Stories tagged: business
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017, 8 A.M.
What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way
Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017, 7:02 P.M.
Warren Buffett sticks to business, avoids politics in letter
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett reiterated his rosy long-term outlook for the U.S. economy and his distaste for high Wall Street fees in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 7:14 P.M.
SmartRecruiters plans sales office in downtown Spokane
SmartRecruiters is opening a Spokane sales office in March that will employ about 10 people.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 10:30 P.M.
LabCorp buying Spokane-based PAML
The widely anticipated sale of Spokane-based PAML to industry giant LabCorp was made official Thursday when the companies announced the deal in a news release.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 5:34 P.M.
Hecla Mining posts $69 million profit in 2016 on strong performance from its silver mines
Hecla Mining Co. had a turnaround year in 2016, reporting $69 million in profits from strong performances at the company’s silver mines.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 10:37 P.M.
Northern Quest Casino unveils plans for family-friendly expansion
The Kalispel Tribe has announced a $20 million expansion at Northern Quest Resort and Casino designed to increase the resort’s family appeal.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:41 P.M.
Avista reports 11 percent increase in profits for 2016
Avista Corp.’s profits rose 11 percent in 2016, the company reported Wednesday. The Spokane-based utility is projecting lower earnings for 2017 as a result of having its request for higher …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 5:14 P.M.
Report: Shutting Columbia Generating Station nuclear facility could save millions
A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest close the region’s only commercial nuclear power …
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017
Lone Star envy: Spokane business group takes a peek to see what it takes to look like Austin
Austin often tops lists of “Coolest American cities.” It’s residents are young, educated and trend-setting and they’re reshaping how Americans think about urban areas.
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 5:30 P.M.
Nordstrom’s big, beautiful stores are losing ground
For many years, Nordstrom has been regarded as a poster child for how traditional retailers should respond to the rise of e-commerce.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017
The Dirt: Land acquired next to Northern Quest Resort allows for future expansion
The Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority has new elbow room in Airway Heights — 22.6 acres of vacant land — purchased late last year and adjacent to the north side of …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 5:45 A.M.
Doug Clark: Moon Creek Gourmet Sweets entrepreneur has caramel knowledge
The first one’s free. It’s the oldest trick in the drug pusher handbook. And the tactic works just as well for the irresistible caramels John Linstrum makes and peddles to …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:04 P.M.
Ex-addict preaches the salvation of intense physical training at his Spokane gym
K.Jay Davis’ journey from couch surfing in crack houses in North Carolina to certified personal trainer specializing in triathlons and nutrition for endurance sports began with a visit to a …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 11:20 A.M.
Trump’s first weeks spawn anxiety, discord at some companies
President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office have spawned anxiety and even arguments at some workplaces, putting owners – especially at smaller companies – in the position of needing to …
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017
Front & Center: Spokane native oversees videography company Hummingbird Productions
If successful documentary filmmaking requires the ability to think fast while on the fly, Spokane native Marie Marx Strohm has the right background – eight years as a flight attendant. …
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017
Conventions Spokane Auto Show – Spokane New Car Dealers Association, Sunday, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 10,000 attendees.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017
The Dirt: Downtown Coeur d’Alene could get boutique hotel
New owners plan to transform a downtown Coeur d’Alene building, and they’ve submitted a preliminary proposal for a hotel.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017
Bernardo|Wills Architects has hired
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 9:31 P.M.
Spokane Mayor David Condon announces crackdown on car thieves in his State of the City address
The city will start an annual allocation of $425,000 of federal grant money to assist small businesses in 2017, Mayor David Condon said Friday. Police will also form a task …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 6:10 P.M.
Marijuana sales in Spokane County slide in January but still up over 2016
Spokane County’s 29 retail pot shops sold $6.9 million worth of weed in January, down 7 percent from the December sales total but up more than 43 percent from the …
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 8:04 P.M.
New bill: Workers can’t be barred from smoking pot off-hours
Employers in Oregon would be prohibited from banning marijuana use by employees during their days off under a bill introduced in the Oregon Senate.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 8:31 P.M.
Nordstrom to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing, accessories line
Nordstrom said it will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 3:13 P.M.
Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections
Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 8:04 P.M.
‘Trump bump’ spurs refinance of downtown landmark
The owners of Spokane’s U.S. Bank Building, a 15-story downtown landmark, recently refinanced the building’s $13.8 million loan. The building is owned by Burleson Road Investments, a Northwest commercial property …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 10:23 P.M.
Demand for urban living creates hot market for downtown Spokane apartments
Downtown Spokane has become one the region’s hottest apartment markets, with vacancy rates hovering around 2 percent. Following national trends, much of the demand is coming from empty nesters and …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017, 6:35 A.M.
Broker taps European stallions for North America horse breeders
Carol Austin, owner of Spokane-based Superior Equine Sires, imports frozen semen collected from celebrated European stallions, then resells it throughout North America.
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
New South Hill retail center to include regional grocery store
Developers plan this year to start on a South Hill retail center to include a regional grocery store along South Regal Street.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 4:15 P.M.
Bellacrosta Bakery and Fine Foods in Liberty Lake is closing
The artisan bakeshop, an offshoot of Clover, opened at the end of August.
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 3:26 A.M.
Doug Clark: The vault at Dodson’s is inside owner Penn Fix’s head
Dodson’s is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, continually operating retail businesses in Spokane. And it’s been run all that time by members of the same family.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 11:07 P.M.
Wal-Mart opens training center for new managers in Airway Heights
Walmart has opened a facility in Airway Heights to train entry-level managers from around the region.