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.

Steven Carbajo, lead line cook, left, and Paul Westover, sous chef, prep for the dinner rush at Taverna Tagaris in Richland. Westover said only 15 percent of those who applied for their recent job posting for a line cook were qualified. Columbia Basin College will launch a hospitality program this winter to provide job training for the growing restaurant and hotel industry.

CBC to launch new hospitality program to train workers

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 […]

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Kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties stand at the site of the future $4.3 million clubhouse off South Jean Place in Kennewick. (Courtesy Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties)

Capital campaign underway for new Boys and Girls clubhouse

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 […]

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More than 300 acres off Kennedy Road behind the Richland Target now zoned as agricultural will be re-zoned to a mix of residential and commercial use when the city of Richland finalizes updates to its comprehensive plan.

Kennedy Road orchards face re-zoning for development

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 […]

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Deb LaVelle, resident manager for the Kennewick Garden Apartments, stands inside the common area at the affordable senior housing complex on West Fifth Avenue. The complex is undergoing an extensive remodel requiring residents to stay temporarily at a hotel for five days. The common area will be remodeled first and include more seating so residents can stay there during the day when work is happening in their apartments.

Seniors temporarily displaced during extensive remodeling project

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 […]

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The Gesa Credit Union branch at 808 Dalton St. in north Richland will close Oct. 31 because it has been underused. It opened four years ago.

Underused north Richland Gesa branch to close in October

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 […]

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Construction is underway on the Vista III warehouse in Kennewick. The first 40,000-square-foot building will be completed by end of year. A second is expected to be finished in March.

$4 million warehouse project underway in Vista Field Industrial Park

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 […]

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John Deere

Papé Machinery Construction buys Pasco John Deere dealership

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 […]

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