Don't Drink the Water

Don't Drink the Water

For now, the Air Force is providing water for residents near Fairchild whose wells have been contaminated, but then what?
Toni Huff has already scheduled a doctor's appointment. It's not to check for the chemicals that Fairchild officials recently found in the drinking water of people living near the Air Force base — it's to check for the problems those chemicals cause.

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Fountain of Pain

The drip, drip of problems with the Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain
Dan Cadagan III knew that the price tag for the Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain was going to be steep. After all, he helped Spokane Rotary Club 21 raise more than half of the fountain's cost.

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Justice Denied?

Murder acquittal by all-white jury sparks outrage in black community; plus, city tells Blessings to find another Bridge
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Uncertain Future

Carlyle Care Center will no longer serve the mentally ill, leaving the question: Where will they go?
When staff and case managers at the Carlyle Care Center pulled everyone into a meeting area in late April, handed out donuts and informed residents that by Halloween the facility would no longer serve folks like them — mostly people with chronic mental illness — the reactions varied. Some residents cried, some didn't understand what was going on, some thought it was cool and talked about how they might move out and buy a big-screen TV, says Ursula Heflick, who works a few hours a month at the facility.

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Here in the American Redoubt

In central Washington, even after Trump's win, 'preppers' foresee potential disaster and violent confrontation with the left
On Saturday afternoon, as kids play and roosters crow on a farm north of Prosser, Washington, a crowd of people are gathered in a barn, preparing for the day the "Shit Hits The Fan." The preppers who attended the fourth annual Northwest Preparedness Expo in Prosser don't know exactly what will cause a breakdown in public facilities and functions, a situation they call the "SHTF scenario."

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Raúl's Running

Fresh off his "nobody dies" comments, Labrador announces for Idaho governor; plus, if you want to run for office, it's nearly time to file
GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT, DOC "I get calls almost every day asking me to run for governor," Idaho Rep. RAÚL LABRADOR told the Inlander four years ago.

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Boom Town

Facing fears of a potential oil train explosion devastating Spokane, activists and politicians pursue a series of long-shot gambits to prevent disaster
Every day, on average, nearly 200 tanker cars carry close to 6 million gallons of crude oil through Spokane.

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The Rise of Partisanship

It's time to start destroying political Death Stars built by rabid, anti-government extremists
Our nation's increasing partisanship over the past several decades hasn't been an accident. Rather, it's part of a long-term strategy to blow up government.

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Backyard Chicken Keeping

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
From choosing the best breed for your needs to what your flock will need, a neighborhood chicken aficionado lets you in on the secrets of how to have your pets make your breakfast every day. Sat, May 20 at 3 pm.

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On The Street

What is, or was, your favorite part of Riverfront Park, now that renovations are underway?
TIM STARK My favorite part [is] definitely overlooking the falls.

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Readers respond to Nethercutt's campaign-finance column, closing of the Carlyle

Letters to the editor
POLITICS AND PERSUASION I surprisingly agree with George Nethercutt about money in politics ("What's In Their Wallet?," 5/11/17). I don't agree with his recall of the 1994 election, wherein he unseated Tom Foley.

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The Director's Chair

Congress needs to hold firm for a strong, independent candidate to lead the damaged FBI
If I were on the Senate committee voting to confirm the next director of the FBI, the very first question I would ask the nominee would be: "Much has been made of how highly President Trump values loyalty. With reference to the position to which you have been nominated, please provide us your understanding of what that term means.

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Hardy Fiber

Washington could become a leader in industrial hemp production
One of the many tangential effects caused by cannabis prohibition was the decline of our nation's industrial hemp industry. There was a time when hemp was grown significantly throughout the United States, used for making everything from clothing to rope to paper.

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Playing Defense

A provision in the federal budget bill aims to protect the medical cannabis industry
We've written on several occasions in this column about how the future of the legal cannabis industry is in question, thanks to the Trump administration and its attorney general, Jeff Sessions, an outspoken cannabis opponent whose rhetoric on the subject has at times escalated to a Reefer Madness level. Fear that the feds might be coming after states, like ours, where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes has been looming since Inauguration Day, but last week there was at least a little relief on the medical side.

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Here's the Rub

Cannabis ointments might be the cure for what ails you
Here in Washington, where medical cannabis programs gained approval from voters nearly 20 years ago, the notion that cannabis has healing properties isn't necessarily a tough sell with the public. But in our present-day recreational market, the high-end strains, concentrates, oils and other emerging products might distract consumers from the fact that one can readily find relief for what ails them at their local cannabis shop.

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    Meteorologist says this spring has been wettest in the past decade
    • May 19, 2017
  • Why a Spokane Valley man could face life in prison for growing pot — and why the case may now be falling apart
  • Why a Spokane Valley man could face life in prison for growing pot — and why the case may now be falling apart

    Did U.S. Attorneys withhold information that could point to his innocence?
    • May 19, 2017
  • City Council may strike a ban on 'immoral or obscene dancing' — and cut the license fee for Spokane cabarets
  • City Council may strike a ban on 'immoral or obscene dancing' — and cut the license fee for Spokane cabarets

    Venues that allow dancing are now charged triple the license fees of venues that don't
    • May 19, 2017
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