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Taking recreation to new heights

Taking recreation to new heights

The city of Airway Heights is set to begin construction this fall on its planned community recreation center. Plans for the project, which is being funded through a $13 million bond approved by voters last August, call for the construction of a two-story,…

Spokane COPS looks to balance future with effective past

Spokane COPS looks to balance future with effective past

Patrick Striker, executive director of Spokane Community Oriented Policing, known here more generally as Spokane COPS, says a challenge he sees facing the 25-year-old nonprofit—and others like it—is balancing its past successes with more recent and em…

Cooking up new ideas

Cooking up new ideas

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest is moving forward with new ideas to battle hunger, …

Old Cheney High School converting to apartments

Old Cheney High School converting to apartments

Seattle-based developers are repurposing the old Cheney High School building as rental housing, targeting Eastern Washington University students.…

SNAP finding ways to tap interlinked areas of need

SNAP finding ways to tap interlinked areas of need

For decades, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners has helped people establish stability and self-reliance.Today, more than 30 SNAP programs support Spokane County and Eastern Washington residents. Broader than many people realize, those services range f…

Spokane Arena food court expansion gets underway

Spokane Arena food court expansion gets underway

The Spokane Public Facilities District has begun upgrading food service areas in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, located at 720 W. Mallon, and expects to complete the work by this fall.Kevin Twohig, CEO of the facilities district, says the changes …

Waterfront condominium building to be constructed in Sandpoint

Waterfront condominium building to be constructed in Sandpoint

A North Idaho development company says it will break ground in the fall on a $5 million-plus waterfront condominium project in the Sandpoint city center, about 70 miles northeast of Spokane.The project, Sandcreek Lofts at Sandpoint Marina, will include …

Elmer Construction thrives in midsized-project niche

Elmer Construction thrives in midsized-project niche

J.W. Elmer Construction Co. has found its niche, and owner Rob Elmer says he’s about as busy as he wants to be.The company specializes in commercial remodels, historical renovations, churches, medical offices, and multifamily housing, while focusing o…