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Spokane engineer rolls out new ‘backsaver’ invention

Spokane-based Critical Airlift Safe Loader LLC has created the Helicopter Air Ambulance Backsaver, a new medical device, to help medical staff reduce injuries and load patients on and off helicopter air ambulances more safely, says the company’s...


GoJoe Patrol inks franchisees in southeastern U.S.

GoJoe Patrol Franchising LLC has inked new franchise operating agreements in South Carolina and Georgia, which are expected to bring the private-security company’s total locations to five by the end of 2023. On Nov. 1, franchisee operators Jamey and ...


STA tracks real estate activity along transit lines

Spokane Transit Authority is tracking real estate activity along its transit routes in Spokane County as a way to help the agency identify and plan for future services in areas of expected growth, says chief planning and development officer at STA...


GarageSkins expands to meet demand

GarageSkins Inc., a Post Falls company that produces panels to make steel garage doors look like they’re made of high-end wood, is in the process of purchasing machinery that will multiply its production capacity, says GarageSkins founder Rick Medlen. ...

Fall Festival of Homes begins Sept. 22

The annual Fall Festival of Homes by the Spokane Home Builders Association is scheduled Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24, and Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. This year’s festival features 17 residences constructed by 14 area homebuilders. Ten show homes are...


Handle roaring personalities, even if you aren’t a lion

When I heard a colleague’s story, I knew it provided a perfect example of a big personality taking over a situation. That colleague of mine participated in a teambuilding exercise. It was a virtual reality escape room set in the Middle Ages and ...


Idaho WWAMI helps address physician shortage

I love living in Coeur d’Alene. I graduated from Lake City High School, and when it came time to start a family, my wife—born and raised in Coeur d’Alene—and I were intentional about doing so where we grew up. I’ve known from a young age I...


Opioid addiction emerges as issue in rural communities

As a Providence Family Medicine doctor in rural northeastern Washington, I am used to seeing a variety of cases, whether it is a cowboy in the emergency department who was thrown off a bull or a pregnant mother coming in for a routine checkup....


Living will, power of attorney can protect wishes

Are you confused about the health care directive? Is it the same as a power of attorney for health care? And what about a living will, do-not-resuscitate order, or portable order of life-sustaining treatment? These concepts can be confusing when it...

The Journal’s View: Politics should be put aside to address homelessness

A regional approach to addressing homelessness remains the best path forward for helping the Spokane area’s most vulnerable people. Elected leaders must put political ideologies and partisan influences aside to find ways to work together to make the...

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