TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018
About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2018
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to block it. Washington regulators, however, said the laws Chase cites don’t apply to the sale.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
Road construction has snarled traffic on Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene for the past five months. The work is scheduled to wrap up by late October, but there’s one more major traffic revision in store for motorists before then.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2018
A controversial silicon smelter proposed near Newport is the topic of four upcoming public meetings.
MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2018
The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 – nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to the Spokane Association of Realtors.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
David Hamer’s ability to put an outfit together became the genesis for a 44-year career in men’s wear. The owner of the former Hamer’s Men’s Stores died Monday at age 85.
Auntie’s Bookstore will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday, marking a longevity that’s rare among small retailers, and particularly notable for an independent book seller.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018
Amazon Inc.’s market value briefly topped $1 trillion on Tuesday morning before retreating, becoming the second U.S. company after Apple to cross the line.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. was the successful bidder on a timber sale aimed at making 604 acres of the Colville National Forest more resilient to wildfires.
The Clark Fork Delta restoration work is getting a cash infusion. The Bonneville Power Administration will pay the state of Idaho $24 million over the next decade for wildlife habitat that was lost when Albeni Falls Dam was built in the 1950s.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
The Spokane Tribe is recruiting a developer to build a hotel near the Chewelah Casino. Market studies indicate the area could sustain a 70- to 100-room project, tribal officials said.
TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2018
Sara Mader used her software background to start selling products from a fifth-generation family farm on Amazon Grocery and Gourmet. During a Tuesday workshop, Mader talked about how online sales have transformed the family-owned business.
Starting in mid-September, work will begin on the $2 million “Children of the Sun Solar Initiative” on the Spokane Reservation. Solar panels will generate energy for 14 tribal buildings, including some housing units.
Sound Sleep of Sumner, Washington, has taken over production of the Davenport Hotel Pillow Top line after Northwest Bedding closed down in July.
MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2018
Studio Cascade, a Spokane-based community planning and design firm, has been acquired by SCJ Alliance Consulting Services. Bill Grimes will remain with the company as a principal.
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2018
Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging officials to overturn federal pollution limits that are stricter than state thresholds.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2018
About $2,500 worth of damage occurred at Grant Park’s community garden between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. “It was straight, mean vandalism,” said the garden’s volunteer manager.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2018
Spokane County’s unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent in July– a sign of continued strength in the local job market.
TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2018
Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.
Hydro One Ltd. has installed a new board of directors in the aftermath of a political shake-up that jolted the utility’s efforts to acquire Avista Corp. The Canadian utility wants Idaho regulators’ review of the proposed sale to resume.
SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2018
Tim Ledford, Brandon Bledsoe and John Thompson developed a
MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2018
Avista Corp.’s 2016 rates for electricity and natural gas may need to be recalculated, following a successful court challenge.
FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2018
Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane is reducing its staff by about 10 percent as it converts to a “micro hospital” with more focus on outpatient care.
Buying a home in Spokane County just got a little more affordable. Average prices dropped about $10,000 between June and July – a cool-down that local Realtors attributed to discouraged buyers choosing to wait out the competitive market.