Office Hours archive for Nov. 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Spokane company gets grant for burn treatment

A start-up pharmaceutical company in Spokane has received a $1.38 million grant to develop new burn treatments for the Department of the Army.Iasis Molecular Sciences will work with Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Connecticut Health Center to formulate and test compounds based on...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010

Shoppers file into the Spokane Valley Shopko store at the 5 a.m. opening Friday, Nov. 25, 2010. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Roads, cold don't deter shoppers

Shoppers jammed parking lots from Wandemere to Spokane Valley to North Idaho this morning, ignoring snowy roads and cold temperatures to buy 46-inch televisions and 700-count sheets.At the Northpointe shopping Center, Best Buy Manager Keat Shankle estimated as many as 2,000 shoppers had been through...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

North Idaho counties lose jobs

Employment in most North Idaho counties fell in October, with Boundary County the notable exception.The Idaho Department of Labor Friday released a county-by-county breakdown of employment statistics, having announced earlier in the month a statewide rise in joblessness to 9.1 percent from nine percent in...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

A local daily deal coupon option ready to start

Two Spokane companies have launched the Deal Planet, a daily online coupon offer modeled on the popular approach taken by Groupon.com.Bozzi Media and Se7en LLC teamed up and began testing the plan over the past two weeks. They concluded the test and are ready to...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010


Seasonal hires brighten jobs picture

The unemployment rate in Spokane County slipped to 7.8 percent in October, the lowest rate in almost two years.The number of employed rose to 220,210, up from 216,960 in September and 218,850 in October 2009.But Doug Tweedy, local labor economist for the Washington Employment Security...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Economists forecast more of same for 2011

The economic recovery will grind slowly forward next year, extending this year's modest improvements but not breaking out strongly enough to significantly affect unemployment and household income, economists John Mitchell and Grant Forsyth said today.Speaking at a Greater Spokane Incorporated forecast breakfast, Mitchell said businesses...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010



Nordstrom Rack employee Genna Sciamanda, of Cheney, checks the tags for sizes in the children’s section of the new Rack store at the Spokane Valley Mall. The Rack is moving from NorthTown Mall to the Valley location and will be open on Thursday.  (Dan Pelle)

Nordstrom offers shoppers an online Rack experience

North Spokane residents who are disappointed that the Nordstrom Rack store moved last month from NorthTown to Spokane Valley Mall can now do their Rack-shopping online.Last month, the Seattle retailer launched an online section to Nordstrom.com that features some of the items sold at its...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010


TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010

Housing sales plunge in October

Home sales plunged 40 percent in October compared with the same month last year, when a federal income tax credit boosted sales.The Spokane Association of Realtors reported 304 sales, down from 509 in October 2009, and 317 in September.Average and median prices were up substantially,...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010

When did Washington start licensing tow truck companies? 

Yesterday's announcement that the Washington Department of Licensing was teeing off, big time, on Spokane-based Evergreen State Towing Co., made us wonder: How many towing companies do we have in this town?Lewis Dennie, the Dept. of Licensing Northeast regional manager, came back with the answer:...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2010


Red Lion adds California franchisees

Red Lion Hotels Corp. will add two California properties early next year, the Spokane-based company said today.A Fairfield Inn in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, will re-open as a Red Lion in January. The 111-room hotel built by Marriott as a Fairfield in offers limited service.The...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Dan Jackson returning to Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels Corporation of Spokane has hired Dan Jackson as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will begin Nov. 10.Jackson has been involved in senior-level finance and strategic planning for more than 20 years, and he has significant experience in the hospitality...

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