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  • R.I.P. Spokane
  • R.I.P. Spokane

    Exploring the Spokane of South Dakota — left for dead long ago
      One day last month, I drove down a back road in Custer County, South Dakota, threading through the low mountains of the Black Hills and along a cliff. They named the county after George Armstrong Cust
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  • Beating On
  • Beating On

    Ska and new wave legends the English Beat land in Spokane
      Born out of the two-tone British ska scene that gave the world the Specials and Madness, the English Beat helped infuse radio waves with manic, urgent songs about being young in the early 1980s. The b
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  • Green Water
  • Green Water

    Will Congress say yes to more hydropower?
      Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t necessarily known for her acts of environmentalism. The League of Conservation voters gave her a 6 percent rating in the 112th Congress. In fact, one of the bil
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  • Spokamsterdam
  • Spokamsterdam

    Spokane contemplates reefer attractions; plus, special election results
      GREEN TOURISM Look out, Spokompton, you may just become Spokamsterdam. Now that Washington state has Legalized Pot, local officials now smell a different kind of green. But as they pondered the
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  • Falling Down
  • Falling Down

    Law enforcement to vigilantes: “Chill out.” Plus, the State of the City, Part II
      Uninvited Vigilantes While authorities might admire the enthusiasm, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people that catching a shoplifter is probably not worth risking seri
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  • Skywalking
  • Skywalking

    Eating lunch a story above downtown Spokane
      Spokane’s skyways seem to linger from another era, a time when a city’s downtown was so bustling someone decided to make an upper deck for transportation. So maybe it shouldn’t
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  • Brought to the USA
  • Brought to the USA

    Gabriela Alvarez didn’t have a choice when she came here illegally. But that didn’t stop her from chasing her own American Dream
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  • Reaching Out

      While many immigrants in the region fill a need — picking apples and cherries and other fruits in Washington’s orchards — they also present a public policy problem.
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  • 'Life Has Value'
  • 'Life Has Value'

    A possible tax for Spokane Police; plus, efforts to end the death penalty
      Taxing Police After taking an axe to police and fire budgets this year euro;” with close to a $10 million city budget shortfall euro;” Spokane Mayor David Condon may be easing off his no-higher-taxes spie
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  • Taking the Temperature
  • Taking the Temperature

    A by-the-numbers look at the health of Spokane’s economy
      One glance at the charts and graphs from the think tank Urban Institute, and it looks like Spokane is a sick puppy. The city’s unemployment rate is going down slower than the rest of the country
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  • Put to a Vote
  • Put to a Vote

    Libraries, police and taxes: A closer look at the Feb. 12 election
      In the roaring 1990s, the city of Spokane, bent on a splurge of enlightenment, built all six of its current city libraries. The first two branches, Hillyard and downtown Spokane, opened in January of
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  • OLYMPIA — Spokane's Wish List
  • OLYMPIA — Spokane's Wish List

    For some changes, Spokane has to ask the state for permission.
      When community boosters get together and talk about how to improve Spokane, there is usually some consensus: police reform, economic development and robust public services. But in these ways, Sp
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  • THEATER — Apollo 13
  • THEATER — Apollo 13

      The rumblings of liftoff, the terse news updates of Walter Cronkite, the tense suits and ties staring into flickering computer screens. Apollo 13: Mission Control is a production that plunges its audi
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  • Transit of the Future
  • Transit of the Future

    What comes next in the evolution of the Inland Northwest
      First, some myth busting. When it comes to planning public transit, what’s important isn’t necessarily putting buses or light rail on a big, busy street. It’s more about identifying
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  • Land War
  • Land War

    Why officials who pushed to designate caribou habitat are now considering lifting federal protections
      At the beginning of 2012, environmentalists thought they had a solid proposal in place to help the endangered mountain woodland caribou, the last few of which occasionally dip south of the Canadian bo
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  • Math Nerds
  • Math Nerds

    Spokane Public Schools looks at math; plus, local officials enter the gun debate
      The Path of Math Perhaps no subject in Spokane Public Schools, in recent years, has been as controversial as math. The “math wars,” as they’ve been called for decades, pit refo
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  • For Your Consideration — January 10, 2013
  • For Your Consideration — January 10, 2013

      ALBUM Out this week comes Dropkick Murphys’ ninth album, Signed and Sealed In Blood. You know the deal: the gang choruses of punk rock, the folk-style storytelling lyrics, the Irish brogue
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  • Up for Vote
  • Up for Vote

    The Spokane City Council’s free-for-all on charter amendments
      The Spokane City Council this week did the easy part, spending $200,000 to set up a series of public votes come February. The question now is whether voters will approve tax restrictions, police ombud
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  • Out in the Cold
  • Out in the Cold

    An effort to create a tent city in Spokane hits a dead-end; plus, the Border Patrol gets out of the translation business
      Gimme Shelter Despite plenty of attention and good intentions, it looks unlikely that Ralph and Becky Harvey will get their way. The pair wants to establish a Tent City to shelter homeless peopl
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  • Multimedia Gift Guide — Books
  • Multimedia Gift Guide — Books

    Good reads for everyone on your list — history buffs, tech geeks, musically inclined folks, even liberals
      Space Needle: The Spirit of SeattleBy Knute Berger This year marks the 50th anniversary of that other World’s Fair €” Seattle’s Century 21 Fair of 1962. It was the fair that launched
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  • Grading the Lawmakers
  • Grading the Lawmakers

    A left-leaning lobby scores legislators in Olympia; plus, election fundraising is back
      PASS OR FAIL If you ask the activists, our elected officials aren’t passing their classes. The Washington Community Action Network, a statewide left-leaning lobby group, released a report
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  • Mellow Mood
  • Mellow Mood

    Inside one Spokane family, as it adjusts to legalized weed
      As he lounges in a recliner, Ricky Lewin drops a nug of marijuana into a glass pipe. It’s a variety known as “Blue Dragon,” and though its seeds come from Amsterdam, Lewin grows it h
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  • The New Normal
  • The New Normal

    With few changes, Spokane Mayor David Condon’s budget passes
      From the outset, Spokane Mayor David Condon appeared to have the four votes necessary to move his 2013 budget through the Spokane City Council. But foregone conclusions rarely dampen the cries o
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  • Paid Placeholders
  • Paid Placeholders

    A pro-coal lobby employs day laborers to hold spots at a public meeting; plus, Lisa Brown gets a new job
      Paid For Their Bodies  The line of people forming at the Spokane County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning included about 20 people wearing bright green shirts that read “Let’s Get Back
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  • The Same with Less
  • The Same with Less

    How police and firefighters will cope with the coming cutbacks
      Outside the window of Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams’ office, downtown Spokane cuts a jagged skyline into the day. As Williams explains the ins and outs of trying to keep the same levels of s
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Recent Comments

  • Re: Spark of Change

    • We can all thank Obama for starting the race and class wars in America. And…

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  • Re: 'Weak-Kneed'

    • Another hit piece on Haskell for not being a liberal sellout, which apparently the Inlander…

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  • Re: Why Idaho kids don't go to college

    • Mr Walters, you are an excellent writer but my gut tells me this article was…

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  • Re: Why Idaho kids don't go to college

    • Can someone explain the almost as bad as Idaho rates for WA and OR as…

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  • Re: Spark of Change

    • Nice distraction Woo Hoo, but not responsive. How much does our principled radical charge per…

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