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  • Family ties taking a tumble

    With 23 months left on her prison sentence for drug-related crimes, Saturday likely was the last time Chanel Trim will hold her 4-year-old daughter until her release. Like all inmates …


  • Pine Lodge inmates cling to families

    With 23 months left on her prison sentence for drug-related crimes, Saturday likely was the last time Chanel Trim will hold her 4-year-old daughter until her release. Like all inmates …


  • Pine Lodge choristers sing on as closure nears

    It’s Monday evening after dinner and Nancy Klingman is getting her choir students together. This night there’s one unusual problem: about half the choir is missing. Why? Because Klingman is …


  • Budget plan gets OK

    OLYMPIA – Democrats in the Legislature filled a $2.8 billion gap in the state operating budget with an array of new taxes, spending cuts and money from Uncle Sam. Despite …


  • Case to close Pine Lodge hasn’t been made yet

    The closing of Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women was initially intriguing. The state needs to save money. The county and city might be able to use the site for …


  • John Higgins

    The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved a resolution last week opposing any new jail in the city. City officials also have threatened legal action if Spokane County or the …


  • State ignoring own report on Pine Lodge issue

    OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …


  • Medical Lake fights jail proposal

    Tired of feeling ignored, the Medical Lake City Council tonight will consider opposing any new corrections operation in the city. “Everybody has a say about whether a jail goes into …


  • Doug Clark: In this fight, leaders take no prisoners

    Seems like every bureaucrat in the region has come down with a gibbering case of Hoosegow Fever. Spokane city leaders, Spokane County commissioners, police officials, current one-term mayors. … They’re …


  • Medical Lake leaders object

    Medical Lake city officials said Friday they want the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women and no other prison. If state officials close Pine Lodge as suggested by Gov. Chris …


  • Pine Lodge underlines city-county relationship

    Spokane city and county officials discovered by chance this week that they were kicking the tires of the same jalopy, also known as the Pine Lodge Corrections Center. Pine Lodge, …


  • Spokane County, city eye joint use of Pine Lodge facilities for jail

    Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane. State …


  • Pine Lodge joins jail site list

    Spokane County’s list of 10 possible sites for a new jail has an unofficial No. 11: the state’s Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake. The women’s prison is among …


  • Gregoire looks for balance in new budget

    Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


  • Doug Clark: Pine Lodge inmates just want to stay there

    ’Tis the season for wishes and dreams, of course. But the letters I received from three women last week didn’t contain any conventional holiday hopes. All they want for Christmas …


  • Gregoire offers initial budget

    OLYMPIA – Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare …


  • Clark: For a day, prison is fun and games

    You’d think a guy with my shady reputation wouldn’t have any difficulty getting into prison. But entering Pine Lodge Corrections Center Saturday morning took a bit of red tape.

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