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2008-08-04 03:00:21

By Proffitt, Emily URM Stores Inc., the Spokane-based grocery distribution cooperative, says it's considering a big expansion of its warehouse and distribution center to handle strong growth and to meet increasing demand for frozen and perishable goods. The cooperative expects to post revenue of roughly $920 million in its fiscal year ending July 31, up from $860 million in the previous year, says President and CEO Dean Sonnenberg. It has budgeted for 5 percent revenue growth for its 2008...

2008-08-03 12:00:00

By Taryn Hecker, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Aug. 3--It's not much to look at. Much of what remains near the mine where forest ranger Edward Pulaski and 45 men holed up during the Great Fire of 1910 could be described as junk -- not even worthy of display in a museum. But for historians trying to piece together evidence of one of the Silver Valley's most famed tales of survival, bits of broken glass and rusted metal are worth their weight in gold. "They are the things...

2008-08-03 12:00:00

By Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Aug. 3--Everybody's talking about "stay-cations" -- well, the Festival at Sandpoint may be the classic Inland Northwest stay-cation. The festival, in its 26th year, is almost a complete mini-vacation all by itself, with nationally known musical acts, picnics on the lawn, osprey soaring overhead and meteors lighting the sky above the Big White Tent. Plenty of people have figured this out, because tickets already are selling briskly,...

2008-07-31 12:00:00

By Meghann M. Cuniff, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 31--As a firefighting helicopter dumped water from nearby Trask Pond, Jan Carney surveyed the land behind her home north of Blanchard, Idaho. "It's a happy ending," she said. "When I saw the smoke, it's like, 'This is really happening to me.' " About 10 neighbors fought a fire that scorched nine acres behind Carney's home with hoses, shovels and a tractor before crews from the Spirit Lake Fire Department and surrounding...

2008-07-29 12:01:17

By Parker Howell, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 29--Panhandle Avista customers would pay more on their monthly electricity bills -- about $3.43 for the average household -- starting later this year under a surcharge increase the utility requested Monday. Avista asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for permission to more than double its power surcharge, which would raise overall rates about 5.9 percent and generate $12.2 million to recoup costs of generating power for...

2008-07-28 12:00:46

By Pia Hallenberg Christensen, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 28--The Coeur d'Alene Library has gone to the movies. Four Wednesdays in a row, beginning on Aug. 6, there will be free children's movies shown in the Shirley Parker Theater at the library at 11 a.m. "Depending on how long they are, you may get one or two each time," said Peggy Smith, youth services clerk at the library. "Angus Gets Lost,""Blueberries for Sal,""Corduroy,""Curious George,""Frog and Toad,""The...

2008-07-28 12:00:34

By Bert Caldwell, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 28--WELLPINIT, Wash. -- With the joining of hands and the singing of "Blest Be the Tie That Binds," the congregation of the Wellpinit Presbyterian Church concluded services Sunday for the last time. Only 18 heard the final sermon of Pastor Jeff McCullough, who talked about the lessons of communion and the words of Jesus at the Last Supper. They sang the "Doxology," too, and prayed for the health of an ailing member of the...

2008-07-27 15:00:30

By Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 27--Interplayers has announced its 2008-09 theater season, which includes some classics and some works by local playwrights. Here's the schedule: -- "The Dining Room," a comedy by A.R. Gurney, Sept. 17-Oct. 4. -- "Exits and Entrances," a two-person drama about theater by Athol Fugard, Oct. 16-Nov. 1. -- "Together Again for the First Time," a family holiday comedy by local actor-playwright Reed McColm, Nov. 20-Dec. 7....

2008-07-27 15:00:21

By The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 27--The staff of Republican presidential contender John McCain has begun stalking Barack Obama's Web site, identifying changes the Democrat has made and suggesting some of the changes are signs of the senator's shifting political positions. While McCain has admitted in interviews he barely knows how to use the Internet, his team knows a few tricks. One tool the McCain team is using is a service called Versionista, developed by Peter Bray, a...

2008-07-26 18:00:22

By Taryn Hecker, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 26--The bathroom at Hauser Lake Park had an odor only Pepe Le Pew could appreciate. Thirty years of heavy use rendered the county-owned commode so smelly visitors complained it was intolerable and the county, in 2006, decided people could no longer do business there. Porta-potties were brought in, and the bathroom -- which had no ventilation and was purportedly stinking up the entire 11-acre park -- was shuttered. Soon,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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