SUNDAY, JAN. 14, 1996
Mayor Jack Geraghty probably won't get many arguments from the City Council over his call to overhaul the city's management and combine some services with the county. But what can be combined, and how things will be overhauled, may generate more debate. Councilwoman Phyllis Holmes suggested the city needs to develop a new concept of assigning jobs.
SATURDAY, JAN. 13, 1996
Rep. George Nethercutt exchanges pleasantries with two protesters outside the Ripath Hotel on Friday. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
THURSDAY, JAN. 11, 1996
Rep. Helen Chenoweth chats with Dell Guyaz, who came to Boise for her campaign fund-raiser sans Gingrich. Photo by Associated Press
TUESDAY, JAN. 9, 1996
Furloughed federal workers around the Northwest returned Monday to a blizzard of mail, phone messages, unfilled orders and deadlines - only to confront a new problem. A blizzard in Washington, D.C., kept many of their superiors off the job and unable to answer questions about the effects of back-to-work legislation approved over the weekend. The federal government has money for paychecks. But it doesn't necessarily have all the money for normal operations or for anything new.
Aeromed, the company that operates the plane that crashed as it was landing at Spokane International Airport, is a relative newcomer to air ambulance service. The twin-engine Cessna 401 is apparently the company's only plane, according to Dick Bogard, who rents the company office space at the Richland airport. The company has quarters for its crew in Kennewick, Bogard said, and keeps its plane at the Pasco airport. One of the company's owners, David Brooks, also serves as a pilot.
MONDAY, JAN. 8, 1996
Federal employees may be back on the payroll as early as today, at least temporarily. But if Congress and President Clinton reach another impasse over a balanced budget, a Spokane-based bank said it will offer no-cost loans to federal workers. Washington Trust Bank announced Friday it would loan federal workers in Washington and North Idaho as much as a month's net pay if they are either furloughed or receiving smaller paychecks. The loans would be interest-free, with no fees for processing.
SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 1996
A suggestion floated during a PBS news program may have helped break the federal budget impasse Friday, Rep. George Nethercutt said. Appearing with four other freshman House members on "The News hour with Jim Lehrer" on Thursday evening, Nethercutt, R-Wash., offered an idea he thought had merit. Why not pass a continuing resolution - a temporary spending measure - that takes effect if President Clinton proposes the type of balanced budget that Republicans are demanding?
The Salair cargo plane that crashed as it approached Spokane International Airport had enough fuel to make it to the runway, a federal investigator said Friday. The Convair 440 was experiencing engine and fuel problems, but wasn't out of fuel, Jeff Guzzetti of the National Transportation Safety Board said.
THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 1996
Employees at the U.S. Bureau of Mines are wondering if things can get much worse. "It's tough losing your job and being threatened with furlough and getting half a paycheck," said Richard Grabowski, chief of the Western Field Operations Center in Spokane. "Do they want to kick my dog next?" The agency is supposed to go out of existence Monday, and because of that, all workers were exempted from the current furloughs. They have been busy getting records ready for transfer to other agencies.
The Idaho congressional delegation hammered away at President Clinton Wednesday as Republicans tried to regain some high ground in the budget impasse. Reps. Helen Chenoweth and Mike Crapo both voted to override Clinton's vetoes of two spending bills - moves most Republicans acknowledged were mostly symbolic and had little chance to pass. "If the president had not vetoed those bills, there would be no shutdown," Chenoweth said after the two overrides failed.
Members of Congress from Washington state played the blame game but sounded hopeful Wednesday that the budget impasse would be solved in the coming days. They expressed sympathy for federal workers who are receiving less than half their paychecks this week. Those workers could receive no pay in mid-January, even though they remain on the job, if some agreement isn't reached before then. In Spokane, that includes hundreds of employees of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, the Bureau of Mines, the Geological Survey and several other agencies.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 1996
Dr. Guillermo Rubio chats with a patient Tuesday at the VA Medical Center, where staff members are receiving half pay during the government shutdown. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review
SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 1995
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A Spokane boy who grew up to be a national hero. A schoolgirl who never made it to the last day of class. Another schoolgirl who taught Spokane about AIDS. A revolution at the ballot box that moved on to the halls of government.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27, 1995
An $11.3 million remodeling at the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital is creating a unique contract between the military and Sacred Heart Medical Center. Air Force doctors and nurses will perform surgery at Sacred Heart for much of next year while part of the base hospital is closed for renovation.
FRIDAY, DEC. 22, 1995
There's no split between Republican House freshmen and their leaders over the handling of the budget negotiations, Rep. George Nethercutt said Thursday. "The tail isn't wagging the dog. The dog is one unit," the Spokane Republican told a Downtown Rotary Club luncheon group. "We're being more reasonable than we're being portrayed." But House Republicans won't back off of the commitment to balance the budget in seven years, using economic figures from the Congressional Budget Office, he said.
Veterans who receive pension checks or disability payments will have to wait at least an extra day for their money this month. Maybe longer. The checks are a casualty of the budget dispute between President Clinton and Congress. Due shortly after the first of the year to about 20,000 veterans or their widows or children in the Spokane area, the payments may not arrive until after the first of the year.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20, 1995
Gov. Lowry says tax cut is negotiable. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review
SUNDAY, DEC. 17, 1995
UNPUBLISHED CORRECTION: The name of Evel Knievel is spelled incorrectly in this story.
TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 1995
Republican legislators will propose a major overhaul of the state's welfare system next year, requiring people who are able to work to sign contracts that will move them off public assistance. "We want to change dependence into opportunity," said state Sen. John Moyer of Spokane. But a welfare-rights activist said the GOP's "POWER Plan" fails to address the real causes of poverty.
FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 1995
1. Bill Paulukonis listens as fellow veterans talks about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Third-graders from Metaline Falls, Wash., got a closeup look at Uncle Sam on Thursday during a visit to Spokane's Cheney Cowles Museum. The class looked at the World War II poster exhibit. Appropriately, they visited on the 54th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 1995
John Logan is the new mayor of Spangle by the luck of the draw. Just barely.
SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 1995
There's no money in the Defense Department's 1996 budget for Bosnia, no matter what the president suggests, U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt said Friday. The Spokane Republican, who serves on a House subcommittee that writes the Pentagon budget, said Clinton will have to take money from training funds to pay for the U.S. troops he plans to send to Bosnia. While that's not unprecedented, it does suggest the administration will have to ask Congress for more money next year to pay for training the troops will need, Nethercutt said.
THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 1995
Jay Inslee announces his candidacy for governor Wednesday. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 1995
Karen Clancy is torn between two realities about Bosnia. The Spokane day-care operator is a single mother with an 18-year-old son training to be an Army medical supply specialist. Due home for Christmas, he's already being warned to be ready to go to the Balkans.