Columbia Basin College will launch a hospitality training program in January to better prepare workers to join the ranks of more than 6,000 people who work in the growing industry in Benton and Franklin counties. The new program was created in direct response to the increased demand for skilled restaurant and hotel workers. “There’s a […]Read More
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.
“I am meal planning inept,” joked Lisa Maloof as she put together loaded barbecue pulled pork bites at a Kennewick meal-prep store. “It’s not my thing and it never has been,” she said. Combine this with a husband she describes as “extremely picky,” Maloof said she relies on Dream Dinners to fill her freezer with […]Read More
The enthusiasm Craig Eerkes feels for his community is unmistakable when he talks about the plan to build a new clubhouse in Kennewick for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. “This whole thing is to be proactive with kids,” Eerkes said, his voice filled with pride, and even awe, as he […]Read More
State leases 334 acres behind Richland Target; lease expires in 2021 Agricultural land owned by the state of Washington since the beginning of statehood may eventually be for sale following the completion of the current lease terms. The land on Kennedy Road, north of Vintner Square and behind the Richland Target, includes two leases with […]Read More
An extensive remodel is underway at an affordable senior housing complex in east Kennewick that’s requiring residents to be temporarily relocated and their belongings packed up. The lengthy list of improvements coming to the Kennewick Garden Apartments on West Fifth Avenue includes new flooring, lighting, millwork, doors, appliances and landscaping. Lorna Davis, 77, said she […]Read More
The Gesa Credit Union branch in north Richland will be closing permanently Oct. 31. Gesa reports that the 808 Dalton St. branch is “underutilized” and its “transaction volumes are low” compared to other locations in the Tri-Cities. As a nonprofit cooperative, the credit union determined it wasn’t a good use of members’ resources to keep […]Read More
The deadline to snap up 6,000 acres well suited for crops or a destination vineyard is fast approaching. The Walla Walla County property owned by the Weidert family is northwest of Touchet, straddling Highway 12, about 20 miles from Pasco. Iowa-based Peoples Company is accepting sealed bids expected to be valued in the millions. Peoples […]Read More
A new warehouse is under construction in the Vista Field Industrial Park in Kennewick will look similar to four others nearby. O’Brien Construction plans two warehouses, totaling 80,000-square-feet of space, called Vista III north of Quay Street, around the corner from its other warehouses that have been in place for a decade. Owner Tom O’Brien […]Read More
A multi-million dollar new building is planned in Pasco following the sale of the John Deere dealership. The recent acquisition of Rowand Machinery, which owned John Deere dealerships in Pasco and Spokane, by Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry has resulted in a rebranding of the location on East James Street. Prior to the sale in […]Read More
Cork and Tap shop, online grocery service, Starbucks, expanded selections among additions Fred Meyer is looking to appeal to foodies with a multi-million dollar renovation of its Richland store that includes a revamped wine and brew shop, grocery pick-up service and a new Starbucks. The $12.4 million Fred Meyer store remodel is under way and […]Read More