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A new book by Randy Shaw just in time for Christmas

Randy Shaw, popular anchor of KREM 2 News, has a resume that sounds like the 'world's most interesting man.' He is one of the most recognizable faces in the Inland Northwest. A 20+ year veteran of Spokane television news, he has served as the longest running TV news anchorman in local broadcast history with more than 15,000 newscasts. Shaw currently spends more time on TV than any other anchor in the market appearing on KREM news at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00pm.

Shaw has worked as a network correspondent for Mutual Broadcasting and the Associated Press, where he covered three administrations - Ford, Carter and Reagan - and traveled with then Vice President George Bush. He has also covered the visits of Pope John Paul II and Chinese Leader Deng Xiao Peng. During his vast career covering international, national and local news, Randy has garnered more than three dozen individual journalism awards for his work.

A cultural anthropology buff, Randy has participated in two major expeditions to Africa; the first to live with the Kabre Tribe of Togo, the last of the African slave traders, while the second trip was part of a National Geographic expedition to locate the Tamberma Tribe of northern Benin. For his role in those expeditions Randy was awarded a fellowship in the prestigious Explorers Club in New York and carried the Explorer Club flag on the Tamberma expedition.

With all those adventures to share he has written a book, Spring Fever for Any Season which is a fascinating compilation of his own experiences. It is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. You can contact Randy at rshaw@krem.com.

The FAA reports that STEP will not impact Fairchild AFB

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a study last week determining that the proposed Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) "would not be a hazard to air navigation" around Fairchild Air Force Base. This is the second time the FAA has issued a "no hazard" determination for STEP.

The FAA's determination marks an important milestone, affirming that the project, which will invest more than $400 million to create about 5,000 jobs and an estimated $50 million annual payroll, can provide an immediate boost to the local community while preserving military preparedness. "The Spokane Tribe reached out early in the project planning to local jurisdictions, the Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure any potential impacts to flight operations are identified and either avoided or mitigated," said Spokane Tribal Chairman, Rudy Peone.

The proposed project site is located immediately northwest of the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Craig Road and consists of the development of a casino-resort facility, a 300-room hotel, parking structure, retail and commercial uses, a Tribal cultural center, and a Tribal police/fire station.

The STEP project is under review by the Secretary of the Interior. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Interior Secretary must make a 'two-part determination' that the project is in the best interest of the tribe and not detrimental to the community. Gov. Inslee must concur with the Secretary's determination before gaming can occur on the site.

Kootenai Clinic opens new building

Kootenai Clinic has opened a 16 and a half million dollar, 63,000 square-foot medical building at 1919 Lincoln Way in Coeur d'Alene that will serve 300 patients a day. The building will house four physician practices with 16 providers, a lab and an imaging center. It is also the home to Kootenai's family medicine residency program.

Old World Christmas Factory Outlet open until Dec 23

The Old World Christmas Factory Outlet store at 4007 East Main between Freya and Havana is open for one more week. The store, which opens only during the Christmas holiday shopping season and in July will be open seven days a week until December 23.

Luigi's, Marty Hogberg is serving more than Italian food

If you're looking for office space, Marty Hogberg of Luigi's may be able to help you. The Luigi's building at 245 West Main Avenue has 6,10 to 12,200 square feet of office space available on the two upper floors. The space has a high tech feel, exposed ceilings, red brick walls, storage, secured parking and more...and Spokane's best Italian restaurant is on the main floor.

For details contact Craig Soehren at Kiemle and Hagood Company at 509-755-7548 direct line, 509-990-6770 cell, or via email to craigs@khco.com.

Spokane Cheesecakes open on East Sprague

After a yearlong wait Spokane Cheesecakes, formerly in the Spokane Public Market, is back in their own retail shop and kitchen in the Union Square Building at 1420 East Sprague Avenue, Suite 104B. Spokane Cheesecakes is creating delicious creamy cheesecakes with delectable crusts made from specialty cookies. They have a wide variety of flavors from the never changing classics, to tempting chocolates, refreshing fruits and smooth liqueurs.

They are open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm and are currently taking orders for Christmas and for New Years at 509-570-0658.

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living celebrates 100th issue

It's been 14 years in the making and over 15,000 pages, as Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine offers their 100th issue, on newsstands now. Vince and Emily Bozzi started their magazine business in 1996 with an investment of $495 printing a local coupon book. That grew into a business empire with Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, Inland Business Catalyst, Prime, Spokane Woman and Washington magazines. They also own Chocolate Apothecary, Saunders Cheese, Chateau Rive Event facility in the Flour Mill and the Bozzi Collection gallery in Old City Hall.

Congratulations! And thanks for telling Spokane's story in such a classy magazine.

