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Paul Read named publisher of the Journal of Business

Longtime Spokane business newsman Paul Read is the new publisher of the Journal of Business. He replaces Greg Bever who retires January 20.

Read, age 50, joined The Journal in 1986 as Assistant Editor after working as managing editor for the Spokane Business Examiner. He most recently served as Operations Manager for the business paper. Read holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University. He is an active scouter and Chairman of the Chinook District of the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts. He is ruling elder of Hamblen Presbyterian Church. He is past chairman of the Children's Home Society Northeast Region and the Society of Professional Journalists, Inland Northwest chapter.

Ski Season is off and running

Early snow has the area's ski resorts happy as can be. Here are holiday hours for four local ski hills.

49 Degrees North:
Dec 19 - Jan 4: Open 7 days a week from 9am to 3:30pm
Christmas Day open 10:00am to 3:30pm

Lookout Pass:
Dec 19 - Jan 2: Open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm except Christmas day from 10am to 4pm

Mt Spokane:
Dec 19-20, 24, 26-27, 31 and Jan 2 open 9am to 4pm
Dec 25 and Jan 1: 10am to 4pm
Dec 28-30: 9am to 9:30pm

Schweitzer Mt:
Dec 19 - Jan 2: open every day 9am to 3:30pm
Dec 20 - Dec 31 Twilight skiing runs every day from 3:30 to 7pm (except Dec 24 & Dec 25)

Silver Mt:
Dec 19-Jan 1: Open 7 days a week from 9am to 3:45pm.
Dec 31 stay until 6pm under the lights and come to the New Years Eve Parties.

LaunchPad offers help to job seekers

To help Jobs Seekers through this difficult time LaunchPad and their partners have established a community called the Job Seekers Community. This is an online community where people can connect and share valuable information about ideas for job search, trends, job openings, events and anything that might help people who are looking for work. Go to Lauchpadinw.com for more information.

Strengthening local nonprofit ecosystem at educational conference

The 2nd Annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference - Leadership Series will be hosted February 16th, 2012 all day at the Spokane Masonic Center. Last year's conference brought to light the interest for educational and professional development opportunities for nonprofits in the Inland Northwest. Utilizing market research, both local and regional, AE Consulting and its Advisory Board were able to select next year's classes based on the needs of area nonprofits.

Classes hosted include grants research and writing, human capital management and succession planning, strategic planning, finance, marketing, and board development. There are four sessions throughout the day, each with three classes to choose from as well as a keynote speaker during lunch, an exhibitor space showcasing nonprofit services and products, and a social hour to follow for additional networking.

The Spokane County nonprofit community has over 2,000 registered organizations and Kootenai County has over 800 (according to taxemexemptworld.com). The national economic downturn has caused incredible financial strain on our regional and local organizations and has increased their need for services. This capacity building conference educates organizations on how to fulfill their missions in an effective manor to maximize the impact of their programs.

Registration is open and early bird discounts are provided to day pass purchases made prior to 2012. Classes are also available ala carte. To register, visit www.ae-consulting.net/Conference.htm.

Chocolate Myracles Open Retail store

Master Chocolatier, Julia Balassa-Myracle has announced the opening of Chocolate Myracles' Chocolate Shop and new manufacturing facility, located at 11616 E. Montgomery #23 in the Spokane Valley.

The European designed chocolate shop has Grand Cru, Single Origin chocolates made from some of the finest chocolates from Latin America and Europe. To celebrate the opening of the shop, Julia has increased her line of gourmet chocolates to include three new chocolate bars. Palenque with Mexican cinnamon, Kokopelli with dark and milk chocolate and Huckleberry with Swiss milk chocolate. In addition to chocolate truffles, poured chocolates, and brandy cherries that are made in the old European tradition, The Chocolate Myracles' Chocolate Shop also carries, milk chocolate bark flavored with natural peppermint, semi-solid chocolate bears in dark, milk, and white chocolate, and 5 different types of smaller solid chocolate bear cubs. Chocolate Myracles' also carries a variety of bulk chocolate, cacao nibs, and gourmet cocoa powder.

Julia received her Master Chocolatier certification in 2006 from the prestigious Ecole Chocolate Academy in British Columbia and has studied with World Champion Master Chocolatier Chris Hanmer in Las Vegas.

The Chocolate Myracles' Chocolate Shop will open Tuesday Dec. 20th. Shop hours are 1:00 to 6:00 pm Tue. - Fri. The shop will expand its hours to include Saturday's beginning in January. For more information please visit chocolatemyracles.com or call 509-995-1271.

The Lincoln Center is blinging in the New Year

Bling! Spokane's biggest New Year's party is happening again and the Lincoln Center and Bling! sponsors plan to make this year's event an even bigger, and better party than last year.

Prizing is a big part of the celebration and fun. Over $25,000 in prizing will be given away and everyone is guaranteed a prize. Dodson's Jewelers, one of this year's sponsors, will provide gift certificates for a few lucky prize winners. Gems such as amethysts, garnets, aquamarines, sapphires and pearls will also be a part of the night's Bling! give-a-ways. Gift certificates to Luigi's restaurant, the Davenport Hotel collection and a variety of other 'Bling' are a part of the prizing as well. Come midnight, Dodson's Jewelers will be giving away the grand prize, a diamond pendant and diamond earrings that have a total weight of 1ct of diamonds set in 14k white gold. Dodson's will be celebrating over 125 years in downtown Spokane in the New Year.

Both ballrooms will be a part of the party that night. Bling! style decorations and laser lights will dress up the party rooms. VIBE will perform the classics (think the Beatles) in one room. Live hip-hop with Flying Spiders and top DJs will be on stage in the other ballroom. Guests are welcome to travel between ballrooms to enjoy all the night has to offer. Drink specials with a Bling! twist will be available and of course a champagne toast at midnight is included in the party package. (This event is for guests 21 years of age and older).

Dinner options are available and include a traditional buffet that Executive Chef Evan Ellison is putting his culinary signature on. A VIP package is also available and includes the party, special prizing, VIP seating and the buffet dinner along with distinctive featured wines selected by The Lincoln Center's Sommelier Ryan Biesen.

More information is on thelincolncenterspokane.com. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Dinner packages require advance ticket purchase.

Scout Tavern opens in Montvale Hotel

Rob Brewster has opened Scout Tavern in the Montvale Hotel building at the corner of First and Monroe streets, in the space where Farwest Billiards used to be. The 3,000 square foot establishment is a pub style restaurant that will be open from 6:30 am to 2 am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Scout's bar back comes from Mullan, Idaho. Built in 1906 the bar was in Mullan's historic Mint Tavern before it was torn down in 2002.

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