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Excelsior to treat unwilling patients under Ricky's Law

Spokane’s Excelsior Youth Center is now prepared to treat minors who have been placed in inpatient treatment involuntarily for behavioral health and addiction issues. ...

Mixed export markets worry Washington's ag producers

Uncertainties in overseas markets due to COVID-19 will almost certainly put a dent in the sales of most Washington commodities abroad. An observer of the state’s grain market thinks wheat exports will remain unchanged this year, while the head of the a...

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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Building code updates to encourage solar power

Washington state is now encouraging higher adoptions of solar energy systems in homebuilding as part of its drive to eliminate fossil fuel-generated electricity from the grid. ...

HUD awards $2.25 million in grants to INW tribes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2.25 million in Indian Community Development Block Grants to tribes in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Overall, tribes in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon received $6.9 million in grants. ...

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Fueling an emerging industry: An alliance between public lands and timber products

Hilary Franz wants to shorten Washington’s forest-fire season, and she’s executing a plan to do just that. ...

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Municipalities prep for revenue shortages

Sales taxes traditionally have provided a relatively stable revenue source for states and local governments during previous economic downturns, but the toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the economy is different. ...

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Office building, garage planned on county campus

A $10 million office building is envisioned along the 900 block of north Monroe Street, north of downtown Spokane. Spokane-based architectural design firm Uptic Studios Inc. is the project architect....

$760 million in labor income lost in Spokane County, analysis shows

An economic analysis the first 11 weeks COVID-19 had on Spokane County starting in mid-March reveals a little more than 17,000 jobs lost and lost labor income of $760 million. ...

Spokane County extends valuation deadline

Pointing to the crushing effect COVID-19 may be having property values—especially commercial properties that have lost rental income—the Spokane County Assessor’s Office says valuation notices to property owners won’t occur until August this year....

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