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100 years ago in Otis Orchards: Sheriff called to put down Wobbly riot

Wed., May 24, 2017, midnight

The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards irrigation district, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 24, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards irrigation district. The trouble began when a “flunkey” in the cook house was fired for allegedly destroying food. More than 100 laborers, all Wobblies, then demanded that the contractor reinstate the flunkey and fire all non-Wobblies.

Spokane region’s short-term rental regulations uneven

Wed., May 24, 2017, midnight

Like many cities nationwide, Spokane had a fitful start permitting short-term rentals. In early 2014, the city began issuing cease-and-desist letters to property owners advertising overnight stays online, saying local laws did not allow room-sharing services outside of regulations for bed and breakfasts, which were only allowed to operate in historic properties.

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.

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