Robin Wojtanik

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.

Boost Builds recently bought two multi-story buildings featuring 160,000 square feet of space at 1100 and 1200 Jadwin Ave. in Richland for just over $1 million. (Courtesy NAI Tri-Cities Commercial)

Richland developers planning to add apartments to city’s core

A Richland company has an ambitious goal of bringing city-dwellers back to the central downtown area, to places either dominated by businesses or abandoned altogether. This includes high-profile locations in The Parkway and along Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way, including the controversial pit at the gateway to the city. “The goal is to add […]

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This shoreline view from in the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village in Kennewick highlights overgrowth at the unmaintained rivershore, according to three Columbia River shoreline reconveyance proponents.

Federal transfer of shoreline control may come this year

“Imagine the possibilities.” That’s what Brad Fisher ponders when he considers what the Columbia River shoreline could look like if it was in the hands of local jurisdictions and not the federal government. The senior vice president of RBC Wealth Management has teamed up with retired U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings and Gary Petersen, CEO of […]

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Chris Albertson of Richland is a backyard chicken enthusiast who hopes to inspire a new flock of chicken owners to take up the hobby during an April 21 event called Tour De Coop. Participants can tour a dozen backyard coops and ask owners questions about raising chickens during the event.

Backyard chicken coop tour eggs on wannabe beak owners

Tour De Coop event on April 21 offers scoop on a dozen coops Annette Pederson scooped up the fluffy yellow chicks that had just arrived at Kennewick’s Basin Feed and Supply to start her first foray into raising chickens. “I’m looking forward to fresh eggs, recycling all my food scraps, bug control and fertilizer,” the […]

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Frost Me Sweet owners Jason and Megan Savely stand in front of the two buildings they plan to combine to expand their popular Richland eatery. The couple recently bought the building next door to their restaurant, which was once home to a law office.

Richland’s Frost Me Sweet cooks up expansion plans

Popular eatery and bakery to double in size, offer new desserts Frost Me Sweet, a popular Richland bakery and eatery, is poised to expand by doubling the size of its restaurant seating and offering more dessert choices. Owners Megan and Jason Savely recently bought the building next door to their restaurant that was once home to […]

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Calin Tebay, a work force resource specialist, stands at the new Hanford Workforce Engagement Center, scheduled to open April 2 in Richland. The center’s goal is to help current and former Hanford employees, or their family members, who may need assistance filing claims or seeking benefits for different programs. (Courtesy MSA)

New Richland center to offer support to injured Hanford workers

Hanford workers can soon visit a “one-stop-shop” in Richland to receive guidance and assistance with claims and benefits, free of charge. The project has been talked about for years, but finally “grew legs” and is scheduled to open April 2 on Bradley Boulevard. “If somebody doesn’t know who to call and has a Hanford question, […]

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WoodSpring Suites in Everett.

$6.7 million extended-stay hotel planned in Richland

A new extended-stay hotel is going up near Kohl’s, Mor Furniture and the Holiday Inn Express on Tapteal Drive in Richland. The $6.7 million project has a targeted opening of late 2018. The four-story WoodSpring Suites will feature 122 rooms and a fitness center. Construction financing is still being finalized and a planned ground-breaking of […]

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Legacy High School currently sits next to the Kennewick High School Annex on South Dayton Street. The alternative school enrolls 250 students.

Kennewick School District buys church for alternative high school

Remodeling to begin in September, with Legacy High’s new building opening in 2019 Kennewick’s alternative high school is getting a new home as the school district makes way for a new Kennewick High School about three years from now. Legacy High currently sits next to the Kennewick High School Annex on South Dayton Street. The […]

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Traffic backups are common on Queensgate Drive in south Richland as drivers wait to merge onto Interstate 182 or Columbia Park Trail. Drivers can expect more delays as the city and state begin to build two roundabouts in the area next month as part of a $3.9 million construction project.

Richland roundabouts expected to alleviate Queensgate jams

More roundabouts are coming to the Tri-Cities. Construction begins next month on two Queensgate Drive traffic circles in Richland. Though delays, backups and detours will come with construction of the $3.9 million road project, the end result is expected to improve traffic flow in the congested south Richland area. It’s common for rush hour traffic […]

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Global Credit Union closed its two Tri-City branches, located within Yoke’s Fresh Market stores in Pasco and Kennewick, on Jan. 31.

Global Credit Union closes grocery-based branches in Pasco, Kennewick

Yoke’s Fresh Market seeks to fill vacancy with another bank, credit union Global Credit Union has closed its two Tri-City grocery store branches. Officials shuttered locations inside the Pasco and Kennewick Yoke’s Fresh Market stores on Jan. 31. Global Credit Union’s 1,600 Tri-City members may keep their accounts open and rely on mobile banking, online bill […]

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Sharing the golden scissors to cut the ribbon during the Feb. 9 ground-breaking of Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village are Don Barnes, vice president of the Port of Kennewick Commission, left, and Kennewick Mayor Don Britain. Winemaker Victor Palencia of Palencia Wine Company stands next to Barnes and Bart Fawbush of Bartholomew Winery is next to Britain. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Long-awaited Columbia Gardens opens, second phase beginning soon

Public plaza, space for food trucks to be completed this summer Now that wine is being made and poured at Kennewick’s waterfront wine village, the community can look forward to the next ribbon cutting, as the second phase is set to get underway this summer. A larger-than-expected crowd gathered for the Feb. 9 ribbon cutting […]

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