Gambling machines help Idaho's racing industries limp along — but maybe not for long
Near tracts of vacant Post Falls outlet malls, three cherries — synonymous with slot machines ever since slots gave out fruit-flavored chewing gum a century ago — line up in a row on the Greyhound Park and Event Center video billboard. "New games are here!" it proclaims.
Idaho considers protections for sexual orientation; plus, a new Spokane City Council candidate emerges
IDAHO CONSIDERS THE WORDS Last year, more than 100 protesters were arrested for refusing to leave the Idaho state capitol until a hearing was held to consider adding the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the list of classes protected by the Idaho Human Rights Act.
Some want to limit the release of footage from police body cameras. What would that mean for Spokane?
When the Spokane City Council decided to direct three-quarters of a million dollars to a pilot program that equipped officers with body cameras, Council President Ben Stuckart pointed out that the cameras had been unanimously endorsed by the council, as well as by city administration and a commission charged with examining the use of force by Spokane police. "I think they're a huge step forward," Stuckart said before the council voted unanimously to fund the program.
Why Rep. Marcus Riccelli is one of the busiest young lawmakers in Olympia
State Rep. Marcus Riccelli has a cold, or at least he sounds like it. When he calls the Inlander on his drive back home from Olympia, he admits he's a little "clogged up."
Inside Buddy Boy Farm
In a forest outside of Spokane, there’s an old barn.
New claims of Spokane sidestepping civil service rules; Mobius finds a temporary home
Hiring and Firing The Spokane Civil Service Commission voted on Tuesday to investigate whether the city of Spokane violated the civil service system by improperly hiring a temporary worker.
The Black Lens, continues Spokane's long tradition of African-American publications
Sometime in the early '90s, Sandy Williams was invited to sit on a community advisory committee for the Spokesman-Review. A social justice advocate for people of color and the LGBT community, she and the two other black people on the committee took the opportunity there to voice their concerns about the representation of African-Americans in the newspaper.
Is a special deal with a private club helping the city's public golf courses?
It was a perfect storm: A cold, wet spring and hot summer kept golfers off Spokane's city courses last year. Add to that a weak economy and Americans' changing leisure interests, and it becomes undeniable: Golf is in trouble around here.
Last year, lukewarm legislators scuttled the possibility of a mental health crisis center for North Idaho. Will this round be any different?
In Idaho Falls, the doors of the Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center of East Idaho have only been open for a little over a month. But already, it's having an impact.
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Local small businesses have it hard enough without having to battle overzealous parking patrols
It's New Year's Eve. You're the proprietor of Cassano's, an Italian grocery store that has operated in Spokane since 1922.
Sometime in the 19th century, on the soggy, green coast of Vancouver Island, an artist sat down with some fresh cedar. She (or he, nobody really knows) crafted a beautiful mask to be used in the potlatch — the traditional dance festival of the Kwakawaka'wakw people.
The process of self-examination and change inside the Spokane Police Department
This is a challenging time as communities across the nation question the relationship they have with their police departments. It is a time for community, political and police leaders to pause, reflect and define what community-police relationships should look like as we continue to confront the threats of terrorism and crime, as well as the realities of poverty, unemployment, mental illness, chemical dependency, homelessness and other socioeconomic issues.
From behind our windows, we watch North Idaho's wildlife in its annual struggle with the cold
When the ice freezes 5 inches thick on Fernan Lake, the large, friendly pond on the edge of Coeur d'Alene, you know winter in North Idaho has settled in for a long winter's stay. Many years ago, Fernan Lake froze solid enough every year for teenage boys or their crazy elders to drive Model T Fords for exhilarating spins out over the ice.
There's that moment, when you open the door and step out of the cold and into the bustle. It's steamy warm, plates of food whiz by, every tableful rapt with companionship.
Why Spokane ought to embrace its roots as an immigrant-friendly place
My family loves to tell a story about how my Scotch-Irish great-grandfather was abducted by the English navy and shipped off to Canada. After besting the captain in a sword fight, he was ordered into the brig for execution the next morning.
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At-home hash oil operations explode across the country
At-home alchemists are causing hash oil explosions and prompting Breaking Bad comparisons from pundits across the country. Colorado and Washington both report an increase in the number of explosions and injuries related to hash oil byproduct — concerning lawmakers as states like Alaska and Oregon and the District of Columbia legalize marijuana.
Henderson Distribution Bakery serves up homemade cookies
Deanna Henderson baked for her husband Duane. She made a dozen or so medical marijuana cookies for the retired wedding photographer and juggled her career at Itron, Inc. In 2013, the company downsized and Henderson lost her job.
WSU develops a pot breath test and studies weed and estrogen
Researchers at Washington State University had a busy year. A team worked to created a breath test that would quickly determine if drivers are under the influence of marijuana, and psychology researchers measured THC tolerance levels between the sexes.
A look back at weed in the news
It's been seven long months. Recreational marijuana dispensaries opened their doors July 8, sparking a year of controversial and sometimes comical headlines.
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