Sneak Peek: Mount St. Helens anniversary; sourdough secrets; front-line workers; local bugs; and more!

The latest issue of the Inlander is hitting newsstands today. Find it at your local grocery store and hundreds of other locations; use this map to find a pickup point near you. You can also read through the entire print edition here.

HIGHLIGHTS
Our cover story this week takes a look back on the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens announcing herself to the world. “All of a sudden, everything turned black and dark, and dust started falling out of the air,” recalls one Spokane man. Businesses were shuttered, people wore masks to go outside and the world we knew became unrecognizable for a while.

Sound familiar? 

Turns out, while none of us have met a foe quite like the coronavirus, many of us have lived through things that proved just how strong we are. 

• Also this week, we have the secrets of sourdough from local bakers, an inside peek at the toll being felt by front-line health workers, an ode to video stores and a look at the future of live music.

COUNTING ON HOSPITALIZATIONS
The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has trended downward, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. But the health district doesn’t count the Spokane Veterans Home residents now isolated at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center as “hospitalized.” Why? More >>

TO-GO CUPS
As of last Thursday, Washington state restaurants were given the green light to begin selling pre-made cocktails to-go when ordered with food. Several Spokane-area restaurants quickly posted their new to-go friendly spirits menus, with cocktails ready to pour over ice conveniently served in reusable glass canning jars. More >>

FILLING THE GAP
A coalition of immigrant-focused organizations has created the Spokane Relief Fund For Undocumented Immigrants, in order to help families who are unable to access federal aid during the coronavirus shutdowns. So far, with more than $29,000 raised, the fund has been able to help 27 families with $500 to $1,100 grants. More >>

LAST WORD
In light of viral stories about “murder hornets” — which can grow up to 2 inches long and rip the heads off an entire hive of honeybees — we've decided to showcase the photographs of around 30 local insects that never killed anybody (that we know of):

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About The Author

Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...