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Tom Kelly: Elevators create new options to moving

According to the National Association of Elevator Contractors, the basic residential elevator package starts at about $20,000 and can be installed in a 4-by-4-foot space previously designated as a closet. The association’s typical clients are Baby Boomers who are getting older and want to plan for the future.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s youthful joy riders – three boys and three girls, ages 17 to 19 – were still on the loose somewhere in the middle of the state. They took off several days earlier in an auto bound for Tacoma without telling their parents, who were in a “highly nervous state.”

Demand grows for in-home elevators

PHILADELPHIA – Developers are luring downsizing baby boomers with elevators, a luxury feature that offers convenience now and the promise of easier movement as they age. Business for Newtown, Pa.-based Bell Elevator Co. Inc. is up 25 percent over the last year, said Tom Reavy, owner of the six-year-old residential-elevator firm.

Spokane spurns updated state elevator inspection rules as onerous

Spokane City Council members decided to send a message to state legislators about burdensome regulations by unanimously rejecting new, stricter elevator inspection rules. The council voted Monday to reject the elevator and escalator safety standards even though council members acknowledged they did not understand the rules they were rejecting.

Jail elevator incidents draw scrutiny

A criminal investigation is under way to determine who may have caused an elevator shutdown that injured a Spokane County Jail deputy. Evidence indicates someone pushed an emergency stop button in the jail control room during two recent incidents – one of which sent Deputy Janice Bauer to a hospital shortly after midnight on Oct. 24.

Investigation looks into jail elevator accident

A criminal investigation is under way to determine who may have caused an elevator shutdown that injured a Spokane County Jail deputy. Evidence indicates someone pushed an emergency stop button in the jail control room during two recent incidents – one of which sent Deputy Janice Bauer to a hospital shortly after midnight on Oct. 24.

Elevator mishap injures deputy

A corrections deputy suffered minor injuries when an elevator at the Spokane County Jail malfunctioned.

Council votes to retain elevator inspections

Spokane will keep its elevator inspection program rather than turn it over to the state. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to more than double inspection fees to allow the city to hire a second inspector.

City elevator program in doubt

City administrators are asking for help to salvage Spokane’s troubled elevator inspection program. State regulators in recent years have questioned the effectiveness of the city’s inspections, documents show. Although the state says Spokane now is back on track, the program continues to suffer from a severe backlog.

Spokane County OKs thousands in courthouse repairs

A decorative metal finial – sort of a giant hood ornament – was blown off the roof of the Spokane County courthouse last Wednesday night. A nearly 5-foot chunk of turret-topping curlicues broke away from the 7-foot finial and landed on a sidewalk at the southwest corner of the historic landmark courthouse sometime between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.