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Office Hours archive for March 23, 2010

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

Former WaMu execs to talk with Congress 

The top two former Washington Mutual executives are being forced to testify publicly for the first time next month as part of a congressional investigation into the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Kerry Killinger and Steve Rotella will join five other former WaMu executives…

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Mountain View Elementary third-grader Jenna Whitfield listens to her teacher explain the importance of the 2010 census during a field trip to visit the 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour. (Kathy Plonka)

Census help centers open 

Questionnaire Assistance Centers have begun opening across the country and in the Inland Northwest for people who need help filling out the 2010 census form.Coeur d'Alene locations include the St. Vincent de Paul HELP Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave., and the Idaho Department of Labor,…

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Avista seeks 13 percent rate hike

Avista is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas through a series of rate filings.For the average Avista ratepayer in Eastern Washington, the request amounts to adding $10.62 to a homeowner’s monthly electric bill and another $4 a month for natural gas.…

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Harry Sladich is president and CEO of Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Sladich resigns from CVB, heads to Red Lion

Harry Sladich, president and CEO of the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, is resigning to become an executive with Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. Sladich has led the CVB for five years, a tenure in which the organization’s revenues have increased by 47 percent,…

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A volunteer places a clean bottle under a spout that fills it with gin Saturday, May 18, 2009, at Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane. The small-batch distiller uses groups of volunteers on Saturdays to bottle their products. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane's Dry Fly to add bourbon to lineup

Spokane's successful Dry Fly Distilling is ready to move on to bourbon.After first launching a lineup of gin and vodka, the private distillery released an all-wheat whiskey last year. It was snapped up within weeks.Now owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth say they'll release about…

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Former sawmill owner buys Potlatch plant

Spokane-based Potlatch Corp. has sold its Post Falls particleboard plant to Todd Brinkmeyer, a former sawmill operator. The particleboard plant employs about two dozen people, most of whom will keep their jobs. The sale closed on March 12. The purchase price was not disclosed.The small-scale…

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