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.
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…

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$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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tri-Cities Legislative Council members Gary Ballew, from left, director of economic development and marketing for the Port of Pasco,Troy Berglund, president of the council and a representative of the West Richland Chamber of Commerce,and Diahann C. Howard, director of economic development and governmental affairs for the Port of Benton, helped to develop a list of Tri-City priorities to share with state legislators during its annual visit to the state Capitol on Jan. 25-26.

Legislative council brings Tri-City goals to Olympia

A group of Tri-City business leaders will travel this month to the state Capitol to promote a regional economic development agenda. The Tri-Cities Legislative Council will make its annual visit…

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Experts discuss ways to find deductions before new tax law takes effect

Tri-City tax professionals are boning up on the new tax code as they prepare for the start of the 2017 tax filing season. Signed into law just before the end…

The Richland School District’s new Teaching, Learning, and Administrative Center will be built west of Leona Libby Middle School in West Richland. The district’s 12th elementary school will be south of Badger Mountain. (Courtesy Richland School District)

Richland School District chooses sites for new district office, elementary school

The Richland School Board will build its new Teaching, Learning, and Administration Center in West Richland and its 12th elementary south of Badger Mountain. The board made the decisions at…

The city of Kennewick denied a business license for City Stars Gentleman’s Club on Dec. 8 because the applicants did not make necessary required improvements by a city deadline. The business can ask for an extension.

Kennewick strip club on hold after city denies permit

An effort to bring a strip club to an industrial portion of Kennewick is on hold after the city denied a business license to City Stars Gentleman’s Club LLC. The…

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