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United Security Earnings Improve

United Security Bancorporation Tuesday reported increased earnings, although per-share results slipped because of adjustments made for a stock split, dividend and private placement. The company, which owns two banks, a …


Gm Pulls Plug On Last Of The Road Hogs

The last Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Fleetwood, Chevrolet Caprice and Impala SS models will roll out of a General Motors Corp. plant in Arlington, Texas, sometime next year, victims of changing …


Economic Reports Signal Slowdown

More signs of economic sluggishness emerged Tuesday - the fourth straight decline in singlefamily home building and the lowest industrial output in nine months. Analysts attributed the lackluster performance in …


Northland Loses Lease At Kaiser Plant

Kaiser Aluminum Corp., acting in the wake of a bitter February strike, has canceled the lease of a Northland Federal Credit Union branch that has been on the grounds of …


Nbc Backing Microsoft’s On-Line Service

In a deal signifying a major shift of allegiance in cyberspace, NBC said Tuesday it will abandon two major on-line services in favor of the one yet to be created …


Downtown Project Called Crucial Study Says Retail Jobs Would Plunge Without Development

Advocates of a proposal to revitalize River Park Square say Spokane is at a “critical juncture” and an $80 million infusion is the only way to save downtown from becoming …


Old Adversaries Attempt To Forge Forest Policy That Will End Hostilities

All else having failed - spiked sawtimber, spotted owls, logging truck caravans, armed standoffs - is it time for coexistence, cooperation, reason and incentives? A panel of forest policy wonks …


Kmart Posts Big Loss During First Quarter

Kmart Corp. lost $28 million in the first quarter, but the nation’s second biggest retailer said today its sales improved and cost-cutting programs were on track. The loss amounted to …


Plant Closure Will Cost Area 120 Jobs

Keystone Lighting’s closure of its Hayden assembling factory will cost about 120 jobs, company officials say. The layoffs will begin in 60 days and be completed by August. Eighty-nine company …


State Cherry Harvest Expected To Shrink

Washington sweet cherry harvest will be down 11 percent this year, though orchardists in Oregon expect a bigger-than-usual crop, a trade group predicted Monday. Harvest should begin in June, with …


The Limited Inc. Is Split In Two

The Limited Inc. board has approved the retailer’s restructuring plan to create two new public companies from its existing operations. The plan, first announced March 28, calls for Limited’s lingerie …


Kentucky Group Signs Wismer Deal Health Information Network Will Include 14 Counties

A Kentucky medical services company has contracted with Wismer Martin Corp. to establish a health care information network that officials say will eventually cover the eastern half of the state. …


Microsoft’s Maples Will Step Down Company Will Expand Its Board Of Top Executives Following Executive Vice President’s Retirement

Mike Maples, whose 23 years of IBM experience helped Microsoft Corp. grow huge, will leave the software company this summer, paving the way for its first top-level job shuffling since …


Qvc Gives Noxon Some Tool Time Noxon Inc. Tools Are Spring-Loaded.

Emory Clark shows off one of the tools to be sold by Noxon Inc. on the QVC home-shopping network. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Aoki Closes Westin Hotels Sale At Loss

Japan’s Aoki Corp. finished the $537 million sale of its Westin Hotel chain on Monday to a group of American investors who immediately installed a new chairman for the company. …


Don Lynn He Fled L.A. For Spokane, And Electronic Parts Manufacturer Has Never Looked Back

1. Don Lynn, chief executive officer of Lyn-Tron, stands in front of machines used to produce electronic hardware. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. Samples of the hardware produced at …


Cable Firms Branching Out With Services Industry Executives Experimenting With Interactive Technologies

By 2001, you might be able to call your local cable company and order fax service for the weekend, buy a cellular phone and sign up for local telephone and …


Crook Targets Elderly Using Credit Card Ploy

A credit-card con artist may be targeting the elderly in this area, a Spokane-based consumer reporting company warns. Nick Warrick, president of Credit Bureau Services, reports the swindle revolves around …


Field Burning Summit May Help Clear The Air

Maybe the smoke around recent field-burning legislation will clear after the Inland Northwest Field Burning Summit. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Department of Ecology’s regional office, …


Gold Marketing Operation Barred

A Kentucky-based gold marketing operation has been barred from Idaho promotions and has been fined $25,000 for violating Idaho laws. Acting state Finance Director Gavin Gee said the order forbids …


Free Software Would Block Eavesdropping

Three computer engineers worried about government intrusion are offering software over the Internet that they say turns personal computers into telephones that can’t be tapped. The free Nautilus program is …


Electric Car Maker Seeking Site For Plant

A small Hawaiian electric car maker is considering a move into the shadow of the Big Three in its search for a new assembly site. Suntera Electric Chariot Co.’s first …


Smaller Wheat Crop Expected This Year

Dry planting conditions across Washington and Idaho last fall may result in a significant drop in the 1995 Washington winter wheat harvest, a federal agency said. Releasing its first projections …


Monopoly Leaps Onto Internet

Monopoly, the board game based on the old-fashioned concept of greed, is entering the newfangled world of the Internet. Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro Inc. is testing a computerized version of the …


Energy Costs Boost Wholesale Prices

Wholesale prices, driven higher by energy costs, jumped in April by the largest amount in five months. Financial markets took the bad inflation news in stride as a second report …


Chamber Honors Agora Award Winners

Simply Northwest, Dix Corp. and Buckeye Beans & Herbs Inc. won top honors Thursday in the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual small business awards programs. On behalf of 18 …


Farm Credit Services Posts Strong Earnings

Northwest Farm Credit Services, a Spokane-based agricultural lender, Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $13.2 million, up from $3 million in the same quarter last year. The gain largely was due …


Ford Unveils Plans For 16 New Models

Ford Motor Co. has plans for 16 new or redesigned car and truck models in the next five years as it continues to trim the time and money needed to …


Cda Mines Boosts Stake In Gold Mine

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp., primarily a silver producer for most of its history, boosted its gold production substantially Thursday when it bought out its development partner in a large Alaska …


Wwp Energized To Move Ahead With Marriage To Sierra Pacific Shareholders Told Approval Of Merger Likely By This Fall

At what will likely be their last annual meeting, Washington Water Power Co. shareholders were given a vision for the future and a judgment of the recent past. Chairman Paul …