Recall and Response

Recall and Response

The attempt to remove Spokane Mayor David Condon from office may be a long shot, but he isn't taking any chances
As he sits across the table from KXLY 920 radio talk-show host Mike Fitzsimmons, Mayor David Condon says he's at a boiling point. In fact, he says it twice.

Shades of Black Lives

A Spokane County detective's Facebook post about Black Lives Matter sparks debate among local law enforcement
Spokane County Sheriff's Office Detective Damon Simmons is frustrated. The nearly 20-year law enforcement veteran straddles the line between two worlds often pitted against each other.

Fires Hit Home

Tens of thousands of acres burn around Spokane on Sunday and Monday; plus, DOJ weighs in on concerns over bail system
TWO DAYS ABLAZE Multiple WILDFIRES roared throughout the Spokane area and Eastern Washington starting Sunday and continuing through Monday, destroying scores of homes and buildings, torching tens of thousands of acres and forcing evacuations.

From Doctor to Drug Dealer

Rafael Beier was living two lives. One of them consumed the other
How does one person become two? Or more to the point: How does a generous, give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back country doctor become a pill-pushing drug dealer with a Hummer and cadre of strippers?

'Seek and Destroy'

In his final days as state superintendent of public instruction, Randy Dorn keeps shouting on behalf of schools. Has anyone listened?
Randy Dorn thought he could make a difference. In 2008, he campaigned for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction because he said there had been little progress in state funding of K-12 education in past years.

All Aboard!

Stuckart reverses course on fining coal and oil trains; plus, which students will a proposed CdA magnet school attract?
HITTING UNDO When the city council voted last month to put an measure on the November ballot that would fine railroads for sending COAL AND OIL TRAINS through Spokane, the decision was unanimous.

Sick Leave Override

It took years of compromise for the council to agree on a sick-leave policy for Spokane — but if a state initiative passes, those compromises will disappear
The Spokane City Council meeting in January was a five-hour marathon of testimony from business owners, activists, nurses and cancer victims — capping off two years of task-force discussions, policy papers and surveys of more than 300 businesses.

'Elegant Solution'?

Criminal defense attorneys, left out of a solution for defendants not competent to stand trial, aren't happy about it
As Washington's Department of Social and Health Services grapples with a federal order to provide criminal defendants with adequate and timely mental health services, the rights of some of those defendants remain hazy. In an email obtained by the Inlander, a DSHS employee articulates an "elegant solution" for people whose mental state prevents them from understanding criminal charges.

Tall Order

As Craig Meidl prepares to lead the Spokane Police Department, here are the 14 most pressing challenges he'll face as chief
Craig Meidl didn't want to be Spokane's next police chief. And why would he?

A Blind Eye

The WSU football team wants to move on from a house-party brawl weeks ago, but victims want the players held accountable
Anyone who plays for Mike Leach knows the rules. Don't abuse women.

Another Lawsuit

The fallout continues from Straub's rocky tenure as Spokane police chief; plus, DSHS settles with former mental health patients
THE OTHER SPOKESWOMAN For more than a year, the city has weathered the fallout from the transfer of former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton to the Parks Department after she approached Mayor DAVID CONDON with allegations of sexual harassment by then-police Chief Frank Straub.

Choosing Sides

Would electing the city attorney make them more accountable to the people — or just more swayed by the whims of the mob?
Even before the explosive report came out last month, City Council President Ben Stuckart was flirting with the notion of yanking the power to pick Spokane's city attorney out of the hands of Mayor David Condon and placing it in the hands of the public. But the independent investigative report pushed him over the edge: It concluded that the city attorney's office intentionally withheld important documents concerning a police chief scandal until after the mayor's election last November.

'Unreasonable Threat to Life and Property'

Spokane's rental housing has problems, but landlord and tenant groups are split on a solution
A miracle turned into a nightmare at the apartment complex on West Augusta Avenue. About a year and a half ago, Benjamin Loraas and Kami Holgate were living in homeless shelters.

In the Name of Justice

Why public defenders united to avoid a particular Spokane judge's courtroom
Appear before Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp, and you might not get a fair shake. At least that's the message sent by some Spokane County public defenders.

Meidl Detector

Spokane finds its new police chief from within; plus, pro-charter-school money floods a contentious Supreme Court race
CONDON'S PICK Spokane Mayor David Condon rebuffed the media's portrayal of former police chief FRANK STRAUB as his "hand-picked" choice for the job.

Flight Paths

How an airport's purchase of one piece of land could impact crucial research at Washington State University
The yellow earth movers digging into the ground by the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport can't move any farther west, for now. The hill above still belongs to Washington State University's Tukey Horticulture Orchard, where the roots of the fruit trees have been digging into the ground for decades.


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