The Collaborator

The Collaborator

Patty Murray is among the country's most liberal senators — so how does she keep striking compromises with Republicans?
Make no mistake, Sen. Patty Murray is very liberal. Her voting record has twice earned her National Journal's "Most Liberal Senator" ranking, and the liberal magazine Mother Jones called her "as far left as you can go without alienating the centrists in the party."

So Long, Farewell

State Rep. Susan Fagan resigns amid an ethics investigation; plus, an apparent suicide at Spokane County Jail
THE ROADS NOT TAKEN Facing a heap of ethics allegations, Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, resigned last week.

With Open Hands

Why defendants in Spokane County courtrooms no longer wear shackles
A young man stands with his hands clenched behind his back in a Spokane County Superior Courtroom one afternoon. His palms are red and sweaty from squeezing so tight, and he's wearing yellow pants and a yellow shirt that says "Spokane County Jail" on the back.

Priced Out

Spokane rents aren't as bad as in some other cities, but tell that to people spending more than half of their income on housing
At nearly 62, Maggie Lankford wishes she was preparing to enter her golden years. But these days, she doesn't feel so golden.

In the Spotlight

Do you have the right to project your slogan on someone else's wall?
When Ziggy Siegfried and Valerie Waley, two of a handful of people still active in the Occupy Spokane movement, wanted to protest oil train traffic last October, they went big. Rather than simply painting slogans on tagboard or printing them on fliers, their message was blown up across the entire wall of the Spokane Convention Center.

This Old House

If it could talk, it could tell stories of three generations, along with a lot of griping from neighbors
Sometimes Henry Pierce thinks about tearing down the house that's been in his family for nearly a century. He thinks about pulling down the weather-beaten pilasters, the porch that's become littered with lumber and the remnants of the balcony that have become charcoal gray and stand in contrast to the white siding that lines the walls, interrupted by the black tar paper used to patch up a hole.

Idaho's Oil Country

Idaho is poised to tap its fossil fuels; plus, Inslee signs pot reforms into law
LET THE FRACKING BEGIN Idaho is many things.

Bottoms Up

Drinking away the days downtown is a little harder than it used to be
It's early afternoon on a Thursday, and Tony Partridge and his friend Racecar Willy are fixing to ride out the sun-drenched day with some high-octane malt liquor. They can't get what they're looking for downtown, so they walk across the Division Street Bridge to Zag'z Liquor and Wine, where the tall, cold cans can be had for $1.39.

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.

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