Wojtanik

Robin Wojtanik spent most of her career in broadcast journalism, working at television stations around the country. She spent nearly a decade managing newsrooms in the Tri-Cities and Yakima. She enjoys volunteering for Junior Achievement and Christ the King School and serves on the board for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Northwest chapter. She lives in Richland with her husband and children.
Meier Architecture - Engineering staff focus on a wide range of services for clients throughout Washington and Oregon. From left are Paul Giever, Thomas Kastner, Bobbi Keen and Antony Cockbain. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Employee-owned firm creates blueprint for sustained success

From small updates to large-scale projects, commercial or residential, Meier Architecture – Engineering has designed a wide range of structures across the Tri-Cities and beyond. In business since 1982, and…

Dorcas Buckley, front of the house manager for Ethos Bakery and Café, displays the proposed building planned for its new location at 2290 Keene Road in Richland. Customers can visit the store at 702 The Parkway in Richland. (Courtesy Ethos Bakery)

Ethos’ evolution includes return to Queensgate area later this year

Ethos Bakery & Café wants the community to know it has not closed, even though its shop on Richland’s Keene Road is empty. Ethos temporarily consolidated operations into its Richland…

The Guaranteed Admissions Program, or GAP, is now available to students in the Kennewick, Richland and Kiona-Benton City school districts. (Courtesy Richland School District)

New program accepts students to college without applying, taking tests

A new program could help more local students get accepted to multiple Washington state universities – without them ever applying.   The Guaranteed Admissions Program, or GAP, is now available to…

Pat, from left, Rory and Bonnie Hollick continue the family atmosphere at Sunset Gardens, decades after Rory’s great-grandparents started Einan’s Funeral Home. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Memorial designer becomes fourth generation to serve grieving families

Sixty-five years after her great-grandfather developed Einan’s Funeral Home, Rory Hollick is now the fourth generation to work there – and you might say she designed her own niche position.…

The original Foodies Kennewick outdoor sign now hangs at the restaurant’s new home in Columbia Park. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Restaurant returns to its river roots after fire

Nine months after a fire forced Foodies from its downtown Kennewick space, the restaurant has been reborn in a new riverfront location where it can seat twice as many people.  …

Sophie models her birthday outfit. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick business designs custom clothes for canines

An online business based in the Tri-Cities ships all over the country to provide custom creations for people who want to dress up their dogs. Kori Pollington of Kennewick put…

Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter opened White Glove Detailing at 5204 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 160 in Kennewick after running a similar business in Oregon for decades. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Couple’s love of cars drives their detailing service

White Glove Detailing is a Kennewick business focused on cars, trucks, boats and RVs and is run by a couple of proud car fanatics. Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter are…

The Port of Benton began construction on an electrical replacement project at the Richland Airport in summer 2022. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Port of Benton: Port embraces Hanford history, tourism and infrastructure during pandemic

The Port of Benton has been busy investing in promoting economic development in Richland, Prosser, Benton City and Benton County. The Richland-based port, has been welcoming new businesses, supporting workforce…

New apartment units are being built near the intersection of Highway 240 and Kingsgate Way in the Horn Rapids neighborhood of Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Richland: North end draws large commercial, housing projects

An ongoing effort to market and prime the Horn Rapids area of Richland is paying off as nonstop growth continues at the northern end of the city. Richland is rewriting…

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington’s largest wine producer, recently acquired Oregon’s A to Z Wineworks. (Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

Ste. Michelle wines begins exclusively local production

As the 2022 grape harvest gets underway across the region, Chateau Ste. Michelle has begun wrapping up bottling for good in Woodinville. “The facility has been dedicated to the Chateau…

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