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2020 Rising Stars: Drive509’s Jason Boudreau

When Jason Boudreau founded Drive509 truck driving school in 2016, he expected slow growth for the first few years. “My business plan was: Hire one more instructor by year three and have one more truck,” Boudreau says....

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2020 Rising Stars: MultiCare Health System’s Amy Sargent

Amy Sargent has worked for Rockwood Clinic for the past 13 years through its transition from a physician-owned health care clinic, to its purchase by Community Health Systems Inc. in 2010, to its most recent iteration as MultiCare Rockwood Clinics since...

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2020 Rising Stars: Kalispel Casino’s Alia Russell

Alia Russell says she was led to her current position of casino operations manager at the Kalispel Casino, in Cusick, Washington, by her desire to be involved at the beginning of something new....

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2020 Rising Stars: Community-Minded Television’s DaShawn Bedford

Working as a roofer in the construction industry in his early 20s, DaShawn Bedford often found himself daydreaming about what he really wanted to be doing. And that was shooting video....

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Spokane Conservation District moves forward with new building

The Spokane Conservation District has broken ground on its planned new facility in Spokane Valley, says Vicki Carter, director of the district. The project will be a multiphase development, Carter says. ...

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Avista exceeds energy-savings target

A Washington state Department of Commerce report released last month shows 17 utilities statewide exceeded their projected 2018 and 2019 energy efficiency targets. Spokane-based Avista Corp. reported reaching 111% of its conservation goal. ...

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Esvelt Environmental fills niche in INW

With just four employees, including owners Mark and Allison Esvelt, Millwood-based environmental engineering company Esvelt Environmental Engineering LLC is small — and the Esvelts intend to keep it that way. Allison Esvelt says the company, located ...

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White’s Boots kicks it up a notch

White’s Boots Inc. is diversifying its product offerings with the goal of appealing to a wider clientele. Located at 4002 E. Ferry in East Spokane, the company makes rugged boots worn by wildland firefighters, loggers, and linemen: sturdy calf-height ...

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Freight volumes by planes, trains, trucks all drop steeply

Use of the biggest freight transportations modes in the Inland Northwest all declined sharply in usage at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic but are slowly starting to climb back to normal levels, industry representatives say. Spokane boasts all three ...

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Inland Pacific Trailer Sales pulls strong growth

It was hardly an unconventional move on Ryne Brockway’s part to approach his longtime colleague and friend, Steve Hanning, about the idea of forming a truck trailer sales company. What was unconventional was how they determined who’d be the head of ...

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