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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012

Economy Snags Symphony, Too 

Things are tough all over – even, it turns out, in the acoustic and architectural wonderland of the Fox Theater. A labor dispute has erupted between the Spokane Symphony’s musicians and administrators, and the tune is depressingly familiar: The economy is doing a number on...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

NIC Has $146M Impact On Region 

What if North Idaho College didn't exist? A recent economic impact study shows there would be a $164.6 million hole in the region's economy. Conducted by EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.), the results of the study were presented to trustees Wednesday during their regular monthly...

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Layoff A Shock After Life Of Work 

Linda Hall, of Spokane, has worked hard all her life but hasn’t earned any respect from the labor market. Laid off for the first time at age 62, Hall has no health insurance, not enough savings for retirement and almost no chance of getting hired...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

IFF To Govt: Stop Economic Plotting 

I have an amazing job that lets me travel the state to talk about free markets. During these travels, I get to hear from and talk to numerous local elected officials who truly care about their communities. Unfortunately, many of these officials think they have...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

Crapo Balks At Obama Tax Hike Talk 27 

President Barack Obama's engagement in job creation is "welcome," Sen. Mike Crapo said this week, and it's time for Congress and the White House to get past its "tired, back-and-forth political battles" and produce results. But in his weekly guest opinion to Idaho newspapers, the...

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Johnson: The System Barely Worked 

Already the pundits predict a second major political meltdown when the Gang of 12 fails in their task to recommend the next major steps just as the holiday season descends on battle weary Americans who don’t seem to trust anyone on anything, especially when it...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Vacant Sherman Fronts Reflect Times 

If you're looking for a commercial property in downtown Coeur d'Alene, now might be the time as there are a half dozen vacant properties along Sherman Avenue.The reason for so many vacancies? Over the last year, some entrepreneurs have been forced out of business because...

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

Spokane Recovering, Kootenai Isn't

Spokane’s economy is recovering, Coeur d’Alene’s remains in recession, according to a new analysis of June data released Monday by Moody’s But the Kootenai County city’s ranking for cost of doing business and cost of living are slightly better than those for Spokane, as...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 10, 2010

Quest Aircraft Lays Off 65 Workers 

Item: Quest announces new layoffs/David Keyes, Bonner County BeeMore Info: Quest Aircraft Co. announced Monday that 65 full-time employees have been laid off from the local plane manufacturer. Quest CEO Paul Schaller met with the employees Monday and emphasized they would be eligible to be...

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MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010


Forecast: Idaho On Way To Recovery 

Idaho is on track for an economic recovery in 2011, according to the state’s latest official forecast - though state lawmakers and the governor set a pessimistic budget for 2011 that requires historic cuts in education. The newest state forecast, issued in May, says, “Idaho’s...

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Latino Economy Helps Struggling Idaho 

As harsh as the Great Recession has been for Idaho, it would have been worse except for the resilience of the state’s Latino economy. That’s the conclusion of a study by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia for the Idaho...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

EWU Axes Marching Band 11 

Item: Eastern silences Eagles marching band/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SRMore Info: When the Eagles fight song rings out at EWU football games this fall, it’ll come from loudspeakers or maybe hired musicians – not the student marching band. The Eastern Washington University band, made up of 100-plus...

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009

Herbert Smith, 31, waits for clothes to be finished Monday at a laundromat in Washington, D.C., that is frequented by the less-well-to-do. Recent studies show that those who make less tend to give a larger percentage of their income to charity and in tough economic times richer Americans tend to cut back on charitable donations more. McClatchy Tribune (McClatchy Tribune / The Spokesman-Review)

Generosity 16 

This headline caught my eye: "Poor are most generous givers" The story states: "In fact, America’s poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What’s more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of...

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Poll: Doling Out Stimulus Money 

How much of the state's stimulus money should Idaho leaders divvy out to private companies to boost the economy?/Idaho StatesmanNone, all to state agenciesAll, they'll use it bestHalf-and-halfMost to privateMost to state

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Poll: Federal Budget Has 8500 'Earmarks' 19 

Question: Are you surprised by Congress' decision to pass a budget loaded with 8,500 "earmarks"?/Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsI was hoping for more fiscal restraintEarmarks will eventually help the local economyI have no faith that Congress will do the right thing

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Digger: All Business Is Local 13 

During her address the Mayor also announced population growth of 3,000 residents over the course of eight years. That’s equivalent to about 375 new residents per year, every year. The mayor believes that by limiting population growth Moscow can escape “rash decision making” and the...

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Wall Street Tumbles Below 7000 97 

Item: Wall Street tumbles below 7,000/APMore Info: Investors turned cautious again Monday as a staggering $61.7 billion in quarterly losses at insurer American International Group Inc. touched off fresh worries about the health of the nation’s financial system.Question: What's your financial strategy at this point?

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

'Mass Layoffs' Soared In January 

Item: Gov't says 'mass layoffs' soared in January/APMore Info: Employers took a large ax to their payrolls in January, the government said Wednesday, and the cuts are likely to get worse over the next few months. The Labor Department reported that mass layoffs, or job...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

EOB: Micron To Lay Off Up To 2000 

Micron Technology, the state’s largest private employer, announced today that it’ll phase out manufacturing of 200 mm wafers at its Boise plant, meaning 500 layoffs “in the near term” and “as many as 2,000 positions by the end of the company’s fiscal year.” In a...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

No Money To Move To Idaho

Item: No money to move to Idaho: California sales improve, but prices, equity plummet/Rick Thomas, CDA PressMore Info: The real estate market in many parts of California is improving, in large part because of reduced prices. That means there will likely be fewer sellers from...

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