When Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell urged their bosses in the CIA to halt the waterboarding of a terrorism suspect in 2002, they were pressured to keep going, according depositions in a federal lawsuit. “They kept telling me every day a nuclear bomb was going to be exploded in the United States, and that because I told them to stop I had lost my nerve, and it was going to be my fault if I didn’t continue,” said Jessen, one of two former Fairchild Air Force Base psychologists who helped develop and implement the post-9/11 torture program from their offices in downtown Spokane.
Several residents of the Palouse found their adventurous spirit Tuesday in the wilderness of the Idler’s Rest Nature Preserve, about 6 miles northeast of Moscow, trading the comfort of their air-conditioned homes for the fresh, open landscape. The hike was sponsored by Palouse Land Trust.
The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion that would threaten medical care for thousands of veterans in the coming months. Under repeated questioning, VA Secretary David Shulkin acknowledged the department may need emergency funds.
Though they are no longer able to play music, a collection of dilapidated string instruments have been given a new look and purpose from several Gig Harbor artists as part of a fundraiser for local youth. The Painted Violins fundraiser auction is being organized by Altrusa International of Gig Harbor to raise money for its scholarship fund for the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, said Nancy Hohenstein, Altrusa president.
A conservative group wants to let Montana voters decide whether transgender people must use public restrooms and locker rooms designated for their gender at birth – a move that could thrust the state into the national debate over transgender rights. The Montana Family Foundation launched its campaign to place the matter on next year’s fall ballot after lawmakers declined to do so.
Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, tips off at 8 a.m. Saturday for two-days of street ball competition. Many of the downtown Spokane streets will be closed to accommodate the basketball courts and tens of thousands of players, families and friends that are expected to fill them.
Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana was sworn in Wednesday. While his arrest last month on assault charges made national and even international news, Gianforte said he was greeted “very warmly” by colleagues in both parties.
After months of pleading for funding from other government and private sources, Spokane has agreed to commit more than half a million dollars to fully fund a 24 hour shelter system for the rest of 2017.
On the first day of summer, the parking lot at Central Valley High School is already packed by 9 a.m., but instead of big yellow school buses dropping off the collected students from the school district, on this June morning the buses have trekked in from both far and farther. Buses from Idaho are numerous and license plates from Montana are many.