A coalition hoping to make universal health care a reality will sponsor a public forum and discussion Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The grass-roots effort began in Spokane in 2011 when a women’s book club read T.R. Reid’s book “The Healing of America” – an analysis of how some industrialized nations provide health care to all their citizens while the United States does not.
Reid has spoken in Spokane twice since then. And the club is now collaborating with other groups hoping to achieve universal health care in the United States.
The forum will feature representatives from Health Care for All – Washington. The discussion will be at St. John’s Cathedral in the Jewett House hall, 127 E. 12th Ave. in Spokane. For more information, go to www.healthcareforallwa .org; RSVP by emailing SpokaneHealthCare @gmail.com.
Driver, 50, killed in crash into pole
A 50-year-old man died when the car he was driving crashed into a power pole in Spokane Valley Wednesday night.
His 30-year-old passenger received minor injuries, a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.
The car had been headed west on Sprague when it crashed into the power pole on the northeast corner of the intersection with Fancher Road just before midnight. Medics tried to save the driver, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt, but his passenger was wearing one.
Alcohol or drugs were apparently involved, the release said.
Idaho-Wyoming earthquake barely felt
BOISE – A small earthquake jolted parts of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming late Wednesday.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor, measured at 3.6 magnitude, occurred on the Idaho side of the Idaho-Wyoming border.
The nearest city is Afton, Wyo., about 14 miles from the epicenter. Afton police say officers felt the quake but there were no reports of damage.
Police in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, both about 60 miles from the epicenter, said the quake went mostly unnoticed.
Stolen car driven to victim’s work
KENNEWICK – A Kennewick woman whose car was stolen from her apartment complex saw the stolen SUV hours later in the drive-through of the McDonald’s restaurant where she works.
The Tri-City Herald reported Virginia Maiden called police Tuesday, and officers arrested the driver, a 22-year-old Kennewick woman, at the restaurant.
Police also found clothes in the car that had been stolen from department stores.
Copper River salmon coming to Seattle
SEATAC, Wash. – An annual rite of spring in Seattle – the arrival of the first planeload of Copper River salmon from Cordova, Alaska – is scheduled this morning at Sea-Tac Airport.
A few of the first fish will hit the grill in a cook-off of local chefs near the Alaska Air Cargo warehouse.
Joining the competition this year is Master Sgt. Robert Schulman, a 31-year Air Force Reserve chef representing the 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Copper River salmon are prized for their high oil content and flavor. They typically bring the highest prices at restaurants and fish markets.