First Day of School

First Day of School

Spokane International Academy marks the city's first real experiment with charter schools
It's the first day at a new school for Brayden Goldner. His mom and his dad look on proudly as the little blond first-grader stands on the school's concrete steps, wearing slacks, dress shoes and a blue polo shirt bearing the official Spokane International Academy logo.

Getting Schooled

Spokane teachers contemplate strike; plus, Mayor Condon unveils his budget
STRIKE ZONE Washington state law, on its face, appears to say that TEACHER STRIKES are illegal.

On Notice

A proposed ordinance would give neighbors a heads-up about developments, but the Spokane Home Builders Association says it'll drive away builders
In April, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart stood before about 30 lower South Hill residents in the basement of the Woman's Club of Spokane. He was there to speak about the sudden demolition of historic homes, a big-box store being built in a neighborhood, all the cell towers that have sprung up across the city, and what he wanted to do about it.

The Watchmen

Meet the three men vying to be Spokane's next police ombudsman
As the three finalists for Spokane's police ombudsman job made their first public appearances last week, questions arose about what bias or baggage they might bring to the position. During a question-and-answer session on Thursday afternoon, Allen Huggins faced concerns about online comments he's made criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Age of Zaycon

Spokane Valley's Zaycon Fresh found a way to make millions selling meat — and now it's trying to make a lot more
By now, in the startup world, the opening line of a column on the TechCrunch website in March has become famous: "Uber, the world's largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world's most popular media owner, creates no content.

Hazy Days of Summer

Smoke blankets the region; plus, Patty Murray on the proposed Iran deal
UP IN SMOKE Across the Inland Northwest, AIR QUALITY reached unhealthy levels last week, and hazy conditions could persist for months.

Brick by Brick

Development continues in downtown Spokane; here are some construction projects that could change the city's urban core
The summer season is also the peak of construction season, a period that runs from March through October, when developers can break ground, move some dirt and erect some buildings just in time for the weather to turn to biting cold. The recession of 2008 stalled some development in downtown Spokane.

We Live in Fire

Perspectives and unanswered questions as the Northwest burns
The smoke is so thick in Pateros, Washington, it feels like a scratchy wool blanket wrapped around you on a cold winter night. It's choking and stings the eyes.

'Flip of a Coin'

A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and drunk drivers is wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers show
Seventeen-year-old Jared Conger's hands rattled on the bottom of his steering wheel as he waited for the deputy to return his license.

Rushing to Judgment

The mayor of Airway Heights resigns; plus, Washington's legislature fined $100,000 a day
RUSHING'S RESIGNATION Patrick Rushing, the embattled mayor of Airway Heights whose now-deleted Facebook page was riddled with racist, sexist and homophobic posts, submitted his RESIGNATION LETTER earlier this week.

'Like the Light'

The area's only mosque searches for a leader, while others worry about an increase in anti-Islam sentiment
Shoes come off as the faithful enter the Spokane Islamic Center, a mosque located just off Interstate 90 in Spokane Valley. Worshippers greet each with "assalamu alaikum" ("peace be with you"), a handshake and "how are your kids?" before shuffling into the prayer room for the service held every Friday (Islam's holy day).

Manufacturing Fear

Spokane's Republican sheriff says members of his own party are dangerously dividing people
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich paces on a stage at Central Valley High School. He's stone-faced and sober-toned, a gun in his holster, a sheriff's star on his chest.

Ground Breaking

The Spokane Tribe's first female tribal chair seeks to change a toxic legacy
In the Spokane Tribe's administration building in Wellpinit, portraits of past tribal councilmembers hang from the wall. Almost all have one thing in common: They are men.

Head to Head

Results from Spokane's primary election; plus, Idaho's mounting legal costs
COUNTED UP It's official.

Gnarly Nostalgia

The city demolished the skatepark under I-90, leaving local skaters without a place to skate
When Jayme Scamolla was 12, he snapped his arm in half on the blood-red quarter pipe under the freeway. He doesn't remember a fellow skater taking him to the hospital or the doctor popping his arm back into place, but the now 29-year-old does remember the lessons he learned.

Food and Water

Idaho's "ag-gag" law tossed out; plus, the city of Spokane takes on Monsanto
Ungagged When Mercy for Animals' undercover video exposed employees at Idaho's Dry Creek Dairy beating, kicking and jumping on cows, Idaho's legislature took action to make sure something so terrible would never happen again —the undercover journalism, that is.

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