An Alaskan gold mine owned by Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. is back to full production, company officials said Thursday.
Last November, mining and milling operations were scaled back at the Kensington Mine, which is about 45 miles north of Juneau, while several underground and surface projects took place.
Most of those projects are complete or will be finished by July, officials said. The work includes upgrades to the electrical system, a new warehouse and worker dormitory.
The mine opened in mid-2010 following two decades of permitting battles.
Women business owners win award
The Inland Northwest National Association of Women Business Owners won the Small Business Administration 2012 Women in Business champion of the year award for Washington and the Northwest region.
The award goes to the organization or individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership and has supported legislative or regulatory action and other efforts to increase small business opportunities for women.
The Inland Northwest NAWBO is a chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners in Washington, D.C.
The award went to the Spokane-based chapter for its efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women and for efforts to strengthen the role of women business owners.
Spark Awards winners announced
Marketing efforts for a farmers market, an Advent calendar, Gonzaga University and a stink bug trap won top prizes in this year’s Spark Awards, presented by Spokane MarCom, the regional marketing and communications association.
The awards recognize the best work by local marketing, communications and public relations professionals.
The Brightest Spark Award recipients were:
• Advent Calendar website by Gonzaga University (electronic and interactive communications – external Internet site)
• Stink Bug Trap product launch by RESCUE! Pest Control Products (marketing and communications campaigns – external communications)
• Liberty Lake Farmers Market social media campaign by Greenstone Homes (electronic and interactive communications – social media)
• @Gonzaga by Gonzaga University (electronic and interactive communications – e-zines, e-newsletters, etc.)
The best of show Dussault Award went to RESCUE! for its Stink Bug Trap launch, which the judges said was handled “creatively and smartly.”
More winners are listed online at www.spokanemarcom.org/ 2012-spark-awards.
Marriott Residence Inn planned near WSU
If you’ve had trouble getting a hotel room in Pullman, some relief may be in sight.
Washington State University has signed a lease agreement with an affiliate of Stonebridge Cos. for the construction and operation of a hotel adjacent to the Pullman campus.
The company will build a 127-room, Generation 9 Marriott Residence Inn. The hotel is expected to open by the fall of 2013.