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North Idaho engineering concern grows welding school

Hayden-based AllWest Testing & Engineering LLC is expanding its testing services by growing a welding school.The company fared well during the recession with revenues balanced between the testing and engineering sides of the business and growing...

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Coeur d'Alene lighting distributor taps LED niche

Cory Turnbull, president and owner of Catalyst LEDs LLC, says the outlook for the Coeur d'Alene company is growing only brighter.Catalyst specializes in designing and distributing commercial and industrial lighting systems that use diodes, than...

Plug-in electric vehicle sales projected to accelerate

A recent report from Boulder, Colo.-based Pike Research says sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the 102 largest U.S. cities are expected to total slightly more than 1.8 million from 2012 through 2020. A separate Pike Research report says of a...

Grocery delivery touted as greener than driving to store

At the end of a long day, it can be more convenient to order your groceries online while sitting on the living room couch instead of making a late-night run to the store. New research suggests it's also more environmentally friendly to leave the to...

Architect champions German passive-house design

For Sam Rodell, principal at Kirkwood Rodell Architects PS, of Spokane, a popular German passive-house design method could be the next big thing in architecture, if it continues to gain ground in the U.S. Rodell, who has had his own architecture...

Open space said to lift home prices

Homes in neighborhoods that incorporate protected open space command prices 20 to 29 percent higher than those without open space, says a new study by a Colorado State University multidisciplinary research team that included Wildlife Conservation a...

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Power play at Whitworth - Art only

This solar-panel installation atop the new aquatics center at Whitworth University is said to be the largest single solar installation in Eastern Washington. The private school on Spokane's North Side says the system is expected to generate enough...

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Promoting ponderosa pines as super tree

Spokane Ponderosa, an organization that strives to restore greater numbers of the city's most dominant native tree, is kicking off a wider distribution of the evergreen seedlings this spring for volunteer groups to plant.Kevin Cash, full-time of...

Recession said to provide wake-up call for some investors

Fidelity Investments' "Five Years Later" study, which examines the attitudes and behaviors of investors since the financial crisis started in 2008, shows that despite significant personal financial losses and hardship, the event helped boost by and...

Study finds U.S. workers not confident about retirement

A recently released report suggests that nearly half of American workers surveyed lack confidence in their ability to live comfortably in retirement and most are hungry for sound retirement planning advice. The 23rd annual Retirement Confidence...

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