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.


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  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2005

    Alumni step forward to defend boys’ ranch

    In the late 1960s, Morning Star Boys’ Ranch took in a young boy whose single mother was unable to care for him. Nearly four decades later, Terry Neal sits on …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2005

    Closure of boys’ ranch urged

    A former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch resident who alleges he was sexually abused there called for its closure at a news conference Thursday.


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2005

    Former boys’ ranch residents allege sex abuse

    Two former residents of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, including one who served as its ‘poster boy,’ sued the Spokane boys’ home on Wednesday, alleging that they were sexually abused by …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2005

    Boys’ ranch says priest accused of molestation wasn’t on payroll

    A review of tax records found no evidence that a Catholic priest accused of molesting dozens of boys in Spokane was ever paid to work at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2005

    Disturbing connections emerge

    Three decades ago, while Spokane reveled in its changing skyline and the limelight of hosting a World’s Fair, the city frequently was described as a great place to raise a …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2005

    Boys’ ranch head to take leave

    The Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, the revered director of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, announced Thursday he will take a temporary leave of absence amid recently publicized allegations of past physical abuse. …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2005

    Priest: Allegations ‘misleading’

    The last few weeks have been a painful time for the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, a Roman Catholic priest and the longtime director of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch. Accused of physically …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2005

    Group urges boys’ ranch head to resign

    A Spokane support group for victims of clergy abuse will ask today for the resignation of a 73-year-old Catholic priest who allegedly physically assaulted boys at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch.


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2005

    Ex-boys’ ranch staffers urged end to beatings

    Two former counselors say they urged the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner to end physical discipline at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch in the 1970s. “We made waves, but his word was the …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005

    More allege beatings at boys ranch

    Don Norby remembers arriving late for a meal during a Priest Lake camping trip with other boys from Morning Star Boys Ranch in the early 1970s. As the 12-year-old went …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2005

    West, Hahn could have taken boys from ranch, official says

    An official for Morning Star Boys’ Ranch conceded last week that Jim West and a fellow sheriff’s deputy who killed himself amid allegations of child molestation could have removed boys …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2005

    Former counselor could still be charged

    They called him their big brother. He bought them matching shirts and toys their mother couldn’t afford. He worked for a candy company in Spokane and drove a pristine, blue …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2005

    Ranch paid man to settle abuse suit

    Morning Star Boys’ Ranch paid one of its former residents an undisclosed amount of money last fall to settle a lawsuit involving sexual abuse allegations from the 1990s. The alleged …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005

    Report false, ranch director says

    The longtime director of Morning Star Boys Ranch on wednesday denied a report that Mayor Jim West and a former sheriff’s deputy “checked out” boys for day outings and camping …