Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

No, it's not as bad as in California, but drought is taking a hefty toll
The Inland Northwest is high and dry. A warm winter that reduced snowpack to historically low levels has resulted in virtually all of Washington and half of Idaho being classified as experiencing severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Hopeless for Heroin

As heroin deaths continue to rise in Washington state, what can a parent do to save a child from the depths of addiction?
Scott Meyers didn't know what else to do. He tried to get his daughter, Rachel, into drug counseling.

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Call Mr. Yuk

Gov. Inslee avoids the "poison pill"; plus, pushing back against empty Kickstarter promises
POISONED POLITICS After their record-long, triple-overtime legislative session, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee managed to unite Republicans and Democrats once again last week — over their opposition to an idea floated from Inslee himself.

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Impact and Applause

The Inlander's mental-health coverage last year won awards — and changed policy
Last year, in our State of Mind series, the Inlander dove deep into our region's struggles with treating mental illness. We wrote about prisoners being denied access to their prescription drugs.

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Barred from Help

Why mentally ill inmates continue to languish in the Spokane County Jail
Eyvonne Bercier can tell when her son hasn't been taking his medication. He jumps from one topic to the next, and often doesn't make sense.

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Shake Down

When an earthquake rocks Western WA, what will happen in the Inland Northwest?
It's a chilly February morning in Seattle when the dogs begin to bark. Thirty seconds later the ground is shaking.

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Envision This!

DSP is fighting the proposed Worker Bill of Rights; plus, finalists for Spokane's police ombudsman
WORKED UP The Downtown Spokane Partnership, a group that advocates on behalf of downtown businesses, has called on Mayor David Condon to take legal action to prevent a sweeping initiative from reaching the ballot.

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Just Say No

Do zero-tolerance drug policies at rave festivals actually make the problem worse?
When 22-year-old filmmaker and electrical engineering student Vivek Pandher was found unconscious at the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on June 27, he was way too far gone to tell anyone what had happened. Pandher was rushed to the Quincy Medical Center by ambulance, his temperature critically high.

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Seeds of Doubt

Why a failed biofuels facility in Eastern Washington is raising concerns about a proposed crude oil refinery on the other side of the state
Across the sagebrush-covered hills and windswept fields of golden grain that surround the small Eastern Washington community of Odessa is a pair of hulking metal silos and a warehouse that fits right in with the spartan appearance of the other agricultural facilities that line the town. Developed by the Odessa Public Development Authority with the aid of a $4 million loan from the state Department of Agriculture's Energy Freedom program, this facility was meant to provide a steady flow of biofuels and jobs in the community of 900, where employment options can be scarce.

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Sacrifice and Success

The realization of Spokane's own medical school
While the Ironman was on the minds of many local sports enthusiasts this summer, Washington State University and Spokane were winning a triathlon of a different kind. The first two legs were permission and funds from the state legislature for WSU to pursue accreditation for a second publicly funded medical school, as is common in most states.

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Picking Idaho's Brain

Jeb Bush has already made an Idaho trip; so how's the Gem State leaning?
It says something about the declining interest in politics, as well as the media's declining interest in substance, that the presumptive Republican nominee, Jeb Bush, could fly into Boise in late April, meet with 35 prominent Republican activists and contributors, depart again, and not one media outlet reported on the visit. The long-time alpha wolf of the Idaho press corps, the Idaho Statesman's John Corlett, must have rolled over in his grave.

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The Future is Smaller

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"The story of the millennials is still being written," we concluded in our December cover story, "The Selfie Generation." We documented how those born between the 1980s and the early 2000s were carving out a particular space in America — mostly by necessity.

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The Trumpenstein Monster

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Commentators have been having a field day with Donald Trump. He's good for at least one fresh controversy a day, along with one shocking insult per week.

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Beware, Be Ready

Simple, sensible precautions can make all the difference when "the big one" hits
Last week, an exceptionally well-written essay in the New Yorker titled "The Really Big One" renewed popular attention in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 700-mile coastal stretch from Vancouver, B.C., to northern California that is prone to infrequent, but potentially catastrophic, earthquakes. Geologists tell us there is a one-in-10 chance that such a "megathrust" quake could take place in the next 50 years.

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Who Do You Trust?

Republicans are howling about the Iran nuclear treaty, but after a century of bad advice, should we even listen?
None other than Republican Sen. Rand Paul stated that, on the foreign policy front, his party hasn't been right about anything for the past 20 years. My only quibble is that the GOP hasn't been on the smart side of a foreign affairs issue for at least a century.

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System Overhaul

Statewide changes are now in effect for medical marijuana
It's the end of an era. Friday marked the end of Washington's longstanding medicinal marijuana program as we know it.

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Sweet Relief

Cannabis smoothie recipes are the perfect summer treat
Green drinks just a got a little greener. For decades, health nuts have touted the benefits of juicing raw leafy greens, fruits and vegetables to increase vitamin intake and boost immune systems.

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Meet the Farmer

Triple T Farms automates their Cheney marijuana growing operation
Tony Reynolds' career move baffled his children. He quit work in 2013 after 39 years in the automobile wholesale business to become a farmer.

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A Clear Vision

Funky Buddha Glass navigates the art world, dispensaries and smoke shops
Justin McCall speaks in terms of energies. The owner of Funky Buddha Glass talks of the energy used to light his torch, to melt his glass and to transfer a sliver of zen into each creation.

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