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Guest Commentary: Canal blockage exposes supply chain fragility

The Ever Given cargo ship’s grounding in one of the narrowest parts of the Suez Canal underscores the vulnerability of the world’s supply chain. The reverberations will be felt for months as consumer demand, suppressed by the COVID pandemic, ramps up...


A Tale of Two Job Markets in the Inland Northwest

The number of people receiving long-term unemployment benefits in the Spokane area remains high, and the number of people who have dropped out of the workforce has increased....


Spokane draws interest from out-of-state developers

A Phoenix-based development group has projects in varying stages of development in Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., but it’s the planned project in Spokane that has the people behind Sagamore Spokane LLC excited about the future...


A new dynamic in the used-car market

Demand for used vehicles has increased significantly, and that’s unlikely to change until vehicle manufacturers catch up to demand for new cars and trucks, industry sources say....


Q&A with Spiceology’s Heather Scholten

Heather Scholten has been with Spokane-based spice and rub mix startup Spiceology Inc. from the beginning. She almost didn’t take the job. In 2012, she was spending her days testing recipes and posting to her food blog, Farmgirl Gourmet....


Brumback to convert QualMed Plaza into rental units

Brumback Real Estate & Construction has started renovations on the 55,000-square-foot building known as QualMed Plaza, at 508 W. Sixth, where the company plans to convert the medical office space and attached parking garage into a 171-unit, mixed-use...


Buying time in the commercial real estate market

As pandemic-related restrictions throughout Washington begin to lift, some attorneys here say commercial real estate attorneys could soon face a rise in disputes, including litigation related to force majeure clauses....


Electric-vehicle purchases rise in Spokane, but hurdles remain

Electric vehicle purchases have been increasing steadily among Spokane County residents, but industry observers say there are still several hurdles to widespread adoption....


Landlord-tenant issues held at bay for now in Spokane

Lawmakers have enacted extensive tenant protections since the start of the pandemic that lawyers here say will likely blunt a flood of evictions once the eviction moratorium, which was extended this month, ends....


Amazon Air leases planned warehouse at Spokane airport

Amazon.com Inc. plans to lease a soon-to-be-built air cargo facility at Spokane International Airport, says Todd Coleman, executive director of S3R3 Solutions. The facility will be used to transfer parcels from the airport to and from the Amazon...

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