Jerry Dicker spent more than 40 years in California developing large shopping centers and malls. After moving to Spokane in 2001, he became a different type of developer. This version, Jerry Dicker 2.0, has focused on smaller projects, downtown arts venues and community efforts that showcase innovation and smart design.
Spokane Rock Products Inc. will lay off 42 workers as it sells its asphalt operations to Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co. The deal between the two companies also calls for Spokane Rock to take over CPM’s concrete and aggregate business in the Tri-Cities.
It’s another banner year for recycled television sets across Washington. Managers of the state’s free electronics recycling program say TVs are being recycled more often than any other consumer electronic product. At the same time, two other recyclable items – computers and monitors – are dropping in volume.
Spokane gym owner Joel Thomas has developed an app that he hopes will dial up more excitement during professional mixed martial arts bouts. A former pro MMA competitor, Thomas said he’s seen too many pro matches turn safe and predictable, lacking the pizazz that fans want to see. In response, he designed the free FighterBonus app to allow fans to collectively offer cash incentives to fighters for trying daring moves during a match.
Military veterans are worried that reduced hours at Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s emergency room could delay access to health care and lead to unexpected medical bills. About 20 veterans aired concerns Monday during a town hall meeting in the wake of the VA’s elimination this month of full-time emergency care. As a replacement, the medical center’s emergency care is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-ins and referrals.
November home sales in Spokane County typically sag compared to prior months, and that held true this year; 455 homes sold in November, 107 fewer than the month before. The bit of good news is the 455 sales were the highest November total since 2008, said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Spokane Association of Realtors.
Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels has purchased a downtown Baltimore building with plans to convert it into a 130-room hotel, marking the first East Coast property in the company’s 50-year history. The deal underscores the company’s business shift from being a West Coast company to one with hotels spread across the nation’s top markets, company officials say.