The attempt to remove Spokane Mayor David Condon from office may be a long shot, but he isn't taking any chances
As he sits across the table from KXLY 920 radio talk-show host Mike Fitzsimmons, Mayor David Condon says he's at a boiling point. In fact, he says it twice.
A Spokane County detective's Facebook post about Black Lives Matter sparks debate among local law enforcement
Spokane County Sheriff's Office Detective Damon Simmons is frustrated. The nearly 20-year law enforcement veteran straddles the line between two worlds often pitted against each other.
Tens of thousands of acres burn around Spokane on Sunday and Monday; plus, DOJ weighs in on concerns over bail system
TWO DAYS ABLAZE Multiple WILDFIRES roared throughout the Spokane area and Eastern Washington starting Sunday and continuing through Monday, destroying scores of homes and buildings, torching tens of thousands of acres and forcing evacuations.
Rafael Beier was living two lives. One of them consumed the other
How does one person become two? Or more to the point: How does a generous, give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back country doctor become a pill-pushing drug dealer with a Hummer and cadre of strippers?
In his final days as state superintendent of public instruction, Randy Dorn keeps shouting on behalf of schools. Has anyone listened?
Randy Dorn thought he could make a difference. In 2008, he campaigned for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction because he said there had been little progress in state funding of K-12 education in past years.
Stuckart reverses course on fining coal and oil trains; plus, which students will a proposed CdA magnet school attract?
HITTING UNDO When the city council voted last month to put an measure on the November ballot that would fine railroads for sending COAL AND OIL TRAINS through Spokane, the decision was unanimous.
It took years of compromise for the council to agree on a sick-leave policy for Spokane — but if a state initiative passes, those compromises will disappear
The Spokane City Council meeting in January was a five-hour marathon of testimony from business owners, activists, nurses and cancer victims — capping off two years of task-force discussions, policy papers and surveys of more than 300 businesses.
Criminal defense attorneys, left out of a solution for defendants not competent to stand trial, aren't happy about it
As Washington's Department of Social and Health Services grapples with a federal order to provide criminal defendants with adequate and timely mental health services, the rights of some of those defendants remain hazy. In an email obtained by the Inlander, a DSHS employee articulates an "elegant solution" for people whose mental state prevents them from understanding criminal charges.
As Craig Meidl prepares to lead the Spokane Police Department, here are the 14 most pressing challenges he'll face as chief
Craig Meidl didn't want to be Spokane's next police chief. And why would he?
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Trail Mix: Clinton's shaky Foundation, Trump's questionable staffers
SHAKY FOUNDATION A new trove of emails from HILLARY CLINTON's State Department aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, requested by the conservative organization Judicial Watch, reveals just how often donors to the Clinton Foundation sought access to the State Department while she was Secretary of State.
When the only constant is change itself, we'd best saddle up and make the most of it
At the turn of the previous century, non-native businessmen and people living on the land promoted the Inland Northwest as a unique region to attract the capital and sweat equity of their fellow Americans. With Spokane at its core, people anticipated rapid growth and national prominence.
Ignore the chants: Hillary Clinton has earned America's trust from her life of public service
The "LOCK-HER-UP! LOCK-HER-UP!
Labor is winning concessions... just as robots are arriving in the workforce
The fight for workers' rights is enjoying a renaissance of sorts at the moment. Specifically, the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining steam.
The economy's ups and downs have created profound dislocations, but yelling won't fix anything
"Do you remember that wonderful scene in Paddy Chayefsky's movie Network in which Peter Finch, as the news commentator, goes crazy. He urges everyone to go to the window and stick their head out and say, 'I'm mad as hell, and I won't take it anymore!'"
So recalled then-Congressman Al Swift in a speech he delivered back in 1982.
Trail Mix: A local non-endorsement and Trump's Putin problem
DEMS UP IN NEW STATE POLL BILL BRYANT, the GOP candidate aiming to knock off Washington Gov. JAY INSLEE (D), has finally taken a stance in the presidential election.
