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Federally led force arrests 174

Two Spokane women wanted on federal counterfeit money charges, an Oregon resident sought on a strangulation warrant and a New Mexico fugitive working at a mixed martial arts center in Kettle Falls: Those are among the 174 suspects throughout Eastern Washington arrested this week in a sweep conducted by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The task force, which started last year and includes Washington, Alaska and Oregon, works with law enforcement to help track fugitives wanted on felony warrants.

PNNL offers technology sale to help companies

The Department of Energy is having a sale on technologies developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other national laboratories. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a program this week that will allow start-up companies to purchase an option for licensing technologies developed at national laboratories for $1,000. That’s a savings of $10,000 to $50,000 on average upfront fees for portfolios of one to three patents, according to DOE.

River locks reopen

Navigation on the Columbia and Snake rivers resumed Saturday after three months of repairs to three locks and extended maintenance on others. Kristin Meira, spokeswoman for the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, said several barge tows were lined up below Bonneville Dam for passage upstream when U.S. Corps of Engineers reopened the Columbia Snake River System at 11 p.m.

Sapphire Lounge remodel set for completion in May

Jerry Dicker, owner of the Hotel Ruby, is partnering with Sante executive chef Jeremy Hansen to pack some pizzazz into a new downtown Spokane hangout and eatery, the Sapphire Lounge. It’s due to open in May in the remodeled corner of the Hotel Ruby, 901 W. First Ave. The remodel, designed by Nystrom Olson Architects and done by Mauer Construction, of Spokane, will come to roughly $300,000.

PNNL’s charger unit a smart buyer

RICHLAND – It’s like a personal shopper for electricity. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed smart technology for electric cars that might someday automatically recharge the car when power loads are smaller and power is cheaper.

Central Valley band marches to victory

Central Valley High School beat all comers Saturday night on the gridiron. This wasn’t football. It was more like 10 hours of halftime, as high school musicians and color guards from throughout the region competed in the 2010 Sounds of Thunder Pacific Northwest Marching Band Championships at Joe Albi Stadium. It was the 32nd year for the competition, in which the bands are evaluated by eight judges.

Albi hosts ‘Sounds of Thunder’

For kids in the marching band, days like this Saturday are extra special. After a long trip to Spokane, most likely starting in the predawn hours, they put on their uniforms and warm up their instruments. They practice marching and playing. Then, they line up and march into Joe Albi Stadium, their heads held high and their hearts racing in anticipation. Their band is announced, and they start their show.

Spotlight: North by Northwest starts filming ‘River Sorrow’

North by Northwest is shooting a new film in Spokane: the long-awaited “The River Sorrow,” starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. We say “long-awaited” because North by Northwest has been talking about this dark thriller project since early 2008. It was delayed several times, but shooting is finally scheduled to commence this weekend.

Largest in U.S., Pacific Northwest smart grid gets funding

RICHLAND, Wash. – The check has arrived to pay for the main work phase on the largest and most comprehensive project in the nation to demonstrate how the electric grid can be used more efficiently and made more reliable.

Hotel room sales, rates up in Spokane County

Spokane County hotels have sold substantially more rooms so far in 2010, and bookings for future business are up dramatically, the president of the Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau said Monday.