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Rail facility project likely to relocate to new airport PDA

One of the first infrastructure projects under consideration for the recently formed West Plains Public Development Authority might be the long-envisioned transload facility, says Spokane County Commissioner Al French. The facility won’t be located, ho...

Business license amnesty program nets 1,000 businesses

The city of Spokane says the business registration amnesty program it set up has reduced by 1,000 the number of unregistered businesses that are located in the city or do business here. City taxes and license specialist Margaret Redd says there now are r...

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Spokane Valley’s centerpiece

Government offices of the city of Spokane Valley will move into the new City Hall building in the former University City mall site by the end of next month, says Carolbelle Branch, a city spokeswoman. Branch says city officials are hopeful the new home f...

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Research pilot explores industrial hemp

Last year, the passage of state Senate Bill 6206 made it possible for licensees to plant the first industrial hemp crop Washington state has seen in 90 years, through a research pilot program managed by the state’s Department of Agriculture called the I...

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HiTest Sand shifts gears in site search

Edmonton, Alberta-based HiTest Sand Inc. is working on Plan C in its search for a site to develop a $300 million silicon smelter in northeastern Washington HiTest Sand now is looking at a site south of Newport, says Colin Willenbrock, general manager of ...

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Truck driver electronic log deadline nears

Spokane-area trucking company executives say they expect to be in compliance with a new electronic logging device mandate by its Dec. 18 effective date, although some have mixed feelings about the controversial federal requirement. The new rule requires ...

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Summer job market hot for some Spokane-area youth

What a difference a year makes, says Anna Charlton, especially when she thinks about the employment outcomes of her sons, Khanian and Ashton Charlton, this summer. Khanian, 18, just graduated from North Central High School and found summer work immediate...

Condon names city business development manager

Spokane Mayor David Condon has appointed commercial real estate broker Charlie Wolff to be the city’s business development manager. The position has been created as part of a strategic plan by the city to encourage new investment and job growth, says B...

Marijuana sales in Spokane County jumped in fiscal 2017

Marijuana retail sales in Spokane County increased by 57 percent during the 2017 Washington state fiscal year, which ended June 30. While sales continued to climb quickly in the latest 12-month period, the growth rate was down sharply from the 2016 fisca...

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Study explores seniors’ transportation challenges in Spokane

The Spokane office of nonprofit Special Mobility Services Inc. is in the early stages of using a $160,000 grant to study what it suspects are widespread, unmet transportation needs of senior residents living in Spokane County. The grant, which will go to...

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