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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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Socially distanced, socially conscious

Instead of canceling fundraising events, many Inland Northwest nonprofits have moved them into the digital realm. Donor participation in charity events is lower, but some nonprofits say they’re receiving nearly as many donations as in prior years from ...


Salvation Army Spokane sees food requests soar

The Salvation Army Spokane distributed nearly 4 million pounds of food to individuals and families in need last year. As a result of temporary furloughs and permanent layoffs due to economic lockdown imposed in the state’s response to the COVID-19 ...


Refugee Connection Spokane pivots services

Refugee Connections Spokane’s flexible setup left it well-positioned to pivot its services when the COVID-19 outbreak spread here, says Marijke Fakasiieiki, the nonprofit’s executive director. Over the past year, the organization, which was created ...

Allen foundation study to aid virus response

The Washington state Department of Health and the University of Washington Medicine, backed by the Seattle-based philanthropic organization Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, have launched a major study to determine the percentage of Washingtonians who have...


Spokane architects discuss pipeline realities

Some architects here say they’re beginning to see a slowdown in a few design sectors, with some projects in the pipeline put on hold indefinitely due to the pandemic-induced economic slowdown. Jeff Warner, principal with Spokane-based ALSC Architects ...

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