Roaming downtown and seeking out homeless kids, YouthREACH offers more than handwarmers and hygiene packets
STA Plaza downtown is packed.
After years of hoping for a major medical school in Spokane, and lobbying for state funds to get it, Washington State University finally had a ribbon cutting last Friday for the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on its Riverpoint Campus.
Spokane approves parking changes; plus, Valley bikers hit the road
Boots Are Coming Tire boots are coming to parking "scofflaws" in Spokane.
An Eastern Washington firearms case tests the limits of police surveillance
Imagine having a video camera trained on the front of your house 24 hours a day.
Boeing hasn't yet decided where it will build the 777X — either way, it has big ramifications for the Inland Northwest
Spokane County Commissioner Al French holds up his smartphone with a stock-market app showing Boeing's shares soaring.
As the temperature drops, Spokane's warming centers provide overnight refuge
In a dim-lit corner of the Salvation Army gym, a few men huddle around the low hiss of a radio.
Spokane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joe Bodma, left, and Spokane Police Department Detective Jeff Barrington chase a puck during a hockey game between the agencies Sunday at the Arena.
Local nurses prepare to walk; plus, the state rejects Spokane County's urban expansion
Civil rights attorneys say systemic change is coming to the state prison system
In the fallout of a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit, Washington state's prison system is about to receive an unprecedented infusion of cash with the potential to reform the Department of Corrections from criminal justice advocates on the outside.
Reversing course, the Spokane City Council warms to a less-than-independent ombudsman
When the Spokane City Council last month swiftly and unanimously rejected a contract agreement with the Spokane Police Guild, they were met with praise. "Thanks for your leadership!" wrote Rick Eichstaedt, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Justice, an outspoken critic of the city and guild, on Council President Ben Stuckart's Facebook page.
SPD's new Internal Affairs director is changing the way officer misconduct is investigated
In a time when the Spokane Police Department looks to rebuild its public image and strengthen accountability, a former fraud investigator with the federal public defender's office has taken over the investigation of officer misconduct, training priorities and technology upgrades, including the implementation of officer-worn body cameras. As director of the department's newly created Strategic Initiatives division, Tim Schwering now oversees the vastly different, but often interconnected, operations of Internal Affairs, professional standards, information technology and officer training.
Jolly old Saint Nicholas landed at River Park Square Friday evening, and dozens of children craned their necks to catch a glimpse of Santa as he descended down the atrium escalator. With a wave of his finger, he lit the mall Christmas tree before dancing with elves and mingling with children, ready to whisper their wish lists into his ear.
The city's Use of Force Commission weighs in on progress at SPD; plus, Lakeland Village under fire
Not Done Yet A month-old letter from the city's Use of Force Commission surfaced last week in response to the Spokane Police Department's ongoing reform efforts, commending initial progress, but also calling out three recommendations in need of additional attention.
Next year the city will start booting the cars of parking "scofflaws"
In a database at City Hall, officials track more $4 million in unpaid parking tickets, often seeing the same names — about 3,500 "frequent flyers," who have four or more unpaid tickets — appear over and over again. Now, one man thinks he has a way to target just 10 or 20 of those drivers and make the whole lot listen.
Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is shaping up to be a wedge issue in the 2014 race for Idaho governor
Back in 2010, Idaho's cowboy Gov. Butch Otter was the first state executive to sign a law allowing his attorney general to sue the federal government if Congress passed the president's signature health care law. But three years later, Otter has shown he's willing to compromise his hard-line opposition to the Affordable Care Act as long as he can make the law work on Idaho's terms: First, the governor formed a workgroup to study whether Idaho should form its own state-run health insurance exchange.
Lives cut short, families torn apart, children mourned: the heavy toll of American roadways
Enclosed in the broken glass and crushed steel of a crumpled 1969 Plymouth Fury, Margaret Nordhagen sits next to the love of her life.