A New Voice

A New Voice

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.


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.

Friends with Benefits

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.

Round Two

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.

Path of Least Resistance

Spokane Public Schools looks at reworking a grading system that drives students into the easiest classes
A decade ago, when Steven Gering was principal at North Central High School, a student called a meeting with himself and the superintendent to call attention to an especially perverse incentive. The perfect 4.0, Gering remembers her explaining, had a loophole: Take easy classes, and the path to becoming a valedictorian was a simple one.

Bait and Switch

The Spokane City Council is consumed by abortion and driveways; plus, Baumgartner's rules in Olympia
ETHICS AND ABORTION People packed Spokane City Hall on Monday to testify about an ordinance that Council President Ben Stuckart insisted was about DRIVEWAYS.

Culture Clash

Who and what is driving a controversial effort to roll back immigration policies inside Spokane?
Jackie Murray is nervous. Nervous about talking with the press.

Letters from Mark

A mother tries to understand the suicide of a son — just as he was regaining his freedom
The competency therapist here at the hospital has given me the choice of pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, and that's the best decision I can make right now. They have informed me that I will most likely be sent to a long term ward here at the hospital for about three years, which would be drastically shorter than a prison term.

A Little More Money, A Lot More Problems

Washington state lawmakers make predictions for the upcoming legislative session
The session hasn't even started and backroom budget talks have already begun. During this session, opening on Monday, lawmakers will be tasked with negotiating a multibillion-dollar, two-year balanced budget.

The State of One-Party Rule

The issues on the legislature's radar this year
Will Idaho 'Add the Words'? In Idaho, same-sex couples can marry (as a result of a court decision that Gov. Butch Otter hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider).

Shorty's Last Dance

Remembering Delbert "Shorty" Belton
He liked tall blondes. And short ones.

Ante Up

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools will ask voters for a $15 million levy; plus, cracking down on jailhouse snitches
Textbooks and Operations Christa Hazel, board chair for COEUR D'ALENE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, walked into the board meeting Monday night expecting to approve a supplemental levy without an increase in funding.


A high-profile retailer is eyeing a particular block of downtown Spokane; what that might mean for the Central City Line
A tiny, one-way section of Wall Street in downtown Spokane has set two groups on a potential collision course: In one lane, public transit and its touted Central City Line; in the other, a national retailer that business interests hope to lure to the area. Downtown Spokane Partnership, a nonprofit that advocates on the behalf of downtown businesses, is courting the prospective retailer.

Paradigm Shift

Marijuana, wildfires, marriage equality, gun control: The local stories that shaped the past year
Retail pot shops open It was a historic event marked by thousands of people who clamored to fill out government paperwork and hundreds who stood in line for hours to buy a product that was taxed at 50 percent.

Impound My Ride

Spokane City Council looks to curb prostitution; plus, the fight over Mt. Spokane continues
Slippery Slopes Just days after the ski slopes opened for the season, conservation groups have pledged new legal efforts to stop a recently approved expansion of the Mt. Spokane ski area.

Unfinished Business

A Justice Department report leaves the departing police ombudsman with high hopes for reform to come
Outgoing Spokane police ombudsman Tim Burns has long felt like his time might be short. As the city's first civilian responsible for oversight of the Spokane Police Department, he has served since 2009 under a constantly shifting atmosphere of contract deadlines, political posturing and uncertain authority.


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