Pacifying the Future

Pacifying the Future

A local homebuilder has embraced a design strategy that could be the future of buildings
"When you walk into this house, you are definitely going to notice the walls," says Gavin Tenold, walking up the driveway to a house located north of Spokane that's being built by his company, Pura Vida High Performance Builders. He opens the door, revealing an interior that's not too different from any other house under construction, with exposed timber, workers scurrying about, the smell of paint in the air and a radio blaring in the background.

Surge Protectors

Solar and wind power need batteries to be reliable; Demand Energy's software makes those batteries more efficient
The sun has never been more powerful. The glut of overbuilt Chinese solar panel factories, state and federal subsidies and innovative financing schemes mean the solar panel industry has absolutely exploded.

Innovation Station

Toolbox is a space for innovative products to grow
Ever wished you could just leave your Christmas lights up year- round? Or grow vegetables on your apartment balcony in the winter?

Sun Power

A Sandpoint couple wants to change the world, one solar panel at a time
Across the street from a quaint little bakery and espresso café, nestled in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains, stands an inconspicuous building where a Sandpoint couple is trying to free the world of its dependence on fossil fuels. You might have heard the story of Scott and Julie Brusaw.

Whitman Privilege

Why Walla Walla's Whitman College has come under fire for having so few low-income students
When alumni came to visit Whitman College last fall, sophomore Gus Coats stood proud and elegant in a pink dress and lace. A billowing gray wig sat upon his head, his eyelashes were long and thick, his cheeks were rosy, and a black mole jutted out from his upper lip.

SPOKANE: TIME TO GIVE BACK

Spokane Gives Week kicks off Saturday, April 25
Spokane prides itself on its compassion and philanthropy all year, but especially during Spokane Gives Week. During the inaugural Spokane Gives Week in 2014, more than 7,000 volunteers logged a total of 28,400 hours at 106 events.

All in the Family

Spokane looks for an interim police ombudsman; plus, a nepotism scandal
HELP WANTED Spokane might soon have another police ombudsman — if only briefly.

Supply And Demand

Spokane's methadone clinic expands as heroin addiction rises
Jacy Worline had been experimenting with drugs since she was 12 when an operation on her gall bladder led to a prescription for Dilaudid, a high-strength opioid pain medication. The small white pills looked harmless, but she quickly started dissolving them in water and shooting up.

Buzzkill

Elected officials in Idaho won't mellow the state's pot laws. Can an initiative change that?
It was a cold, blustery day in Coeur d'Alene when Orenda Peterson headed out to a food truck rally, carrying a small stack of papers that she and others hope will bring a new approach to marijuana in Idaho. The gloves Peterson was wearing made it tricky to handle the signature sheets, and after standing in the chilly wind for about a half-hour, she had 10 signatures for an initiative petition to loosen the state's stringent pot laws.

Ryan's Last Ride

Ryan Holyk's family is still searching for answers in the bicycle accident that cost him his life
Being 15, Ryan Holyk loved Mountain Dew and Captain Crunch and dreamed of becoming a professional video game player. He was saving for a Corvette, but spent most of his time on a bicycle, riding around town with friends.

Idaho Against the World

Idaho lawmakers weaken child-support efforts; plus, who really believes in climate change?
'NO BASIS IN FACT' Idaho's legislative session finally came to a close in the early morning hours of April 11.

Don't Test Me

The Smarter Balanced standardized test has sparked a rebellion in Western Washington — and it's spreading
It's not uncommon to find one or two students — the rebels, the defiant, the anti-authority slackers — just flat-out refusing to take a big test. But at Garfield High School, in the middle of urban Seattle, it wasn't just one or two.

Signs of the Times

Can Spokane really curb the demand side of the sex trade?
Locals don't need a sign to know what goes on at night along East Sprague Avenue. It just has that look.

United Weed Stand

A national labor union is working to keep medical marijuana dispensaries open so it can unionize their workers
Isaac Curtis spends most of his day driving to marijuana stores trying to make his presence known. In January, Curtis started the slow, methodical work of organizing every corner of Eastern Washington's marijuana industry, from seed-planting to point of sale, under the auspices of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1439.

Better Busing Battle

Spokane Transit Authority's ambitious plan would mean more bus routes, more access, later hours... and higher taxes
As the Spokane Transit Authority fights to convince voters to approve a 3/10ths-of-a-cent sales tax increase on the April 28 ballot, it's turned at least one prominent critic into an important ally. Last year, the STA Plaza became a lightning rod for some downtown businesses, which complained that the Plaza had attracted loiterers who blocked sidewalks, intimidated pedestrians and made trouble for downtown businesses.

'Western Culture'

Otter backs "instant racing" in Idaho; a judge orders Washington to speed up mental health evaluations
MACHINE'S BEST FRIEND In the Idaho legislature, "historical horse race" machines had few friends.

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