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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010


Anthony DeRusso, a trombone player with the Siena band, shouts "Go, Saints!" as his team battles Purdue during the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

March Madness rounds bring dollars to region

The Spokane Regional Sports Commission says last week's 1st and 2nd round NCAA basketball championships had an economic impact on the region of about $4.6 million. About 12,000 of the 32,000 tickets sold were to out-of-town fans who traveled here to see the games, the...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010


Fair housing training offered in Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint

Two free fair housing trainings will be offered in April in Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint.The trainings, sponsored by the Disability Action Center-NW, Intermountain Fair Housing Council and the city of Coeur d'Alene, will cover fair housing basics, disability rights and responsibilities, reasonable accommodations and legal...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

Ground broken for new Valley fire station 

The Spokane Valley Fire Department took another step Wednesday in its multi-year program to improve fire protection in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. Fire commissioners and other district officials gathered for a ground-breaking for construction of a new Station No. 10 at 17217 E. Sprague...

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Downturn starting to ease for lumber mills

Lumber mills are starting to emerge from the worst downturn in the industry’s history, according to the Western Wood Products Association.The Portland-based trade association predicts a 7 percent gain in Western lumber output in 2010, based on a strengthening national housing market.

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Renie Alles, who operates Churchill's Steakhouse in Spokane with her husband, Bill, stands in the proposed cigar lounge of their restaurant Thursday.  Customers would use an antique-style telephone to place  drink orders, then pick them up at the nearby bar so that  servers would not have to enter the smoky room.  
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Churchill's Steakhouse, in downtown Spokane, reopens

Someone suggested Bill Alles name his new steakhouse in Spokane, The "Prime Minister."The pun was less than accurate for a business that cooked more than prime rib.But owner Bill Alles liked the idea and eventually the moniker evolved into Churchill's Steakhouse.Starting this evening, the downtown...

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CDA Cellars chosen as best Idaho winery 

Wine Press Northwest makes annual selections for best winery of the year, for the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.This year's Idaho winery is Coeur d'Alene Cellars, at 3890 N. Schreiber Way.That's a nice honor. To read the full Wine Press announcement, go here.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

Former WaMu execs to talk with Congress 

The top two former Washington Mutual executives are being forced to testify publicly for the first time next month as part of a congressional investigation into the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Kerry Killinger and Steve Rotella will join five other former WaMu executives...

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Mountain View Elementary third-grader Jenna Whitfield listens to her teacher explain the importance of the 2010 census during a field trip to visit the 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour. (Kathy Plonka)

Census help centers open 

Questionnaire Assistance Centers have begun opening across the country and in the Inland Northwest for people who need help filling out the 2010 census form.Coeur d'Alene locations include the St. Vincent de Paul HELP Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave., and the Idaho Department of Labor,...

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Avista seeks 13 percent rate hike

Avista is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas through a series of rate filings.For the average Avista ratepayer in Eastern Washington, the request amounts to adding $10.62 to a homeowner’s monthly electric bill and another $4 a month for natural gas....

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Harry Sladich is president and CEO of Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Sladich resigns from CVB, heads to Red Lion

Harry Sladich, president and CEO of the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, is resigning to become an executive with Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. Sladich has led the CVB for five years, a tenure in which the organization’s revenues have increased by 47 percent,...

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A volunteer places a clean bottle under a spout that fills it with gin Saturday, May 18, 2009, at Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane. The small-batch distiller uses groups of volunteers on Saturdays to bottle their products. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane's Dry Fly to add bourbon to lineup

Spokane's successful Dry Fly Distilling is ready to move on to bourbon.After first launching a lineup of gin and vodka, the private distillery released an all-wheat whiskey last year. It was snapped up within weeks.Now owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth say they'll release about...

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Former sawmill owner buys Potlatch plant

Spokane-based Potlatch Corp. has sold its Post Falls particleboard plant to Todd Brinkmeyer, a former sawmill operator. The particleboard plant employs about two dozen people, most of whom will keep their jobs. The sale closed on March 12. The purchase price was not disclosed.The small-scale...

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The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.