Thursday, April 28, 2016

Summit Cancer Center Opens in Post Falls

The Summit Cancer Center recently open on the Northwest Specialty Hospital campus. The 11,000-square-foot facility is owned by a group of local physicians and Select HealthCare Solutions, a private, for-profit firm based near San Diego that has helped develop 13 cancer centers throughout the West in the past nine years. In addition to medical and radiation oncologists, the center includes nurse practitioners, pharmacists and a radiation treatment center. It offers consultations, chemotherapy and diagnostic testing and lab services to identify and treat cancer.

To learn more, read the Coeur d’Alene article.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lewis-Clark Valley Named American Viticultural Area

The Lewis-Clark Valley has been established as an American Viticultural Area. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) established the approximately 306,650-acre Lewis–Clark Valley viticultural area in portions of Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater and Latah Counties in Idaho and Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties in Washington.

TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

To learn more, read the TTB press release.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lakeside Junior-Senior High School Expanding Capabilities with 3D Printing

Lakeside Junior-Senior High School is expanding its capabilities to include 3D printing, design and fabrication with help from the Idaho STEM Action Center. At a recent workshop at the STEM Action Center, Lakeside teacher Stefani Hoffman learned how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot 3D printers. The professional development opportunity is part of FabSLAM, a team-based digital fabrication competition launched by the Digital Harbor Foundation.

Twenty teachers from 15 schools throughout Idaho took part in the training. They also received brand-new 3D printers to bring back home to their schools, and they will assemble teams in their communities to participate in FabSLAM and serve as coaches.

Visit for more details or read the Coeur d’Alene Press article.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Empire Aerospace Secures Approval to Service ERJ 145 Jets

Empire Aerospace, a subsidiary of Hayden-based Empire Airlines Inc., has secured approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to provide heavy maintenance service on Embraer S.A. ERJ 145 jets. The ERJ 145 is the first jet aircraft for which Empire Aerospace has gained approval—called operations specifications—to provide maintenance services. The Embraer aircraft is a Brazilian-made, twin-engine, 50-passenger airliner. Empire Aerospace expects to service 20 to 30 such aircraft a year at its hangar at the Coeur d’Alene Airport.

For more information, read the Journal of Business article.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Interwest Communications Announces Spokane Expansion

Interwest Communications, a Wenatchee-based, family-owned telecommunications company, is expanding its operation into the Spokane, Wash. market. This move allows the company to continue to grow its business and allow it to better serve its existing customers in the Spokane area.

The new office opened on April 1. To learn more, go to