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Property valuations tick higher for county

The total property value in Spokane County took an upward turn in 2013 for the first time since 2009, and levy rates leveled off after edging higher every year since 2008, says Spokane County Assessor Vicki Horton. Spokane County’s total assessed value...

Ptera Wireless wins city of Liberty Lake contract

The city of Liberty Lake has contracted with Ptera Wireless Inc., the Liberty-Lake based provider of wireless broadband internet and phone services, to upgrade its phone and Internet services, says Steve Wilson, vice president of Ptera. The project bega...

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Up to $100 million sewer project takes step forward

The city of Spokane is seeking proposals from engineering firms for design and construction management of an estimated $80 million to $100 million upgrade at the city’s Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility sewage-treatment plant. Marlene Feist, th...

County-city revenue share proposal still in the works

Spokane County and two cities that lie within it still are in the process of negotiating a possible revenue-sharing agreement for industrial-zoned land on the West Plains, says Al French, Spokane County commissioner. The talks are moving forward, but no...

Legislative bills propose new port district options

Two bills introduced recently in the Washington state Legislature and sponsored partly by Spokane-area legislators would give Spokane County more options for creating a port district to help promote economic development here. One or the other of them, h...

Integrus Architecture designs embassy compound to be built in northern Africa

The U.S. State Department has awarded a $131 million contract to a design-and-construction team that includes Integrus Architecture PS, of Spokane, as the architect of record for a new U.S. embassy compound to be constructed in the northwestern African co...

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Low-impact development said to be in higher demand

Landscape architect Len Zickler, a principal in the Spokane office of Tacoma-based AHBL Inc., says the company is seeing more requests to design environmentally friendly infrastructure to manage stormwater drainage. He expects this approach, called low-...

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Marijuana businesses pose risk to banks—for now

Financial institutions in Washington state are anticipating federal guidance on how best to navigate the precarious issue of state law versus federal law in regard to allowing marijuana businesses access to traditional banking services. That question h...

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Spokane Transit Authority eyes big West Plains project

Spokane Transit Authority is in the early stages of planning for a $12 million West Plains transit center aimed at increasing passenger capacity and better connecting small cities west of Spokane. STA is seeking outside engineering and design consultants...

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Bankruptcies in Eastern Washington, North Idaho fall for third straight year

Bankruptcy filings fell again in Eastern Washington and North Idaho last year, marking the third year in a row that they’ve declined. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Eastern District of Washington reported 5,057 cases filed in 2013, down 7 percent from ...

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