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A closer read of a new DEA policy
For nearly 50 years the federal government, through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, authorized only a single grower of research-grade marijuana, a lab at the University of Mississippi's School of Pharmacy, for clinical studies. But earlier this month the Drug Enforcement Administration, in an about-face, ended the "NIDA monopoly."
A dispensary squares off with a church
"Man made beer. God made pot.
Local curators dig up soundtracks for an altered state of mind
Ask any Gen-Xer who ever attempted, in stereotypical stoner fashion, to sync a VHS of The Wizard of Oz with Dark Side of the Moon, and this becomes clear: Music and cannabis are inextricably linked. Budtender Justin Fulton, who is spinning Tupac on a summer afternoon at Lucky Leaf, calls it a "mood setter."
Cannabis acceptance pushes further into the mainstream
FAIR | Following quickly on the heels of legalization (Oregon residents 21 and older could possess and cultivate marijuana as of July 2015), this year's Oregon State Fair in Salem will feature a new crop exhibit: prize-winning cannabis plants. As reported by the Oregonian, nine plants, 4-H-style colored competition ribbons included, will be displayed in a guarded greenhouse for viewing and not, to the disappointment of some, consumption.
New labels for edibles
The Washington Poison Center fielded 272 calls concerned with exposure to marijuana in 2015, a single-year record, and is on pace to surpass that number this year, according to its clinical managing director Alexander Garrard. If that comes as a shock, says Garrard, "that's really just the tip of the iceberg."
Strains local budtenders say smokers can't get enough of
Montana Silvertip This Montana-born strain, a Granddaddy Purple-Super Silver Haze hybrid, is reputed to treat ADD/ADHD, migraines and anxiety.
A life coaching site for cannabis users, a Seattle marijuana tour, and a weed-related documentary series
TOUR | Seattle's great and all, but you can only check out the Space Needle, feed the seagulls fries at Ivar's or ride the Great Wheel so many times. If you're in the Emerald City with a few hours to spare, consider visiting KUSH TOURISM (kushtourism.com) and getting an up-close-and-personal look into Washington's fastest growing industry.
Making sense of Washington's new medical marijuana law
While the state was celebrating the Fourth of July, many medical marijuana patients were also commemorating Washington's new medical marijuana law. The Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which went into effect July 1, merged the unregulated medical marijuana market with the regulated recreational market.
Fast-food options can satisfy any craving for munchies
They say you shouldn't shop for groceries when you're hungry, but the opposite is true when you're high. And though there are several websites dedicated to pot-infused recipes for the consumer who doubles as a foodie (herb.com, formerly thestonerscookbook.com, weedchefs.com and originalweedrecipes.com, to name a few), sometimes the convenience and price of fast food is just too good to pass up.
Microsoft teams up with cannabis financial technology company
Two of the state's greatest forces — Microsoft and marijuana — are teaming up in the name of cannabis compliance.
Marijuana news from around the state
Data breach affects Washington pot applicants: The personal information of an unknown number of marijuana license applicants was accidentally released in May after the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board responded to a public records request. The data sent to activist John Novak, founder of 420Leaks.com, might have included Social Security numbers, financial information, driver's license numbers, tax information and attorney-client privileged information, according to TheCannabist.co.
Marijuana-related claims proven, disputed, disproven in recent studies
As the marijuana industry grows, so too do the number of studies being conducted about its effects on users, including dental health, DNA, and teen usage rates and related behavioral problems. The research is always evolving, so take these results with a grain of salt.
Country singer Willie Nelson gets help from a local processor
One Washington processor is getting a country kick after partnering with country music legend and legalization advocate Willie Nelson on his new company, Willie's Reserve. The company is working with growers and processors in Colorado and Washington, including Spokane's Growing Like a Weed, an I-502 producer/processor located in the Mountain Dome Winery building, to grow product it can then package under the Willie's Reserve name.
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