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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

Lamb stew is among the offerings in Main Market's deli section ( (Megan Cooley)

Earth Day events at Spokane's Main Market Coop

As part of Earth Day 2010 celebrations, downtown Spokane's Main Market Cooperative will host store tours on Saturday and offer store demonstrations throughout the day. The coop is at 44 W. Main in downtown. Executive Director Jennifer Hall said tours of the building and market…

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Magnuson Hotels see growth in total reservations 

Spokane-based Magnuson Hotels, which represents more than 1,500 independent hotels and lodges, reports that its affiliate businesses saw reservation revenue increase by 65 percent, comparing April 2010 with one year earlier.The growth occurred in large part due to an increase of 444 hotels joining the…

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Sterling adopts rights plan

Sterling Financial Corp. has implemented a shareholder rights plan to protect tax assets accumulated as it reported substantial operating and capital losses in recent quarters.The assets, $269 million, can be used to offset an equal amount of future profits. But, said Vice President Dave Brukardt,…

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Local foreclosure rates increase 

The March real estate foreclosure rate in Spokane County jumped 81 percent compared with February. The rate in Kootenai County also climbed.According to RealtyTrac, 107 homes were foreclosed in Spokane last month, or one in every 1,844 homes. Only 59 homes were foreclosed in February,…

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ZAP acquires technology developed at PNNL

A California electric car company called ZAP has licensed a battery-charger controller developed by the folks at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in the Tri-Cities.ZAP has made trucks and electric vehicles for customers in more than 70 countries.It announced it will use the controller (or…

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Papa John's returning to Spokane

Three Papa John's restaurants closed suddenly in January will be reopened, starting Wednesday.Preston House, owner of six Boise-area Papa John's, said the relaunch of the 101 N. Argonne Rd. store will be followed by reopenings Thursday at 920 W. Indiana Ave. and Monday at 2023…

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Dry Fly Distilling will start contract distilling

Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling saw its liquid assets disappear quickly last month.That was the day of the distillery's second release of its all-wheat Washington Whiskey. The distillery store was sold out in 60 minutes. And those retail state liquor stores given allotments (which were not…

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Spokane's jobs scene improves

More people found work in the Spokane area last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 10.5 percent. It was 11.3 percent in February, and stood at 9.7 percent one year ago.Spokane County had an estimated 214,500 employed people in March, or about 2,400 more…

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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010


Stefani Enfield, 18, of Post Falls, helps her 12-year-old brother, Austin Enfield, left, with his snowboard for much-appreciated late-season skiing at Silver Mountain on Saturday. 
 (Tom Davenport/ / The Spokesman-Review)

Two Idaho resorts offering skiing this weekend

Recent snowfall is encouraging area skiers to haul up to the mountains to get in some runs before the 2009-10 season shuts down.Both Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Silver Mountain Ski Resort will have skiing this weekend.Schweitzer, in Sandpoint, will offer runs all day Saturday and…

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Hispanics' buying power increases in Idaho

The recession took a significant bite out of Idaho’s economy in 2009 but didn't stop the growth of Hispanics' economic influence, the state Department of Labor reports.Hispanic buying power grew 10 times faster than the buying power of the state’s non-Hispanic residents, according to estimates…

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Full economic recovery still years off

The economic recovery is on the horizon, but it will take four years or longer to erase the stain of the recession, an economist and a marketing professional told business and community leaders in Spokane this morning.“I’m reasonably, vaguely optimistic” the Inland Northwest is headed…

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WSU to get smart grid training money

Washington State University will get $2.5 million to teach students about green engineering and smart grid technology, Sen. Maria Cantwell announced on Thursday.WSU along with two other state groups will share more than $11 million going to smart-grid related training, Cantwell's office said in a…

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South Hill hangout, The Hop Shop, opens 

View Larger MapBrothers Andy and Glen Gardner have opened the South Hill hangout, The Hop Shop, at 3803 S. Grand.The Spokane businessmen said their shop will be a friendly neighborhood place with a premium on people talking to one another and enjoying company."There's no TV,…

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Washington unemployment fund among healthiest

Washington's unemployment compensation fund is among the healthiest in the nation, according to a study by the National Employment Law Project.With $2.1 billion in reserves as of March 31, the study ranked the Washington system ninth strongest among the 13 still solvent after more than…

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Order issued against mortgage modifier

A California-based company has been ordered to stop soliciting homeowners seeking modifications to the terms of their mortgages.The Idaho Department of Finance wants the Relief Law Center, also doing business as USA Loan Auditors, to stop what Director Gavin Gee called "among the most outrageous"…

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Fairfield nursing home to close in June

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society will close its Fairfield nursing home in June. Spokesman Mark Dickerson said the facility was losing about $300,000 a year because occupancy was low. The facility has 43 skilled nursing beds, 10 assisted-living apartments and 16 senior-living apartments, but…

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