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Hydropower potential still dubbed sizable in Washington

A new renewable energy resource assessment released last week estimates 6 gigawatts of potential new hydropower development across Washington State’s rivers and streams. Nationally, the report estimates there are more than 65 gigawatts of potential new...

Sacred Heart Medical Center nets big savings with lighting upgrade

Sacred Heart Medical Center has completed a major phase of a lighting upgrade project at its campus just south of downtown Spokane, replacing nearly 10,000 32-watt fluorescent bulbs with 25-watt bulbs and more energy-efficient fixtures, as well as install...

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Family-run Fairwood thriving on resident referrals

Fairwood Retirement Village & Assisted Living opened more than 26 years ago as a family-run facility, and directors there say they continue to strive to treat everyone at the community like family. Fairwood has 165 independent-living units and 55 assiste...

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Playing catch-up: retirement planning dilemmas for women

Kathleen Cavender, 61, a part-time jazz singer and full-time artist in Spokane, had been married to her husband Mike for nearly 30 years when he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an autoimmune disease that turns the lungs to scar tissue. ...

Resource fair for Inland Northwest seniors set for next week in Spokane Valley

A free Senior Empowerment Resource Fair that’s planned in the Spokane Valley next week will seek to help Inland Northwest seniors and relatives of seniors gain more knowledge about the various aging-related services available to them here. The fair wil...

Spokane Valley-based Family First Senior Care expands its services

Spokane Valley-based home care company Family First Senior Care Inc. has acquired the assets of Lighthouse Care Management Inc., of Spokane, says Jennipher Ama, president and owner of Family First. Former Lighthouse owner Nancy Doughty will work for Fam...

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Coeur d’Alene elder law firm works to assist retirees in protecting assets

Issues faced by seniors and those preparing for retirement are more complicated than they were 30 years ago, says Michael Wytychak, who founded Wytychak Elder Law PLLC in Coeur d’Alene in 1984. Seniors need to prepare for the rising cost of living and h...

Dynasty trusts can provide security for generations

Thanks to lengthening lifespans and changing family structures, many families are relying on pooled resources to address multigenerational financial issues. Adult children may be paying for their parents’ long-term care, while in other cases grandparent...

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Helping children with autism find their voice

Washington State University Spokane has partnered with Northwest Autism Center, of Spokane, to launch an interdisciplinary program for speech and hearing sciences graduate students to gain hands-on experience while helping children with autism spectrum di...

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Assisting departing workers in transition to new jobs

Jerry Smith, at Spokane-based insurance and employee-benefits brokerage Moloney+O’Neill, helps departing employees of certain companies pursue other career options. As director of career-transition and outplacement services at Moloney+O’Neill, Smit...

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