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Geothermal gains share in custom home market

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are gaining acceptance in residential construction here, although most adopters of the heat-transfer technology are in the upscale custom home market. Jeff Fountain, a principal at Copeland Architecture & Constructi...

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Overall vascular health should be factored into varicose vein options, physician says

Women should talk to health providers about overall vascular health when looking for relief from symptoms caused by varicose veins, says Dr. Stephen Murray, a surgeon at the Providence Vascular Institute, in Spokane. Females seeking medical procedures t...

Incapacitation strategy said to be key to wealth management

Incapacitation strategy said to be key to wealth management

An incapacitation plan can help protect family assets if one spouse loses the ability to make financial and health-care decisions due to conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or severe stroke, which are among the top causes of disability for older people...

Preparing wills still not high priority for many, experts here say here say

Preparing wills still not high priority for many, experts here say here say

Planning for death is still proving to be a challenge for many adults across the nation and here in Spokane, say elder law and estate planning attorney Lynn St. Louis and financial planner Paul Viren. St. Louis and Viren both say they see many adults pro...

'Family bank' shown to hurt plans to retire

During the last five years, roughly three out of five Americans age 50 and older have provided financial assistance to members of their family, including adult children, parents, grandchildren, siblings, or other relatives, says a Merrill Lynch study rele...

Despite some pessimism, investors should be bullish on '14

"There are only two kinds of forecasters—those who don't know, and those who don't know they don't know." - John Kenneth Galbraith, economist Yes, it's that time of year—when Wall Street starts putting out projections for the market year to com...

Using clients' values to guide wealth-related advice

Using clients' values to guide wealth-related advice

Spokane-based financial planner Loran Graham says he approaches the retirement and wealth management goals of his clients by asking them what they value most. Common themes are time with family and community service, he says. "You can tell what's import...

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Confined spaces on the move

Employees doing work in confined spaces such as a silo, manhole, pit, or vault must follow strict safety procedures under state and federal rules.This year, Spokane-based Oxarc Inc. began offering a new way to train employees to follow safety by...

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Engineering firm slims down machine manufacturing

Lambie Engineering LLC, of Spokane Valley, is hoping to revolutionize the way companies fabricate parts through the concept of lean manufacturing. One of the tenets of lean manufacturing, says Lambie Engineering President and owner Ken Lambie, a...

Blue Room adds to rural hospital work

Spokane-based Blue Room Architecture & Design PS says it and its team of local consulting engineers is beginning work on the design of a $25 million replacement hospital in Bowman, N.D., a small town in the southwest corner of that state.John is...

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