Apartments aplenty

Construction boom a boon for renters North Idaho’s construction spigot has been turned on again, and you don’t have to look far for a big bucket: Apartments. With many smaller construction projects throughout the region, two hefty efforts lead the new-apartment brigade. The 50-unit Riverstone West, which opened in 2012 for low-income renters, is getting […]

Ready to play hardball with software

Steve Meyer doesn’t have anything against manufacturing. He’s not some smug giant looking down on tourism-related jobs from Suite 350 of his gorgeous Parkwood Properties building on Northwest Boulevard in Coeur d’Alene. Nor is he hanging up on the notion that North Idaho is becoming Call Center Central. Meyer sees a need for the many […]

Wage rage

Here’s one hard look at why our pay stinks According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Idaho’s average wage for all occupations — $18.67 an hour — ranked 47th in the nation last year. The year before, Idaho limped in at No. 46, so in the span of a dozen months, really bad got […]

Leaders: We grow our own jobs

St. Maries shines again Trees aren’t all that’s been falling around St. Maries. The community lost nearly 10 percent of its population between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census. At last official count, a mere 2,402 souls called St. Maries “home.” While denizens of this remote, rough-hewn river town were dying off or […]

Thrux Lawrence: Creating a culture

Step into the former feed store at 206 N. Third St., and you’ll wonder what century you’re in. For that matter, you’ll wonder what city you’re in because Coeur d’Alene has never seen the likes of Thrux Lawrence. Then again, Coeur d’Alene has never seen the likes of the owner, Tanden Launder — even though […]

The restaurant biz doesn’t have to bite

Mike Wells and his wife had a lunch date. They chose a local place to eat and, Wells said, had what he considered “one of the best restaurant experiences in my life.” It was so good, Wells said, that just two days later, he and his wife went back for an encore. But this time, […]

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