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Big RV park planned near Stateline

A resort development proposed more than a decade ago on the Washington-Idaho border could get a reboot as a 130-space RV park, according to documents on file with Spokane County. The Spokane County Hearing Examiner held a virtual hearing for the proposed...

Itron signs big contract with utility in Northeast

Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. has signed a contract with East Coast utility Nation Grid to help that company with its meter reading capabilities. Based in London and doing business in three northeastern U.S. states—New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode ...

232-unit West Plains apartment complex sells for $33.5 million

A Spokane-based investor group doing business as Northern Heights II LLC and a handful of minor investors have purchased a 232-unit Airway Heights apartment complex for $33.5 million, according to Spokane County Assessor’s Office records. ...

New owners take over at The Ref sports bar in Spokane Valley

A new ownership group at The Ref sports bar, in Spokane Valley, says it plans to open its kitchen for take-out and delivery starting Monday, Dec. 21. It’s one of two business plans operating partners Casey Garland, Rakesh Kaushal, and Hilary Yarno have...

Northwest Mobile Physical Therapy starts

In response to COVID-19—and the need to secure his own employment—Spokane physical therapist Trey Nichols has started Northwest Mobile Physical Therapy Specialists PLLC. A South Carolina native who moved to Spokane in 2007, 38-year-old Nichols says ...

The Journal’s View: There’s a lot of hope for the coming year

Our annual wish list for the new year for our business community is quite heavy, with urgent needs this time around. With a decade of economic growth suddenly coming to a halt in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced restrictions, we first wish for ...

Guest Commentary: New purpose for old blades bodes well for wind power

Would you believe in the future when a cement truck shows up to pour your foundation or patio, the mixture could contain ground up wind turbine blades? As a part of new agreement between GE Renewable Energy and Veolia North America, old blades...

Economic models show bump in retail activity next year

While many of 2020’s economic challenges due to COVID-19 will carry into next year, the most recent forecast for the state’s retail industry shows more promise than first expected. At press time, the Washington state Department of Revenue’s most ...

US-China deal spells growth for wheat growers

While COVID-19 may continue to wreak havoc on certain sectors of the economy next year, observers involved in two of the state’s five largest agricultural commodities predict they won’t be among them. Officials with the Washington Grain Commission an...

Tech industry jumps ahead a decade, observers say

2020 marked a rapid acceleration in the technology industry, in some cases truncating what would have been a decade of adaptation into a year, and cybersecurity is one of the sectors of the industry most poised for growth in 2021, some tech industry ...

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