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Last week’s officers-down event spiked area’s news organization websites

In case you wondered.  Last week's dramatic events involving a chase of a felon who shot two Spokane deputies was a big deal with area online news companies.

We asked how much those events affected the companies' news sites.

Here's what we learned, based on self-reported numbers. (We don't subscribe to the tracker sites that can scoop recent data, for a fairly high fee.)

KXLY.com reported an 83 percent spike in unique visitors for that Tuesday, compared with other Tuesday.

KHQ.com (also owned by the same company that owns The Spokesman-Review) reported a 9 percent total spike in unique visitors, over the Tuesday site average.

Spokesman.com reported a 12 percent hike in unique visitors above the Tuesday daily average.

KREM did not respond to an invitation to provide numbers.

Will area football fans using Dish Network miss out on the Super Bowl?

UPDATED FEB. 1, 1:30 p.m.:  

The two sides have ended the contract impasse and have signed a new retransmission contract. See more recent posts on Office Hours for details.

By early Wednesday morning a number of Dish Network TV subscribers may be seeing nothing on the channel normally carrying KHQ.

A negotiation of a new multiyear contract between KHQ's parent company and Dish has stalled. The contract reportedly ends at midnight on Jan. 31. As happened with DirecTV and Fox affilliate KAYU exactly one year ago, the dispute over money could lead to a blackout for Dish subscribers just before Sunday's Super Bowl.

It would have no effect on cable subscribers, those using DirecTV or getting their signals over-the-air or from another cable service.

The contract covers retransmission fees paid by the satellite company to the affiliate station management.  Dish and KHQ's parent company — Cowles California Media Co., in this case — have not been able to agree on the annual fee oaid by Dish. The fee in large part is based on the number of subscribers Dish has within that station's market area.

Last year Fox carried the Super Bowl. This year it's NBC, and KHQ is the NBC affiliate in this market.

As happened during the KAYU blackout, area TV fans can prepare themselves by finding alternatives. Dish subscribers who have line rabbit-ears antennas might be able to pull the signal over the air.

But residents with spotty reception or none at all will have to figure out another option.

The Dish Network folks emailed this comment to us: “Dish Network's lengthy negotiations with Cowles California Media Co., the owner of KHQ in Spokane, remain ongoing; but so far they have not resulted in an agreement. Without an agreement from Cowles, Dish would no longer have the legal right to provide KHQ's NBC programming — along with the Super Bowl — to Dish customers.
 
“Essentially, Cowles is holding the Super Bowl hostage while it demands an outrageous rate increase of more than 250 percent. We hope to have an agreement before access to this channel is interrupted, but so far Cowles has been unreasonable in its negotiations.”
 
A KHQ manager declined to comment, saying the negotiations are ongoing and confidential.
 
KHQ is owned by a company that is a subsidiary of Cowles Co, which also operates The Spokesman-Review and Spokesman.com.

North Face store in RPS will open Sept. 30

The new North Face Store, which took over the River Park Square space held by Talbot's, will open on Friday Sept. 30.

The outdoor gear retailer has been working on its interior for the past two months. If there's going to be any sort of grand opening with special attractions, we'll put something here later to call attention to that.

Disclaimer: River Park Square is owned by the Cowles Co., which also owns and operates The Spokesman-Review.

Jos. A. Bank moving to the Talbots site?

 

Talbots has not said if the women’s retail chain will open another Spokane store. It’s closing the 706 W. Main location in River Park Square, due to a lease termination. At this point, Talbots  officials have responded with silence to the question.

So, we now notice the company taking over Talbots’ site, at 706 W. Main, is Jos. A Bank Clothiers, Inc., the nationwide clothing retailer. It has its downtown Spokane storeabout one block west of River Park Square. City building permits show a remodeling permit for the Talbots building issued to Jos. A. Bank.

A conversation with some Bank workers produced this explanation — with the caveat that efforts to get confirmation from the company’s main office have not been successful:

For more than a year Jos. A. Bank has disliked being next door to the empty retail site on the corner of Main and Lincoln. The landlord of the Jos. A Bank store (at 811 W. Main) has tried to find a corner tenant without success. That landlord is a subsidiary of the Cowles Co., which publishes The Spokesman-Review.

So Bank Clothiers decided to make the move about two blocks away, in part to be closer to foot traffic, the workers said. It won’t hurt that the new Jos. A. Bank store is next to the soon-coming Apple retail store.

ADDITION: It’s notable that the two landlords — RPS, where Talbots is, and Centennial Properties, where Jos. A. Bank is — are ultimately one and the same company, the Cowles Co.

Jos. A. Bank’s real estate office won’t even need to change the mailing address where it sends the lease payments.

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