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Avista happy to be out of this dam mess-Spokane company, Avista Utilities, works to remain under the radar in Montana dispute

Avista Utilities and PPL Montana fought arm-in-arm against a dam-condemnation initiative on last fall’s Montana ballot. Bert Caldwell The Spokesman-Review Arm’s length better describes their relationship today, although that may understate the distance the Spokane…

Winemaking sustains allure-Starting a winery is pricey, but industry statewide has tripled; 10 in Spokane

Statewide in Washington, the number of wineries has tripled in the last six years, from 80 in 1996 to 240 today.

Boise based Micron to slash 10% of jobs

Micron Technology Inc., the world’s second-largest computer memory chip maker, announced on Tuesday that it is laying off 10 percent of its worldwide labor force of more than 18,000. Associated Press Spokesman Review It is…

Post Falls recycling company lays off 25 employees-General manager cites downturn at Kaiser, overseas competition

POST FALLS — IMCO Recycling Inc. is operating at about 50 percent capacity after laying off 25 workers in response to weak demand for recycled aluminum. By DAVID BUFORD Staff writer Coeur d’Alene Press Two…

SLOC Exec’s Venture Capital Fund Will Focus on the West

Sorenson Capitol’s primary target will be companies in Utah, California and Colorado, Bullock said, with secondary emphasis on Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon. The Mountain West region is attractive because of its growth, economically and in terms of population, and a lack of competition from other buyout companies.

Coal is Taking Its Lumps in Utah

PHOTO Empty coal cars wait on the side tracks near Helper. Utah mines operated by seven companies excavated 27 million tons of coal in 2001. On paper, Utah’s coal industry seems to be holding its…

Boise company to purchase part of Mattson

SCP Global Technologies, a Boise company that makes semiconductor equipment, has agreed to purchase a division of Mattson Technology Inc. in a deal that will give the local company operations in Asia and Europe. Julie…

Small Business Close-Up- A.C. LaRocco Pizza of Spokane draws national praise

"With A.C. LaRocco, Scott and Leffler have built a company. Today, they sell about 2,500 pizzas every day across the country."

Economics drive ranchers into buffalo-hunt business

MARQUETTE, Kan. — It’s bitterly cold on the prairie as Lewis Mitchell lives his dream of hunting buffalo. By CARL MANNING Associated Press Billings Gazette But for Vance Hopp, who owns the buffalo, it’s more…

Program saves INEEL millions of dollars

ARCO – New business practices at Idaho’s nuclear site have saved more than $40 million over the past 18 months, according to INEEL officials. By Emily Jones – Pocatello Idaho State Journal Writer Management officials…