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.
Boat Sales

Fair winds follow Tri-City boat sales

Boating is surging in popularity across Tri-City waterways, with boat sales jumping more than $1 million in Benton and Franklin counties year over year. “I think everyone’s having growth and good times. I just hope it stays for a while,” said Willie Nelson, general manager for Nixon’s Marine Inc. in Pasco. “It’s definitely economy-based when…

Three buildings valued at about $1 million are being constructed at 2670 First St. in north Richland to house two companies that focus on painting and industrial coatings. Paintmaster Services Inc. and Columbia Industrial Coatings will move from West Richland into the new facility by September. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Painting, industrial coating businesses plan move to share Richland buildings

A longtime Tri-City painting company is moving to Richland to build a new home base for two businesses, Paintmaster Services Inc. and Columbia Industrial Coatings. The companies will share three buildings at 2670 First St. in north Richland, off Kingsgate Way and north of Horn Rapids Golf Course. The buildings will include an office, shop…

At Home

At Home décor superstore to open in Kennewick

A $2.6 million remodel to make way for a new home décor store is underway inside the vacant Shopko store in Kennewick. The Texas-based retailer At Home is poised to open its third Washington store in late fall, after recently opening stores in Spokane and Puyallup. The At Home store in Puyallup opened in January…

DermaCare

DermaCare, DermaHealth building $6.1M clinic

A Richland dermatologist is constructing a $6.1 million building alongside his current practice on Fowler Street. Dr. Sidney Smith practices at DermaCare of Tri-Cities and DermaHealth Dermatology & Dermasurgery at 1305 Fowler St., a clinic visible from Highway 240. Construction is underway at the empty lot next door at 1295 Fowler St. A permit issued…

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

Beleaguered entrepreneur details assets, debts

Former i-3 Global chief facing lawsuits, bankruptcy A Kennewick businessman’s bankruptcy filing has been updated to detail assets of just under $1 million and debts of $2.7 million in secured and unsecured claims. In addition, Kristopher Lapp, former president of i-3 Global, reported owing $79,000 in unpaid taxes to the federal government. Lapp and his…

Oregon Tax

Oregon shoppers required to pay sales tax at register

Washington shoppers no longer will find themselves waiting in line at the register behind Oregon residents wanting to avoid state taxes. Oregonians are no longer exempt from paying state taxes when they reach for their wallets under a law signed by Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect July 1. To recoup any sales tax…

Colville tribes

Land buy may open door to tribal casino

The Colville Tribes’ $10.8 million purchase of 184 acres of Franklin County farmland could set the stage for a future casino just northeast of King City in Pasco. Though opening a casino would take “many years” since the land off Highway 395 would first need to be transferred into federal trust status through the Bureau…

Kris Lapp, I-3 Global

Beleaguered entrepreneur details assets, debts

A Kennewick businessman’s bankruptcy filing has been updated to detail assets of just under $1 million and debts of $2.7 million in secured and unsecured claims. Kristopher Lapp, former president of i-3 Global, also reported owing $79,000 in unpaid taxes to the federal government. Lapp and his company are the target of three lawsuits totaling…

Kennewick nonprofit Columbia Industries recently acquired two commercial businesses — the Tri-City Round Table Pizza franchise and Paradise Bottled Water Co. — to fuel its mission to support and empower those with disabilities and other challenges. CI plans to expand its headquarters at 900 S. Dayton St. this fall to increase its social services outreach by opening a new Community Resource Center. Revenue from the commercial businesses will be used to create a stable funding source for the center. (Courtesy Archibald & Co. Architects)

Kennewick nonprofit purchases companies

A Kennewick nonprofit has acquired a longtime Tri-City pizza franchise and a bottled water service company to grow its mission-based organization and expand its headquarters to accommodate a new social services outreach program. Columbia Industries, a nonprofit committed to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges, acquired the Tri-Cities’ four Round Table Pizza…

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

Kennewick entrepreneur files for bankruptcy

I-3 Global president faces nearly $2M in lawsuits Multiple agencies, companies and former employees are trying to figure out “where all the money went,” and whether they’ll ever get paid by a Kennewick businessman who has filed for bankruptcy after three lawsuits were filed against him and his company i-3 Global. “If you figure out…

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