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.
DOE awards $4 billion support services contract

DOE awards $4 billion support services contract

A new contractor will head up support services at the Hanford site, replacing Mission Support Alliance for the $4 billion contract paid out over five years. The contract went to Hanford Mission Integration Solutions of Richland, a company owned by Leidos Intergrated Technology, Centerra Group and Parsons Government Services. The first two companies also are…

Framatome’s new 11,000-square-foot scrap uranium recovery facility will separate uranium dioxide from other materials when it opens in Richland at the end of this year.

New $20M Framatome facility to open by year’s end

Richland plant set to begin operating new 11,000-square-foot scrap uranium recovery facility A $20 million facility is set to open before the end of the year at Richland’s Framatome, coinciding with the nuclear fuel manufacturing company’s 50th anniversary in town. “The longevity of the Richland facility illustrates our employees’ commitment to innovation and excellence, year…

Packaging Corp of America industrial site, Horn Rapids industrial zone

Economic leaders reflect on top accomplishments of 2019

Expansions, visions cited as year’s biggest successes Those focused on growing, promoting and improving the Tri-City economy are counting up their 2019 successes and looking ahead to plans for the upcoming year and decade. Recent wins include plans for an expansion of the Three Rivers Convention Center, a new nonstop flight from Pasco to Chicago,…

It’s up for debate whether the city of West Richland has the right to easements on lots in these two areas of West Richland and unincorporated Benton County. The parcels were established as far back at the 1930s, when the Hanford nuclear reservation was taking shape.

Land use questions draw concern in West Richland

Some West Richland, Benton County residents worry about fate of their land due to an obscure 81-year-old law Whose land is it anyway? When it comes to portions of lots in West Richland, it depends on who you ask. “Legally, under my impression, this land has been mine, because Benton County has done all their…

Local preschool students receive gifts from Energy Northwest employees each year as part of the company’s long-running Head Start Holiday program.

Energy Northwest delivers decades of joy to area preschoolers

Santa and his elves will surprise hundreds of Pasco students for the 39th year running when Energy Northwest employees deliver presents as part of the Head Start holiday program that’s served 14,000 children since it began. “People are just so giving at our company,” said Michelle Curtis, a training specialist for Energy Northwest and the…

A former Kennewick restaurant will be the future site of the Tri-Cities’ second Orangetheory Fitness, a national workout studio franchise that opened its first location in Richland in 2017

Fitness studio franchise expands to Kennewick

Orangetheory Fitness to open in Southridge area this spring A popular fitness studio is opening a second Tri-City location at a visible Southridge corner in Kennewick this spring. Orangetheory Fitness franchise owner Richard Cote said he’d been searching for a location for a while, making offers on three different places before moving quickly when the…

Richland Tumbleweeds owner Keith Moon recently announced plans to raise food prices before the end of the year to offset the higher minimum wage requirement taking effect Jan. 1. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Minimum wage increase likely means higher costs for consumers

Tri-City fast food restaurant owners say there’s no way to avoid raising prices when the latest minimum wage increases kick in at the start of 2020, requiring workers be paid at least $13.50 an hour. “Anybody who thinks that prices aren’t going to go up, you’re fooling yourself,” said Tom Tierney, owner of the Tri-Cities’…

A solar-powered office building is planned for west Pasco on Wrigley Drive, offering class A office space just off the busy Road 68 thoroughfare. (Courtesy Dennis Gisi)

Developers plan $5M solar-powered commercial building in west Pasco

A “green” office building will brighten and lighten up a busy west Pasco neighborhood, courtesy of green paint and green energy. The Wrigley Place development is intended to be the first solar-powered commercial building in the Tri-Cities. Developer Dennis Gisi said Wrigley Drive LLC is behind the $5 million investment on Wrigley Drive, just west…

The city of Richland has identified several projects aimed at improving traffic congestion along its north-south routes. The top-ranked project involves eliminating traffic signals along Highway 240 for ramps, overpasses and underpasses. (Courtesy WSDOT)

Swapping signals for ramps may be best pick for Richland gridlock

Richland council to review final traffic report at Dec. 3 meeting Richland is close to deciding the best way to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for drivers moving north and south through the city. The top-ranked project calls for removing a number of traffic signals at intersections along the bypass highway. The final proposal,…

Dmitry Hansen, left, recently earned a GED diploma and found a job, thanks to assistance offered by TC Futures and its director, Mark Wheaton, right. The Kennewick program provides career counseling, employment opportunities, on-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships and other employment-related services to young adults who left traditional high schools. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

TC Futures steps up to help youth heading into real world

Young adults can complete free, individualized program to earn GED diploma, get help finding a job The opening of TC Futures in Kennewick has created a home base for young adults looking to earn their GED diploma, get help finding a job or even wash laundry and grab a bite to eat. The site at…

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