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State DOT proposes land-for-services swap

The Washington state Department of Transportation wants to exchange a parcel of land on Spokanes North Side that has strong development potential for construction of a building in the Spokane Valley and for a project north of Spokane.The swap...

Stoneridge closed for renovation

Stoneridge Golf Course, just north of Spirit Lake, Idaho, closed last weekend for a yearlong, $2.5 million renovation.The project includes rebuilding all of the greens on the 18-hole golf course, adding new tee boxes and rebuilding older tee a a...

MSC starts remodel at East Sprague facility

MSC/Premera Blue Cross, one of Eastern Washingtons largest health insurers, has started work on a $1.7 million remodeling project at its main office complex.The complex, which is located at 3900 E. Sprague, includes two buildings with a total...

Farmers & Merchants logs strong annual gains

Farmers & Merchants Bank, of Spokane, posted healthy gains in loans, assets, deposits, and net income in 2000.We had a good year, says John Tombari, the banks chief operating officer.The banks net income soared 28.7 percent to $2.8 up...

GranTree re-enters market

GranTree Furniture, of Portland, has re-entered the Spokane market, opening a store at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Bernard Street, and plans to open two more stores here within the next 12 months.Once GranTree has opened three it a...

New nonprofit pitches Valley sports complex

Spokane businessman Kert Carlson has formed a nonprofit corporation named Sports USA through which he hopes to develop and operate an $8 million-to-$10 million sports complex in the Spokane Valley. The project is in the predesign stage, and the...

Rockwood eyes another expansion

Spokane United Methodist Homes Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates Rockwood Retirement Communities here, plans to develop a $6 million-to-$7 million addition to its Rockwood Forest Estates independent-living subdivision on Spokanes South...

Douglass to build center on Diamond Bowl site

Spokane developer Harlan Douglass plans to begin work this month on a 124,000-square-foot North Side retail center that will include a World Lighting & Design store, among other tenants.World Lighting is the newest retail chain being launched by...

Fruci Financial Services merges into Portland firm

Fruci Financial Services Inc., a Spokane-based medical management and billing company with 86 employees, has been merged into Portland-based Anesthesiologists Associated Inc. (AAI) and has assumed the AAI name.Fruci Financial, which was founded...

Taking design to the extreme

Jim Koch claims he has always worked in a very corporate world, but its hard to tell that from the markets he serves, which range from extreme sports and rock music to custom cars and trick bikes.The 34-year-old Spokane artist owns an Jim...

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