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War and Wheat: Grain prices rise as Russian’s invasion of Ukraine persists

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has boosted prices for wheat, benefitting Inland Northwest farmers. Potential profits, however, are threatened by increases in growing costs, agricultural experts here say....


Union participation rate grows in Spokane

The union participation rate in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area trails Washington state, but outpaces the nation as a whole, according to recently released data. At all levels, the rate of unionized workers has grown during the pandemic. In the Spoka...


Whatever happened with: Citywide Internet efforts

Work by a city-appointed group tasked with exploring options for a fiber optic network has been on hold since the pandemic began. But City Council President Breean Beggs anticipates the city will revisit the subject and perhaps regroup this spring....


Property crimes rise in Spokane core

Commercial property crime is up in the downtown core, and property owners say they’re increasing protection measures. According to data from the Spokane Police Department’s crime report statistics, commercial burglary reports increased nearly 127% ...


Transportation priorities shift

The state’s transportation priorities have shifted noticeably in the recently approved 16-year, $17 billion transportation bill, some local leaders and state transportation representatives say. While some traditional roadway preservation and ...


VK Mathisen Law serves growing refugee community

The immigration landscape in Spokane is larger than it seems, and there really aren’t many immigration lawyers here, says Vanessa K. Mathisen, owner of VK Mathisen Law PLLC. A common misconception is there isn’t diversity in Spokane, she says. ...


Washington state, Russia share commerce history, uncertain future

Watching Russia in an aggressor role in its unprovoked war on Ukraine likely has brought a mix of sadness and regret for those who recall the time in 1994 that Boris Yeltsin, first president of the Russian Federation, stood before a Seattle luncheon ...


City of Cheney ponders uses for land following acquisition

Potential uses for 228 acres of land acquired last year by the city of Cheney include buffering some city operations from potential conflicting uses and moving some operations from leased land, says Mark Schuler, Cheney city administrator. ...


Plan B Forensics seeks answers in death cases

Dr. Suzan Marshall says she didn't expect death to become her work. In fact, she had spent years working as a surgeon, trying to save the living. Now, she applies both her medical background and her personal experience with traumatic death to her work as...

The Journal’s View: Lawmakers muffed opportunity to provide broad tax relief

The recently completed legislative session will be remembered for missed opportunities for tax relief that could have benefited businesses and working families. While the supplemental budget approved during the 2022 legislative session contains no across...

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