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Officehours counts down the major business stories: No. 5: the Mead smelter

OfficeHours will do its own 2013 business story run-down, counting from Five to One, over the next week.

What were the biggest business news stories of the past year, affecting the Eastern Washington-North Idaho region?

Please feel free to voice your own choices or post links to stories not covered in these pages or by the Spokane media. In fact, we are sure there are some stories that weren't covered in detail that deserved more attention.

Today's No. 5 story:  The ongoing and accelerated efforts by a California company, New Mill Capital to rehab the former Mead aluminum smelter.

We ran the story this past fall, with very strong photos by staff photographer Dan Pelle:

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John Stucke John Stucke is a deputy city editor who helps build local news coverage and writes about health care, bankruptcy and rural affairs.

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Scott Maben Scott Maben is a Deputy City Editor who covers North Idaho news and higher education.

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