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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010



FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 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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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

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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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010



A second new hotel coming to Pullman? 

Last month a California property company announced plans to buy land in Pullman to build a Hilton-branded hotel and convention center.Something must be happening in Pullman. Now a Louisiana company, InterMountain Management, LLC, has plans to build a 100-room, $11.5-million Hampton Inn & Suites in…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

Valley Walmart starts renovation

Spokane Valley's Walmart store at 15727 E. Broadway has begun a facelift, company officials announced today. Walmart moved into the store in 2002. A press release said the new design will feature a clean and brighter interior with wider aisles, low-profile shelves and easy to…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010



You can contribute to the Office Hours blog

The newly launched blog you're reading now, Office Hours, will try to keep you connected to what's happening in the region's business environment.We welcome suggestions, comments and ideas. Just post them here or e-mail messages to Tom Sowa toms@spokesman.com or Scott Maben scottm@spokesman.com or Bert…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

Multipacking, and what it means to Pearson Packaging

Spokane-based Pearson Packaging Systems has signed a co-marketing agreement with global service provider CT Pack. Pearson will be the supplier of CT Pack's Vortex Systems Multipacking equipment in North America and will sell the system as part of a complete end-of-line solution for customers. "Multipacking"…

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010


FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Inside the Applied Sciences Laboratory

Hergen Eilers, the first senior research scientist at WSU's Applied Sciences Laboratory, in Spokane, gave a 40-minute recap of three key projects he's heading, all involving advanced work in physics and optics.His remarks came during a recent yearly meeting explaining the ASL's progress, now starting…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010


CDA Cellars chosen as best Idaho winery 

Wine Press Northwest makes annual selections for best winery of the year, for the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.This year's Idaho winery is Coeur d'Alene Cellars, at 3890 N. Schreiber Way.That's a nice honor. To read the full Wine Press announcement, go here.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.