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NWBDA appoints new leader as Acevedo steps back

Debbie Shipman has been named president of the Northwest Business Development Association, and longtime president Gil Acevedo plans to stay on with the nonprofit to help with the transition until May, when he plans to retire. Shipman says her goal for th...

Spokane Regional Transportation Council gives nod to newest transportation program

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council has rolled out its 2015-to-2018 transportation improvement program for Spokane County, which contains 96 projects totaling $304 million. Anna Ragaza-Bourassa, a senior transportation planner with SRTC, says th...

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Proposed abandoned property law stirs debate

City leaders say a proposed registry of vacant, single-family Spokane homes in foreclosure would hold companies and banks accountable for keeping the properties in good condition, but a mortgage lending association representative says many mortgage lender...

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Valley Fire Department updates two of its stations

The Spokane Valley Fire Department is wrapping up $1.4 million worth of renovations to its University and Otis Orchards stations, says Larry Rider, deputy chief of support systems for the fire department. ...

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Plugging stricter parking enforcement

With the addition of 350 parking meters on Spokane city streets outside the downtown core, a high-tech tool to find people with unpaid parking tickets, and steel boots that put teeth into previously unenforceable meter violations, the city of Spokane esti...

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Art barrier planned to hide downtown lot

City, community, and arts leaders are combining efforts to improve a vacant lot at Third Avenue and Division Street—currently filled with rebar, bits of broken concrete foundation, and dried-out weeds—by putting up a portable, 420-foot plywood fence t...

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Ex-Im bank supporters weigh reauthorization

The fight over whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the government’s export credit agency that helps foreign companies buy U.S. goods, is frustrating to some Spokane-area manufacturers and business owners. They support the reauthorization of t...

Cameron-Reilly lands Post Falls project

The Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency has awarded Spokane Valley-based concrete contractor Cameron-Reilly LLC a $2 million contract for the district’s Spokane Street Revitalization Project in the central north-south corridor of the city. Work on the proj...

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Spokane-area agencies come together to prevent elder abuse

With the number of Americans over the age of 65 at 41 million and increasing, governments and local organizations are faced with the growing problem of elder abuse, which is defined as the intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individua...

Spokane County moves ahead with amending marijuana grower, processor, retailer regulations

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted late last month to continue the current interim zoning regulations for the production and processing of recreational marijuana, and to begin the process of amending the county’s permanent zoning codes. T...

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