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Inland Northwest commodity markets expected to be mostly profitable

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Spokane-based agricultural lending cooperative, says commodity markets appear generally strong this year for most agricultural producers, but wheat producers will face challenges turning a profit due to lower grain pric...


Bankruptcies in Eastern Washington, North Idaho fall for third straight year

Bankruptcy filings fell again in Eastern Washington and North Idaho last year, marking the third year in a row that they’ve declined. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Eastern District of Washington reported 5,057 cases filed in 2013, down 7 percent from ...


More apartments to rise at Riverstone

Hayden developer Whitewater Creek Inc. has obtained permits to build two apartment complexes, with 152 living units combined and a total construction valuation of $13 million, in the Riverstone mixed-use community in northwest Coeur d’Alene, city record...


Coeur d’Alene wealth management company is in growth mode

Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC, a growing Coeur d’Alene-based wealth-management company, has acquired two other financial adviser offices and plans to construct a new building in the Riverstone development that will have three times the office spa...


Inland Northwest economy continues to make positive strides

In some sectors of the Inland Northwest economy, activity levels are returning to prerecession levels, welcome news that comes none too soon for economic observers. In overall employment, Spokane-area economists are expecting job growth next year, though...


Spokane-area builders optimistic about sustained growth

Following an upswing in building activity here in 2013, some construction industry observers are optimistic that forward momentum will carry through the coming year. Jan Quintrall, director of business and development services for the city of Spokane, sa...


Inland Northwest timber industry expects steady recovery in coming year

The wood products sector is expecting continued, steady improvement next year, largely due to anticipated ongoing recovery in the U.S. housing market, industry observers say. Shawn Church, editor of Eugene, Ore.-based Random Lengths, a publication that t...


Health care, manufacturing lead North Idaho rebound

Health care, manufacturing, tourism, and real estate are among current growth industries in Kootenai County that are expected to continue to improve in the new year, sources in North Idaho say. Alivia Metts, Post Falls-based regional labor economist for ...

Coeur d'Alene-based stock brokerage Pennaluna launches new investing site

Pennaluna & Co., a Coeur d'Alene-based stock brokerage, has opened a division named PennStarter, which launched a website last month as an online equity funding portal enabling people to invest mainly in startup companies. Pennaluna, which is located at ...


Inland Northwest ski resorts' hopes pile high on early snow

The Thanksgiving holiday lands a bit later on the calendar this year than most, and some Inland Northwest ski resorts aren't about to wait on it.Most resorts had tentatively marked the day after Thanksgiving as a target opening date for the to &...

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