Game Changer

Game Changer

Since David Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
Spokane City Planning Director Scott Chesney walked into the City Hall conference room on Wednesday, Nov. 5. When he walked out about 15 minutes later, he was no longer employed.

In Contempt

A Spokane judge rules that the mental health system has willfully failed to follow evaluation deadlines
Challenging the state's mental health priorities, a Spokane County judge last week issued the first contempt of court ruling against an Eastern Washington psychiatric hospital for failing to conduct timely evaluations of several jailed defendants awaiting trial, fining the hospital $200 a day for the delays. Judge Salvatore Cozza ruled Friday that Eastern State Hospital had willfully violated multiple orders by not conducting competency evaluations, or even scheduling them, within court-established deadlines.

Never Again

Washington state lawmakers push reforms after last July's murder-suicide; plus, Spokane's police ombudsman is leaving
Sheena's Laws Third District legislators Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Sen. Andy Billig are planning to introduce two bills — one dealing with mental health, the other with gun safety — in the upcoming session in response to the shooting death of a Spokane woman at the Deaconess Medical Center campus earlier this year.

The Forest and the Trees

Idaho would lose out if it took over federal lands; plus, county budgets and committee assignments
Risky Management A divisive study from the UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO finds the state could lose up to $111 million a year by taking over management of federally owned lands, shouldering increased costs for wildfire protection, recreation facilities and other expenses.

More Than Skin Deep

A woman loses a tattoo to start a new life
A faded tattoo wraps around the left side of Evelyn's neck. In curlicue letters, it bears a name she'd rather not see.

Duty to Protect

A Spokane case examines how psychiatrists handle potentially dangerous clients
No one predicted such horror — a double murder, a teen's throat slashed, soon followed by the attacker's suicide. When Jan DeMeerleer killed his ex-fiancée and her son before taking his own life in 2010, friends and family expressed shock despite years of troubling behavior.

The Selfie Generation

Ambitious and independent, we millennials are defined by no one but ourselves. Now please love us
Millennials will save the world, or so influential trend-watchers Neil Howe and William Strauss predicted in their 2000 book, Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. The authors argued that young millennials — those born between the early '80s and the early 2000s — would be a heroic counterweight to selfish baby boomers.

Corporate Pot's Coming-Out

The subsidiary of Privateer Holdings is met with few tough questions, showing what a difference a year makes
NBC's Today Show giddily announced an exclusive last month: Privateer Holdings, the Seattle marijuana company long acclaimed locally for its straight, corporate image and Ivy League-educated bosses, was launching "the first global pot brand" based on the legacy of Bob Marley. "If you believe the hype, we're going to look back and say this is where it all started — where pot got an image makeover," NBC correspondent Kate Snow enthused.

School Rivalry

The latest salvo in the fight over medical education in Spokane; plus, a Washington group takes on immigration
New Alliances A few days after the University of Washington trounced Washington State University in the Apple Cup, the two rivals both made big announcements about their diverging plans for MEDICAL EDUCATION in Spokane.

A Senseless Death

Family and friends search for answers in the wake of an unsolved South Hill killing
Rarely without a wide grin and tangled afro, Zachary Lamb rapidly won his way into the hearts of those around him. Once an outgoing child, Lamb grew into a rambunctious teenager and later matured into a compassionate young man. Hardworking but happy-go-lucky, the 26-year-old chased dreams, wandered far and befriended many.

A Forever Home

On National Adoption Day, families become whole
In Judge John Cooney's courtroom, attorney Jodi Felice asks the Jorgensen family for their testimony. She begins with the requisite questions:

It's Exploding

Why lawmakers and cops are worried about people blowing themselves up
The explosion peeled the wall back like a scab, exposing all the layers underneath: wood, tattered insulation, someone's home. Firefighters responded late one night last week to an East Sprague mobile home park where law enforcement suspects the blast that tore the side off a mobile home was caused by its residents trying to extract THC from pot.

GU Shake-Up

The woman overseeing reports of sexual assault at Gonzaga resigns; plus, a new study on Lakeland Village
An Unexpected Resignation After two weeks of students calling on Gonzaga University to better address sexual assault, the school's TITLE IX COORDINATOR resigned unexpectedly last Wednesday.

Video Dragnet

As police cameras capture private details, broad records requests threaten to overwhelm agencies
Each stumble and slur goes into the record. As a suspected drunken driver in Liberty Lake fails a roadside sobriety test, officers wearing chest-mounted body cameras capture each mistake and incriminating statement in detail.

We're in this together

Mental Health Resource Guide
Mental illness is not one person's problem. It touches our friends, family, neighbors, classmates and colleagues.

'The Cloud I Call My Brain'

In Their Own Words
Teri Koski, 38, is the vice president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Spokane, a case manager for the elderly and disabled and an accomplished poet.


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