Office Hours archive for Sept. 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

Myst the Movie a step closer to the screen

We were directed to a recent post on Deadline.com, which mentions that Mysteria, a film company, has signed up two producers for a possible feature film based on "Myst," the groundbreaking game developed in north Spokane by Cyan Worlds.Back in 2008 we wrote, in an...

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Spokane Club names Pilcher its new CEO

The Spokane Club today named John Pilcher its new CEO. After a national search, the club's board chose Pilcher to move the athletic-social club forward. Pilcher has been serving as interim CEO for the past several months.“I’m thrilled to be asked to lead this historic...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2010

Call center operation to hire 190 in Spokane

West Corp., an Omaha-based call center business that has operations in Spokane, said it will hire 190 more permanent and temporary workers here. The company said in a news release Wednesday that 120 of the jobs will be full time, and the rest will be...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010




Women not bringing home much bacon in Idaho

Women in Idaho are among the nation’s lowest wage earners, the Census Bureau reported this morning.Median earnings for Idaho women were $29,122 last year – 72 percent of the $40,440 median earnings for men. Women are paid less in just five states, including Montana.In Washington,...

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Spokane foreclosure rates inch upward in July

Foreclosure rates in Spokane increased in July over the same period last year, CoreLogic reports. New data from the company show that the rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans in the Spokane area was 1.26 percent for July, up from a rate of 1.14...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010

Money to start two export readiness centers

Spokane-area firms looking seriously at exporting products overseas will soon have a new "export readiness center" to assist them.With a $1.28-million grant from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board, WSU Spokane will host two such centers; one will be in the Seattle area, the second...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 25, 2010

Inside the new Spokane Apple retail store

Roughly 450 to 550 people were waiting to get into the new Spokane Apple retail store Saturday, as doors opened at 10 a.m. Here are a few photos and one embedded video to show what the store looks like. Disclaimer: The Cowles Co. runs River...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010

Nice looking at you

Just in case you wonder what the front of the new Apple retail store in Spokane looks like.Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday. And we note, there are strong supporters here of Strong Solutions, a Spokane Apple retailer. That group is holding a little counter-celebration...

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Hollister-Stier chosen as manufacturer of the year

The Association of Washington Business has awarded its 2010 Manufacturer of the Year designation to HollisterStier Contract Mfg.That's the contract manufacturing arm of Hollister-Stier Laboratories, LLC., the north Spokane operation that has been part of the community since 1920. Hollister-Stier is a subsidiary of Jubilant...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2010

Mike Brede wins Apple opening contest

Fifteen people made guesses in our recent Office Hours contest to guess the opening date and time of the Spokane Apple store.Mike Brede (the first of those 15) got it right: it's 10 a.m. this Saturday. Three others said Saturday but none said 10 a.m....

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Airport runway extension completed

Spokane International Airport will reopen its main, newly expanded runway Thursday at 8 a.m.The two-year, $30.7 million project increased the runway length to 11,002 feet, an additional 2,000 feet. The parallel taxiway was also extended 2,000 feet.New navigational aids were installed. The Federal Aviation Administration...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

Drive-by paver leaves unhappy consumers

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries says an itinerant paving company has left behind numerous unsatisfied consumers in Eastern Washington.Spokeswoman Selena Davis said the department has received 35 complaints against Asphalt Driveways, which has posted signs and flyers with a toll-free telephone number around...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

Spokane Valley Yoke's closing due to lease snafu

View Larger MapSpokane Valley food retailer Yoke's Fresh Market plans to close its supermarket at Sprague and Progress because it's been unable to renew the property lease.In an announcement Monday, company CEO John Bole said no exact closing date has been determined.Yoke's has operated the...

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Hayden firm Unitech gets contract for V-22 Osprey

Hayden, Idaho manufacturing firm Unitech has won a contract with the Defense Department to make lightweight, insulated ducting components for the V-22 Osprey aircraft.Unitech, a division of AGC Aerospace & Defense, is expecting to do at least $8 million worth of work in relation to...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010


THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010


Nursery, Food Bank get $1,000 from STCU

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Second Harvest Food Bank will each receive $1,000 from Spokane Teachers Credit Union.The two charities outpolled 126 others who were nominated at the Greater Spokane Incorporated annual meeting Wednesday.Attendees named the charity they wanted funded by STCU, which put...

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