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Baker Construction to break ground at 3rd and Division project

The property at Third and Division, which has been dormant for several years, is finally getting new life. Thursday, July 16, at 9 am, Baker Construction and Development is breaking ground for Peppertree Plaza, a two-story mixed-use retail and office development that will provide a new view for the gateway to our city.

Fund started for injured former SEAL

On Friday, June 26 former Navy SEAL Jason Hogan was working at the Globe restaurant when he had to escort a customer out who was starting a fight. The customer attacked Hogan, taking him to the ground and slamming his head to the concrete. He is now in the hospital partially paralyzed and facing months of recovery. Jason is a decorated, two tour Iraq combat veteran with SEAL Team 3.

A fund has been established to help with medical bills, physical therapy and other expenses. If you can help, go to dm2.gofund.me/hoganstrong.

Vintage Spokane coming to Convention Center July 19

Vintage Spokane, returns for its fourth-straight year on Sunday, July 19, from 5-8pm, bringing more than 50 wineries and gourmet food to the Spokane Convention Center. The event keeps growing every year with more wineries and more restaurants with more delicious sips and tastes throughout the evening. Among the wineries are Five Star Cellars, Maryhill Winery, Woodward Canyon, Beresan, Clearwater Canyon, Mackey Vineyards and many more. In addition, there will be cooking demos from top Northwest chefs, plus coffee and beer bars. A portion of the event's proceeds will go to benefit the Spokane Youth Sports Association.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at vintagespokane.com. You can also find a complete list of wineries and restaurants participating in this year's event on their site.

Robin Benton joins Fidelity Associates

Robin Benton, formerly a client consultant for Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. has been hired by Fidelity Associates Insurance & Financial Services Inc. as an employee benefits consultant.

DCI Engineers hires new staff for Spokane office

DCI Engineers, a civil and structural consulting engineering firm, announces the addition of three new staff members in their Spokane office. The new hires for the firm are as follows:

Colin Anyan, E.I.T., joined DCI as a Project Engineer. Anyan is currently the lead designer for the mixed-use Temescal Muse project in Oakland, Calif. He is also providing design support for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Housing project and the Waverly Apartments in Oakland. Anyan acquired both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Washington State University. While in school, he was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is currently a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW).

Kyle Kaschmitter, E.I.T., joined the firm as a Project Engineer. At DCI, Kaschmitter is working on the foundation design for a five-story, mixed-use building in Bozeman, Montana. Kaschmitter acquired his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Boise State University. He is currently attending the University of Idaho to earn his Master of Engineering degree.

Mandy Morden joined the DCI team as an Office Manager. Morden will assist with marketing efforts, employee orientation, and accounting in addition to her administrative duties. She earned her Legal Assistant Associates Degree from a combined education at Eastern Washington University and a local community college.

Hampton Inn Spokane Airport awarded TripAdvisor distinction

Hampton Inn Spokane Airport has been honored as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The award is presented to establishments that consistently receive great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Indian Trail Animal Hospital move to new location

Indian Trail Animal Hospital, formerly at 9027 N Indian Trail Rd, has moved across the street to their own new 5,600 square foot building at 5150 W. Barnes Road. The clinic has three veterinary doctors and two licensed veterinary technicians as well as other staff members. The new building has separate dog and cat waiting areas, six exam rooms, and new surgery suites.

Dr. Ryan Brown purchased the practice in 2009 and has worked to provide quality animal care with Dr. Keri Bayley since the opening day. The hospital expanded to support another veterinarian, Dr. Gordon Armstrong, in 2010. All three doctors work full time, and have extended clinic hours to help accommodate clients and their pets. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-7pm, Friday: 7:30am-6pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm. It is closed Sundays.

For more information about Indian Trail Animal Hospital, go to indiantrailvet.com.

Mobile sushi 'restaurant' in Coeur d'Alene

Travis Whiteside trained as a sushi chef at Takara, Coeur d'Alene's first sushi restaurant (which is now closed) and also worked at Bonsai Bistro. He's taken his sushi expertise on the road with the first, and likely only sushi food truck, Raw Dead Fish. While Whiteside travels to various events, the truck is normally parked at 514 Best in Coeur d'Alene and is open 11am to 7:30pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Republic Pi opens on south hill in former Vintages 611 location

Owners of the Downriver Grill and Flying Goat have opened Republic Pi, at 611 East 30th in Manito Shopping Center. The location is a former Hamer's menswear store that most recently housed the Vintages 611 restaurant.

