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Massage Envy opening

Massage Envy, a national massage-clinic franchise, will open its first location in north Spokane later this year. The Spokane franchise partners, Carolyn Wescott and Shawn Husmann, say they’ll hire about 35 workers when the clinic opens.

Corridor funding may hit dead end

As the northern half of the north Spokane freeway nears completion, state transportation officials say there is no clear route to financing the hugely expensive southern half. Nearly $600 million has been allocated so far, and the opening of the 5  1/2 miles from the Little Spokane River to Hillyard is expected early next spring.

Support for road and transit fixes wanes at wallet

Transportation projects enjoy wide public support in Spokane, but that support drops when people are asked if they would pay specific taxes for them. A survey of 353 respondents in early March showed more than 90 percent support for road and transit improvements.

House, Senate panels close on transportation budget

OLYMPIA – The two legislative committees trying to decide how to spend nearly $9 billion on transportation over the next two years “largely agree” on how to spend it, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen said Tuesday. Neither would seek an increase in the gasoline tax this year, although some members of both panels say that could happen in 2012. Both would spend nearly $72 million on the next phase of Spokane’s north-south freeway.

House panel won’t put gas tax hike on ballot this year

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will not be asked to raise gas taxes or any other tax related to roads this fall. 2012, however, could be different. As they announced the House proposal for an $8.9 billion transportation budget, the chairwoman and top Republican on the House Transportation Committee agreed Monday that there’d be no ballot measure sent to voters asking for a tax increase to pay for more road projects this year.

Steam system cures concrete faster, saves company money

A Spokane Valley company that plays a key role in building highways across the Western U.S. has found a way to save significant amounts of energy at its manufacturing plant. Central Pre-Mix Prestress Co. recently installed a new high-efficiency boiler system and insulated steam pipes to cut natural gas consumption by nearly 195,000 therms a year. A therm is about 100 cubic feet of natural gas.

Open houses to address projects planned for Grand, Mission

The seventh year of Spokane’s street reconstruction program is kicking off this week with the first of two open houses on work planned for the year. Residents living near Grand Boulevard south of 29th Avenue are invited to attend the informational drop-in session from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sacajawea Middle School, 401 E. 33rd Ave.

Old rail cars become fire and rescue training tool

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue in Post Falls is upgrading its training facility with the help of the railroad. On Sunday, a construction contractor and the fire department moved two used and decontaminated tank cars to the department’s training facility at 5271 E. Seltice Way.

Extreme November weather has historic company

Getting There today is devoted to not getting there. The last two weeks have been among the worst that winter has thrown at the Inland Northwest in the past century, and it’s not even winter yet. That won’t come for two more weeks.

Ziggy’s celebrates store’s 45-year run

Vern Ziegler was all smiles as he greeted old friends, mingled with longtime customers and talked about Ziggy’s beginnings at the Market Street store in Hillyard. The flagship home improvement store that opened in 1965 is closing on Nov. 20 to make way for the North Spokane Corridor.

Transit game allows public to test budgeting priorities

People who want to comment on the future of transportation in Spokane have the option of playing a new online game to make their views known. Should Spokane push for completion of the North Spokane Corridor? Should it seek widening of Interstate 90 between Barker Road and the Idaho state line? What kind of bus system or rapid mass transit is best for the area?

Getting There: Corridor bridge girders installed

Construction of the North Spokane Corridor took a big jump forward in recent days with the installation of bridge girders at the future Wandermere interchange at U.S. Highway 395. The work comes as the project timeline nears the one-year mark until completion of the northern leg of the north-south freeway route.

Sixth District donnybrook

He’s the incumbent. He’s his party’s whip in the state Senate. He has more campaign money and a diverse list of backers that includes unions and large businesses. But in his run for re-election, Democrat Chris Marr is the underdog. His opponent, Republican Michael Baumgartner, garnered more votes in the August primary, even though the business and military consultant was mostly unknown locally before he announced his candidacy shortly after moving to Spokane in January.

Baumgartner and Marr: Privatization

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on privatization of liquor sales and the state's ferry system.

Baumgartner and Marr: Income tax initiative

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, "Do you support Initiative 1098, which would create an income tax on individuals who earn at least $200,000 and lower the business and occupation tax and the state property tax?"

Marr and Baumgartner: North Spokane freeway

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, "Would you support asking voters for a gas tax increase if it included money to extend the north Spokane freeway?"

Greater Spokane Inc. plan underscores flexibility

The key to survival is adaptability, not strength or intelligence, outgoing Greater Spokane Inc. Chairman Tom Quigley told attendees at the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday. He said keeping up with a changing economy, identifying the skills that will be needed, and building partnerships will assure Spokane is ready for what’s next.

North Spokane library branch to start kids’ book club

The Spokane County Library District’s North Spokane Branch, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, will start a book club for children in grades 4 through 6, beginning Sept. 21. The club will meet the third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. to talk about, swap or recommend books, and enjoy games and snacks.