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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Front & Center: The used-book expert at Auntie’s Bookstore

Scott Richter, resident used-book expert at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane, recently discussed treasure hunting, troublemakers and “the dude.”


Front & Center: Having the ride of his life: Born into the business, carnival amusements company owner is on the road nine months of the year

Jesse Bogue spent his first summer on Earth snoozing in a cardboard box beneath the counter of a carnival game booth.


Front and Center: Spokane Valley resident Kumiko Love finds her purpose in The Budget Mom

Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor, founded


Front & Center: Pyrotechnician finds reward in the roar of the crowd

Rich Vaughan discovered his passion for fireworks 36 years ago when he and a buddy attended a Fourth of July celebration in Kettle Falls.


Front & Center: Accident in military leads to career in prosthetics, orthotics

Jim Cahill says his “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” led to the right career. But he doesn’t recommend that route.


Front & Center: Welder’s invention a hot commodity

“This business couldn’t have existed 20 years ago,” said Jason Marburger, the driving force behind Fireball Tool. Practically speaking, Marburger was still a teenager back then.


Front & Center: Methow Valley rental-booking service finds room to grow

WINTHROP, Wash. – Part of the fun of running a nightly-rental booking service is conjuring memorable monikers for vacation cottages. “A good name is worth a lot,” according to Kyrie …


Front & Center: Pugilism the least part of bouncer’s job

Most people choose careers. “I was shoved into mine,” jokes full-time security guard and part-time bar bouncer Anthony Viramontes.


Front & Center: Amber Williams veered from military track to library career

Amber Williams was named one of 50 “movers and shakers” by Library Journal, a 143-year-old trade publication founded by Melvil Dewey (inventor of the Dewey decimal book classification system).


Front & Center: Picker’s creations show heavy metal in new light

Since launching his Lincoln Build Works a decade ago, Cody Rodenbough has found eager customers all over the United States for his repurposed industrial machinery.


Front & Center: Hospital emergency department brings challenges, rewards for Deaconness executive

Judging by the number of “ER”-type TV shows in syndication, trauma is a popular topic. But much has changed since George Clooney donned scrubs as Dr. Doug Ross a quarter-century …


Front & Center: Injuries sent police officer down driver’s ed road

A.J. Seitz prides himself on offering teens vivid accounts of what can go wrong if they don’t pay attention when they get behind the wheel.


Front & Center: Demand, reputation means Spokane falconry hood maker doesn’t have to hawk his wares

Doug Pineo has been honing his craft for more than half a century – “long enough that I have name recognition like Gucci,” he observes.


Front & Center: Flower gardener’s passion for outdoors, plants grew from childhood

Beth Mort’s earliest memory of gardening may have been planted. “I swear I remember Mount St. Helens – being outside in the garden, the ash, and my parents’ reaction,” she …


Front & Center: Patience and tissues were premium assets for State Farm’s first female agent in Spokane

Kathie Doyle-Lipe discussed her tearful initiation to the profession, her biggest claim settlement and ways to lower insurance premiums.


Front & Center: Former San Juan Island B&B owners recall toil, perseverance

Learning as they went, toiling seven days a week, Doug and Roxy Kasman lifted a San Juan Island to national prominence.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

Front & Center: Bloomsday founder in the final mile of the race

Don Kardong talks about success, failure and why some people still call him “Dingy.”


Front & Center: Andrew Maher of Porsche of Spokane took a roundabout route to find his passion for selling luxury automobiles

By the time he was 16, now Andrew Maher, global brand ambassador for Porsche of Spokane, already had a Toyota pickup, and a BMW he bought from a friend’s father. …


Front & Center: Engraving business carries family stamp

When Dave Uddman was 16, his dad bought him an engraving machine. “He was a traveling salesmen who dealt with lots of jewelers,” Uddman recalled, “and they all needed engraving. …


Front & Center: WSU extension horticulture coordinator’s interest in green things planted early

Tim Kohlhauff discusses how urban horticulture has evolved, which question his volunteers hear most often and how


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Front & Center: Visit Spokane’s new leader seeks to enhance metro area’s appeal as a destination city

Meg Winchester, who became president and CEO of Visit Spokane in late January, is focusing on put the Lilac City on the map as a destination for tourists and convention …


Spokane Federal Credit Union CEO Charlotte Nemec has taken an uncommon path to the top

Charlotte Nemec has been at the helm of Spokane Federal since June. She rose up the ranks from human resources specialist to overseeing the credit union, which has more than …


Front & Center: Members, employees drive North Side Costco general manager

During a recent interview, Costco general manager Greg Schatz discussed clues hidden in Costco prices, the company’s return policy and poker.


Front & Center: Airport CEO focuses on what’s on the ground

During a recent interview, Spokane Airports CEO Larry Krauter discussed baseball, airline speed dating and wristwatches.


Front & Center: Staff, students feed his love for job

Doug Wordell, Spokane Public Schools Nutrition Services director, discusses how today’s cafeteria fare differs from what he grew up with in Spokane 40 years ago.


Front & Center: For Northeast Washington Fair manager, it’s a year-round job

Northeast Washington Fair manager Lori Matlock keeps the fairgrounds open year-round for everything from New Year’s Eve celebrations and Easter egg hunts to weddings and class reunions.


Front & Center: A third-generation pilot, Keaton Mitchell chose the hot seat

Keaton Mitchell flies a $3 million turboprop Fire Boss air tanker for Minnesota-based Dauntless Air, which contracts with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to assist in fighting wildfires.


Front & Center: Artist David Fitzgerald brings life to works in metal medium

David Fitzgerald was running the family sawmill operation by 14 and helping neighbors build their homes, but then the artist in him side took hold.


Front & Center: Latisha Hill helps Avista develop Spokane

Latisha Hill wanted a job that paid well. So as a teen, she started in telemarketing. From there, she quickly moved to retail sales, public relations and urban development.


Front & Center: Transition part of Eco Depot solar business over nearly two decades

Since 1999, Eco Depot has installed more than 1 million watts of solar power – the equivalent of more than 3,000 rooftop photovoltaic panels.