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Promoting permaculture in the Inland Northwest

Thom Foote has grown produce on his 1-acre Colbert farm for four seasons, but what he really talks about cultivating are practices under a design system called permaculture. ...


Washington state starts power plant carbon-reduction strategy

While Washington state is said to be leading among states in developing green and renewable energy supplies, it’s still got a lot of work to do to comply with a new Clean Power Plan rule announced last month by the Environmental Protection Agency, indus...


Palouse River water quality rehabilitation plan advances

A new plan for the North Fork Palouse River south of Spokane that aims to improve water quality and stream health for fish and other aquatic life is moving toward implementation, which should occur before the end of the year, a Washington Department of Ec...


IRS Environmental seeing more LEED projects

Maureen Fay, president of Spokane Valley-based asbestos and lead removal company IRS Environmental of WA Inc., says the top trend she’s noticed in the industry lately has been the shift toward green building projects, many of which are built to Leadersh...


Expanding grain growers international markets

While Asian nations are still the primary landing place for Washington wheat, new markets are slowly starting to emerge in Central and South America. ...


Giving vets a mission

The Spokane Conservation District says it’s struggling to raise awareness and generate interest among military veterans in a Vets on the Farm program it launched last May to help veterans transition back into civilian life and careers, specifically in a...

Farm Credit Northwest posts drop in earnings for quarter

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Spokane-based agriculture lending cooperative, has reported a decline in earnings for the second quarter, though it remains ahead of last year’s pace through the first half of this year. ...


Calling all machinists

The demand for machinists in the Spokane area remains high, with a number of companies here advertising openings online. ...


Mercer Trucking rolls on after lengthy slowdown

Mercer Trucking Co., of Spokane Valley, is returning to smooth pavement after a bumpy ride through the Great Recession, says Steve Hanning, the company owner. ...


Manufacturer educates teachers on drone technology

Minds-i Inc., a five-year-old Liberty Lake company that started out researching and developing static, motorized, robotic, and remote-control toys, has ridden the recent wave of interest in robots and aerial drones to shift heavily into education. ...

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