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Spokane Tribe elects first woman chair



Carol Evans, who previously served as Vice-Chair, is the first woman selected to lead the Spokane Tribe of Indians sovereign government.

Evans grew up on the Spokane Reservation, and both her parents are members of the Tribe. After graduating from Wellpinit High School, Evans enrolled in Eastern Washington University. She earned a Business Administration degree from EWU and eventually became a Certified Public Accountant, inactive. She was Executive Director of the Spokane Indian Housing Authority before joining tribal government as an accountant, eventually becoming Chief Financial Officer for 28 years.

Evans' mother was the first woman elected to the Tribal Council, serving two terms from 1983-1989.

Evans joined the Tribal Council herself in 2013 and was re-elected in 2014. Council members are elected to staggered 3-year terms, and the 5-person Council selects a Chair and Vice-Chair annually.


Poole's Public House Fundraiser for Fire Victims



Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 25, Poole's Public House will be accepting donations to help Inland Northwest wildfire victims. The entire staff at Poole's will also be donating their tips for the day and Poole's Public House will make a donation by matching servers' tip totals. Nicola Semb, a server at Poole's Public House came up with the idea to get involved by donating tips. All donations will go to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. This is in conjunction with the STCU/KREM CARES Help2NW donation campaign. Poole's Public House is asking local food and beverage businesses to join in the fundraising effort.

Poole's Public House is located at 101 E Hastings Road. For more information find them on Facebook, or call 509-413-1834, poolespublichouse.com.

Ruby Hospitality purchases the Montvale Hotel

Ruby Hospitality, Spokane developer Jerry Dicker's hotel and restaurant company, has purchased the historic Montvale Hotel in a foreclosure sale. The 36-room boutique hotel opened in 1899 and is the oldest hotel in the city. The hotel will continue operating throughout the remodeling and upgrading process. Plans include a lobby expansion into the corner retail space which will include a community coffee shop serving both hotel guests and the public. Extensive renovations are underway. Dicker also plans to reopen a restaurant in the old Catacombs space in the basement area that was once the boiler room of the hotel. Scratch Restaurant and Rain Lounge will probably remain tenants on the first floor.

Friends of Manito Plant Sale this Saturday

This Saturday, August 29, The Friends of Manito's (TFM) Fall Plant Sale will be held from 8am to 3pm, East of the Gaiser Conservatory in Manito Park. This is TFM's 25th anniversary and this year's sale will have a large selection of perennials and long blooming plants. In addition, unusual and hard to find shrubs and vines, drought tolerant plants and ornamental grasses will be for sale. Kids activities will be going on throughout the day and music will be performed by the Barking Katz.

For a complete list of plants for sale, visit www.thefriendsofmanito.org

Panera Bread opens in Spokane Valley

Long awaited Panera Bread has opened in Spokane Valley at 15716 E. Indiana, just east of Sullivan across from the Spokane Valley Mall. Panera's mission is to bring the tradition of freshly baked artisan bread to neighborhoods in cities throughout the country and that's just what they are doing here. They're much more than bread though...they serve soups, salads and pastas, breakfast, and a wide variety of sandwiches.

You can check out their menu and even order online at panerabread.com.


Homegoods store opens in Spokane Valley Mall

Homegoods, a home decor store owned and operated by the company that also operates TJ Maxx and Marshall's, opened their first store in the Inland Northwest yesterday at 15224 E. Indiana Ave. in the Spokane Valley Mall. Homegoods offers high-end designer goods found in department stores and specialty stores at discount prices. For more information and to see their many products go to homegoods.com.

Baker Construction and Development is BUSY!

