What's driving a hotel-building surge in Spokane?
Work on the skywalk between the Spokane Convention Center and the accompanying Davenport Grand Hotel is wrapping up, and shipments of supplies are being brought in to get the hotel ready to host a convention that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. About a half-mile away on Division Street, hospitality mogul Jerry Dicker is getting ready to unveil his latest project, adding to his portfolio of upscale accommodations, including a hotel that just opened up in 2013.
And what that means for the Gem State
The first advertisement a shopper notices when entering Coeur d'Alene's Silver Lake Mall isn't one for spring fashion or Cinnabon. It's the one painted across an entire wall in big, brash deep red, telling shoppers to go to college.
More fall-out for Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell; plus, Washington lawmakers debate voting rights
REMEMBER THIS "MUZLIM"? Last week, the Inlander reported online comments made by Lesley Haskell, wife of Spokane County Prosecutor LARRY HASKELL, which appeared racially and religiously prejudiced.
Developer Ron Wells is waiting on one letter, and then everything should fall into place to resurrect the Ridpath
Developer Ron Wells is ready, set and eagerly waiting the shot of the starting pistol. Over the past week, every 36 hours or so, he's been making phone calls to an investor, asking if there's anything he can do to speed up the process.
Why Chris Hedges thinks we're ripe for revolution
Chris Hedges, the best-selling political author, activist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is visiting Spokane this week for a talk on the "Wages of Rebellion," the name of his forthcoming book examining revolution and its causes. Once a New York Times foreign correspondent, Hedges is now known better for his outspoken criticisms of Israel and the Iraq War and his support of movements like Occupy Wall Street.
He was a criminal. She was a crime fighter. Their relationship would cost them both dearly
"Just two people who happened to live on different sides of the fence? On the wrong sides of the law?
A deeper look at Pasco as it grapples with the police shooting of a vulnerable man
It was just a rock. That's the rallying cry — and phrase seen on numerous protest signs — in Pasco, Washington, since Feb. 10.
The city of Spokane tries to keep its promise not to raise taxes; plus, the fight against public nudity
Tax Mistake When supporters of the Spokane streets levy were campaigning, one message was hammered home again and again: It would not RAISE TAXES.
Comments by the wife of Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell have raised questions about his office's impartiality
In the months preceding his successful bid for Spokane County prosecutor, Larry Haskell campaigned as a reformer despite his establishment roots. The longtime former deputy prosecutor touted his integrity and track record of fairness.
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Rudy Giuliani says President Obama is nothing like him; let's all be thankful for that
Paul Kattenburg, a State Department analyst during the summer of 1963, urged that America withdraw from Vietnam. Both Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara immediately marginalized him.
"Don't fail, Idaho." That's the tough-love message that's been beamed across the Gem State by the Albertson Foundation.
Why paid sick leave is good for everyone
In a downtown Spokane restaurant kitchen during Hoopfest weekend 2013, Isaiah Kibwe Day naturally struggled to keep up with the biggest rush of the year. He was dicing an avocado when his knife slipped into his palm below the thumb.
Pay close attention: The Idaho Statehouse is delving into the financial details of Medicaid, roads and state taxes
What's brewing in the Idaho legislature — that inscrutable, unpredictable devil's workshop? Are the legislators stirring up a medical health stew by adding millions of federal dollars to the state economy, and incidentally creating jobs and saving Idaho lives?
"It surprises you," observes Myron Medcalf in a recent story posted on ESPN.com. "You fly over ragged shacks, spruce trees and barren fields on your way into Spokane...
It's time to protect the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
Last Thursday, Feb. 19, was Chinese New Year and so began the Year of the Goat. According to my research (i.e., the first couple of websites that showed up on a quick Google search, particularly chinahighlights.com), people born in this year are said to strongly prefer working in groups and is it particularly important for them to "get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors."
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Retail Services leases shelf space for marijuana growers
Spokane's cannabis scene has its first co-op — almost. The city's newest recreational dispensary, the Green Nugget, in conjunction with the Spokane-based company Retail Services, now offers open retail shelf space at its East Francis location for producer-processors.
National pot critic's Top 10 strains and best local bud
Jake Browne is living the dream. As the Denver Post's first marijuana critic and now the Cannabist marijuana critic, Browne reviews strains, edibles and THC products for a living.
THC is finding its way into the bathroom and the bedroom
annabis and hemp extracts are finding their way into some surprising places as the industry continues to grow. If you're frustrated between the sheets, a new marijuana product aims to help.
Local comedians launch Weed and Whiskey podcast
Imagine this scenario. You're too high to be at a friend-of-a-friend's house party, so you find refuge on the floral couch, circa 1984, in the basement.
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