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New text service aims to keep defendants out of jail

A newly implemented text-messaging service designed to remind defendants of upcoming court dates has the potential to reduce failure-to-appear rates and save money in Spokane County courtrooms as well as space in its jails, says a Spokane public defender ...

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Otis Hotel project’s asbestos, lead woes to be resolved soon

Following months of delays, the Otis Hotel redevelopment project has been cleared of lead contamination concerns by the Washington state Department of Ecology, says Portland, Ore.-based developer Curtis Rystadt. Additionally, the Washington state...

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2018 Rising Stars: Emily Arneson

Last year, employment and public records attorney Emily Arneson knew she needed a new line of work even though she enjoyed what she was doing for a Spokane law firm. “I really hated having to bill people for the work I was doing,” Arneson says. “I ...

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City’s water-saving incentive generates interest

Marlene Feist, City of Spokane director of strategic development for public works and utilities, says a program intended to help Spokane residents conserve water through landscaping is seeing some success. The SpokaneScape program incentivizes the use ...

$5.1 million display hangar planned at Felts Field

Construction has begun on a new $5.1 million hangar at Felts Field airport. Todd Woodard, spokesman for Spokane Airports, says the building will be leased to the Historic Flight Foundation, which is based at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., for use as a...

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Flirting with fiber in Spokane

Members of a city-appointed working group charged with exploring options for a fiber optic network in Spokane say they’ve narrowed their focus to two possibilities: a public-private partnership or a private company. The concept is not without its...

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Lydig, Integrus awarded Sportsplex project

The Spokane Public Facility District’s board of directors has approved the design-build team of Lydig Construction Inc. and Integrus Architecture PS, both of Spokane, to develop the $42 million Sportsplex near downtown, says Stephanie Curran, CEO of the...

Excelsior receives $2 million state health facilities grant

Spokane nonprofit Excelsior Youth Center has been awarded a $2 million Behavioral Health Facilities grant. Andrew Hill, president at Excelsior, located at 3754 W. Indian Trail Road, says the youth center plans to use the funding to double projected...

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Landmarks commission receives national recognition

The Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission has received a national award for its work on an inventory of midcentury modern architecture here. The Commission Excellence Award, which honors outstanding efforts and achievements by local preservation...

Transit center in works at Riverstone in Cd'A

A new transit center is planned for the Riverstone area of Coeur d’Alene. Kootenai County Public Transportation Director Jody Bieze says the project, to be built at the northwest junction of Riverstone Drive and Seltice Way, is out for bids through Aug....

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