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Arterial alternative proposed in Airway Heights

While U.S. 2 has long served as the main arterial in and out of Airway Heights, city planners say they’re working on a $20 million plan to alleviate congestion on that busy roadway....


Contact tracing becomes more prevalent occupation in Spokane

The number of contact tracers has risen in Spokane County along with the spread of COVID-19. Susan Sjoberg, program manager for disease prevention and response at Spokane Regional Health District, says that before coronavirus struck, SRHD had five...


Q&A with Spokane Regional Health District’s Dr. Bob Lutz

Dr. Bob Lutz was thrust into the spotlight shortly after COVID-19 reared its ugly head. The Spokane Regional Health District’s health officer quickly became the face of the district’s response to the pandemic and has led the organization’s ...


2020 Rising Stars: Downtown Spokane Partnership’s Elisabeth Hooker

Elisabeth Hooker, marketing director for the Downtown Spokane Partnership and 39-year-old Rising Star, says she feels blessed to show up at work every day, doing what she loves in her hometown. “I’m happy to be part of something larger...


2020 Rising Stars: West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s Toby Broemmeling

“You always want to have that leader that you rally to in the center of a whirlwind,” says Brian Newberry of 38-year-old Toby Broemmeling, the executive director of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce....

Assessed property values increase in Spokane County

Typical Spokane homeowners saw double-digit rates of rise in assessed property values this year, according to data released this month, which likely will result in hikes in next year’s property tax bills, says Spokane County Assessor Tom Konis....


1,400-plus organizations seek share of $10 million in CARES Act funds

More than 1,400 small businesses and nonprofits have sought a sliver of $10 million in federal funds made available in Spokane County. Those organizations, which have applied for nonprofit grants through the county’s OpenTogether Small Business...


Spokane Conservation District moves forward with new building

The Spokane Conservation District has broken ground on its planned new facility in Spokane Valley, says Vicki Carter, director of the district. The project will be a multiphase development, Carter says. ...


Avista exceeds energy-savings target

A Washington state Department of Commerce report released last month shows 17 utilities statewide exceeded their projected 2018 and 2019 energy efficiency targets. Spokane-based Avista Corp. reported reaching 111% of its conservation goal. ...

Next phase of work on tap at Spokane Airport’s car rental center

With an initial phase of work recently completed at Spokane International Airport, a second phase of improvements to the transportation center currently is being designed. The second phase will include improvements to the ground transportation center...

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