A Different Way

A Different Way

Why more Spokane schools are trying a nontraditional teaching method called project-based learning
Dean Strouse didn't use any beakers, flasks or Bunsen burners for her chemistry project at the Community School. Instead, Strouse created a piece of art.

Burden of Proof

The challenging and changing shape of police oversight in Spokane
Spokane City Hall has emptied out and gone dark for the night, but one first-floor office glows soft yellow. Police Ombudsman Bart Logue is working late again, awash in the light from his computer screen.

Cannabusted? Maybe Not

A Spokane Valley man faces life in prison for growing pot, but the case against him might be unraveling
Jerad Kynaston lives with his mom. The 29-year-old has a long-term girlfriend, a puppy and has started a construction business, all while the specter of a mandatory life sentence hangs over his head.

Unsoak the Poor

Can state legislators use this year's budget to prevent taxes from punishing low-income earners?
Washington, ostensibly, is a liberal state. It hasn't voted for a Republican governor since 1980 and hasn't voted for a Republican president since 1984.

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.

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.

Justice Denied?

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

Usual Suspects

With politically connected conservatives eyeing promotions, things could get interesting in the local GOP ranks
If you're a local Republican looking to move on up, these are heady times. Opportunities abound.

Snowball's in Their Court

Will the state Supreme Court weigh in on proposed expansion at Mt. Spokane? Plus, vetoes by Inslee and Otter
MOUNTAIN OF REVIEW

When New Technology Fails

Washington's plan for a better community college software system is falling apart; can it be salvaged?
Seven years ago, as the 34 community or technical colleges in Washington all dealt with a decades-old software system, the solution for the state seemed straightforward: Replace the old system with something better. So the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges started planning to implement a brand-new software system for course sign-up, financial aid and other college business.

The Long Way Home

When the state of Washington gave up on him, a boy with no home took matters into his own hands
By February 2017, there was nobody left to take care of Timothy Moore, a 15-year-old boy without a home.

In For the Long Haul

Lucky Friday miners, on strike more than a month, are preparing for a long ride
The weather report on the picket line at the Lucky Friday mine comes in 5- to 20-minute intervals from a hyperlocal weatherman wearing a Cubs hat and black overalls.

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