Gambling machines help Idaho's racing industries limp along — but maybe not for long
Near tracts of vacant Post Falls outlet malls, three cherries — synonymous with slot machines ever since slots gave out fruit-flavored chewing gum a century ago — line up in a row on the Greyhound Park and Event Center video billboard. "New games are here!" it proclaims.
Idaho considers protections for sexual orientation; plus, a new Spokane City Council candidate emerges
IDAHO CONSIDERS THE WORDS Last year, more than 100 protesters were arrested for refusing to leave the Idaho state capitol until a hearing was held to consider adding the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the list of classes protected by the Idaho Human Rights Act.
Some want to limit the release of footage from police body cameras. What would that mean for Spokane?
When the Spokane City Council decided to direct three-quarters of a million dollars to a pilot program that equipped officers with body cameras, Council President Ben Stuckart pointed out that the cameras had been unanimously endorsed by the council, as well as by city administration and a commission charged with examining the use of force by Spokane police. "I think they're a huge step forward," Stuckart said before the council voted unanimously to fund the program.
Why Rep. Marcus Riccelli is one of the busiest young lawmakers in Olympia
State Rep. Marcus Riccelli has a cold, or at least he sounds like it. When he calls the Inlander on his drive back home from Olympia, he admits he's a little "clogged up."
Inside Buddy Boy Farm
In a forest outside of Spokane, there’s an old barn.
New claims of Spokane sidestepping civil service rules; Mobius finds a temporary home
Hiring and Firing The Spokane Civil Service Commission voted on Tuesday to investigate whether the city of Spokane violated the civil service system by improperly hiring a temporary worker.
The Black Lens, continues Spokane's long tradition of African-American publications
Sometime in the early '90s, Sandy Williams was invited to sit on a community advisory committee for the Spokesman-Review. A social justice advocate for people of color and the LGBT community, she and the two other black people on the committee took the opportunity there to voice their concerns about the representation of African-Americans in the newspaper.
Is a special deal with a private club helping the city's public golf courses?
It was a perfect storm: A cold, wet spring and hot summer kept golfers off Spokane's city courses last year. Add to that a weak economy and Americans' changing leisure interests, and it becomes undeniable: Golf is in trouble around here.
Last year, lukewarm legislators scuttled the possibility of a mental health crisis center for North Idaho. Will this round be any different?
In Idaho Falls, the doors of the Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center of East Idaho have only been open for a little over a month. But already, it's having an impact.
Spokane Public Schools looks at reworking a grading system that drives students into the easiest classes
A decade ago, when Steven Gering was principal at North Central High School, a student called a meeting with himself and the superintendent to call attention to an especially perverse incentive. The perfect 4.0, Gering remembers her explaining, had a loophole: Take easy classes, and the path to becoming a valedictorian was a simple one.
The Spokane City Council is consumed by abortion and driveways; plus, Baumgartner's rules in Olympia
ETHICS AND ABORTION People packed Spokane City Hall on Monday to testify about an ordinance that Council President Ben Stuckart insisted was about DRIVEWAYS.
Who and what is driving a controversial effort to roll back immigration policies inside Spokane?
Jackie Murray is nervous. Nervous about talking with the press.
A mother tries to understand the suicide of a son — just as he was regaining his freedom
The competency therapist here at the hospital has given me the choice of pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, and that's the best decision I can make right now. They have informed me that I will most likely be sent to a long term ward here at the hospital for about three years, which would be drastically shorter than a prison term.
Washington state lawmakers make predictions for the upcoming legislative session
The session hasn't even started and backroom budget talks have already begun. During this session, opening on Monday, lawmakers will be tasked with negotiating a multibillion-dollar, two-year balanced budget.
The issues on the legislature's radar this year
Will Idaho 'Add the Words'? In Idaho, same-sex couples can marry (as a result of a court decision that Gov. Butch Otter hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider).
Remembering Delbert "Shorty" Belton
He liked tall blondes. And short ones.