Republic Pi serves 15 varieties of wood-fired pizza with various sauces including a tomato-based pesto variety as well as cream white sauce. The pizzas are named for Spokane area neighborhoods. Toppings are made in house, and everything is made from scratch with fresh, mostly locally sourced items. They also serve shareable appetizers, soups and salads as well as desserts. The bar features 21 beers on tap and wines for the northwest and Italy.

They are open seven days a week from 11am to 11pm on weekdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The website is republicpi.com and the phone number is 509-893-9196.

Winston & Cashatt Hires Two New Associate Attorneys

Winston & Cashatt welcomes two new associate attorneys to its litigation team, Megan M. Marshall and Benjamin H. Rascoff. Marshall received her law degree in 2011 from the University of Idaho. She joins Winston & Cashatt after working at the Kootenai County Public Defender's Office for more than 3 years. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal defense, civil litigation and employment law. Rascoff is a 2012 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, graduating with cum laude honors. Prior to joining Winston & Cashatt, he practiced law in Richland, Washington and throughout the Tri-City area. His practice will focus on personal injury, employment and labor law and commercial litigation.

Two new Red Lion Inn & Suites announced in Texas

Red Lion Hotels Corporation, (RLHC) has announced the company has signed franchise license agreements with two separate owners who intend to build Red Lion Inn & Suites properties in Bryan and Texas City, Texas. The Bryan, Texas property is scheduled to open in early 2018. Bryan is about 100 miles northwest of Houston and 100 miles east of Austin. The Texas City property is scheduled to open in January 2107. Texas City is located about 40 miles southeast of Houston on the coast of Texas in Galveston Bay.

Nominations being accepted for the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award

Sister Peter Claver was a humanitarian in every sense of the word. Her leadership in health care was her avenue to serve, with compassion and humility, enriching the lives of others, especially the poor and vulnerable. Past Humanitarian award nominees and recipients have dedicated themselves to safer neighborhoods, medical or social services for the underserved, the needs of children who live in poverty or suffer abuse, as well as spiritual enrichment of the lives of others. This Humanitarian Award honors those, who, today, continue her legacy and by recognizing an individual with inspiring passion and dedication; someone working to improve the lives of others.

Nominations are being accepted now through August 21. The online nomination form can be found at www.phc.org/spcaward. In addition to completing the nomination form, you can submit the requested letter of recommendation. The award winner will be announced on October 6, at an inspiring event held at the Spokane Club.

The 'BIG 5' for the Greater Spokane Valley begins tomorrow

Tomorrow the conversation begins to identify five key initiatives for the Greater Spokane Valley region. In partnership with Thought Exchange, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is leading an effort to build a collaborative, inclusive community agenda for the future, focused on five measurable goals-The BIG 5 for the Greater Spokane Valley.

Through a series of online town halls, The BIG 5 for the Greater Spokane Valley will unearth the five most-treasured community initiatives to impact our region for many years to come. Beginning with three simple questions, The BIG 5 serves as a rallying point for the Greater Spokane Valley community-business leaders, visionaries, elected officials and citizens-to join together to create a unified vision for the future of our community.

The conversation starts July 7, but participants can join the process at any time. People who live and/or work in any of the Greater Spokane Valley communities are invited to sign up now and be part of early groundbreaking discussions. Visit: spokanevalleychamber.thoughtexchange.com/invitation.

About the Process/Schedule:
July 7-17: Participation link is live. Once registered, participants will be invited to respond to three open-ended questions to start the process.
July 18-24: Responses are moderated by ThoughtExchange for inappropriate comments.
July 27-Aug. 4: Participants will be invited to review and rank the collected thoughts.
Aug. 5-23: Thoughts and ideas will be reviewed by ThoughtExchange team of analysts.
Sept. 25: The BIG 5 revealed at the Spokane Valley Chamber's Business Connections meeting, 7-9am at CenterPlace.

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