Nov. 30 / Masonic Center listed for sale
The Masonic Temple Association of Spokane said it has decided to sell its Spokane Masonic Center, an iconic, turn-of-the-century structure on Riverside Avenue just west of Monroe Street, and has hired NAI Black to market it. The asking price for the five-story, 117,000-square-foot building, which is familiar to motorists because of the 18 two-story stone columns that line the building's 220-foot-long facade, is $1.75 million.
Nov. 29 / Lisa Brown to lead WSU Spokane
Washington State University said former Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown will become the chancellor at WSU Spokane beginning in January. Brown will succeed Brian Pitcher, who has been chancellor since 2005. WSU President Elson S. Floyd said Pitcher will continue in a senior role with the WSU Spokane leadership team and also will advise the university on its other urban campuses in the Tri-Cities and Vancouver.
Nov. 28 / Coldwater Creek CEO stepping down
Coldwater Creek Inc., the Sandpoint-based women's apparel and accessories retailer, said its CEO, chairman, and co-founder, Dennis Pence, will step down as chief executive at the end of this year. Jill Brown Dean, who has been the company's president and chief merchandising officer since 2011, will take over the CEO job Jan. 1. Pence, who founded Coldwater Creek along with his wife, Ann Pence, in 1984, will continue as board chairman until Jan. 1, 2014, the company said.
Nov. 28 / Lucky Friday draws scrutiny
Hecla Mining Co., of Coeur d' Alene, said it has received notice from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration of "a potential pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards" at Hecla's Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho's Silver Valley. Hecla shut the mine down last January to make some changes, due to safety-related concerns. The MSHA notice said that because the mine is in nonproducing status, the agency will postpone action on the matter until further notice. However, mining regulations now provide for enhanced enforcement at mines that exhibit what regulators consider to be a pattern of health and safety violations.
Nov. 26 / Red Lion adds to franchise network
Red Lion Hotels Corp., of Spokane, said it has expanded its network of properties, including along the Interstate 5 corridor, by signing a franchise license agreement with the owner of a 60-room hotel in Kent, Wash., 20 miles south of Seattle. Owner Kent South Hospitality plans more than $600,000 worth of renovations at the hotel, which is located on 74th Avenue between Seattle and Tacoma and will change its name to the Red Lion Inn & Suites Kent, Red Lion said. As of Sept. 30, the Red Lion Hotels network was comprised of 47 hotels in nine states and one Canadian province, with nearly 8,900 guest rooms and more than 443,000 square feet of meeting space.
Nov. 20 / County, city form justice panel
Spokane County and city of Spokane leaders said they have formed a commission to work toward reforming the local criminal justice system. A joint city-county press release said the commission, which has been named the Regional Commission for Justice System Reform, will oversee and help guide the process. Commission members include former U.S. Attorney James McDevitt, retired Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Murphy, and longtime local attorney Phillip "Dutch" Wetzel. The city and county this fall announced joint plans to review the entire criminal justice system for opportunities for collaboration and improved efficiencies.
Corrections & Amplifications
Bouten Construction Inc. superintendent Buzz Heston was pictured with Paul Boysen on page B1 of the Journal's Nov. 21 edition. Heston was incorrectly identified in the photo cutline.
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