Becky Kramer, SpokesmanReview

Becky Kramer


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Becky:

Shopko to close North Spokane, Spokane Valley and Pullman stores

Shopko will close two additional stores in the Spokane area as the Wisconsin-based retailer seeks to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy. → Read More

Spokane market bucks national trend with rising housing prices

The Spokane, Wash., housing market is bucking national trends, with home prices continuing to rise here. → Read More

Avista, Hydro One abandon plans for sale

Wednesday’s decision by the two companies came after regulators in Washington and Idaho denied approval of the $5.3 billion sale of the Avista to the Canadian utility. → Read More

Itron’s Mezey announces retirement, recruitment for new CEO underway

Philip Mezey will retire from Itron Inc. this year, prompting the Liberty Lake company to begin the search for a new president and chief executive. → Read More

Kalispel Tribe seeks to eliminate high-interest auto loans for members with used car lot

Kalispel Auto Sales began 18 months ago to help members of the Kalispel Tribe buy reliable, used vehicles without high-interest loans. The dealership in Pend Oreille County also sells to the public. → Read More

Working without pay, federal workers in Spokane start taking loans to pay bills

Joshua McPhee still reports to his federal air traffic controller job at the Spokane International Airport, but he isn’t getting a paycheck. Nothing on the national news makes the couple hopeful. Instead of movement toward passage of a federal budget, they see a stalemate, with politicians from either side digging in. → Read More

Idaho regulators deny sale of Avista to Canadian utility

`Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto has been denied by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. → Read More

Reviving the Bunker Hill: Company betting on historic mine runs into financial troubles

The Trump administration announced a deal last spring that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, and one of its major investors is facing fraud charges. → Read More

Avista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario elections

A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble. → Read More

Ontario Premier Doug Ford unrepentant for his role in demise of Avista-Hydro One deal

Financial markets reacted quickly to the apparent demise of Avista Corp.’s planned sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto. → Read More

Washington regulators turn down Avista sale

Washington regulators today denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed purchase of Avista Corp., finding the proposed merger does not serve the public interest. → Read More

These 5 Spokane-area business startups won up to $50,000 from Mind to Market

Spokane-area investors launched a new fund this year to help Inland Northwest companies with early stage equity funding. → Read More

Spokane-area retailers expect strong holiday season

Spokane area residents will spread their money around this season, hitting the malls, patronizing small businesses and shopping online, according to a survey by Washington State University. Five local retailers weigh in on holiday sales. → Read More

Idaho regulators asking hard questions about Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

Idaho regulators are raising tough questions about Avista Corp.’s sale to a Canadian utility, and their concerns have the potential to unravel the $5.3 billion deal. → Read More

Ferris grad Andy McCune named to Forbes list of 30 under 30

Andy McCune, a 2014 Ferris High School graduate, was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of “30 under 30,” which recognizes young entrepreneurs. → Read More

Silver Valley woman’s shrewd investing amassed $12M to benefit North Idaho communities

Through 40 years of shrewd investing, Margaret F. Galbraith turned a modest inheritance into a fortune valued in the millions. The Silver Valley native died in 2005, leaving a $12 million endowment to benefit Idaho’s six northern counties. → Read More

Bunker Hill Mining Corp. reaches new lease-purchase deal for historic Kellogg property

A Canadian company trying to reopen the historic Bunker Hill Mine has renegotiated the lease-purchase option after defaulting on payments in October. → Read More

Amazon showcases progress of West Plains fulfillment center

Amazon showed off progress on its new West Plains fulfillment center Friday, which will be finished in fall 2019. → Read More

Idaho’s Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid in one of the most Republican states

Idaho is one of four Republican-leaning states where voter initiatives to expand Medicaid are on the Nov. 6 ballot. → Read More

State regulators have tough questions regarding Avista sale to Canadian utility

Proposed Avista sale to Hydro One prompts tough questions from regulators after Canadian utility’s management shakeup. → Read More