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Neighborhood commercial buildings to be revived

Kelly Chadwick, owner of Spokane-based Spirit Pruners, says he’s eager to begin the process of working with city planners as he prepares to establish a permanent home for his tree pruning business in a West Central neighborhood. Chadwick’s effort to ...


Unfair labor practice filings in Spokane buck trend

Not long after returning to his hometown of Spokane six months ago, Chris Foster, a labor law attorney at Randall Danskin PS, wanted to know how many unfair labor practice filings have been submitted here in the last few years. Through the Washington, D....

Greater Spokane Incorporated revises approach to strategic plan

Greater Spokane Incorporated is restructuring its strategic plan for improving the Spokane area’s business climate, with the goal of prioritizing those items that can be implemented soonest, says GSI CEO Todd Mielke. “The previous plan was divided i...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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...

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