Ryan's Last Ride

Ryan's Last Ride

Ryan Holyk's family is still searching for answers in the bicycle accident that cost him his life
Being 15, Ryan Holyk loved Mountain Dew and Captain Crunch and dreamed of becoming a professional video game player. He was saving for a Corvette, but spent most of his time on a bicycle, riding around town with friends.

Idaho Against the World

Idaho lawmakers weaken child-support efforts; plus, who really believes in climate change?
'NO BASIS IN FACT' Idaho's legislative session finally came to a close in the early morning hours of April 11.

Don't Test Me

The Smarter Balanced standardized test has sparked a rebellion in Western Washington — and it's spreading
It's not uncommon to find one or two students — the rebels, the defiant, the anti-authority slackers — just flat-out refusing to take a big test. But at Garfield High School, in the middle of urban Seattle, it wasn't just one or two.

Signs of the Times

Can Spokane really curb the demand side of the sex trade?
Locals don't need a sign to know what goes on at night along East Sprague Avenue. It just has that look.

United Weed Stand

A national labor union is working to keep medical marijuana dispensaries open so it can unionize their workers
Isaac Curtis spends most of his day driving to marijuana stores trying to make his presence known. In January, Curtis started the slow, methodical work of organizing every corner of Eastern Washington's marijuana industry, from seed-planting to point of sale, under the auspices of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1439.

Better Busing Battle

Spokane Transit Authority's ambitious plan would mean more bus routes, more access, later hours... and higher taxes
As the Spokane Transit Authority fights to convince voters to approve a 3/10ths-of-a-cent sales tax increase on the April 28 ballot, it's turned at least one prominent critic into an important ally. Last year, the STA Plaza became a lightning rod for some downtown businesses, which complained that the Plaza had attracted loiterers who blocked sidewalks, intimidated pedestrians and made trouble for downtown businesses.

'Western Culture'

Otter backs "instant racing" in Idaho; a judge orders Washington to speed up mental health evaluations
MACHINE'S BEST FRIEND In the Idaho legislature, "historical horse race" machines had few friends.

Boxed Up

The city of Spokane has banned the box on job applications, but the council wants more
On a sunny day in August, Mayor David Condon stood on the banks of the Centennial Trail flanked by James Wilburn, then president of the local NAACP, and Rick Eichstaedt, the executive director of the Center for Justice, to announce a new "pathway for connectivity" in the city. He wasn't talking about the trail.

Run and Gun

Why a Spokane County detention officer won't face criminal charges after shooting inside a hospital at a fleeing suspect
With shackles clanking against his right ankle, Cameron Trevino ran down a staircase inside Deaconess Hospital. Chasing him was Spokane Jail Deputy Sandy Rief.

The Price of Progress

Why the Spokane Tribe says it's still owed for Grand Coulee Dam
Tim Peone rolls up his sleeve and thrusts his hand into water that's red and squirming with new life. "Sac fry," exclaims Peone, director of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, opening his hand to reveal freshly hatched Kokanee salmon flopping about confusedly in his palm.

Breaking the Silence

A local group of nuns live in silence and isolation — but a proposed development could make that difficult
The letter, dated March 4, 2015, was written on an electronic typewriter, and hand-delivered by a priest to a Spokane Valley Comprehensive Plan meeting. "We are a community of contemplative, cloistered nuns," the letter reads.

Watch List

ISIS singles out an Idaho town; plus, Spokane's campaign for paid sick leave
TARGET: BONNERS FERRY When a supposed ISIS "hit list" went online last week, it featured the names and addresses of 100 service members located in more than 50 cities across 29 states and encouraged "lone wolf" ISIS supporters to kill them.

Members Only

Pot is legal — but not in public. What that means for lounges and marijuana tourism
At the Members Lounge, located in a strip mall in Spokane Valley, the air is thick with laughter, coughing and a smell long associated with breaking the law. Mike Stoedter, a representative from CO2 Organics, drizzles out complimentary "dabs," a molasses-like, highly concentrated marijuana extract, into a "rig," a vaporizer that's connected to a water pipe that patrons of the lounge eagerly line up in front of for a hit.

Perpetual Payments

Legal fines and fees are getting a serious look in the state Supreme Court and the legislature
Carmen Pacheco-Jones walked out of a bright yellow, two-story house in the bad part of town with a fresh bag of dope in her pocket. She recalls that this particular day was especially beautiful.

Odds And Ends

Idaho lawmakers are pulled in lots of directions; plus, SPD weighs a "culture audit"
KNIVES, HORSES AND SALAMANDERS As the IDAHO LEGISLATURE prepares to wrap up its work in the next few weeks, the fate of bills big and small have begun to come into focus.

Four Days A Week

Idaho schools that dropped one day a week from their schedule are saving a little money — but at what cost?
At Valley View Elementary School in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, students get this Friday off. Same with next Friday.

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