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Business in brief: Kohl’s hiring for new Valley store

Kohl’s is looking for about 150 people to staff its Spokane Valley department store, slated to open in March in the 16000 block of Broadway Avenue.

The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company will hold a job fair for applicants next week. People can apply online at www.kohlscareers.com. Full- and part-time positions are available, spokeswoman Nzingha Thompson said.

Kohl’s in October opened stores at NorthTown Mall in Spokane and in north Coeur d’Alene. The chain that month revealed a five-year growth plan that calls for running more than 1,400 stores nationwide by 2012. It will operate 944 stores in 47 states by the end of March, the company said.

The job fair will be held Sunday through Thursday at the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

– Parker Howell

GRANTS PASS, Ore.

Deal would OK dam removal

An ambitious deal calling for the removal of four hydroelectric dams to restore struggling salmon runs has been forged among farmers, American Indian tribes, anglers, conservation groups and government agencies battling over scarce water in the region.

The plan, announced Tuesday, came after two years of closed-door negotiations among parties with different ideas about how to divide Klamath Basin water between a federal irrigation project and fish protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The agreement must be reviewed by federal agencies, including the U.S. Justice Department. The Klamath River dams’ removal would open 300 miles of rivers that have not seen salmon in the past century by increasing the number of areas for them to spawn and be reared.

The dams could be removed as early as 2015, according to the agreement. Their removal would be the largest such undertaking in the nation’s history, said Steve Rothert of the conservation group American Rivers.

Removal of the dams and restoration of salmon depends on approval of about $500 million in new funding over 10 years, primarily from Congress, and an agreement from the dams’ owner, Portland-based utility PacifiCorp.

Associated Press



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