Providence Health Care appoints Chief Financial Officer

Helen Andrus has been selected as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Providence Health Care (PHC). Helen will also continue in her role as CFO for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital. In her new role, Helen will also have responsibility for oversight of strategic initiatives, long-range financial planning, operational and capital budgeting, and financial support and analysis for PHC's four hospitals and other health services.

Helen joined Providence in 2001 as the manager of Financial Accounting and Reporting for Sacred Heart. Prior to joining Providence, Helen taught financial accounting and auditing courses at California State University in Fullerton, California, and served in the consulting firm, Deloitte & Touche in Arizona and California. Helen is also very active in the community, serving on the boards of Hospice of Spokane, the Children's Museum of Spokane and Gonzaga Prep Finance Committee, and is on the Providence Health Care Foundation Board of Directors.

Colville Tribe wins business award

The Colville Tribe Federal Corp. has been awarded the William Bradford Minority Business of the Year award, presented annually by the University of Washington. The CTFC is the primary manager of a number of businesses operated by the Colville Tribe.

The William Bradford Minority Business of the Year award honors a company that has demonstrated success in areas of revenue, size, superior management practices and commitment to the community.

Steelhead Bar and Grille welcomes a new general manager

The Steelhead Bar and Grille announces the addition of Brystol Myers as their new general manager. Brystol has nearly 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has a broad perspective and understanding of Steelhead's commitment to excellent service and quality.

Opened in 2006, and located at 218 N. Howard Street, the Steelhead Bar and Grille has become one of downtown's destination locations, offering familiar American pub food with a Northwest Flair. Locally owned and operated, its interior offers a cozy dining experience that gives patrons a feel for Spokane's industrial history mixed with modern lighting and ambience. The phone number is 509-747-1303.

Coffman Engineers Promotes Chad Heimbigner to Principal

Coffman Engineers, Inc. announces the promotion of Chad Heimbigner, P.E. LEED AP to the position of principal.

Heimbigner joined Coffman Engineers in 2009 as a senior civil engineer. During his time at Coffman, he has served as a project manager on a variety of successful projects. He has built strong relationships with many of Coffman's clients including EWU, SNAP, Spokane Transit Authority, Second Harvest, Fairchild AFB, Catholic Charities, Spokane Airport, Office of Rural & Farmworker Housing, Avista, WSU, Diocese of Yakima Housing Services, and Whitworth University.

Heimbigner has more than 17 years of experience in civil engineering consulting with an emphasis on site development and sustainable design. He has managed teams of engineers, architects, land surveyors, landscape architects, and land planners. Throughout his career, Heimbigner has been responsible for business development, project management, research and planning, design and review, and construction observation. Heimbigner has a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho.

For more than 33 years, Coffman Engineers has provided civil, structural, industrial mechanical, process piping, commercial mechanical, electrical engineering and controls, lighting, project management, commissioning, and corrosion control engineering services. The company collaborates on large, small, and diverse projects from commercial to industrial work as a prime or subconsultant, with offices in Seattle and Spokane, Los Angeles, Achorage, Honolulu, and Hagatna, Guam. The website is coffman.com.

Former Providence CEO Mike Wilson busy in retirement

Mike Wilson, former chief executive officer of Providence Health Care, has been appointed to Community Colleges of Spokane's board of trustees. In addition, he is currently serving on the boards of Catholic Charities, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and the Health Sciences and Services Authority. Wilson has also been appointed to serve as the community campaign chair for United Way's executive committee in 2014.

New antique store opens in Hillyard

Tammy Stith and her husband, William Weech have opened Spokantiques, a new 1,700 square-foot antiques store at 5009 North Market in the former Hillyard Variety location.

Uriel Iniguez appointed to EWU Board of Trustees

Uriel Iniguez, one of six siblings to graduate from Eastern Washington University and the father of a current EWU student, has been appointed the university's Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He replaces Bertha Ortega, who served on the board since 2002. His appointment is for six years.

Iniguez is the oldest of 11 children, all of whom were first-generation college students - a dream come true for a family whose parents came to this country from Mexico with no formal education. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on human resources from Eastern and he has a master's degree in public administration from City University. Since June 2005, Iniguez has served as the executive director of the Commission on Hispanic Affairs for the state of Washington. Prior to his appointment to the commission, he worked for the Department of Corrections where he held various management positions.

Adam Chambers joins Dunn Black & Roberts

Adam Chambers has joined the law offices of Dunn Black & Roberts, P.S. as an associate lawyer. Chambers is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law and practices business and construction law and complex civil litigation. He served as an extern at the United States District Court of Utah and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Business Thought of the Week

"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." The late Nelson Mandela

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