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Colorado group acquires two Rathdrum companies

Denver, Colorado-based Kodiak Building Partners has added two Rathdrum-based construction companies to its growing portfolio. Mandere Construction Inc. and Northwest Building Components Inc. have been acquired by the building materials supply and ...

Avista develops wildfire resiliency plan

Spokane-based energy company Avista Corp. is taking additional steps to improve its ability to reduce the risk of wildfires in areas the company serves. The company has designed what it’s calling a Wildfire Resiliency Plan, a document crafted to ...

Ecology awards $23 million in grants

The Washington state Department of Ecology has awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants and loans to the Spokane Conservation District for two Hangman Creek clean water projects. In total, 19 clean water projects in counties throughout Eastern Washington ...

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Inland Northwest Spine adds new robotic microscope

Inland Northwest Spine & Neurosurgery PLLC, of Coeur d’Alene, has a new piece of operating room equipment that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Douglas Blaty says is a vast improvement over previous tools. The Modus V digital microscope, produced by ...

The Journal's View: Community should reinforce resolve, follow mask mandate

Wear face coverings. Observe social distancing protocols. Wash hands frequently. By now that should be a familiar refrain, but it also should be a rallying cry for us to regroup to slow the spread of COVID-19. We seem to have had a lull in our ...

Guest Commentary: Recovery site aims to help businesses bounce back

If you run a business, the terms social distancing and personal protective equipment are especially meaningful right now. Whether your business kept operating throughout the stay-home order or reopened as part of Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the governor’s ...

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Going the distance: The future of restaurants and retail stores in the Inland Northwest

On May 11, Bob and Barbara Materne celebrated the 39th anniversary of The Swinging Doors with little fanfare, because patrons weren’t allowed inside the North Side restaurant and sports bar at that time. ...

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Spokane hoteliers hope to buck West Side trends

Reports of hundreds of layoffs at hotels in the Seattle area this month have some in the industry here concerned that Spokane will once again follow the trends set by the West Side. ...

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Spokane bankers frustrated by sluggish guidance on PPP

Inland Northwest bankers say they’re frustrated by a lack of federal guidance regarding particulars of the Paycheck Protection Program. Some say they and their customers are confused about some aspects of the program. ...

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Going mobile: Online banking usage spikes during pandemic

With banks limiting contact between employees and their customers, the use of digital and mobile banking tools that the institutions have been investing in for years have seen sudden, dramatic spikes, Spokane-area financial industry representatives say. ...

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