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Spokane City Council shoots down speculation on ‘soda tax’ to pay for police

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 7:19 p.m.

FILE – In this April 15, 2017 photo, a shopper walks among stacks of discount soda at a Wal-Mart store in Santa Fe, N.M. The Spokane City Council sent a letter to businesses Monday saying they weren’t pursuing a soda tax like the one considered in Santa Fe. (Morgan Lee / AP)
In a letter sent to restaurants and other small business organizations Monday, the Spokane City Council said there is no tax on sugary drinks proposal before them right now, and that they are not seeking to impose one. The city still needs to come up with a way to pay for new police officers, lawmakers say.

At staged house party in Coeur d’Alene, cops ask teens, ‘You been drinking?’

Tue., May 23, 2017, midnight

Lakeland High School students from left, Abigail Conner and Nicole Kimling listen to instructions from Lewiston Police Officer Rob Massey during a police training simulation of a mock keg party in Coeur d'Alene on Monday, May 22, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
“Alright, who’s been drinking tonight?” Lewiston police Officer Rob Massey stood in the living room of a well-kempt ranch home surrounded by a forest. A group of teenagers sat on the floor – some trying not to smirk, others looking fearful of the impending consequences of their behavior. “You been drinking? You? Huh?” Massey asked with a stern expression. “Be honest with me.”

Flushing of contaminated water in Airway Heights could take until Thursday or later

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:52 a.m.

Airway Heights Public Work Department flushes potentially contaminated water from a fire hydrant into Aspen Grove Park in Airway Heights, Friday May 19, 2017. The city is working to remove contaminates from the water pipes caused when chemicals used for fire suppression at Fairchild Air Force Base entered the water supply. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Airway Heights officials now say it could take until Thursday or later to finish flushing city pipes of contaminated drinking water. Previously they had expected to complete the process by Monday morning. They are expelling water that has been contaminated with chemical runoff from Fairchild Air Force Base.

Spokane appeals findings, fine in Waste-to-Energy Plant investigation

UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:32 p.m.

Steam billows from the Waste to Energy Plant in Spokane. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The city has provided additional materials to the Department of Labor & Industries and hopes to receive a revised report by the end of next month, Public Works Director Scott Simmons told the City Council on Monday. Craig Law and Larry Pratt received severe steam burns during routine boiler cleaning Oct. 4.

Photo: Geranium Day

Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

"I love my job,"said Lana Miller as she waters some the several thousand geraniums planted at The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene on Monday, May 22, 2017. Geraniums was resort owner Duane Hagadone's mother's favorite flower. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
"I love my job,"said Lana Miller as she waters some the several thousand geraniums planted at The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene on Monday, May 22, 2017. Geraniums was resort owner Duane Hagadone's mother's favorite flower.

Then and Now: The Powell-Sanders Building

Mon., May 22, 2017, midnight

Present day: The five-story  building at 124 S. Wall St. in downtown Spokane was built in 1915 by Powell-Sanders, a wholesale grocery business. Former mayor Edward L. Powell sold his share of the business and retired in 1925. The business went under in the early 1930s. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Edward L. Powell was 11 years old when his family moved west by covered wagon from Ohio to Oregon in 1862. After studying civil engineering, he worked for the railroad. But his health was poor and he couldn’t keep up with the railroad life. So he went to teach school in Walla Walla, then operate a general store in Waitsburg for 18 years.

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