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.
A new gas station and convenience store that will feature a fast-food chicken restaurant is under construction in the Badger Mountain South development, north of Rancho Reata, at 5151 Trowbridge Blvd., just off Dallas Road. The original plan put the housing development’s completion at 2030, but following a slow start, the revised date is now 2037. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on south side of mountain points to more growth

Signs of new construction on the south side of Badger Mountain—including a new service station and convenience store that will include a fast-food chicken restaurant—signal more growth coming to the planned development that’s been years in the making. Badger Mountain South’s owner and developer Nor Am Investments has an end-goal of building 5,000 household units,…

Construction on Benton County’s new $1.79 million Public Services Building for permitting and land use needs is underway at 102808 Wiser Parkway near Interstate 82. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Benton County consolidates public services under one roof

3 departments merged near Tri-Cities, expanded services coming to Prosser The process of jumping through the required hoops to start new construction projects is set to run more efficiently in Benton County once a new “one-stop shop” opens in the Tri-Cities, replicating some services currently only available in Prosser. The move will merge the county’s…

The first nonstop, daily flight to LAX arrived at the Tri-Cities Airport to much fanfare this past spring. The route addition was the result of years of effort on behalf of the airport and its hired consultant to offer a nonstop Southern California flight daily to and from Pasco. Now airport officials want to add capacity to current markets. (Photo courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-Cities Airport eyes increased flight capacity

Following a successful effort to land a daily, nonstop flight to Los Angeles, the Tri-Cities Airport is setting a course for adding capacity to existing routes. “I think that’s more realistic than trying to get some new market when you don’t have any grant dollars,” said Buck Taft, director of the airport. “Add capacity to…

Kris Lapp, former president and founder of i-3 Global.

Judge rules against i-3 Global in one of three lawsuits

A Benton County Superior Court judge has issued a decision against a Kennewick company in one of its three pending lawsuits. And the state Department of Labor and Industries has found i-3 Global owes more than $18,000 in unpaid wages to eight former employees. The business and its president, Kristopher Lapp, came under fire this…

Telemedicine connects Tri-City patients to specialists

Virtual doctor’s visits becoming more widely available – not just for routine illnesses Tri-City patients are connecting with medical specialists for more types of care, thanks to the growing use of telemedicine, or telehealth, which can allow a provider to make some diagnoses of a critical patient without even being in the same room. “Telehealth…

A $26 million manufacturing plant that will make cardboard boxes in north Richland is under construction and expected to open in mid-November, bringing with it 100 new jobs. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on $26M box-making plant underway in Richland

Packaging Corporation of America plans to hire 100 people, open in mid-November Construction is underway on a $26 million cardboard box manufacturing plant that eventually will employ 100 people in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park in Richland. Packaging Corporation of America, an Illinois-based company, expects to open the plant in mid-November. The city of Richland…

Crews made quick work of a 1940s-era building in the Richland Parkway that was once home to The Brass Door. It’s been vacant for years. Work on a replacement building at 702 The Parkway should begin soon, with a targeted finish by spring. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Cocktail bar coming to Richland Parkway

A high-end craft bar will open in a new Richland Parkway building next year after crews made short of work of demolishing the space that’s languished unoccupied for years. The site at 702 The Parkway—which shares a courtyard with Frost Me Sweet, near the fountain—is almost ready for construction planned at the site, which will…

A Grocery Outlet is planned for the Queensgate area of Richland and set to open next year. It will be next door to Party City, near Target. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Grocery store headed to Richland’s Queensgate area

California-based chain has stores in Pasco, Kennewick A third Grocery Outlet store is coming to the Tri-Cities, putting a “bargain market” in each of the three cities. The latest will be in the Queensgate area of Richland, next door to Party City near Target. Richland is reviewing a permit for the proposed project at 2901…

The city of Richland is actively looking to sell the property that was once home to its City Hall. Nearly three acres is available in the heart of downtown but it must be the right project for Richland to sign off on a sale.

8 questions about sale of Richland’s old City Hall

Now that the city of Richland has moved into its new City Hall, what’s going on with the property across the street where the old city complex is? The city is clearing out and demolishing its former City Hall at 505 Swift Blvd. and 975 George Washington Way. The site is expected to be fully…

Courtesy Tidewater Terminal Co. Tidewater Terminal Co.’s two new storage tanks at 671 Tank Farm Road in Pasco mean the company is ready to store ethanol and petroleum for offloading onto train cars more quickly, expanding its capacity. (Photo courtesy Tidewater Terminal Co.)

Pasco ethanol facility expands capacity

Tanks will allow Tidewater Terminal Co. to deliver ethanol-petroleum throughout region A $12.5 million ethanol facility is coming online in August at the Tidewater Terminal Co. in Pasco. “Right now we’re going through our testing phase to make sure all our set points are where they need to be,” said Mark Davis, general manager of…

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