'Slap in the Face'

'Slap in the Face'

Medicaid patients could be hardest hit by health insurance changes, but everyone will feel it
This time last year, Sara LeTellier was checking into inpatient treatment for substance abuse. Like others who gathered at Cowley Park on Saturday night to share stories about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, LeTellier was able to sign up for Medicaid and start treatment for addiction and bipolar disorder.

Curing Idaho

The House Republicans' health care plan doesn't begin to fix the state's health care issues — so Idaho itself is taking a crack at it
If there were any place you'd expect a Republican attempt to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — to receive enthusiastic support, it would be in deep-red Idaho. But even in Idaho, the public and politicians are wary.

All Wet

States of emergency declared in waterlogged Spokane County; plus, Lahren's pro-choice stance enrages her former right-wing allies
FLOODING CONCERNS If you haven't noticed, spring runoff has flooded local rivers and washed out dozens of roads in Spokane County.

Where the Sidewalk Bends

Frustrated with decades of crumbling concrete, neighbors proposing property tax levy to fix broken sidewalks
Some sidewalks have cracks. The sidewalks near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Adams Street look more like they have seismic fault lines.

A Different Track

How local high schools are trying to meet the increasing demand for skilled manufacturing jobs
Unlike many of his peers, Wyatt Harris has never been too interested in pursuing a four-year degree at a university. Harris, wearing a camouflage New York Giants hat during his manufacturing class, says his path is simpler.

Change at the Top

WA's Eastern District will get new U.S. Attorney; plus, state House passes bill revoking rapists' parental rights
ORMSBY OUT Last week, MIKE ORMSBY stepped down from his post as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Clearing the Way

Homeowners in northeast Washington are already preparing for wildfire season
Though patches of snow still dot the ground off much of 4 Mound Road, some in that part of the Nine Mile Falls community already are preparing for wildfire season. Crews from Washington's Department of Natural Resources worked in the rain Monday morning to thin branches and small trees near North Samek Lane, using chainsaws to cut down pines and then loading the debris into a chipper.

Law-and-Order Larry

How 'smart' is Larry Haskell's brand of justice?
Larry Haskell doesn't negotiate with chronic criminals.

Safe Space

At the Spirit of America rally, Republicans set aside their internal divisions to bask in the glow of the nascent Trump presidency — but for how long?
Trump supporters don't have to whisper anymore. At least, not here, not at the pro-Trump Spirit of America rally on Saturday in Spokane Valley.

Port of Spokane?

House passes legislation that could make new district a reality; plus, a SPD cop is disciplined in connection with rape investigation
PORT IN ANY STORM Spokane could get a countywide PORT DISTRICT before 2020 if legislation passed through the state House succeeds in the Senate.

Rock and a Hard Place

BNSF will remove coal deposits from spots along the Columbia River after the Spokane Riverkeeper and other groups settled a suit
A few years back, volunteers working with the Spokane Riverkeeper walked under railroad bridges and trestles in Spokane, searching for coal that might have fallen from passing trains. They found chunks of the black substance in different places over the course of several months, including next to Hangman Creek (also known as Latah Creek), says Jerry White, Jr., the current Spokane Riverkeeper.

Bumpy Rides

The gig economy promised independence and flexibility for workers who use apps like Uber to get by — but the reality has been more challenging
The gig economy rests upon a simple yet powerful concept: connection. An art teacher logs on to Rover.com and connects with someone who pays her to take care of his dog while he's out of town.

Free Range Tech

Coders and web developers are dialing into the hive mind of local coworking spaces
Dan Siddoway turns everywhere he goes into his own office. Laptop in tow, you can often find him typing web code in a booth at Thomas Hammer Coffee or designing a website at an Iron Goat Brewery table.

My House is Your House

Spokane residents rent out their space on sites like Airbnb, but few follow city rules
Whether it's contortionists on the way to their next tour stop, or parents visiting a daughter in hospice care, at the end of the day visitors need a place to rest and recharge that doesn't break the bank. That's why many turn to hosts who post their guest room, their basement or their apartment on rental sites like VRBO and Airbnb.

Treasure Hunters

The business of buying and reselling thrifted stuff online continues to be a lucrative moneymaker for some
You know the saying: One man's trash is another man's treasure. And for the many secondhand goods resellers in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area, this familiar adage literally describes what these folks do; some full time and others as a way to pad their day-job income.

Secondary School

Tutoring apps can supplement a teacher's income, or in some cases become a full-time job
Lauren Andresen considers herself a teacher, but she doesn't have a classroom. She teaches from coffee shops, but her students can be thousands of miles away.

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