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Reach Out And Speak Up About Proposed Phone Rate Hike

Mon., Nov. 17, 1997

Calling all U.S. West customers who have comments on proposed rate hikes for their telephone service.

U.S. West filed a $70.3 million rate increase request in August. Part of that request has been approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. To get the rest, the company would increase residential rates by $3 a month, business rates by $2 a month and directory assistance calls to 60 cents.

The WUTC already has received 1,187 comments from customers opposed to the rate hike and eight from those in favor. More comments will be gathered at five hearings next week, including Yakima and Spokane.

The Yakima meeting is Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cavanaugh’s Gateway Hotel, 9 North Ninth St. The Spokane hearing is at 5:30 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Comments also can be mailed to the WUTC at P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA 98504-7250 or e-mailed to comments@wutc.wa.gov.

In other events this week:

Today

The Idaho Barley Commission meets at 9 a.m. at the commission office, 1199 Main St. Suite G, Boise.

The Columbia Basin Development League meets at 6:30 a.m. at Michael J’s Restaurant in Connell.

Bonneville Power Administration regional workshop today and Tuesday on fish and wildlife funding begins at 10 a.m. at the Ridpath Hotel in Spokane.

Compaq CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer speaks at the Comdex Computer Show, meeting through Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Tuesday

The Northwest Power Planning Council meets through Wednesday to discuss the fish and wildlife program, meet with tribal and agency representatives, and study comments on the draft of the Fourth Northwest Power Plan. The first session begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Spokane Valley DoubleTree at I-90 and Sullivan. Call 359-7352.

Labor Department releases October consumer prices. Commerce Department releases September inventories report.

Wednesday

1997 Tax Reform Workshop, to answer questions about changes in tax laws, is offered free by LeMaster and Daniels from 3 to 4 p.m. at Spokane Community College’s Old Main Building, Room 144. Call 624-4315.

Armed Services Committee’s annual luncheon to support Toys for Tots is at the Spokane Airport Ramada Inn at noon. Bring an unwrapped toy. Call 459-4111.

Thursday

National Association of Women in Construction meets at 5:30 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Fourth Avenue in Spokane. For reservations call 535-3531.

Business After Hours will be offered for Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce members at New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 1322 N. Post, from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Call 459-4111 to RSVP.

Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington State University Cooperative Extension and Big Bend Community College hold a seminar to help farmers learn about market plans, their brokers, crop insurance and future planning is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hallmark Inn, 3000 Marina Drive, Moses Lake. Cost is $45 at the door. Call 800-598-6890, ext. 10.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Graphic: Lumber prices

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: ON THE SHELF BusinessWeek, Nov. 17: Cover story explores prospects for a $100 billion bailout reigniting growth in Asian economies. Money, December issue: Magazine profiles five entrepreneurs who gambled and decided to do what they love.

Stingy Santas Here are some shopping trends for the 1997 holiday season, as determined by the 1997 International Mass Retail Association Gallup survey: Consumers plan to spend an average of $813 on gifts per family this year, up slightly from $806 in 1996. Casual clothes top the holiday shopping list, with toy buying holding at the same rate as last year. Shoppers expect to spend less on large household items, computer hardware, home furnishings, hardware and small household/ kitchen appliances.

This sidebar appeared with the story: ON THE SHELF BusinessWeek, Nov. 17: Cover story explores prospects for a $100 billion bailout reigniting growth in Asian economies. Money, December issue: Magazine profiles five entrepreneurs who gambled and decided to do what they love.

Stingy Santas Here are some shopping trends for the 1997 holiday season, as determined by the 1997 International Mass Retail Association Gallup survey: Consumers plan to spend an average of $813 on gifts per family this year, up slightly from $806 in 1996. Casual clothes top the holiday shopping list, with toy buying holding at the same rate as last year. Shoppers expect to spend less on large household items, computer hardware, home furnishings, hardware and small household/ kitchen appliances.



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