Catcher on the Cracks

Catcher on the Cracks

Is the alternative Dishman Hills High School saving at-risk students, or leading them to drop out?
Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger always says she wants the district to offer a broad variety of educational options. But at an October school board meeting, she named one option she wanted Spokane to avoid.

Gambling Big

Washington lawmakers eye fantasy football; plus, Kootenai County takes on short-term rentals
Fantasy World Washington is one of a handful of states that outlaw gambling in FANTASY SPORTS LEAGUES.

Sound and Fury

A look at the record-setting storm that swept through the Inland Northwest
Meteorologists knew it was coming for days before the record-setting windstorm whipped through the Inland Northwest. They saw the disparity in air pressure moving off the Pacific Ocean.

Tipping Point

Everyone from Gov. Butch Otter to the ACLU says Idaho's public defender system is broken — and fixing it won't be easy
The bulky stack of papers look as if they'd slide from Lisa Chesebro's arms should she loosen her hold — even just a little. This embarrassing nightmare scenario has happened before, with the brown accordion folders full of pleadings, complaints, paper clips, letters to the court and other critical documents tumbling out of her grasp and spilling all over the Kootenai County Jail parking lot.

Extraordinary Ordination

Meet the first woman to be ordained as an Ecumenical Catholic priest in Spokane
Several camera phones point toward the soon-to-be-ordained priest in the middle of the room. Draped in a bright white robe lit by sunlight beaming into a small chapel in northwest Spokane, a bishop finishes the "laying on of hands," a Catholic tradition for the ordination of priests.

Never Simple

An update on the future of the Ridpath; plus, why more oil trains will be heading through Spokane
Ridpath, Still Tangled Back in March, local developer Ron Wells assured the Inlander that there was only one major hurdle — a letter of intent from an investor — until he could start pushing at full speed to turn the old RIDPATH HOTEL into a 13-story apartment complex.

Risky Business

As the region plans its energy needs, Avista holds on to a source of power that critics say has becoming a liability
Tom Eckman stood in a conference room in the Red Lion River Inn last week showing about 30 people a series a graphs, all with steep curves that made one important point: The energy needs of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana could be met for the next 20 years through conservation and better managing demand. As Eckman continued his wonkish talk, the crowd, there for a hearing on the region's future energy needs, wore confused expressions as he pointed to two smaller lines on the graph representing solar and wind energy and their limited use.

Gone Too Soon

What happened to Kim Vezina?
Jennifer Goe doesn't know the Kim Vezina who had a drug and alcohol problem. The Kim she knew was her little sister, who'd make up annoying songs as a kid and do spot-on Austin Powers impressions.

Kids' Court

Local defense attorneys have noticed a change in Prosecutor Larry Haskell's juvenile justice system
When Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell took office in January, he found a drawer with more than 370 unresolved juvenile cases from the previous county prosecutor, Steve Tucker.

Math War

Spokane officials fight over calculations of future growth; plus, moving a little closer to a police ombudsman
FORESEEING THE FUTURE Spokane County's POPULATION PROJECTION is more than a prediction.

Homeless School

As the number of homeless students in Spokane County keeps climbing, schools unite with nonprofits to seek solutions
It's hard for a teacher to get a student to care about multiplying fractions, or the causes of the French and Indian War, or the themes of The Scarlet Letter. It's even harder when there are other worries occupying their minds, concerns that easily crowd out homework and tests and worksheets.

The Votes Are In

What last week's elections mean for Spokane and Coeur d'Alene
So much changed and so much stayed the same. On Tuesday, the big day came and workers at the Spokane County Elections Office began counting 120,000 ballots to determine who would control the levers of power at City Hall and on the school board.

Competing Impulses

Why Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to split Greater Spokane Inc. in two
Last October, the Spokane City Council had to make a choice between what was and what could be.

Cop Out

New details about the alleged sex assault of a Spokane cop; plus, Raul Labrador makes nice with Paul Ryan
RAUL AND RYAN During the chaos over the last month in the U.S. House of Representatives, Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador was at the center of it all.

Winners and Losers

What a Washington state appeals court ruling might mean for debtors trying to get their day in court
It started like almost any other attempt to collect a debt: a letter, followed by a few more. Then the phone calls came: 149 of them to Gregory and Catherine Rose, a Stevens County couple who, facing bankruptcy, had stopped making payments on their Kohl's department store credit card in 2010.

Jailed by a Computer Glitch

How a state Department of Licensing error cost one Spokane man three years of his life (CORRECTION APPENDED)
CORRECTION: In May of 2009, the Washington State Department of Licensing updated the records of 8,000 people in an attempt to fix a computer glitch.


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