February 20, 1995 in Nation/World

Bureau Of Mines Closures Go Before House Subcommittee

Compiled By Business Staff
 

The future of nearly 200 U.S. Bureau of Mines jobs in Spokane comes before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee again this week, with bureau director Rhea Graham and Inland Northwest representatives expected to testify.

In budget hearings last week, Rep. George Nethercutt of Spokane grilled Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt for an explanation about why all seven of the bureau offices targeted for closure in President Clinton’s budget are in Republican districts.

Babbit said the offices were selected prior to the November election, which put Nethercutt and the Republican Party in control of Congress. But a bureau spokesman contradicted Babbit, saying the sites were picked in January.

The Clinton budget would consolidate 12 field offices into four. The plan would close both Spokane offices, with 177 people and a $10 million annual budget, and relocate work to Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.

In other events this week:

Today:

President’s Day, stock markets and government offices closed.

Liberty Ag Day conference opens at 8 a.m. at Liberty Elementary School in Spangle.

Tuesday:

ISO 9000 breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Hungry Farmer restaurant, E9107 Montgomery.

U.S. Department of Treasury issues January budget statement.

Denver International Airport’s unveils its automated baggage system to reporters.

Barley and grain commissions in Washington, Idaho and Oregon meet at 9 a.m. at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow to discuss proposals for the coming fiscal year.

Wednesday:

Deadline for federal government to submit its plan for operating Columbia River dams to help salmon survival.

The Association of Spokane Women Business Owners meet at 7:30 a.m. at N665 Riverpoint Blvd., Room 325.

International Labor Organization in Geneva issues World Employment Report.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies before Senate Banking Committee on monetary policy.

Thursday:

The Inland Northwest Executive Network for Women meets at 7 a.m. at Cavanaugh’s 4th Avenue. Call 625-3654 for more information.

ISO 9000 meeting on how to select the registrar and pass the audit begins at 8 a.m. in the Applied Technology Center, N3939 Freya. Cost: $250.

President Clinton meets with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien in Ottawa through Friday.

U.S. Department of Commerce issues results of its 1995 investment plans survey.

Friday:

Washington State University extension economist Gayle Willett speaks about the state’s dairy industry to the Spokane Ag Bureau noon luncheon at the Stockyards Inn.

Commerce Department reports on durable goods orders for January.

MEMO: This sidebar ran with story: ON THE SHELF Business Week, Feb. 20: Special report examines the real reasons that so many companies want to link up with the regional telephone companies.

I’d rather be shopping at … Women’s Wear Daily ranked the nation’s most popular clothing stores, based on a poll of 800 women in major cities. Here are the results: 1. J.C. Penney 2. Macy’s 3. Mervyn’s 4. Wal-mart 5. Dillard’s 6. Nordstrom 7. Kmart 8. Sears 9. Burdines 10. Dayton’s

This sidebar ran with story: ON THE SHELF Business Week, Feb. 20: Special report examines the real reasons that so many companies want to link up with the regional telephone companies.

I’d rather be shopping at … Women’s Wear Daily ranked the nation’s most popular clothing stores, based on a poll of 800 women in major cities. Here are the results: 1. J.C. Penney 2. Macy’s 3. Mervyn’s 4. Wal-mart 5. Dillard’s 6. Nordstrom 7. Kmart 8. Sears 9. Burdines 10. Dayton’s


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