First Day of School

First Day of School

Spokane International Academy marks the city's first real experiment with charter schools
It's the first day at a new school for Brayden Goldner. His mom and his dad look on proudly as the little blond first-grader stands on the school's concrete steps, wearing slacks, dress shoes and a blue polo shirt bearing the official Spokane International Academy logo.

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Getting Schooled

Spokane teachers contemplate strike; plus, Mayor Condon unveils his budget
STRIKE ZONE Washington state law, on its face, appears to say that TEACHER STRIKES are illegal.

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On Notice

A proposed ordinance would give neighbors a heads-up about developments, but the Spokane Home Builders Association says it'll drive away builders
In April, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart stood before about 30 lower South Hill residents in the basement of the Woman's Club of Spokane. He was there to speak about the sudden demolition of historic homes, a big-box store being built in a neighborhood, all the cell towers that have sprung up across the city, and what he wanted to do about it.

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The Watchmen

Meet the three men vying to be Spokane's next police ombudsman
As the three finalists for Spokane's police ombudsman job made their first public appearances last week, questions arose about what bias or baggage they might bring to the position. During a question-and-answer session on Thursday afternoon, Allen Huggins faced concerns about online comments he's made criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Age of Zaycon

Spokane Valley's Zaycon Fresh found a way to make millions selling meat — and now it's trying to make a lot more
By now, in the startup world, the opening line of a column on the TechCrunch website in March has become famous: "Uber, the world's largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world's most popular media owner, creates no content.

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Hazy Days of Summer

Smoke blankets the region; plus, Patty Murray on the proposed Iran deal
UP IN SMOKE Across the Inland Northwest, AIR QUALITY reached unhealthy levels last week, and hazy conditions could persist for months.

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Brick by Brick

Development continues in downtown Spokane; here are some construction projects that could change the city's urban core
The summer season is also the peak of construction season, a period that runs from March through October, when developers can break ground, move some dirt and erect some buildings just in time for the weather to turn to biting cold. The recession of 2008 stalled some development in downtown Spokane.

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We Live in Fire

Perspectives and unanswered questions as the Northwest burns
The smoke is so thick in Pateros, Washington, it feels like a scratchy wool blanket wrapped around you on a cold winter night. It's choking and stings the eyes.

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'Flip of a Coin'

A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and drunk drivers is wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers show
Seventeen-year-old Jared Conger's hands rattled on the bottom of his steering wheel as he waited for the deputy to return his license.

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Publisher's Note
Since our writers are sharing their Labor Day stories this week, I guess I'd better get into the act. One of my first newspaper jobs, out in the Boston 'burbs, was to cover the affluent towns of Dover and Sherborn, Massachusetts, where life was so sleepy that a raccoon getting a peanut butter jar stuck on its head was big news.

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Enough is Enough

Too many students are being sexually assaulted on our college campuses
There's a slight chill in the air, night comes quicker and the changing of leaves is almost upon us — the time of the year when students arrive at college, and I'm reminded how the big first steps on campus are an exciting experience. Or it could be a nightmare, when one in five women attending college will be a victim of rape or some form of sexual assault, and 6 percent of men are sexually assaulted during their college years.

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Trick or Treaty?

Even Ronald Reagan would sign a treaty with evil empires when it served the cause of peace on earth
Opposition to the Iran nuclear treaty is driven largely by ideologically motivated, anti-Obama Republicans supported by a few pandering Democrats. Their strategy to defeat the president?

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See a Need, Fill It

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After nearly 30 years, not everyone remembers Vanessa Behan, even though her crisis nursery has become synonymous with a community that cares. She was a beautiful 2-year-old who was killed by a child abuser.

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Connecting the Dots

How the Washington state budget touches us all in Eastern Washington
The lack of reaction to news about the Washington State Supreme Court fining the legislature $100,000 a day for its failure to fully fund basic education shows just how much we have acquiesced to the dysfunctional politics of our state budget and the revenue system that funds it. Our state's finances can seem irrelevant to daily life here in Spokane, but it is a costly and devastating topic to avoid.

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The Clouds Finally Part

A newly protected, 275,000-plus-acre Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness is a monument to working together for Idaho
Deep in the guts of central Idaho stand the White Clouds — a string of picture-perfect peaks and fish-laden lakes situated high above and far away from the political winds that have swirled around them for the past 40 years. On August 7, President Obama's signature on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act stilled those winds.

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Priceline of Pot

A Seattle company puts pot on auction
The website Wikileaf.com is working to transform how you buy pot. The site's basic search function asks users how much money they're willing to spend and how far they're willing to travel for their next toke.

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Diversified Bud

Marijuana growers like Green Surfer Marijuana Farm prepare for an uncertain winter
Winter is coming. If this year bears any resemblance to last year, marijuana farmers are in for a bleak season.

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Consider This

A medicinal research book, a marijuana melodrama and a weed coloring book
BOOK | Imagine your mother's small-town doctor trying weed for the first time.

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The Final Countdown

Eastern Washington Cannabis Market prepares for an uncertain future
Shaun McHenry is bracing for change. July marked the beginning of the end of Washington's longstanding medicinal marijuana program.

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