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Sandpoint treatment plant to help Litehouse

The city of Sandpoint has received a $500,000 grant from the state of Idaho to build a wastewater treatment plant that one of Sandpoints largest employers, Litehouse Inc., says is necessary for it to grow.Litehouse, which makes salad dips, and...

Doctors, hospitals act to remedy Medicaid woes

Spokane-area doctors and hospitals are turning up the heat in their campaign to obtain payment for health care they have provided to Medicaid patients from Idaho.An alliance of the Spokane County Medical Society, Empire Health Services, and has...

From alligators to artillery shells

Do you have any gas caps like this one?The stocky, young man held up a weathered-looking piece of aluminum between two soiled fingers as he asked the question, then waited patiently for an answer.Margaret Rudisile, 74-year-old owner of at...

$30 million racetrack considered

A handful of investors is considering developing a $30 million car-racing track in East Spokane, attorney Roy Koegen says.Koegen, managing partner in the Spokane office of Seattle-based Perkins-Coie LLP, says some investors have approached him a...

MacKay Manufacturing launches plant expansion

MacKay Manufacturing Inc., a longtime Spokane precision machine shop, says it broke ground earlier this month on a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its Spokane Valley plant in an effort to keep up with growing demand for its work.The expansion, a...

Avista unit may face big tax bill

Avista Energy, currently the hottest-performing subsidiary of Spokane-based Avista Corp., has been slapped with an additional $13.5 million business-and-occupation tax assessment by the Washington state Department of Revenue for its energy-trading...

City to sell surplus land from boulevard project

The city of Spokane has declared as surplus slightly more than seven acres of land on both the southwest and southeast corners of the intersection of Southeast Boulevard and 31st Avenue on the South Hill. Also, it has agreed to sell about two acres...

Spokane attorney buys two downtown buildings

Jim Sheehan, a longtime Spokane attorney, has bought the former Birkebeiner Brewing Co. building at 35 W. Main in downtown Spokane and has started a $1 million renovation project there.The remodeling project involves converting the three-story,...

Ranch supply builds outlet near Mead

Ranch & Home Supply Inc., a Bozeman, Mont.-based company that operates a small chain of Big R Ranch & Home Supply stores, has broken ground on a 51,000-square-foot outlet along U.S. 2 near Mead.John Murdock, owner of Ranch & Home Supply, says to...

Sacred Heart acquires Southcrest care center

Sacred Heart Medical Center has bought a former nursing home located near the medical centers complex, but hasnt decided yet how it will use the property.Sacred Heart acquired the former Southcrest Subacute and Specialty Care Center at 110 a...

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