May 20, 1996 in Nation/World

Public Periscope

Compiled By Jim Camden From Staf
 
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A policy is a policy … well, maybe

When Spokane Police officials castigate the rank and file in the department newsletter for griping about such things as the chief’s travel schedule, it is not - repeat NOT the official police policy. Unless of course, they explicitly say so, in which case it is … The department has decided to clear up any misunderstandings that may have resulted from a column by Capt. Chuck Bown in an earlier newsletter. The Bown column, mentioned on March 18 in Public Periscope and questioned by members of the city council Public Safety Committee, urged other cops to be team players like the Dallas Cowboys. They should not publicly air those opinions, for the good of the team, er, department … Recent newsletters now carry a disclaimer box at the bottom of the front page, saying the opinions expressed are the writers’ own, “unless explicitly so indicated.” This made Councilman Chris Anderson, a member of the committee, say the department brass seem “a bit touchy,” and wonder whether the city should spend money on the newsletter.

A get-well note

We didn’t have time to get a card, but wanted to note that Nancy Nethercutt, mother of Eastern Washington’s congressman, is recovering at home after undergoing bypass surgery.

Could you be a bit more specific?

Spokane Councilman Mike Brewer referred to county commissioners as a “pack of thieves” during a discussion about plans for the north-south freeway. “That’s kind of a euphemism,” said Mayor Jack Geraghty. “We’re among friends here,” said Councilwoman Roberta Greene.

Stumping for Slade

An environmental group at Dartmouth University - we’re told it is a definite minority within that student body - offered Sen. Slade Gorton an award last week. The group doesn’t like the Timber Salvage Rider that became law last year and opened up some national forest land to logging. They awarded alum Gorton, who introduced the rider, a stump. In absentia, since Gorton obviously had better things to do.

Anyone know what this means?

The bureaucratic quote of the week comes from Spokane County’s proposed new sewer plan: “As discussed previously, final population assignments for GMA from Washington State CTED were not available for preparation of the CWMP Interim Update.”

Would fewer justices equal less justice?

What do you think about reducing the state Supreme Court from nine justices to seven? Think it would hurt the court’s geographic, ethnic or gender diversity? A special committee that is looking at a possible downsizing will be in Spokane to listen at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ridpath Hotel … Voters approved a constitutional amendment that would let the Legislature make that cut, and Chief Justice Barbara Durham named a panel to study the effects and issue a report in July.

A chance to be heard

State Rep. Lisa Brown has a series of town hall meetings the next two Wednesdays to discuss the late (not so great) legislative session. This Wednesday she’ll be at Audubon Elementary School, 2020 W. Carlisle at 5 p.m., and the downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main, at 7 p.m. … On May 29, she’ll be at Rogers High School library, 1622 E. Wellesley, at 5 p.m.

, DataTimes MEMO: Public Periscope, published Mondays, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports.

This sidebar appeared with the story: HOT TOPICS Tuesday: Hearing examiner discusses a proposal to build a 125-foot antenna for cellular communications on the southeast corner of Fairmont Memorial Park. 9 a.m., second floor, City Hall. Wednesday: City Plan Commission discusses a route for the Centennial Trail downstream from Latah Creek, then holds hearings on sewer, water and street plans and on the sandwich board sign ordinance in downtown. Briefing at noon, hearings at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., second floor, City Hall.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports

Public Periscope, published Mondays, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports.

This sidebar appeared with the story: HOT TOPICS Tuesday: Hearing examiner discusses a proposal to build a 125-foot antenna for cellular communications on the southeast corner of Fairmont Memorial Park. 9 a.m., second floor, City Hall. Wednesday: City Plan Commission discusses a route for the Centennial Trail downstream from Latah Creek, then holds hearings on sewer, water and street plans and on the sandwich board sign ordinance in downtown. Briefing at noon, hearings at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., second floor, City Hall.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports

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