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Estates & Elders founder follows heart with advocacy

It has never bothered Jennifer Ballantyne that she was the oldest student in her graduating class at Gonzaga University School of Law. For this elder law attorney who eventually founded Estates & Elders Law PLLC, age is something to be honored, not ...

L&I proposes increase in workers’ compensation premiums

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is proposing a 3.1% overall average rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance for 2022. If approved, the increase would be the state’s first rate hike in five years. On Sept. 21, L&I ...

Spokane’s Fall Festival of Homes to start Sept. 24

Spokane Home Builders Association has scheduled its 17th annual Fall Festival of Homes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, and Oct. 1-2. This year, guests will have options to attend both in-person and virtually, with 3D virtual tours of...

North Idaho Rock School moves into larger space

North Idaho Rock School has moved into the former Vital Health acupuncture center at 213 W. Appleway, in Coeur d’Alene. Owner Jacob Burrows says he formed North Idaho Rock School LLC in January, but he’s been teaching guitar for seven years....

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Heavenly Special Teas moves to north Division

Heavenly Special Teas has moved to the former Big Dog Tavern, at 1817 N. Division, from its former Hillyard neighborhood location. Owner Sherri Davey says Heavenly Special Teas includes a cafe, a tea shop, and a formal tearoom. The cafe offers breakfast ...

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Campbell & Bissell law firm value relationships over volume

Attorneys Richard Campbell and Mike Bissell started Campbell & Bissell PLLC with just three employees, including themselves, in 2005. The 16-year-old construction law firm has grown to nine employees, including six attorneys, as of this summer. However, ...

It’s time to heed lessons from Roaring Twenties

The U.S. economy is experiencing expansive economic growth as the stock market is setting record highs. Does that sound like a reasonable statement for the current market condition? It is actually a description from the Roaring Twenties that happened ...

Current pace of inflation might not be that worrisome

Every day, it seems, there is a warning about inflation, especially in the U.S. where consumer prices jumped 5.4% in July from the previous year and a full 0.9% increase from the month of June. Even if you take out volatile food and energy prices...

The Journal’s View: Good neighbor agreements should become standard for city

It’s good to see the Spokane City Council discussing a good neighbor agreement with a homeless services provider. It should become standard practice, as some members of the business community have been calling for such agreements for years. Bringing ...

Guest Commentary: City’s appeal of bargaining ruling defends voter’s call for openness

On Monday, Sept. 20, the city of Spokane decided that one judge should not be the final say regarding a law approved by nearly 80% of voters. The city has officially filed an appeal to Judge Tony Hazel’s bizarre August ruling that overturned collective...

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