November 17 / City, Goodspeed settle lawsuit
The city of Spokane said it has agreed to pay former Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Nancy Goodspeed $165,000 as part of a court settlement over her claim of violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Goodspeed filed a lawsuit last year seeking $1 million in damages, claiming the city unlawfully replaced her in April 2015 while she was on medical leave and that she had been the victim of discrimination when she attempted to return to work later that year.
November 17 / WSU to start design on two projects
At its meeting in Vancouver, Wash., the Washington State University Board of Regents approved moving into the formal design phase for planned $66 million Plant Sciences Building and the $40 million Global Animal Health Phase 2 project, both on the Pullman campus. The regents also approved the renaming of the College of Pharmacy, at WSU Spokane, to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
November 17 / Retail sales increase
Second quarter retail sales in Washington state totaled $38.6 billion, an increase of 5 percent compared with the year-earlier quarter, according to the Washington state Department of Revenue. Taxable construction sales rose 6.5 percent to $7.5 billion during that period. Retail trade sales, a subset of taxable retail sales, were up 4.9 percent in the second quarter.
November 16 / Statewide jobless rate dips
The Washington state Employment Security Department reported a 4.5 percent unemployment rate in October, equaling the state’s record low for unemployment. The October rate was down slightly from 4.6 percent unemployment in September, and down from 5.3 percent in the year-earlier month. The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent last month.
November 15 / City seeks input on infill regs
The city of Spokane has developed new infill development regulations and is seeking feedback on its proposed changes. The envisioned revisions are designed to create guidelines for enabling housing development on vacant lots in established neighborhoods.
November 14 / UberEATS service launched in Cd’A
Uber Technologies Inc., of San Francisco, said it launched UberEATS in Coeur d’Alene. Through an UberEATS app, consumers now can order food to be delivered from more than a dozen restaurants in the Coeur d’Alene area. The service is available in more than 130 cities, including Spokane.
November 10 / Air Force to pay Airway Heights $700K
The city of Airway Heights said the U.S. Air Force has agreed to pay nearly $700,000 to cover the cost of alternative clean water supplies after water well contaminations were discovered earlier this year near Fairchild Air Force Base. The money will cover the cost that the city incurs from buying water from the city of Spokane.
November 10 / Council mulls ‘ban the box’ measure
The city of Spokane said the City Council will consider what’s being called a Fair Chance Hiring policy that would restrict employers citywide from placing a criminal history checkbox on job applications. The measure also would prohibit employers from advertising jobs in a way that restricts applicants with criminal records. The Council is scheduled to discuss the “ban-the-box” provision at its Nov. 27 meeting.
November 9 / Hecla posts decline in earnings
Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. reported third-quarter net income of $1.4 million, or zero cents a diluted share, down sharply compared with net income of $25.8 million, or 7 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. The company attributed the decline in part to effects of an ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine, a buildup of product inventory, lower silver and gold prices, foreign exchange losses, interest expenses, and exploration and predevelopment costs.