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.
Energy Northwest leaders aim to better promote benefits of nuclear power

Energy Northwest leaders aim to better promote benefits of nuclear power

Energy Northwest recently announced some changes, including a new CEO and promotions within its leadership team. This includes a decision by the company’s executive board to name Brad Sawatzke as…

The Bradley, a tapas restaurant and bar, is now open at 404 Bradley Blvd. in Richland. It offers handcrafted, classic cocktails and small plates. (Courtesy The Bradley)

New tapas restaurant serves up small plates, unique experience

When the ladies’ restroom is a must-see stop, you know the partners behind The Bradley want customers to notice every elegant finish of Richland’s new tapas restaurant and bar. “We…

Work is underway on a $6 million remodel and expansion project at the FedEx hub at 1705 Argent Road in Pasco. 

FedEx facility gets $6 million overhaul in Pasco

A major expansion of the FedEx footprint is underway at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. The local hub is getting a $6 million overhaul, increasing in size from 14,000 square…

A drone manufacturing shop in Tri-Tech Skills Center’s newest building is adjacent to a classroom where students will learn flight simulation and aviation.

Tri-Tech to offer high school training for in-demand drone careers

Tri-Tech Skills Center officials hope a new program that includes drone-making will show students the sky’s the limit when it comes to job opportunities and careers in the unmanned flight…

A new restaurant opened this month on the second floor of The Lodge at Columbia Point, which takes advantage of a river view and features a locally-grown head chef serving regional cuisine. (Courtesy The Lodge at Columbia Point)

New riverfront restaurant open for dinner at Columbia Point

Committing to the belief that “it will be fun,” those behind the new Drumheller’s Food & Drink at The Lodge at Columbia Point are excited to open a restaurant before…

The existing Chicken Shack restaurant, on Van Giesen Street in West Richland, opened in 2015.

The Chicken Shack spreads its wings to west Pasco

A popular West Richland restaurant is expanding to west Pasco and eventually Kennewick. The Chicken Shack owner Steve LaMarr and his wife, Tracy, are preparing to open a second restaurant…

A new two-story building is under construction at 3200 Duportail St., in the Queensgate area of Richland. It will house a pediatric dental practice and orthodontists under the same roof with the ability for additional tenants on the ground floor. (Courtesy Terence L. Thornhill Architect)

Queensgate dental hub to include five dentists, orthodontists

Multiple pediatric dentists and orthodontists are combining their talents to open two new offices in a new two-story building under construction in the Queensgate area of Richland by spring 2019.…

Workers who operate a potato processing line at Lamb Weston are employed in non-durable manufacturing, an industry that saw little growth in the past year locally. (Courtesy Lamb Weston)

Benton, Franklin counties’ manufacturing job growth slows

Jobs in manufacturing have slowed down progressively during the last year across Benton and Franklin counties. The region appears to finally be catching up with the state growth rate for…

Paul Labrie sculpts a glass octopus in his downtown Benton City studio, Labrie Glass Studios. The experienced artist recently opened the gallery and looks forward to the upcoming summer tourism seasons when people visit to taste wines at nearby Red Mountain wineries. 

Longtime glass artist opens gallery in downtown Benton City

Few people can say their career took off by making unicorns. Paul Labrie credits the thousand or so sculpted glass unicorns he made while in college to help cover his…

Emerald Studios owner Faith Hovde is collecting donated clothes and accessories to donate to the Tri-Cities Dream Center’s Soul Sisters program to help women in crisis through the end of May. Emerald Studios is at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B170, in Kennewick

Women in crisis to benefit from spring purge campaign

Your spring cleaning could result in more than just a pared down closet — it could benefit women in crisis. Emerald Studios owner Faith Hovde is holding a campaign called…

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