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Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

 

On Thursday the City of Spokane recognized local businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

"We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently," said Rick Romero, the City's Utilities Division Director. "We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts."

 

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

 

These outstanding organizations include:

Smiles Dental provides nearly $4,500 in dental care for Free Dental Day

Smiles Dental provides nearly $4,500 in dental care for Free Dental Day

 

During their Free Dental Day on February 20th, Smiles Dental provided nearly $4,500 of free dental care to Spokane area residents.

 

For the program, residents were able to schedule a one hour appointment for either a cleaning or restorative dental work. This year, Smiles reported they provided this free service to 12 people.

 

According to Smiles Dental, the company created their Gift of Smiles program for the sole purpose of improving the lives and oral health of people within the communities they serve. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

Fellow Coworking helps foster creativity and innovation in Spokane

 

Cities like Spokane are the perfect place to breathe life into innovative ideas, and coworking spaces are the perfect place to make those ideas a reality. At least that's what Luke Baumgarten and Benji Wade of Fellow Coworking believe.

 

In a way, bringing a coworking space to Spokane is innovative in itself. While coworking has found great success in many cities around the world, finding traction in Spokane has been a slower process.

 

“I think there's a potentially pretty big slice of the market here that we could have access to that would be interested in coworking in general, and Fellow specifically. But because they don't know what coworking is, it's not even on their radar,” Baumgarten said.

 

Coworking is a global phenomenon reinventing the way individuals work. To simply put it, a coworking space is a place professionals pay to work in. For these professionals- typically freelancers or telecommuters- coworking spaces are an alternative to the basements, couches, or crowded coffee shops with unreliable Wi-Fi they'd otherwise work at.

 

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista said energy improvements made to district school from their partnership with Spokane Public Schools (SPS) during 2014 have qualified for $237,189 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives. These are expected to save SPS approximately $65,000 in energy costs annually.

 

Since 2005, the school district has received more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency incentives as a result of this ongoing partnership.

 

According to Avista, the majority of projects in 2014 focused on the new Ferris High School building, which was built with energy efficiency in mind. It includes some of the following features:

River Park Square welcomes Holeshot Pizza and Brew

River Park Square welcomes Holeshot Pizza and Brew

River Park Square announced Tuesday that Holeshot Pizza and Brew LLC will be joining the food court in Spring of 2015. Holeshot will be located in the food court location previously occupied by Pizza Oven, and cater to Catering to the lunch and dinner crowds.

 

Holeshot Pizza and Brew LLC is a food court brick oven pizza restaurant with an adjacent beer and wine bar called, The First Turn.  According to River Park Square, Holeshot is designed around the concept of serving quality brick oven pizza cooked with speed and precision.

 

“We are excited to bring this new concept into the food court,” said Bryn West, general manager of River Park Square. “Holeshot will bring a fresh vitality to our food court and expand cuisine options available to our customers.”

 

The restaurant is themed after the owner's passion, motocross racing. Owner Kevin McRae said he wanted to create an environment that promotes the sport of off road motorcycle racing. Holeshot will serve a variety of pizzas, as well as pizza by the slice. Daily, fresh-made salads, will also be featured on the menu.  McRae is a 20 year resident of Spokane.

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

This year, the holidays were looking pretty bleak for 83-year-old Becky Sanchez.

The north Spokane resident was scrambling to get to her cancer treatment appointments while dealing with a chronically painful back and a history of heart problems. Despite her physical challenges, Sanchez continued to serve others by volunteering for the local VFW and gathering Christmas presents for kids at Shriner’s Hospital.

To top it off, the roof of Sanchez’s mobile home on Crestline Road was literally caving in.

Living on a fixed budget, Sanchez had no money to pay for badly needed repairs. Water damage to her roof made it so she couldn’t turn on the lights in her kitchen and hallways. With the snow, ice and rain of winter bearing down, Sanchez made a desperate call to SNAP, an agency that had helped her in the past.