A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan

Impeaching judges and other modest proposals to shrink government
Despite bipartisan opposition, last week the Idaho House of Representatives passed a memorial to Congress calling for the impeachment of federal judges. North Idaho Representative Paul Shepherd, who said during the debate that he wished he could have impeached Chief Justice Earl Warren, sponsored the measure.



Four Days A Week

Idaho schools that dropped one day a week from their schedule are saving a little money — but at what cost?
At Valley View Elementary School in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, students get this Friday off. Same with next Friday.


Odds And Ends

Idaho lawmakers are pulled in lots of directions; plus, SPD weighs a "culture audit"
KNIVES, HORSES AND SALAMANDERS As the IDAHO LEGISLATURE prepares to wrap up its work in the next few weeks, the fate of bills big and small have begun to come into focus.


A County Ombudsman?

Weighing the costs and benefits of oversight at the Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a lot on his mind. Amid all the debate about body cameras in the Washington State Legislature and the vacancy in Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman, law enforcement transparency and accountability are near the top of the list.


New Blood

Candidates are launching bids for Spokane City Council and could bring big changes to city government
They're coming. The knocks on the door, the mailers, television ads and people who want to shake your hand.


Sharp Knives

Some Idaho lawmakers want to protect knife rights; plus, looking for a new police ombudsman
KNIFE FIGHT A bill that passed the Idaho State Senate Monday would prevent local "political subdivisions" from regulating or taxing knives more restrictively than state law — worrying school officials trying to keep kids safe.


Big Boom

What officials want to do with exploding oil train traffic
Every day a potential bomb, sometimes a mile long, quietly passes through Spokane as it makes its journey across the state. Beginning four years ago, Washington began seeing a big change in how crude oil was transported across the state.


Calling Out Snitches

Efforts to make it harder to convict someone solely on an informant have stalled again
Duane Statler is disappointed, but he's not giving up. Last month, a Spokane County judge ruled that his son Paul and two other men would not receive compensation for the almost five years they spent in jail as a result of a wrongful conviction made possible by a jailhouse snitch.


Shiny New Debt Trap?

Is Moneytree's proposed installment loan an improvement — or just another way to ensnare vulnerable people?
Don't get a payday loan. That's what Jay MacPherson tells the crowd gathered at the East Side Library for the "Give Yourself a Raise" financial education class.


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Those Teeth Are Sharp

Publisher's Note
There's that scene in Jaws, out on the ocean, when Roy Scheider's character, local sheriff Martin Brody, is dumping chum and trying to catch a glimpse of the shark that's been terrorizing Amity Island. He keeps dumping the shark bait until the great white surfaces just a few feet from his face — 25 feet and three tons of cold-blooded killer.


Defending the System

The American criminal justice system guarantees a defense for all; dedicated professionals make it happen
John Adams, Kootenai County's chief public defender, comes across as a tough, quick-thinking, fast-talking character out of a TV crime series. As it turns out, Adams is not acting; he's the genuine article.


Give Him a Talk Show

Some of the far left's fairy tales are as unbelievable as the far right's
Last week, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane brought Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Hedges to the Bing. The theater was packed.


Best Of Behind the Scenes

Publisher's Note
Thanks to all of you, dear Inlander readers, for again taking the time to help us crown Best Of winners. Inside this issue, you'll read all about the results of our 22nd annual readers poll.


Spokane Shock

Get outside your culture to be able to decide what's in it
No, this is not an ode to our small but mighty football team. I'm talking about culture shock here.


Behind the Scenes

A whirlwind tour of the institutions that make Spokane tick
On April 26, 2014, Hannah Agwunobi, then a poised and enthusiastic St. George's 4th-grader, was fastest on the draw with her Jeopardy-style clicker to emerge victorious as the 4th-grade winner of my George Nethercutt Foundation Citizenship Tournament for Eastern Washington. The competition tested students' civic knowledge and required them to complete up to 15 "citizenship tasks" to be eligible for scholarship money, prizes and educational travel.


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Green Zone

3 Thumbs, 1 Focus

Cheney's lone medicinal dispensary caters to a different clientele
While college students prepare for spring break debauchery, it's business as usual for 3 Green Thumbs. The medical marijuana dispensary located near Eastern Washington University is the only business of its kind in Cheney due to zoning regulations.

Green Zone

King's Court

New recreational dispensary Royal's Cannabis opens
Division, once a concrete jungle, is getting greener. Spokane's newest recreational dispensary Royal's Cannabis opened March 12, celebrating a grand opening March 14-15 with $150 ounces.

Green Zone

Big-Brand Marijuana

Celebrity-endorsed cannabis hits the market
While local dispensaries and growers compete with black market prices and unrelenting state taxes, celebrities are cashing in. Big-brand marijuana is at the heart of national cannabis discussions as more states move toward legalization and everyone from the Bob Marley family to Ben & Jerry's is staking a claim in the market.

Green Zone

Free Market

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.

Green Zone

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