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News >  Spokane

Sirti Has $15 Million, Studies Spending Proposals

Spokane's Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute has $15 million in federal money to help create new or improved products. What SIRTI needs now are good projects to spend it on. This summer, the state-funded institute sent out 3,000 requests, asking people around the region to apply for some of the money.

News >  Spokane

Few In Spokane Telecommuting Still, Number Working By Computer From Home Rises To State Average

People who track the hot social trends in Spokane County will find telecommuting low on that list. Blame the showing on short drives to work, moderate rush hours and good bus routes, say the people who watch where other people work. Compared to the Puget Sound, fewer people in Spokane telecommute - shifting their work from office to home, usually with the help of a home computer - the state Energy Office says.
News >  Washington Voices

Pump House Problems Delay Sewer Interceptor Construction

County residents watching construction of the north Spokane sewer interceptor will have to wait until January before water starts flowing through the system. Spokane County engineers say construction of the lines that will serve about 10,000 residents will be finished this fall. But delays are slowing work on two key pump houses needed to deliver service to homes along Dartford Road, the Whitworth College area, Cincinnati Drive, Little Spokane Drive and U.S. Highway 395.
News >  Washington Voices

Asphalt Plant Will Limit Production

County air quality officials are giving North Side residents two more weeks to comment on regulations proposed for Acme Materials and Construction's asphalt plant on East Hawthorne. Plant operators have agreed with county and federal officials that they will not produce more than 300,000 tons of asphalt per year. Last year, the plant produced 133,000 tons of concrete.
News >  Washington Voices

Indian Trail Plan Will Be Discussed At Meeting

The much-debated Indian Trail Specific Plan goes one more round before the city Plan Commission members put their fingers on it. Members of the commission will meet Wednesday with the Indian Trail Task Force to review changes made to the document - discussed, argued over and patched together over the past three years. The meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. at City Hall Room 200, with discussion limited to members of those groups. Citizens can attend the session, however.
News >  Spokane

Internet Users Resisting Critics’ Slap Ties To Pornography, Extremists Largely Hype, Network Defenders Say

Internet defenders are mounting the barricades, intent on proving they're not porn-chasing pedophiles or renegade militia members trading bomb-building secrets. Stung by lurid magazine articles, reports of child-stalking on the worldwide computer network and government efforts to regulate cyberspace, Internet users are launching a counterattack. Nationally, they have unleashed a blistering attack on Time magazine for a recent article on cyberporn that critics call sensationalistic and uninformed.
News >  Nation/World

Recycling Advocate Captures High Honors

A Spokane-based company that helps people trade or recycle industrial and personal items won an award for best business use of the Internet this week. The National Material Exchange Network (NMEN) won the award given out Wednesday by the National Information Infrastructure, a Commerce Deptartment agency working with private industry to promote effective use of computer technology.
News >  Nation/World

Sirti Seeking Grant Proposals To Create New, Better Products

Business owners, college professors and garage-lab inventors are invited to seek up to $100,000 to create new and improved products through Spokane's Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute. Grants approved by SIRTI directors later this year will receive the money for either one or two-year proposals that create new products or stimulate regional business. Those planning to apply must submit an initial application by July 30.
News >  Spokane

Cyber Streets Too Mean For The City Council Members Shy Away From On-Line Discussion Of City Politics

It's supposed to be a thoughtful cyber-space hangout, or at least a place to learn what's on the minds of Spokane's political junkies. Instead, an on-line computer discussion area devoted to city politics is caught in a battle of its own. It is being shunned by almost all city officials and branded as the domain of one long-winded councilman and several whiners.
News >  Spokane

Pumping Up The Convenience Acceptance Of Credit-Card Gas Pumps Fueling Spread Of Fast-Pay Systems

What began as an experiment in credit card convenience is changing the modern gas station into a one-stop, fast-dash drive through. Introduced two years ago, pumps that let people pay for gas outside without dealing with the clerk inside are becoming the gas industry's favorite customer convenience. "We see more and more people filling up with the card-reader pumps," said Post Falls station operator Bill Jones.
News >  Idaho

Road Ranking Helps Steer Repairs State Tries To Sink Money Into Stretches With Worst Rating

North Idaho drivers may have their own choices for worst roads in the state. But state transportation officials contend the roughest road in North Idaho is a stretch of state Highway 6 near St. Maries in Benewah County. Idaho Transportation Department staff and engineers keep an ongoing survey of the worst roads in the five North Idaho counties. The nine miles of road south of St. Maries leads the state's list of rutted, chipped and worn-down highways.