Four Days A Week

Four Days A Week

Idaho schools that dropped one day a week from their schedule are saving a little money — but at what cost?
At Valley View Elementary School in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, students get this Friday off. Same with next Friday.

Odds And Ends

Idaho lawmakers are pulled in lots of directions; plus, SPD weighs a "culture audit"
KNIVES, HORSES AND SALAMANDERS As the IDAHO LEGISLATURE prepares to wrap up its work in the next few weeks, the fate of bills big and small have begun to come into focus.

A County Ombudsman?

Weighing the costs and benefits of oversight at the Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a lot on his mind. Amid all the debate about body cameras in the Washington State Legislature and the vacancy in Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman, law enforcement transparency and accountability are near the top of the list.

New Blood

Candidates are launching bids for Spokane City Council and could bring big changes to city government
They're coming. The knocks on the door, the mailers, television ads and people who want to shake your hand.

Sharp Knives

Some Idaho lawmakers want to protect knife rights; plus, looking for a new police ombudsman
KNIFE FIGHT A bill that passed the Idaho State Senate Monday would prevent local "political subdivisions" from regulating or taxing knives more restrictively than state law — worrying school officials trying to keep kids safe.

Big Boom

What officials want to do with exploding oil train traffic
Every day a potential bomb, sometimes a mile long, quietly passes through Spokane as it makes its journey across the state. Beginning four years ago, Washington began seeing a big change in how crude oil was transported across the state.

Calling Out Snitches

Efforts to make it harder to convict someone solely on an informant have stalled again
Duane Statler is disappointed, but he's not giving up. Last month, a Spokane County judge ruled that his son Paul and two other men would not receive compensation for the almost five years they spent in jail as a result of a wrongful conviction made possible by a jailhouse snitch.

Shiny New Debt Trap?

Is Moneytree's proposed installment loan an improvement — or just another way to ensnare vulnerable people?
Don't get a payday loan. That's what Jay MacPherson tells the crowd gathered at the East Side Library for the "Give Yourself a Raise" financial education class.

Death, Lies* and Videotape

A Spokane case highlights an American dilemma: Who polices the police?
Nothing to see here.

The Virtue of Renee

After a homeless woman was run over while sleeping outdoors, her family grapples with the events that led her there
Stephanie Renee Meier slept in that day. Every morning as Alissa Taylor drove past on her way to work at about 6:45, she would check on Meier.

Game Over, Monopoly

WSU moves closer to realizing med school dreams; plus, the mystery retailer is unmasked
Legalizing Medical Education Bills giving Washington State University clearance to launch their own, fully accredited MEDICAL SCHOOL passed the Washington State Legislature Tuesday.

State of Play

The state auditor raises concerns about cash management at Riverfront Park and the city's golf courses
Twenty-five thousands dollars. At least.

Why Idaho kids don't go to college

And what that means for the Gem State
The first advertisement a shopper notices when entering Coeur d'Alene's Silver Lake Mall isn't one for spring fashion or Cinnabon. It's the one painted across an entire wall in big, brash deep red, telling shoppers to go to college.

Checking In

What's driving a hotel-building surge in Spokane?
Work on the skywalk between the Spokane Convention Center and the accompanying Davenport Grand Hotel is wrapping up, and shipments of supplies are being brought in to get the hotel ready to host a convention that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. About a half-mile away on Division Street, hospitality mogul Jerry Dicker is getting ready to unveil his latest project, adding to his portfolio of upscale accommodations, including a hotel that just opened up in 2013.

'Weak-Kneed'

More fall-out for Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell; plus, Washington lawmakers debate voting rights
REMEMBER THIS "MUZLIM"? Last week, the Inlander reported online comments made by Lesley Haskell, wife of Spokane County Prosecutor LARRY HASKELL, which appeared racially and religiously prejudiced.

One Last Hurdle

Developer Ron Wells is waiting on one letter, and then everything should fall into place to resurrect the Ridpath
Developer Ron Wells is ready, set and eagerly waiting the shot of the starting pistol. Over the past week, every 36 hours or so, he's been making phone calls to an investor, asking if there's anything he can do to speed up the process.

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