TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1995
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.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 1995
Parts of a secret report on the crash of Fairchild's last B-52 must be released before the trial of a former commander can begin, a military judge ruled Friday. Col. James Van Orsdol said he expected a decision from Air Force officials by April 18 on releasing some 50 pages from the report.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1995
Congress may be headed for a fight over money for a wheat research center at Washington State University. The Senate wants to keep $426,000 for the center in an upcoming spending bill, Sens. Slade Gorton and Patty Murray said Thursday.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1995
A military judge wants parts of a secret investigation into last June's fatal B-52 crash given to attorneys defending the officer held responsible for the accident. The decision on whether to release the information from a confidential report will be made by Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall. If Widnall refuses, the court-martial of Col. William Pellerin on charges of dereliction of duty could be dropped, an Air Force spokesman said.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 1995
People calling for cuts in federal spending may want to take this pop quiz. Do federal taxpayers spend more in Washington state on nuclear contractors or widows and orphans? More on military equipment or food stamps?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 1995
Spokane business and government leaders aren't relaxing even though Fairchild was among bases rated highest by Air Force evaluators. Leaders of a special "Keep Fairchild Flying" task force said Tuesday some old or incorrect information still could cause the West Plains base to be considered for closure.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1995
The court-martial of a high-ranking Air Force officer is being delayed indefinitely because defense attorneys want to read a secret report on the fatal crash of Fairchild's last B-52. Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall has "asserted secretarial privilege and declined to release the safety report," a spokesman for the 12th Air Force said Thursday.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1995
Spokane residents will get a chance to choose a presidential candidate three times before the 1996 general election. That's a record for a community that in the past assiduously avoided early involvement in the presidential process.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1995
Presidential candidates are expected to visit Spokane in October to take part in a nationally televised debate on environmental issues. The debate, scheduled for Oct. 22 in the Ag Trade Center, is part of City Vote, a national straw poll that will be the first ballot-box test for White House "wannabes." Candidates' names will appear on Nov. 7 municipal ballots in participating cities.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1995
Congress lost its best chance yet to get the discipline it needs to stem the flow of red ink, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig said shortly after the Balanced Budget Amendment went down to a narrow defeat.S "Last November's election was a loud cry from the American people about the arrogance of power. By one vote this time, that power hung on," said Republican Craig, a longtime supporter of the amendment.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1995
Washington state and Idaho would come out winners in the Pentagon's plans to move its troops around and close some bases. Montana would be a loser. No bases in Washington or Idaho will close if a special commission agrees with the Defense Department's plans to shrink and realign its facilities around the nation.
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 1995
Spokane business and political leaders were pleased Monday with early reports of military bases the Pentagon wants to close. Fairchild Air Force Base isn't on a preliminary list of targeted bases published over the weekend by the New York Times.
SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 1995
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 1995
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 1995
John Allen, Ex-Fairchild wing commander
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 1995
Rep. George Nethercutt signed on Wednesday to repeal a key piece of labor legislation that controls wages on federal projects. Repeal of the 64-year-old Davis-Bacon Act would help save money and cut the federal deficit, the Spokane Republican contends. "I look at it as a cost-saving measure," Nethercutt said of his cosponsorship of HR500, one of six GOP bills to which he is adding his name. "Everybody has to engage in some sacrifice as we try to deal with this debt and deficit."
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 1995
President Clinton wants to close the Spokane Bureau of Mines office, revamp the Northwest's largest electricity producer, spend more money on saving salmon and keep farm programs at current levels. But Washington members of Congress who serve on budget committees say the odds are against Clinton getting things exactly as he wants.
SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 1995
Supporters of a popular marksmanship program say Eastern Washington University jumped the gun by closing the school's indoor rifle range because of lead poisoning fears. EWU safety officials say the critics should hold their fire until next week, when they'll have a chance to explain the problem and the possible solutions. "There's a very high potential for exposure" to lead, said Barbara Skyles, the university's environmental health and safety officer. "We have to protect people."
The federal government may be forced to commit the ultimate act of cruelty to the wolves it brought from Canada to Idaho and Wyoming - hunt them down and kill them, a lawyer for a group opposing the program said Friday. "The government rushed to judgment on these wolves," William Pendley, president of Mountain States Legal Foundation, said at a news conference. The foundation and other organizations tried unsuccessfully to block the wolf recovery program in federal court.
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 1995
Fairchild Air Force Base stands a good chance of staying off the list of military facilities the Pentagon wants to close, Spokane business and political leaders said Monday. But a federal panel might consider closing the West Plains base anyway.
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 1995
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 1995
Ed Mitchell tried to get his rights to own a gun back this week by breaking new legal ground. He didn't get very far. He'll have to wait a little longer to see if he is "rehabilitated" from his 14-year-old misdemeanor conviction for simple assault.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 1995
President Clinton sounded like a Republican during much of his state of the union address Tuesday night, Idaho's congressional delegation said. Talk of less government, tax cuts and a line item veto were welcome and familiar GOP themes, said the state's all-Republican contingent.
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 1995
Misako Egner listens to her daughter Diane talk on a speaker phone. Photo by Molly O'Hara/The Spokesman-Review
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 1995
Hundreds of Washington residents are committing felonies every day by hunting, targetshooting or carrying their guns. And most don't even know it. Some, such as a 30-year-old government worker, will find out when they complete the paperwork required to buy a handgun.