Office Hours archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011


Sterling names Andrew Schultheis general counsel

Andrew Schultheis has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel at Sterling Financial Corp. Schultheis, 40, has been outside counsel to Sterling, the parent of Sterling Savings Bank, while with Witherspoon Kelley. Before joining the Spokane law firm in 2005, Schultheis practiced with a...

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State looks for beneficiaries not looking for work

The Washington Employment Security Department wants $1,400 back from a bride who said she applied for work on her way to the altar. The unidentified woman was collecting unemployment benefits while in Texas for her wedding, according to a department news release. She claimed she...

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Agora Award winners to be announced on Wednesday

Can this really be the 26th year for the annual Agora Awards? That long, really? This year's winners will be announced Wednesday by Greater Spokane Inc. in a ceremony starting at 7 a.m. at the Davenport Hotel. Agora Awards are annual recognitions of business excellence...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011


West Side bank to merge into AmericanWest

The holding company for AmericanWest Bank has agreed to purchase Bank of the Northwest, which operates four branches in the Puget Sound area. The $17 million transaction is expected to close during the third quarter. The Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma and Issaquah offices of Bank of...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Website helps workers with disabilities find jobs

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services has launched a Website that will help workers with disabilities find employment. Pathways to Employment allows users to create resumes, find the names of businesses in their area, and view videos of success stories. A benefits calculator...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Palouse Wind Project gets permit 

The proposed Palouse Wind Project has received a conditional use permit, moving it one step closer to generating as much as 195 megawatts of electricity sometime next year. An independent hearing examiner hired by Whitman County granted the permit one month after completion of a...

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Employers hire almost 2,000 in April 

Private employers in Spokane County hired 2,100 workers in April, a gain only slightly offset by a cutback in government employment. The new hires, the Washington Employment Security Department said today, rolled the county unemployment rate back to 9.1 percent from 10.3 percent in March,...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Airport master plan open house Tuesday

Spokane International Airport will unveil its master plan Tuesday at a three-hour open house that begins at 4 p.m. in the Double Tree Hotel, Spokane City Center. Airport officials and consultants will be on hand to explain displays, maps and other information on short-, medium-,...

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Verizon says Spokane's 4G service starts on June 16 

Spokane Verizon customers can start using 4G service on June 16, the company announced Monday. Verizon's LTE (long term evolution) 4G service will come online and be available for those with enabled phones, hot spots and laptop modems. The service area is Spokane, Spokane Valley,...

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Itron execs to ring NASDAQ bell

Itron Inc. Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Unsworth and other officials from the Liberty Lake company will ring in the start of NASDSAQ trading Wednesday. The ceremony at the NASDAQ MarketSite Studio in Times Square, New York City, can be viewed at 6:15 a.m. at http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011


Red Lion adds a franchise hotel in Sacramento

View Larger Map Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. announced Friday it's converted a Sacramento hotel into a Red Lion franchise. The change involves the 109-room Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento-Rancho Cordova. It's now the more pleasingly named Red Lion Inn Rancho Cordova. The address is 10713...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011


Harley-Davidson dealerships to relocate

The Lone Wolf and Timber Wolf Harley-Davidson dealerships are consolidating their Spokane and Coeur d’Alene locations into the former United Coatings building in Spokane Valley. Dealer Principal Beth Ernst said Lone Wolf, the surviving name, will occupy 70,000 square feet at 19011 E. Cataldo, where...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Gonzaga hosts third annual Family Business conference on June 2

“Managing Relationships in Family Business: The Importance of Communication” will be this year's Gonzaga University Family Business Conference focus, which occurs on June 2. The now-annual conference will feature Andrew Keyt, executive director of the Loyola University Family Business Center. Keyt (in photo) is considered...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Business form companies merge

Two long-time companies selling business forms have merged under new ownership. Safeguard Business Systems and Business Forms Inc. have become BFI Safeguard, owned by Greg and Vicki Schob, who also own Safeguard franchises in California and Montana. General Manager Pete Michael said the merged businesses...

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