SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2019
Greg Deckard, chairman and president of State Bank Northwest, doesn’t do business with marijuana companies. But he argued before members of Congress that a bill that would shield his bank from a federal regulatory crackdown should be extended to banks, like his, in states where the drug has been legalized.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2019
Another $634,000 was approved for construction of the new pavilion building and surrounding grounds Thursday, as the attraction inches closer to a planned fall opening. Park officials say the now $23.6 million price tag for the project has been planned for and is not drawing funds from other projects in Riverfront Park’s redevelopment.
Riverfront Park’s biggest attractions will now be known as the Numerica Skate Ribbon and SkyRide after the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department approved their first title sponsorship agreement, which will bring in almost $1 million over the course of a decade.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2019
The city of Spokane, Spokane County and Coeur d’Alene have all outfitted some of their snow removal equipment with the hydraulic devices that are intended to prevent berms in front of driveways. How many are out there, where are they used and what should homeowners do to maximize their effectiveness?
TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2019
The outspoken head coach of the Cougars football team provided more details in a Twitter post late Tuesday about a class he’s been pondering teaching on the Palouse. The course would be open to current WSU students, but wouldn’t be for college credit. University officials are finalizing details for the course.
Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Central Valley and Mead are among the school districts that declared snow days on Tuesday.
MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2019
With temperatures expected to rise over the next couple days, the snow that falls likely will be wetter and heavier than the light, fluffy powder we’ve seen so far.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2019
The mayor spoke about areas of agreement between the executive and legislative branches of government and how investments made now on streets, police and housing should pay dividends for generations.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2019
But the Republican congresswoman continued her criticism of stricter federal regulations for internet service providers, saying consumer protections could be achieved without returning to the regulatory framework Democrats have asked for.
Washington Trust Bank at the corner of Wall Street and First Avenue has shut off all outdoor power after a man reported his dog was electrocuted Tuesday. The incident bears a resemblance to other pet injuries and deaths nationwide due to “stray voltage,” which can be caused by underground sidewalk heaters and the resulting pools of melting snow and ice.
Daniel Rose, a self-avowed confronter of socialists in Bonner County, has the backing of the Idaho Attorney General in a constitutional squabble with the rural health care provider. The hospital says it is meeting demands to allow taxpayer-funded operations to continue at the 25-bed facility in Sandpoint.
TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2019
President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for a physical barrier on the border with Mexico, and recent state-level action in Virginia and New York have brought the issue of abortion back to the forefront.
The bishop’s writing is drawn from Catholic canonical law, but local lawmakers said Monday they found the statement divisive as several states across the country re-examine their laws governing abortion with a conservative Supreme Court on the bench.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019
Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane County. The last time that occurred was during an outbreak of the mumps two winters ago.
TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2019
A ballot initiative that would empower Spokane city employees to participate in the enforcement of immigration laws was dealt another blow Tuesday, just two days after
MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2019
Ryan Crocker, a former top diplomat to the Bush and Obama administrations, said a proposed deal with the Taliban to remove U.S. forces from the country amounted to “basically negotiating a surrender.” But the talks could bring peace to a country that hasn’t experienced it in four decades dating back to Soviet occupation, others said.
The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency and empower consumers. But the posted figures aren’t what a patient is likely to pay out of pocket and the system isn’t user-friendly, say advocates for patients, hospitals and insurance providers.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2019
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is proposing taking more steps to regulate the hundreds of retailers offering vapor products in the state. The rules are designed to make clearer the monetary penalties for selling to minors, failing to seek licensure from the state and offering products that containing an extract of cannabis.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2019
While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they hoped the deal would ease the suffering for the state’s thousands of federal workers, they do not see eye-to-eye on the need for greater security at the U.S./Mexico border, the issue that could plunge the country back into a shutdown in mid-February.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2019
Cip Paulsen, the former federal inmate who obtained one of the county’s first licenses to legally grow marijuana, had his business stripped by the courts in November. A bid to take it back was shot down Tuesday, though Paulsen has other legal options available.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2019
The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an example for other private businesses in town to expand their workforce, said Mayor David Condon.
The congresswoman told reporters Friday that the partial government shutdown, now concluding its fourth week, provided an opportunity for lawmakers to strike a deal on border security and immigration reform, even as party leaders in Washington D.C. appear far apart on a compromise.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
Three Eastern Washington offices of the Farm Service Agency will reopen Thursday, Friday and Tuesday to assist producers and ranchers with existing loans and tax preparation amid the partial government shutdown, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced Wednesday.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2019
Insurance coverage backed by the NRA that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday. The policies were dubbed “murder insurance” by gun control activists.
The head football coach at WSU tweeted what appeared to be a fully realized syllabus Sunday night for the course, which he first teased in late November. Michael Baumgartner, the former state senator and current Spokane County treasurer, confirmed he’d been working with Leach on the course layout and believed the course would bring a fresh perspective to the study of nontraditional warfare, and how to counter it.