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Monday, December 10, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


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Then and Now: Buchanan Chevrolet

R. G. “Buck” Buchanan, born in 1901 and raised on a cattle ranch in New Mexico, started in the car business in 1918 as a driving instructor in Missoula, Montana, …

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to …

At NPR, an army of temps resents a workplace full of anxiety and insecurity

For decades, the public broadcaster has relied on a cadre of temporary journalists to produce its hourly newscasts and popular news programs. Without temporary workers – who are subject to …

Real estate firm’s renovation of downtown Spokane building will lead to move

When complete, 4 Degrees Real Estate will consolidate its property management and real estate offices there. The real estate company purchased the building in July for $1.08 million through a …

Spokane Federal Credit Union CEO Charlotte Nemec has taken an uncommon path to the top

Charlotte Nemec has been at the helm of Spokane Federal since June. She rose up the ranks from human resources specialist to overseeing the credit union, which has more than …

Beware the holiday ‘smart toys’ that spy on your kids

Consumer advocates warn “smart toys” pose privacy and security risks for kids. Security experts have shown smart toys can be easily hacked, and toymakers have taken heat for major data …

Avista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario elections

A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble.

Motley Fool: Garbage Greatness

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) owns a network of garbage-collection routes, waste-processing facilities and landfills that would be hard, if not impossible, to replicate.

Tesla may consider buying idle GM plants

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he may be willing to buy some of the five factories General Motors Co. will idle next year, making …

Business Beat

Architecture Bernardo|Wills Architects has announced three additions to the company’s staff. The company has hired Paz Ochoa and Stan Griswold as landscape architect. Ochoa previously worked eight years with Spurlock …

Tom Kelly: Don’t trust another to communicate with your real estate agent

The first thing to remember is that nobody can read your mind. Make sure your real estate agent knows your concerns and keep all communication lines open.

GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroit’s rebound

General Motors’ planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for “putting America on wheels,” but the closure and job losses …

De Leon’s Taco & Bar to open third Spokane location

The new location, anticipated to open in early 2019, will be at at 1801 N. Hamilton St. in the Logan neighborhood near Gonzaga University. Permits show $300,000 in work.

Real estate firm’s renovation of downtown Spokane building will lead to move

The $1.2 million remodel of the 14,200-square-foot building at 915 W. Second Ave. also will improve the adjoining 45-stall parking lot to the south. When complete, 4 Degrees Real Estate …

Wake Up Call, dental office included in Liberty Lake mixed-used development plans

Local coffee chain Wake Up Call will be expanding to Liberty Lake as part of a mixed-use development that will also house a dental office.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Average Spokane County home price was $246K during November

Spokane County home prices leveled off during November, while the number of homes sold during the month dipped slightly.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 7:47 p.m.

Bull’s eye on Permian Basin on New Mexico-Texas border as oil prices rise

Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation’s …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

U.S. just became a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years

The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in American oil production, with thousands of wells pumping from the Permian region of Texas and New …

Foie gras off Amazon’s offerings in California in settlement

Amazon has agreed not to sell foie gras in California from birds that have been force-fed and will pay civil penalties, investigative costs and restitution as part of a lawsuit …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

Shopko stores on South Hill, in Bonners Ferry to close by end of February

Wisconsin-based Shopko has announced it will close of 39 stores, including locations on Spokane’s South and in Bonners Ferry.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

California-based burger chain plans location in north Spokane

The Habit Burger Grill, a popular California-based fast casual chain, is planning to open a restaurant in Spokane.

The Gilded Lily Florist marks reopening at Monroe Street location

The Gilded Lily Florist will celebrate its grand re-opening today with refreshments and a lion dance performance by a local Vietnamese youth group.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Record imports push U.S. trade gap to $55.5 billion in October

The Commerce Department said Thursday the gap between the United States sells and what it buys from foreign countries hit $55.5 billion in October, the fifth straight increase and highest …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Lyft aims to beat Uber to U.S. stock market with IPO

Lyft still hasn’t caught up to Uber in the rapidly growing ride-hailing market, but it’s ahead in the race to sell its stock on the public market where the two …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Drugmaker to sell cheaper generic rival to EpiPen injectors

Sandoz will sell a pair of injectors, under the name Symjepi, for $250 without insurance.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Sears’ biggest holder bids $4.6B for rest of bankrupt chain

Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock in a move to stave …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

EKG, other heart health features come to Apple Watch

Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Avista may seek another ‘white knight’

Avista Corp. remains a likely takeover target, even though the Spokane-based utility’s plan to be purchased by a Canadian company is apparently dead.

Dental office in Spokane Valley will have bakery

Lakeside Dental is opening an office in Spokane Valley that will include abakery.

Spokane ranked among ‘underrated cities’ for craft beer

Spokane’s brew pubs have landed the city on