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Thomas Clouse joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He worked as an investigative reporter for the City Desk and covering federal, state and local courts for many years and is currently the assistant editor for the Business section.


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News >  Spokane
Oct. 5, 2020, 4 a.m.
When 73-year-old rancher Walter "Sonny" Riley faced federal officials in 2018 who alleged he was allowing his cattle to graze on public land, he knew the attorney he needed to call: Toni Meacham.

News >  Business
Sept. 23, 2020, 1:20 p.m.
When federal prosecutors want to root out fraud from a complex web of contractors and subcontractors that take in the river of money that flows into the decades-old cleanup at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, federal prosecutors turn to a law enacted during the Civil War.

Sept. 22, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Federal prosecutors from Spokane announced Tuesday they have reached a $58 million settlement with two major contractors who acknowledged they improperly billed the government for thousands of hours not worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland.

Sept. 9, 2020, 6:17 p.m.
Seventy-six-year old Jim Hoffman fought the smoldering fire Wednesday with a pitchfork. He was trying to keep the 130,000-acre Whitney Fire from crossing Seven Springs Dairy Road.

Sept. 8, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
DAVENPORT – The scene in Lincoln County remained a smoldering mess Tuesday as crews struggled against the massive Whitney Road Fire.

Sept. 7, 2020, 5:44 p.m.
Numerous buildings and homes in the town of Malden in northern Whitman County were destroyed Monday as a wildfire raged through the town.

Aug. 18, 2020, 4:11 p.m.
While its lore remains more rampant than its actual spread, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has announced the first capture of a male Asian giant hornet in one of about 450 traps concentrated in the extreme northwest region of the state where other sighting have been confirmed.

Aug. 17, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
A U.S. Bankruptcy judge last week denied the Chapter 7 petition filed by a pair of Spokane doctors, who initially sought protection for debts they claimed were $191 million, after the couple lied about their finances and the judge ruled that the their "failure to provide accurate information was knowing and fraudulent."

News >  Business
Aug. 16, 2020, 3 a.m.
PULLMAN – Teresa Becker stood Thursday in front of the rows of empty rooms, painted gray with crimson doors, that just days before had been full with students and parents trying to navigate Washington State University’s start of a school year that mostly will include no students in classrooms.

News >  Business
July 30, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
With coronavirus cases continuing to climb, one of the hardest hit industries in the Spokane region has again begun to shed employees who are not needed for empty rooms, unused ballrooms and canceled events that are no longer bringing visitors to the Lilac City. 

News >  Business
June 30, 2020, 5 p.m.
Several small area airports, from Wilbur to Bonners Ferry, will receive federal grants for upgrades, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

News >  Business
June 8, 2020, 9 p.m.
Congress last week approved changes sought by small business advocates to give owners more flexibility about how they could use the Payroll Protection Program money. However, those changes came just as some local business owners reached the deadline for spending the funding.

News >  Spokane
June 7, 2020, 3 a.m.
The history of the White Elephant stores mirrors the story of Spokane: A somewhat unconventional place that provides nearly everything that matters, at an affordable price. The owners are closing the iconic stores.

News >  Business
June 3, 2020, 8:24 p.m.
One of the founding tenants of River Park Square has set up shop at a new downtown location that will allow the owners of Bloem Flowers, Chocolates and Paperie to write a new chapter for their 43-year-old family business.

News >  Spokane
May 29, 2020, 11:20 a.m.
Washington agriculture officials announced Friday that the state has its first confirmed siting of the Asian giant hornet this year.

May 29, 2020, 10:49 a.m.
Washington agriculture officials announced Friday that the state has its first confirmed sighting of the Asian giant hornet this year.

May 29, 2020, midnight
The South Spokane Farm Corridor was spawned in 2018 as a way to connect area farmers with customers seeking locally grown produce. But concerns over proper social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic have added value to the idea because shoppers can obtain the fresh produce without facing crowds, said Doug Phelps, the agriculture liaison for the Spokane Conservation District.

News >  Idaho
May 27, 2020, midnight
Self-employed Idaho residents can now apply for a portion of the $300 million worth of financial help from the state.

News >  Business
May 22, 2020, 4 a.m.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, bike shop manager Tim Dunn prepared for empty stores and employees left with nothing to do. But Spokane followed a national trend in which Americans fell back in love with bicycles.

News >  Spokane
May 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
State agents have issued a Spokane Valley bar owner a citation for remaining open in defiance of a state business closure order. But the bar owner says he may continue to fight what he calls government overreach.

News >  Spokane
May 20, 2020, 7:35 p.m.
One of two Spokane Valley bars that opened in violation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s directive for non-essential businesses has closed temporarily.

News >  Spokane
May 20, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Even though Amazon officials started hiring for various jobs in February, the company announced Wednesday that has now started general hiring of more than 2,000 positions at its newly constructed processing facility on the West Plains.

News >  Business
May 19, 2020, 7:08 p.m.
Despite tough talk from Gov. Jay Inslee, some Spokane-area businesses have opened despite not appearing to fit the definition of essential businesses.

News >  Business
May 18, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
New guidelines released Friday that were designed to clarify how businesses could qualify for loan forgiveness from the Payroll Protection Program have created even more confusion, especially in Spokane where most businesses can’t yet open, a local banker said.

News >  Spokane
May 15, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
After first checking with Spokane City Hall, Hobby Lobby retail stores this week started allowing customers into their businesses under reduced hours and social distancing directives. However, a spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee said the opening appears to be in violation of state guidelines that only allow for essential businesses to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.