Spokane Journal of Business

In The News

September 12 / EV station set for Kendall Yards

Avista Corp., of Spokane, said it has selected the Kendall Yards neighborhood as one of the first installation sites for an electric-vehicle charging station, called an advanced DC Fast Charger. The charging infrastructure is being installed as part of Avista’s statewide Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment pilot project.


September 12 / Northwest Orthopaedic opens clinic

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists said it has opened a walk-in clinic at its Spokane Valley office, at 12410 E. Sinto. The clinic is set up to handle dislocations, fractures, joint pain, neck and back problems, and sports- and work-related injuries. 


September 11 / Baumgartner wants to revisit tax relief

Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said Gov. Jay Inslee should call a special legislative session to override his veto of tax relief for manufacturers in Washington. He pointed to Amazon.com Inc.’s announcement last week that it wants to launch a second headquarters in a new city as a sign that the state’s policies are driving businesses from the state.


September 8 / MultiCare names chief medical officer

MultiCare Health System said it has named Dr. David Chen as the new chief medical officer for Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital. Chen, who will start in that role on Oct. 2, most recently served as chief medical officer at Bozeman Health, in Bozeman, Mont.


September 7 / City to sell Normandie Complex

The city of Spokane said it has put on the market its Normandie Complex, at 127 W. Mission, on the periphery of downtown Spokane, with a listing price of $4.25 million. The site, which once housed the city’s fleet services department, includes about 5 acres of land on two city blocks and buildings with about 65,000 square feet of floor space. 


September 7 / Morrises pledge $3M to charity

Avista Corp., of Spokane, said the company’s chairman, president, and CEO Scott Morris and his wife, Liz, are establishing charitable initiatives through which they are pledging $3 million. The $1 million Scott and Liz Morris Employee Engagement Fund is being established with the Avista Foundation to encourage Avista employee contributions to their communities. The couple also plan to create a private foundation to which they pledge $2 million to support community initiatives. Both pledges are expected to be fulfilled upon the successful completion of Hydro One’s acquisition of Avista. 


September 6 / City reconsiders Bosch Lot plan

The city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department said it has decided to take a longer, broader look to determine the best use for the Bosch Lot, a parcel of just over an acre at the northwest corner of Lincoln Street and Bridge Avenue. The parks department had considered a proposal in which a climbing gym would be built on that site, but decided to reconsider its plans there after a public comment on the proposal. A surface parking lot has been situated on the Bosch Lot since the city bought it in 1975, and an underground, combined sewer overflow tank is being installed there now. 


September 6 / First-responder study slated in county

Spokane County said it has been selected as one of four sites in the U.S. to participate in the national PulsePoint Verified Responder Pilot Program. The pilot program is designed to rely on off-duty firefighters with defibrillators and the PulsePoint Verified Responder app to treat people suffering cardiac events promptly. 


September 5 / Avista seeks rate bump in Idaho

Avista Corp., of Spokane, said it has made its annual rate adjustment filings with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which would increase slightly customers’ natural-gas rates in Idaho. If approved, the rate bump would take effect Nov. 1 and would increase an average residential customers’ monthly natural-gas bill by 28 cents, or 0.6 percent.


August 31 / SCC names acting president

Community Colleges of Spokane said Kevin Brockbank has been appointed as acting president at Spokane Community College for the 2017-18 academic year. Brockbank joined CCS as the vice provost of strategic initiatives in 2015.