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Kaiser’s annual report hints at cloudy future

While soaring energy prices have clouded the viability of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.s Northwest smelters, other challenges and uncertainties raise questions about the future of Kaisers plants here, its parent companys new annual report...

Stocking sweet memories

COEUR DALENEThe most common phrase uttered by customers upon entering the store where Judy Norton works here is, I feel like a kid in a candy store. With all due respect to those customersduh. The Original Penny Candy Store, nestled...

Interest in generators rises here

In what could be an omen of things to come based on rising energy concerns, the Spokane Cummins engine dealer has sold diesel-powered generating equipment worth more than $10 million to a Central Washington public utility district to help cover a a...

Pharmacist shortage Rx tried

The shortage of available pharmacists that has plagued hospitals, home-health agencies, community clinics, and retail pharmacies here for years hasnt run its course yet, but steps are being taken to ease the pain.Larry Bettesworth, director of...

Is Medinex on the ropes?

Post Falls-based Medinex Systems Inc. has spent nearly all of the $21 million it raised two years ago in an initial public offering, has posted a $30 million net loss for 2000, and has trimmed roughly 80 percent of the about 180 employees it had on...

Spokane newcomer ramps up to 140 employees

Innuity Inc., a Web-based services provider that opened a telemarketing center here last August, already employs 140 people here, and true to promise, expects to employ 200 by years end.The Minneapolis-based companys Spokane operation, at N....

New business park planned in Valley

B-4 Properties LLC, a company here owned by Spokane contractor Eric Brown and his wife, Lisa, plans to develop a business park on five acres in the Spokane Valley.The development, which is to be named Woodruff Business Park, will be located at &...

Lydig to build BNSF refueling depot in Idaho

Spokane-based Lydig Construction Inc. has landed a nearly $16 million contract to build Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.s planned locomotive refueling station on North Idahos Rathdrum Prairie.Lydig expects to begin construction of at...

Flat Spin developing CD about adolescent health

Flat Spin Media LLC, a young Spokane multimedia company, is teaming up with two local experts in adolescent health to develop an educational CD-ROM disk that would appeal to youths and help them navigate adolescence.Though the project has among...

Jukeboxes, with a digital spin

Imagine plunking some money into a jukebox and not being limited in your music choices to the relatively small number of compact discs or, God forbid, antique 45s stored in the machine.Instead, using a touch-screen monitor and software designed...

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