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MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

On The Money: Sources for seasonal work

Temporary or seasonal work can provide a bridge for individuals looking for employment while between jobs, recent college graduations, or people interested in a new challenge. Seasonal jobs offer opportunities in a wide variety of fields. If you’d like to explore seasonal work possibilities, check…

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Wasden recovers a record $8 million for Idahoans

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today released his annual Consumer Protection report for 2011. His office recovered a record $8 million in consumer restitution last year. In addition, the Consumer Protection Division recovered $2.5 million in penalties, fees and costs; received more than $24 million…

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Starbucks opening Evolution Fresh juice store

SEATTLE — Starbucks Corp. is pushing beyond coffee with the opening of the first Evolution Fresh Inc. juice store, the company said today. Starbucks, which is looking for new businesses for growth, purchased the California-based juice maker in November for $30 million. Evolution Fresh had…

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Opponents try to cut off liquor privatization

KELSO, Wash. — A judge is hearing arguments over whether voters would have approved an initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington if it had not included a provision for public safety funds. The entire measure would be nullified if the court determines that voters…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Coming Sunday: Royal treatment

This weekend in Sunday Business, Michael Guilfoil interviews Fery Haghighi, who operated Au Croissant bakery and café for 15 years before closing it to focus on Fery’s Catering. Read her Cinderella-like story, including her childhood growing up in a prominent Iranian family, and learn about…

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012



Chrysler to sell natural gas-powered truck

Chrysler aims to be the first U.S. automaker to produce a factory-built pickup truck that is powered mainly by natural gas, the Associated Press reports. The privately held company said today that its new Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG truck will be sold to commercial…

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IRS warns seniors of tax refund scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning senior citizens and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging federal tax refund scam tempting victims to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. Bogus refund claims have been identified across the nation. These schemes carry a common theme of…

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Area BBB names new CEO

The BBB serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana has a new CEO and president. Eleanor "Elea" Katzele, who has been vice president of the Spokane-based Better Business Bureau since 2007, will step into the position being vacated by Jan Quintrall. Quintrall has accepted the…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

Coming up in Sunday Business

What was the most unusual product sold in a carton made by Spokane manufacturer Sonderen Packaging? Company president Mark Sonderen reveals it in the next Front & Center profile by Michael Guilfoil, this weekend in Sunday Business. Don't miss it.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Health care forum to explore employee wellness

Employee health and wellness will be discussed at this year’s Future of Health Care program, Thursday morning in Spokane. Presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Journal of Business, the program runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

GSI topic: Spokane's role in aerospace industry

Spokane's role in building the regional aerospace industry will be discussed Wednesday morning at an event sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated. Members of the Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Spokane Aerospace Initiative for Recruitment Team also will present information from the recent Washington State Competitiveness…

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Idaho's job vacancy rate remains low

Idaho's latest job vacancy survey confirms the state’s current labor market is still tight, but there are more new jobs being created now than a year ago, the Idaho Department of Labor said today. The Idaho 2011 Job Vacancy Survey found 1.7 vacant jobs for…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Spokane County jobless rate 8.3% in October

Seasonal hiring of educators and retail workers helped push Spokane County’s unemployment rate down last month. It fell to 8.3 percent in October, down from September’s revised rate of 8.4 percent. It’s the lowest rate so far this year but remains high than in October…

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Slight drop in Idaho joblessness

Employers across Idaho’s economy maintained payrolls at higher levels than typical for October, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another two-tenths of a point to 8.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly two years. It was the second straight month that Idaho’s jobless rate…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Washington jobless rate falls to 9 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 9 percent — the lowest since March 2009, according to figures released today by the state Employment Security Department. The October rate compares with a revised figure of 9.2 percent for September and 9.4 percent in October…

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

Sterling to buy Vancouver, Wash.-based bank

Sterling Financial Corporation of Spokane announced this morning that Sterling Savings Bank plans to buy First Independent Bank of Vancouver, Wash., including all deposits and banking operations, 14 branches in southeastern Washington and two offices in Portland. The purchase is expected to be completed early…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011

Wanted: Fit, educated and duty-bound 

Do you have a strong sense of duty, honor and service? Are you physically fit and educated? Looking for a career? It's not the Army or Marines asking this time. It's the Washington State Patrol, which is recruiting for trooper positions. Candidates are invited to…

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2011

Northwest produce now tariff-free 

Tariffs on Northwest fruit crops and potatoes vanished Friday, completing an agreement that allows Mexican trucking firms to deliver inside the United States. The Mexican government announced elimination of the final 10 percent tariffs on 90 U.S. products, including apples, pears, cherries and apricots. Mexico…

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Scott Maben joined The Spokesman-Review in 2006. He currently is the Business Editor.

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