Calls for gun reform mount after two mass shootings, crews battling Colville Reservation fire, and other headlines

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NEWS:
Spokane is looking to open a new homeless shelter in the old Grocery Outlet building on Sprague, but not everyone thinks that's a good spot, particularly those who serve adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the area.

NEWS: Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner weighed in to share her experience building trust with city employees as a key to success in the city's highest office. The post dovetails with our news story last week in which mayoral candidates Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward's old coworkers weighed in on their leadership styles.


IN OTHER NEWS...

Nation mourns after two deadly shootings, calls for change
Dozens of people were injured and 30 were killed in mass shootings that happened within hours of each other this weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Amid the outcry, some Republicans acknowledged at least one of the incidents was likely tied to white supremacy and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers condemned white nationalist violence as terrorism. (New York Times)

Stuckart and Woodward nearly matched in campaign contributions
The two frontrunners for Spokane mayor are nearly equally funded when it comes to campaign contributions, with each criticizing the other for taking money from special interests, and far outpacing the other three mayoral candidates ahead of Tuesday's primary, the Spokesman-Review reports.

Large fire on Colville Reservation 20 percent contained
A fire that had burned more than 10,000 acres as of Sunday night on the Colville Reservation is about 20 percent contained; while air quality in the region dipped due to smoke from that fire over the weekend, it had returned to healthy levels in Spokane by Monday, KREM reports. 

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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...