Call of Duty: These Spokane nurses want every sexual-assault victim to get specialized care

Call of Duty: These Spokane nurses want every sexual-assault victim to get specialized care

When someone goes to a Spokane emergency room after a sexual assault or rape, they can expect part of their care may be going through a rape kit, where evidence is collected and they are treated for any wounds or possible sexually transmitted infections. However, while those exams are offered at each of Spokane's emergency departments, there is no guarantee that the nurse gathering the kit has specialized training to be a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) with experience minimizing any further trauma for the victim, and knowledge about testifying in court.

In North Idaho, leaders brace for rapid population growth

When Hilary Anderson looks ahead to Coeur d'Alene's future, everything points in one direction: up. The city population will go up.

Questions remain after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' shift on marijuana

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew a set of Obama-era guidelines outlining how states that have legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana can avoid federal interference.

News Briefs: Firearms, great teaching, salmon runs and tax-reform effects in Idaho

FIRE SALE Dozens of firearms that were confiscated by police in Washington state and then resold to the public have ended up back in the HANDS OF CRIMINALS, according to a year-long investigation by the Associated Press.

Sessions' marijuana actions put GOP politicians like Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a tough spot

With closely cropped, graying hair and notecards sticking out of his short-sleeved dress shirt, Doug Perry, an attendee at Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' August town hall, didn't look like the stereotypical dude asking questions about weed. He said he's a conservative.

How Far Have We Come?

The Progress Edition
The Riverfront Park ice ribbon finally unfurls In the three years since voters approved the $64.3 million bond to reconstruct Riverfront Park, the development process has been slowed by setbacks and controversy.

How Spokane is radically reinventing its yearly homeless count

On a cold day last January, an outreach team had just left from the Crosswalk teen homeless shelter, ready to conduct the same mission the city of Spokane has every year: Find homeless community members and ask them a battery of questions like "Where did you stay last night?" and "What caused your homelessness?" Done right, the federally mandated annual point-in-time count can give a vital sense of the scope and nature of homelessness in Spokane.

Spokane County saved some residents from controversial law with new water bank

Eight years ago, near the start of the recession, Judy and Bill Moxley bought five acres of land north of the city for $69,000. There, in the quiet, serene country with a couple of friendly neighbors, they would build a single story home.

Harold Balazs' legacy of his life and work live on

Throughout his life, Spokane artist Harold Balazs transcended a lot: the challenge of providing for his family through his artwork, the ailments that come from working with concrete, metal and fire, and the "bullshit" of bureaucracy (a word which he immortalized in his 1974 sculpture known as the "Lantern" outside of the INB Performing Arts Center). In a career spanning seven decades, Balazs produced hundreds of public works throughout Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Montana and Idaho, as well as a piece in Westlake, Ohio, where he was born.

A partnership between the city and Spokane Public Schools could bring major changes

There's no question that Spokane Public Schools, facing growing enrollment and a mandate to reduce class sizes, needs to build more schools. For Mark Anderson, associate superintendent for Spokane Public Schools, the question is, where?

A prescription monitoring program could save lives, but most Washington doctors aren't using it

Back in 2014, when he was the medical director of the opioid treatment program at the Spokane Regional Health District, Dr. Matt Layton saw firsthand just how useful Washington state's prescription monitoring program could be. With a few clicks and keystrokes, he could pull up all the prescription drugs each of the clinic's patients had been issued.

As Washington lawmakers head to Olympia, education and water issues top their lists

As 2017 comes to a close, lawmakers are already gearing up for a short legislative session in Olympia that will be busier than normal, with continued work on basic education funding, a statewide construction budget that didn't pass this year, and water-rights issues at the top of a long list of priorities for many. While most have plans for legislation covering a wide variety of issues, here's a preview of what's likely to dominate the narrative during the 60-day session, which starts Jan. 8.SCHOOL FUNDING

The Year in Pictures

A look at 2017 through the eyes of Inlander photographer Young Kwak
Inlander staff photographer Young Kwak gains a perspective through his assignments that few Inland Northwesterners can share. Thanks to his skills behind the lens and presence at events, places and news occurrences large and small, he was able to put together a stunning array of photos in 2017.

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