March 10 / Ormsby resigns as U.S. Attorney here
Spokane’s Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington resigned his position, effective at midnight. He announced earlier in the day his intention to resign, after new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of the 46 remaining U.S. attorneys across the country appointed by President Barack Obama who hadn’t already resigned. The U.S. Attorney’s Office here, which also has a staffed location in Yakima, has 28 attorneys and is responsible for conducting all criminal and civil litigation involving the U.S. government in 20 counties east of the Cascade Mountains.
March 9 / Dentist ordered to shut down practice
The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal court has ordered Spokane-area dentist Dr. James Hood and his wife, Karen, to close their dental practice and cease operating as employers. The court also barred them from opening any new businesses in which they would serve as employers. The orders came after the Hoods were found to be in contempt for violating the court’s injunction requiring them to file payroll tax returns and pay payroll taxes in a timely manner.
March 7 / Cleanup plan removes NSC obstacle
The Washington state Department of Transportation said it, the state Department of Ecology, BNSF Railway Co., and Husky Energy have agreed on the framework for an environmental cleanup plan at the Black Tank contamination area in northeast Spokane. The cleanup site is within the alignment of the North Spokane Corridor freeway project, but the agreement enables WSDOT to continue design and construction of the project as planned.
March 7 / Red Lion reports loss for quarter, year
Red Lion Hotels Corp., of Spokane, reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $2.3 million, or 11 cents a diluted share, compared with a loss of $6.3 million, or 32 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. For all of 2016, Red Lion posted a loss of $4.7 million, or 23 cents a share, compared with net income of $2.7 million, or 14 cents a share, in 2015.
March 6 / Mining company seeks Canadian listing
Coeur d’Alene-based New Jersey Mining Co. said it has applied to list its company’s shares on the Canadian Stock Exchange. The approval process for listing on the exchange is expected to take several weeks. The company also said it has completed a $427,500 private placement.
March 3 / City launches fire chief search
The city of Spokane said it has begun a nationwide search for candidates interested in becoming its next fire chief. Candidates to lead the 323-employee department must submit their application materials by March 31. The full posting for the position, which pays $145,846 to $179,192, is available in the career center portion of the city website, at spokanecity.org. The new hire will succeed Bobby Williams, who retired earlier this year after leading the department for nearly three decades.
March 2 / 2nd Watch secures $19M in funding
2nd Watch, a cloud computing company founded in Liberty Lake, said it has secured $19 million in new funding. The company said it plans to use the new capital “to meet customer demand for 2nd Watch’s managed cloud services” and for expanding related services.
February 27 / UTC won’t reconsider Avista rate hike
The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission said it has denied Avista Utilities’ request to reconsider the company’s proposal last year to increase electric and natural gas rates. The commission, which rejected the rate hike last December, said it wouldn’t rehear the case because Avista hadn’t shown that the commission “failed to consider the relevant evidence or committed any error in law.”
February 27 / Nonstop S.F., Chicago flights added
Spokane International Airport said United Airlines has added daily, year-round nonstop service both to San Francisco and Chicago. The Spokane-San Francisco flights will be twice daily, and the Spokane-Chicago nonstops will be once daily. Both new routes are scheduled to start June 8.