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Front & Center: The long and fulfilling days of Addison Pemberton, president of Liberty Lake manufacturer Scanivalve

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 5 A.M.

This picture of Addison Pemberton with the monocycle he built in 1971 hangs in the office at Scanivalve in Liberty Lake. Pemberton is the president of the company. (KATHY PLONKA/The Spokesman-Review)
Addison Pemberton keeps one foot firmly in the future, the other planted in the past. By day he is president and co-owner of Scanivalve, a Liberty Lake manufacturer of sophisticated pressure instrumentation used in wind tunnels to measure the aerodynamics of aircraft, cars, bridges and skyscrapers. At night, he and a cohort of volunteers painstakingly restore vintage airplanes, including an iconic 1942 twin-engine Grumman Goose that hasn’t flown in decades … but may next month.

BBB Tip of the Week: Avoiding spring break bail scams

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

I educate the community about various scams and how to avoid being a victim. Many of my presentations take place at senior centers where many share their stories and experiences with me. I am always relieved that most of them are able to spot the most popular scams and avoid being taken. Last fallI was stunned by a story that one gentleman shared with the group. He was a recently retired and based on his healthy skin tone and Hawaiian shirt I assumed he was enjoying his new chapter in life.

Business Beat

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

Accounting Matthew Peterson and Mary Cooper have been hired by Coeur d’Alene’s Magnuson, McHugh and Company. Peterson has been a CPA since 2010 and has spent more than 10 years in the accounting industry. He joins the firm as a tax services manager. Cooper has been hired as a manager of retirement plan services. She worked as a retirement plan administrator with Powers Stromberg Pension Consulting, Inc. for 26 years before being hired at Magnuson, McHugh and Company.

Tom Kelly: Do personal notes work in a hot market?

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

Do personal notes have any success in a red-hot neighborhood for real estate? There is no specific data but they probably can’t hurt your case. It’s a good idea to send similar fliers to homeowners in the neighborhood you are completely sold on, but use your personal inquiries to supplement the work of a competent, knowledgeable agent. Personal notes expand your possibilities, but an agent could be the key to getting a house in an area you desire.

Week Ahead

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

Nine hotel and hospitality professionals, all graduates of the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, will speak during the University’s Burtenshaw Distinguished Lecture Series focusing on prominence and profitability in the hospitality industry.

New rifts emerge as Trump administration rejects free trade statement at G-20 meeting

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 7:52 P.M.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, shakes hands with Lawrence Wong, Singaporean minister for national development, at the G20 finance ministers meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Uwe Anspach / dpa)
The Trump administration on Saturday rejected a statement from other leading economies that warned against the perils of trade protectionism, the latest sign of how the administration’s more combative approach to diplomacy could create rifts with U.S. allies and leave traditional partners in the dark about the direction of U.S. policy.

Pooled taxes to benefit West Plains development

UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 4:36 P.M.

A proposed public development authority would accelerate construction on the West Plains. In this 2013 file photo, visitors walk through the new Caterpillar parts distribution center on Spokane’s West Plains. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
City, county and airport officials plan to create a public development authority that would pool property tax revenue to accelerate construction on the West Plains.

Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 3:15 P.M.

A supply of Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter sits amidst other butters on a store shelf Friday in Edina, Minnesota. A handful of Wisconsin residents has filed a lawsuit challenging a 1953 state law that bans the sale of Kerrygold Irish butter, or any other butter that hasn’t been graded for quality. (Jim Mone / Associated Press)
Wisconsin resident Jean Smith snatches up entire stocks of her beloved Kerrygold Irish butter from stores when visiting family in Nebraska, thanks to an antiquated law in her dairy-obsessed state that bans it and any other butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

J.C. Penney identifies 138 stores to close; none in Spokane region

UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 1:46 P.M.

In this April 9, 2013, file photo, signage at a J.C. Penney store is displayed in New York. J.C. Penney is listing the 138 locations it will shutter in the coming months as the retailer seeks to cut costs and improve its profitability. J.C. Penney Co. is hurting as more people shop online instead of heading to the mall. The closures are part of the company's previously announced plans to focus on its best-performing stores. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
The Spokane region and North Idaho will be spared closure of any J.C. Penney stores in the next few months, according to the company. The struggling retailer on Friday released a list of 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs.

Consumer sentiment rises as household finances improve

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 12:08 P.M.

Consumer confidence rose in March as Americans were more satisfied than any time in 16 years with the current state of their finances and the economy, while remaining sharply divided along party lines about the outlook.

Wells Fargo CEO: Fixing fake accounts will take more time

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 12:05 P.M.

Wells Fargo CEO & President Timothy Sloan is interviewed in one of his bank’s branches, in New York, Friday. Sloan says that it’s too early to gauge President Trump’s job performance, but says that he will succeed as long as the White House focuses on jobs and economic growth. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan said the company could need several more months to resolve customer damage tied to its massive sales practices scandal, such as figuring out if people had trouble getting approved for other loans because of the fake accounts bank employees opened.

Court holds TEPCO, govt liable for Fukushima safety failures

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 8:16 A.M.

Lawyers for a group of evacuees who were forced to leave their homes near the Fukushima nuclear plant display signs that read “partially won a case,” right, and “the government is liable” in front of the Maebashi District Court in Maebashi, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 17, 2017. The court Friday held Japan’s government and a utility liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay 62 of the thousands of people who fled radiation released during the March 2011 disaster. (Fumine Tsutabayashi / Associated Press)
A court held Japan’s government and a utility liable on Friday for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens out of the thousands of people who fled radiation released during the March 2011 disaster.

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