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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. 
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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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Homebuyers scramble as mortgage rates jump

The era of record-low mortgage rates is over, reports The Associated Press today. The average rate on a 30-year loan has jumped from about 5 percent to more than 5.3 percent in just the past week. As mortgages get more expensive, more would-be homeowners are…

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Andy Christensen (cq), left, 15, and Marche Osborne (cq), 14, cool off from 90-degree heat in the Thomas S. Foley federal courthouse fountain in downtown Spokane after school Wednesday afternoon, May 17, 2006.  More record-breaking temperatures are expected this week.  Holly Pickett The Spokesman-Review (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)

Contract awarded for federal courthouse upgrades

The federal government plans to spend about $31.3 million to upgrade the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in Spokane, making it a “high-performance green building,” the U.S. General Services Administration announced today. Lydig Construction Inc. of Spokane and McKinstry of Seattle were awarded the design-build…

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The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.