Morning Star Boys’ Ranch
Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, a Spokane boys’ home, is an institution beloved by many. Others, however, say the ranch was a place where they endured physical and sexual abuse. Follow the investigation here.
Sat., April 18, 2015
Diocese returns Morning Star ranch priest to ministry
The Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, the former director of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, has been reinstated as an active priest after the last sex abuse claims against him were rejected by …
UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2015, 2:26 p.m.
Weitensteiner, longtime director of Morning Star Boys Ranch, reinstated as priest
The Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, the former director of the Morning Star Boys Ranch, has been reinstated into the active Catholic ministry after sex abuse claims against him were denied by …
Sat., June 15, 2013
Spokane Park Board resolution honors Jim Quigley
The Spokane Park Board this week honored its vice president who died last month. Jim Quigley, 79, who worked as a dentist for about four decades in Spokane, served on …
Wed., May 30, 2012
Parishes giving $1.5 million toward settling sex cases
Catholic parishes are contributing $1.5 million toward a broad legal settlement expected to help the church resolve clergy sex abuse claims and avoid the foreclosure of churches and schools. It’s …
Sat., May 26, 2012, 2 a.m.
Boys’ Ranch reaches deal
Nineteen lawsuits against the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch have been settled, part of a larger settlement that’s expected to sew shut all of the outstanding legal issues surrounding the clergy …
Fri., March 12, 2010, 11:35 a.m.
Boys’ ranch accuser already had settlement
Although a jury last month rejected Kenneth Putnam’s sex abuse allegations against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane had already paid Putnam a settlement worth hundreds of …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2010, 10:48 a.m.
2 jurors dismissed from Boys’ Ranch case
Two jurors will be removed from deliberations in the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch sexual abuse case because of misconduct. The two discussed the case outside of deliberations, which led Superior …
Mon., Feb. 8, 2010, 12:12 p.m.
Ranch trial could go to jury Tuesday
Closing arguments are expected tomorrow in the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch sex abuse trial. The lengthy trial is the first of more than a dozen cases that could go to …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2010, 3:41 p.m.
Big day in Boys’ Ranch abuse trial
An unexpected witness may testify that former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch director Joseph Weitensteiner had him procure boys for sex and then gave him money to keep it quiet years …
Wed., Jan. 20, 2010, 10:48 a.m.
Boys’ ranch trial enters day 2
Either Morning Star Boys’ Ranch management turned a blind eye to decades of child sexual abuse or it is being persecuted by discreditable former residents looking to make a buck. …
Morning Star Boys Ranch tax form
Morning Star Boys Ranch Foundation’s tax form 990 shows acquisition of Morning Star Boys Ranch securities.
Morning Star Boys Ranch: properties transferred
A list of Spokane County properties transferred from Morning Star Boys Ranch to the foundation.
Morning Star Boys Ranch letter
A joint letter from the Morning Star Boys Ranch and the Morning Star Foundation to The Spokesman-Review.