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Avian flu exacerbates rising poultry, egg prices

Consumers can expect their chicken wings and egg salad to cost a little more this summer, due to an outbreak of avian influenza, local industry experts say....


Mushroom farming grows in the Inland Northwest

Josh Yake, founder and owner of Gourmet Foragables & More, of Spokane, says he remembers when he was the only mushroom vendor at Inland Northwest farmers markets. ...


Vinegar Flats Farm adopts no-tilling technique

On a 40-acre parcel of land tucked along the west side of Latah Creek where sounds of flowing water and chirping birds create a calm atmosphere in the historical farming neighborhood, Vinegar Flats Farm is in the middle of an important transition. ...


Health care employment shows signs of stabilizing

Employment in the health care industry is in a time of transition, industry executives say, and stability is unlikely to occur for a few years to come....


A trend of interest: Businesses, lender confront rising rates for first time in years

Federal interest rates are expected to rise continually, and inflation pressure could ease slightly, resulting in more expensive loans for borrowers who have less money to spend because of the current high costs of goods and services. The Federal Open ...


Spokane’s event, tourism year to be its busiest ever

Pent-up demand for conventions, sports, entertainment, and travel over the past few years has led to a jam-packed season of events in the second half of 2022, says Stephanie Curran, CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District. “We’re definitely the ...

Economy forecasted to bend, not break, this year

For the first time in more than two decades, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined for eight consecutive weeks into late May, the longest since 1932. Similarly, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ dropped for seven straight weeks — the first time since 2011 ...


Women hold reins at key Spokane economic groups

With the hiring of Emilie Cameron last month to the position of president at Downtown Spokane Partnership, three Spokane major economic development organizations—Downtown Spokane Partnership, Greater Spokane Inc., and Visit Spokane—now are led by...


Women lead Spokane’s wine scene

The Spokane Wine Association is led by four women wine professionals who are working to elevate awareness and appreciation of the local wine industry, says Patricia Butterfield, owner of Winescape Winery and this year’s SWA president....


Teen parents learn to lead at Lumen High School

Shauna Edwards says running a high school wasn’t what she initially envisioned for herself, but after working with teen parents and learning of the barriers they face completing a high school education, she knew she’d be involved in ...

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