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Passion for biodiesel fuels small-business owner

Spokane Valley business owner and resident Jackie Etter says she’s like most people she knows who have a thirst for biodiesel fuel. “There’s not anybody I know that’s involved with biodiesel that doesn’t have another job,” says Etter, who is ...

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Boomer yoga

Harmony Yoga LLC owner Alison Rubin says practicing yoga in the advanced years of life can have lasting benefits in both injury prevention and recovery. Rubin, who was born in Great Britain and emigrated to the U.S. in 1972, owns and operates Harmony Yog...

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Women face unique challenges in retirement planning

In preparing for retirement, women face some particular challenges that men don’t, which is why experts here say it’s still important to follow the old standby advice: Start planning and saving early. “We really do our daughters and granddaughters...

Strategizing for retirement as lifespans grow longer

Making the transition from earning money to spending money when you first stop working is tricky, especially if you’re healthy and eager to enjoy all that new free time. The nice thing about work is that it keeps you from spending money. Remember, retir...

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Next Generation Zone prepares young adults for careers

Sherman Birdtail says he doesn’t know where his life would be without the educational, employment, and emotional support he’s received from the staff of Spokane’s Next Generation Zone, a career center for young adults. “I came in at 16 to get my ...

Blending work, play in hobby entrepreneurship

Work and hobbies lie at opposite ends of the motivational spectrum. By definition, we go to work to make a living and practice hobbies in our leisure time, primarily for intrinsic enjoyment. Rather than maintaining strict boundaries between work and leisu...

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WSU adds to research, innovation capabilities in Spokane

Washington State University’s Office of Commercialization has added a new position to the university’s Spokane campus, establishing its first point of contact here for researchers hoping to develop and market new technologies in life science fields. ...

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Space studies blast off at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

Students at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, in Rathdrum, have started up their own space program, dubbed Project DaVinci, and they hope to inspire excitement among younger people around the world about science, technology, engineering, and math—and sp...

Don’t lose new employees to burnout

As managers, we have all been there. There seems to be a revolving door in Human Resources. Everyone is continually searching for that great employee. And, every once in a while, a good prospect comes walking through that revolving door. Alice is that ...

Harnessing hospitality to enhance guest services

Tourism and hospitality constitute one of the largest industries in the United States today, generating an impressive $118 billion in tax revenue nationwide and $1.1 billion in Washington state alone. In the city of Spokane, the industry accounts for more...

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