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UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Getting There: Lobbyists may have more staying power than Infrastructure Week

Friday at 4 p.m., the news came down the pike: the Post Street Bridge near Spokane City Hall was closed. A structural analysis had deemed the 102-year-old bridge unsafe for …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 7 p.m.

Spokane selected as test site for national workforce training, business recruitment initiative

Spokane has been chosen as one of five proving grounds nationally for an initiative intended to blend focus on training and recruiting employees with efforts to promote businesses and attract …


The week that was: Ferguson sidesteps question on running for governor; state of Liberty gets another try

Spokane group has breakfast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, asks if he’d like to be Gov. Bob Ferguson.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Spokane City Council adopts law calling for 2030 adoption of exclusively renewable electricity

A packed chambers of the Spokane City Council urged the panel to approve the law Monday night, beneath a smoky sky and a blood-red sun. Lawmakers did just that, after …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

GSI wants Congress to consider jobs as it looks at replacing Obamacare

GSI letter to congressional delegation criticizes House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of Union Pacific and BNSF said Thursday they’re working to ensure coal and oil moves safely through downtown Spokane and first responders are ready in …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

New effort in Spokane County aims to help workers finish higher education

Across Spokane County, about 86,000 working adults have some college credits, but no degree or professional certificate. Business leaders and educators have launched an initiative called “Greater Minds” to help …


City Hall rethinking its relationship with Greater Spokane Incorporated

Spokane City councilmembers say they want to talk specific programs with Todd Mielke, the chief executive at Greater Spokane Inc., before approving a contract extension for economic development services.


Mielke named new CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke Monday was selected as the new CEO for Greater Spokane Inc., the Spokane area’s chamber of commerce.


Even at the Fed, the future isn’t clear

The head of the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco said he’s learned over a long career that no one should assume things are going to stay the same.


E. Washington cities fare well in ‘real’ minimum wage study

The paycheck of a worker making minimum wage goes further in Eastern Washington cities than anywhere else in the country, a new study by a personal finance technology company suggests. …


Mielke touts county’s proactive approach in address

Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his State of the County address Friday morning. “We’ve …


County government invests in change

Spokane County government is reinventing itself in the same way the county’s signature courthouse has modernized, Commissioner Todd Mielke said in his state of the county address Friday morning.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A mass meeting of Spokane’s many unemployed men got rowdy at Central Christian Church.


Steve Stevens takes the helm at Greater Spokane Incorporated

Steve Stevens, 53, arrived at Greater Spokane Incorporated as president and CEO on July 1. He takes the helm at GSI, the region’s joint chamber of commerce and economic development …


Signs point to dim future for STA Plaza

Spokane’s business community likely will succeed in pushing the region’s central bus plaza out of downtown, a former transit board chairman predicts. “We were doing everything we could to appease …


STA puts Plaza remodel on hold

The remodeling of Spokane’s downtown transit plaza faces a new obstacle after downtown business interests on Thursday successfully won a delay of the project. Some business leaders question if remodeling …


Vivint has repaid $150,000 in state incentives

A Utah company has repaid $150,000 in state incentives it received to start a call center in Liberty Lake, which closed within a year.


Northern Kentucky chamber exec named to replace Rich Hadley at Greater Spokane Inc.

Greater Spokane Incorporated has named Steve Stevens its next CEO and president. Stevens, 53, has been chief executive and president of the 1,800-member Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.


Condon gives annual speech at North Central High

Spokane mayors usually give their annual State of the City addresses at a high-priced breakfast to people in business suits. On Thursday, Mayor David Condon broke tradition by giving his …


North Spokane Corridor prospects bleak, legislators say

OLYMPIA – Don’t get your hopes up for new money to finish the north-south freeway, a group of business, civic and political leaders from Spokane was told Wednesday. The chances …


Parents, civic leaders can’t deny value of locals who move away but later return

It’s summer in the Inland Northwest. Hot days but low humidity. The water temperature in many of the region’s 50-plus lakes is bathtub warm. Flowers bloom in our parks. Sunlight …


County sewer program highlighted

Spokane County recently marked completion of 30 years of work to protect the region’s drinking water through an aggressive sewer program. More than 30,000 homes and businesses were taken off …


McMorris Rodgers seeks delay on proposed casino

The federal government should delay its decision on a proposed tribal casino on the West Plains an extra 45 days to allow Spokane County to voice its objections, U.S. Rep. …


State of the City speech calls for making Spokane the ‘city of choice’

Spokane Mayor David Condon stuck with consistent themes in his annual State of the City address on Friday: change at City Hall and making Spokane “the city of choice in …


McMorris Rodgers, Cowan debate for final time

The final debate between U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rich Cowan was held Friday morning by Greater Spokane, Inc., the region’s chamber of commerce.


Axworthy leads Avista’s outreach to customers, organizations

Anne Marie Axworthy has spent most of her life in Spokane and most of her working life at Avista Utilities, although she started there when it was still called Washington …


Angus Meats owners stake reputation on family business

George Stachecki was a meat manager with Allied Foods in the late ’60s when he was transferred to Spokane. Soon afterward, Allied sold its western division, and Stachecki had two …


Action Moving Services exhibits commitment to community

Having an entire household professionally moved isn’t cheap. That’s why many people end up leaving certain items behind – for instance, food. “As movers, we saw a lot of food …


Spin Control: Both sides fuel up for critical Spokane debate

Spokane will be in the political limelight Tuesday as Washington’s first gubernatorial debate of the season takes the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Association of Washington Business and …