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Eugster: A friend of the Cowles Co.?

My guess is that of all the labels that might stick on Steve Eugster, “Cowles sycophant” is not one of them, despite the accusation from David Elton mentioned in the previous post.

Still, I think it’s worth mentioning this nugget from an interview I had with Eugster last month. After talking for more than an hour on numerous issues, I asked him if he wanted to say anything about River Park Square. His response: “Oh, (deep belly laugh here) no, no. I thought that was done with when I went on the council. That’s history, Jon. Let’s forget about River Park Square.”

But anyone who thinks Eugster, who was elected to one term on the council in 1999, is a “Cowles sycophant” should be reminded: He was the first to suggest that an investigation into possible manslaughter charges should be opened into the 2006 death of a woman whose car fell from the River Park Square parking garage and tried unsuccessfully to get portions of the garage closed. When County Prosecutor Steve Tucker declined earlier this year to file any charges related to the case, Eugster’s opinion about possible charges hadn’t changed.

The Cowles Co. owns River Park Square and The Spokesman-Review.

RPS critics try to scuttle Ormsby nomination

A former Spokane mayor and other critics of the River Park Square project are opposing the nomination of a local lawyer to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington because of his involvement in the mall renovation some 10 years ago.

Former Mayor John Talbott and three others sent a five-page letter to President Barack Obama and key members of Congress asking that Mike Ormsby not be named to the district’s top federal law enforcement spot because of his role in helping to secure financing for the controversial project. They claim the project was rife with fraud, despite federal investigators’ determination last September that no fraud occurred in the mall’s financing.

Ormsby called the letter an “effort to demonize me as a part of this project” and said some of its statements were false or misleading.

“The letter far overstates my importance to and involvement in the project,” he said. “I very much look forward to defending my reputation, performance and ethics in the vetting process.”

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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