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Inland Northwest aerospace group looks to elevate its profile

Boasting a membership that extends from the Cascade Mountains to Bozeman, Mont., the Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium says is stepping up its efforts to more actively engage its current members while seeking to recruit more. “Our total membership ...


Challenge after ascent

Following soaring sales growth in drone services reported by Hayden-based Empire Unmanned for 2016, activity this year has begun to descend as some potential customers are viewing drone operations as a do-it-yourself industry. Bradley Ward, president of ...


North Idaho College aerospace curriculum grows to meet demand

As Idaho’s aerospace industry continues to grow, so too do programs like those offered through North Idaho College’s Aerospace Center for Excellence, says aerospace director Patrick O’Halloran. “The future for aerospace jobs in this region looks ...


Deaconess seeks to soften labor, delivery experience

While managing the experience of labor and delivery can be a difficult task for any woman, Spokane obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Lori Smetana says hospitals here and across the nation are working to make things just a little bit easier. “Women tod...


New breast cancer nonprofit emerges in Spokane

Deb Barnes, president and CEO of Every Woman Can, says the newly created nonprofit dedicated to breast cancer awareness soon will start seeking to move the topic of the disease more pointedly into the discussion of health care in general. The new nonpro...

Political parties should find middle ground on reproduction

Whether it be on the congressional floor or around grandma’s Thanksgiving dinner table, mention topics like governmental funding of birth control or reproductive rights of women in a room full of conservatives and progressives, and one is likely to rece...


T-O Engineers aims for strategic growth, balance

Meridian, Idaho-based T-O Engineers Inc. is planning for growth this year, having recently remodeled several office locations, as well as acquiring Boise-based water and wastewater consulting firm Pharmer Engineering. J.R. Norvell is the company’s reg...


Virtual reality in building design

Wearing virtual reality goggles, someone using 3-D technology can step into the middle of a North Pines Middle School common space that doesn’t exist yet. With the same goggle headset, the person with a head tilt or circular movement can get a panorama...


Mechanical engineer finds niche in technical analysis

Andy Johnston, president and principal engineer at Andy Johnston PE, says he’s a different kind of mechanical engineer. Johnston offers mechanical engineering design and analysis, specializing in technical aspects of finite element analysis and computa...


Womer looks to broaden local, nontribal portfolio

Womer & Associates, the Spokane-based, Native American-owned architectural and engineering firm, says it’s on the verge of expanding and expects to soon be adding staff, but still is struggling to restore the balance of tribal and nontribal work it enjo...

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