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Expiration of federal unemployment aid might cost employers

With the Sept. 4 expiration of federal pandemic unemployment assistance, employers may see higher unemployment insurance charges as more former employees transfer to regular unemployment benefits, according to the Washington state Employment Security ...

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Eastern State Hospital steps up during pandemic

In the face of COVID-19, Eastern State Hospital, in Medical Lake, has been recognized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for setting up separate wards for quarantined patients and COVID-positive patients, despite a temporary funding cutback. ...

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Private sector takes on public problems in Spokane

Last year, the Hutton Settlement began paying $3,000 a month for private security to protect its 20 Spokane-area commercial properties from graffiti, property damage, and theft. ...

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Tenant, landlord groups wait on new resolution system

New laws and an eviction moratorium bridge have created confusion, and more funding for rental assistance is needed, say both landlord and tenant group leaders here....

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Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup progresses

This year, the U.S. Environmental Agency, in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Work Trust, plans to complete three construction projects throughout the Coeur d’Alene basin area and haul over 500 truckloads of historic mine waste-contaminated material...

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Drought spurs interest in low-water landscaping

Demand for low-water landscaping has increased significantly during an exceptionally dry and hot Inland Northwest summer, experts here say. Last month, the U.S. Drought Monitor placed the Spokane area in the most extreme category for drought, called D4 ...

Commerce programs expand in scope

The new fiscal year is underway, and the Washington state Department of Commerce is ramping up our work strengthening communities with dozens of new programs, additional funding, and partnerships entrusted to us by the Legislature. Much of our work over ...

East Greenacres Irrigation District sees strong residential growth

Despite robust residential growth on the Rathdrum Prairie, the district manager for the East Greenacres Irrigation District remains optimistic about the district’s capacity to oversee the distribution of water within its boundaries in future years. ...

Cheney lands $21.8 million loan for water reclamation

The city of Cheney recently secured a $21.8 million low-interest loan from the Washington state Department of Ecology as part of the city’s continuing effort to reclaim water through the city’s Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Plant....

City to buy former White Elephant property in Valley

The city of Spokane Valley will buy the former White Elephant retail store site located at 12614 E. Sprague for $2.2 million, with long-term plans to use the property for law enforcement needs, says Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick....

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