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Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup progresses

This year, the U.S. Environmental Agency, in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Work Trust, plans to complete three construction projects throughout the Coeur d’Alene basin area and haul over 500 truckloads of historic mine waste-contaminated material...

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Drought spurs interest in low-water landscaping

Demand for low-water landscaping has increased significantly during an exceptionally dry and hot Inland Northwest summer, experts here say. Last month, the U.S. Drought Monitor placed the Spokane area in the most extreme category for drought, called D4 ...

Commerce programs expand in scope

The new fiscal year is underway, and the Washington state Department of Commerce is ramping up our work strengthening communities with dozens of new programs, additional funding, and partnerships entrusted to us by the Legislature. Much of our work over ...

East Greenacres Irrigation District sees strong residential growth

Despite robust residential growth on the Rathdrum Prairie, the district manager for the East Greenacres Irrigation District remains optimistic about the district’s capacity to oversee the distribution of water within its boundaries in future years. ...

Cheney lands $21.8 million loan for water reclamation

The city of Cheney recently secured a $21.8 million low-interest loan from the Washington state Department of Ecology as part of the city’s continuing effort to reclaim water through the city’s Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Plant....

City to buy former White Elephant property in Valley

The city of Spokane Valley will buy the former White Elephant retail store site located at 12614 E. Sprague for $2.2 million, with long-term plans to use the property for law enforcement needs, says Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick....

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Long-Term Insurance, Short Term Confusion

Some long-term care insurance providers here say Washington state has placed them in a confusing and financially risky position with the impending implementation of the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program, also known as the WA Cares Fund. ...

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Decolonizing nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are beginning to look inward when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion, some observers here say. Tara Ramos, owner of Spokane-based Redfox Consulting and a member of the Iñupiat Alaskan Native group, says demand for her ...

Painted Hills developers looking to move forward

Black Realty Inc.’s planned Painted Hills residential development is looking to move forward with its plans to build over 580 living units at the former Painted Hills Golf Course, at 4403 S. Dishman-Mica Road, in south Spokane Valley. The development ...

Journal’s View: ARP funds provide regional transformative opportunity

Government leaders here are faced with the enormous task of deciding what to do with more than $200 million in American Rescue Plan funding coming collectively to Spokane County, the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, school districts, and other local ...

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