Baker has a substantial amount of work going on all over, with 16 local projects that they are working on today. Here is a little information on some of their higher profile local jobs:

- Peppertree Plaza, 3rd and Division, downtown Spokane. Roughly 16,000sq ft, 2-story mixed retail and office space ground up
- 940 North Ruby Apartments (University Apartments), 6-story student housing project near Gonzaga University
- Pet Emergency Clinic & Referral Center, corner of Ruby and Mission. Roughly 18,000sq ft, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and referral clinic
- Washington Federal Bank, Spokane Headquarters, 4610 N. Division, 2-story ground up.
- Pitney Bowes, located in the Rock Pointe Campus on Atlantic Street. Tenant improvement to nearly 60,000sq ft of office space
- Diamond Parking Mini Storage, new storage expansion near the Spokane Airport
- Avista Utilities, three projects for Avista. Storage, Expansion, Investment and Recovery Facility
- Meadowwood Technology Campus, 80,000sq ft, concrete tilt up structure for the new Comcast customer service center in Liberty Lake's Meadowwood Technology Park.
- Apple Valley Dental, remodel of existing 10,000sq ft structure (old Evergreen Pet) for new dental/orthodontist clinic
- Coulter Family Dental, off Dishman Mica in the Spokane Valley. 3,700sq ft, ground up dental clinic for Drs Travis and Liz Coulter

For more information on Baker Construction and Development go to their website at bakerconstruct.com. Their offices are at 2711 E. Sprague and the phone number is 509-535-3668.


Promotions at Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center

The Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center is excited to announce Korin Michielli and Tammy Sweeney have been promoted. Korin has been promoted from the Events Manager position to Development Director; she has been with the organization for nearly 5 years. Tammy has been promoted from the Assistant Events Manager to the Events Manager and has been with the organization for nearly 2 years.

Chad Burchard returns to INB

Former Inland Northwest Bank employee Chad Burchard has re-joined the bank as a senior vice president and chief lending officer.

Apollo Spas moving two stores to I-90 location

Local hot tub manufacturer and retailer Apollo Spas is moving their north side store to a larger space on I-90 at 11604 E. Indiana in Spokane Valley and plans to consolidate their Spokane Valley store at that location in 2018. The new store, which sells Apollo and Arctic spas will eventually have 38,000sq ft of space. Apollo will also change their corporate name to Arctic Spas.

The Salvation Army hands out a record 5,207 Backpacks!

The Salvation Army's annual Backpacks For Kids Distribution & Resource Fair concluded last week with a record distribution. The Salvation Army handed out 5,207 backpacks filled with school supplies. Those backpacks helped 1,978 Spokane area families. All backpacks are separated by gender and grade level and contain the needed supplies required by the school district.

August Performances at Rockin' B Ranch this Friday & Saturday

This month's Cowboy Supper Shows at the Rockin' B Ranch are this Friday & Saturday, August 28 & 29. Celebrating their 21st season, the Riders of the Rockin' B supper shows are not to be missed. Each show features a hilarious outdoor melodrama, full BBQ supper, and cowboy trail music. The remaining performances of the season are on September 25 & 26 and October 9 & 10.

For tickets and more information, visit www.RockinBRanch.com or call 509-891-9016.

George Nethercutt to Speak at Southside Senior & Community Center this Wednesday

This Wednesday, August 26, kicks off the new 'Community Leadership Breakfast Series,' at the Southside Senior & Community Center, presenting former U.S. Representative George Nethercutt, who will speak on 'Restoring American Citizenship.' A served breakfast will precede Mr. Nethercutt's remarks. The event begins at 8am.

This presentation marks the debut of the Center's 'Community Leadership Breakfast Series,' in which the community can attend and interact with some of the region's most dynamic and accomplished leaders as they address topical subjects in an informal setting. Mr. Nethercutt will also address concerns of relevance to seniors. Humorist Tim Behrens will provide some brief entertainment.

Tickets are $25 and includes breakfast. Call 509-535-0803 and ask for Community Breakfast tickets. Southside Senior & Community Center is located at 3151 East 27th Ave., on Spokane's South Hill.

SCORE Workshop on QuickBooks Financial Management this Wed.

This Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents a workshop on QuickBooks Financial Management for Small Businesses. A QuickBooks expert will guide you through using QuickBooks as a bookkeeping and financial management tool. Learn tips and shortcuts, and the keys to financial management, along with resources and financial management practices.

Workshop cost is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, and $15 for an additional person from the same company. Location is the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444. To register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

Thanks to Baker Construction and Development for sponsoring the business thought of the week.

"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." Zig Ziglar





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