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First Interstate to acquire two North Idaho banks

First Interstate BankSystem Inc., the Billings, Mont.-based parent of First Interstate Bank, has agreed to acquire two Kootenai County banks—Coeur d’Alene-based Idaho Independent Bank and Post Falls-based Community 1st Bank. The IIB and Community 1...


Business is booming in Spokane Valley

The ongoing redevelopment of the former Itron campus, construction of a new warehouse and a heavy equipment dealership nearby, and high occupancy rates at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, together are spurring business growth in Spokane Valley’s ...


No baloney: National Furniture to go out of business

National Furniture Store Inc., the Spokane furniture retailer known for its “No Baloney” tagline, plans to close its doors this November, following a three-month liquidation sale. While the store’s owner, Mark Barnes, says the closure is mostly an ...


Hop-portunity knocks: potential seen for hops industry in Spokane

With breweries popping up all over the Inland Northwest, area hop growers say commercial hop-growing operations could germinate here—if only someone could provide a processing facility for small volumes of hops or invest the amount of capital necessary ...


Innovation in law with new Gonzaga University law school dean Jacob Rooksby

Jacob Rooksby, new dean of the Gonzaga University School of Law, says he’s looking forward to finding ways to make the school more innovative and to integrate it more fully into the Spokane and Gonzaga communities. Rooksby was hired in June as dean ...


Nurse, aid shortage burdens retirement industry

With higher wages in other specialties, a growing workforce void, and an increasingly large retiring population, among other factors, the retirement industry has seen a serious nursing and aid shortage, some industry professionals here say....


Sister Sky Enterprises: Cultivating roots

Sisters Marina TurningRobe and Monica Simeon’s roots run deep in Indian Country, and that strongly influences their business, Sister Sky Enterprises Inc., they say. What started nearly two decades ago with two sisters creating natural...


Mary Schultz notches wins for whistleblowers

Attorney Mary Schultz says plaintiffs in whistleblower cases should be praised. “They’re in really difficult positions, but everyone is relying on them,” says Schultz. “… When we put money into corporations, we expect them to be honest.”...


Riverview prepares to open $7M memory care facility

Spokane-based Riverview Retirement Community plans to open its new $7 million, 20-bed memory care facility next month. Spokane-based contractor Bouten Construction Co. recently completed constructing the 20,000-square-foot Riverview Memory Care facility ...


Duluth Trading Co. builds store in Valley

A new 15,700-square-foot Duluth Trading Co. workwear and accessories retail store is in development in Spokane Valley, says Marc Cable, project manager with Illinois-based Interwork Architects Inc., the company that designed the project. The project site...

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