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Jim Camden

Jim Camden

Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1995

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1995

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 1995

News >  Nation/World

Bipartisan Group Seeks Probe

Spurred by Susan Brigham and other members of the slain psychiatrist's family, Sen. Patty Murray is leading a bipartisan group of lawmakers in demanding the Air Force explain how the tragedy occurred. The group also wants some proof changes are being made. "We have concluded that significant mistakes were made and that the Air Force missed important opportunities in their handling of the Mellberg case," the 13 lawmakers wrote in a letter last week to Defense Secretary William Perry.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1995

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1995

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1995


News >  Nation/World

Lawmakers Seek Mellberg Investigation Bipartisan Group Wants To Know Why Air Force Had Released Fairchild Gunman Without Treatment

The Department of Defense should conduct a full-scale investigation into events leading to the shooting of 26 people by a deranged airman at Fairchild Air Force Base last summer, more than a dozen members of Congress say. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and a bipartisan group from the House and the Senate want an explanation of how Dean Mellberg stayed in the Air Force so long after being diagnosed as dangerous, was given access to records he used to target the doctors who had recommended his discharge, then was released without a treatment plan.

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1995

News >  Spokane

Fairchild Escapes This Round Of Base Closures List Compiled By Federal Panel Does Not Include Any Bases In The State

Fairchild Air Force Base is all but certain to escape closure this year as the nation continues to scale back its military. A special federal panel compiled a list Wednesday of bases it wants to compare to the bases the Pentagon wants to close or shrink. Fairchild isn't on that list, or the earlier one from the Defense Department. "We believe that on this round we are in the clear," said Rich Hadley, president of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, which was prepared to spend up to $175,000 in a fight to keep Fairchild open. "It's a great feeling."

MONDAY, MAY 8, 1995

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1995

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1995

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1995

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1995


THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1995

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 1995

News >  Spokane

Fairchild Crash Report Secrecy Lifted While Perhaps Unprecedented, The Release Of Information Is Highly Restricted

The Air Force is giving portions of a secret report to the attorneys for the former Fairchild officer facing court-martial over the crash of the base's last B-52. Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall said Tuesday attorneys for Col. William Pellerin should receive parts of the confidential Safety Board Report of the June 24 crash that killed the four-man crew last year.

News >  Spokane

Nethercutt Recounts Gop Actions

Congress is tackling America's problems by cutting the federal government and strengthening families, U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt said Tuesday night. Along the way, it may trade the current income tax system for a flat rate tax, the freshman Republican told a crowd of about 275 people at North Central High during his first town hall meeting in Spokane.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 1995

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 1995

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1995


News >  Spokane

Gorton: Streamline Species Act

The U.S. secretary of the interior should decide how - or even whether - to save endangered plants and animals from extinction, U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton said Tuesday. The Republican senator said his upcoming rewrite of the Endangered Species Act would clarify the politics of handling questions such as how to save the northern spotted owl and the Snake River salmon.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1995

News >  Nation/World

Local Lawmakers Hail Speedy Work

Helen Chenoweth had her doubts when she signed the "Contract With America" during last fall's campaign, the Idaho Republican representative admitted Thursday. She believed proposals such as term limits, a balanced budget amendment and welfare reform were worthwhile and would be passed if Republicans controlled the House. But promising to vote on everything in the first 100 days?

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1995

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1995

News >  Spokane

Wppss May Have Violated Safety Rules At Hanford N-Plant

Washington state's only commercial nuclear plant may have violated safety rules, a federal agency said Monday. Inspectors for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they found four possible violations this year at a reactor operated by the Washington Public Power Supply System on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The possible violations revolve around the emergency ventilation system at WPPSS No. 2 control room, which is supposed to make sure that plant operators have a safe area during an emergency.