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Vivint moves services beyond home security

Wireless-based home security systems are rapidly adding conveniences to control household settings, but they’re also providing more protection, says Eric Patrick, who oversees a Liberty Lake call center of Vivint Inc., a security and home-automation sys...

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URM Stores investigation ending; ripple effects continue

Spokane wholesaler URM Stores Inc. announced recently that it’s nearing the end of its investigation into the cyber-attacks last fall that compromised an unknown number of debit and credit cards, but some aftereffects of that breach still are being felt...

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Low-impact development said to be in higher demand

Landscape architect Len Zickler, a principal in the Spokane office of Tacoma-based AHBL Inc., says the company is seeing more requests to design environmentally friendly infrastructure to manage stormwater drainage. He expects this approach, called low-...

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Kiemle & Hagood subsidiary promotes greener building management practices

Kiemle & Hagood Co. says it and a facility-services subsidiary it operates have been using greener building management and maintenance practices they implemented fully three years ago to help building owners and tenants achieve sizable energy savings. Th...

State agency OKs utilities’ targets for conservation

Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission regulators have approved two-year energy conservation targets for the three investor-owned utilities that provide service in Washington state. When realized, the agency says, those conservation ef...

Sustainability professionals say challenges lie ahead

This year will be a challenging one for those responsible for managing energy and other resources for their organizations, says a report that Spokane-based energy and sustainability management company Ecova Inc. released last month. Titled “2014 Energy...

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...

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