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Shawn Vestal: Spokane deserves classier motto, like ‘Keep Spokane Kind of Gross’

From torn-up roads, to large infrastructure and park projects, to that one looming crane, Spokane is entering a construction season that marks the way the city is changing distinctly.


Shawn Vestal: A new generation keeps the spirit of local journalism alive

The third issue of the city’s newest newspaper was put to bed this week, full of stories from the staff of enterprising young – emphasis on


Shawn Vestal: Tim Eyman is still at it

Take that for good or for ill, but among the many things you might say about Tim Eyman you have to give him that.


Shawn Vestal: Eichstaedt steps down, but leaves a legacy of civic improvements

Try and picture the legal and political landscape of Spokane without the Center for Justice. On issue after issue, it is almost impossible to imagine the same results without the …


Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system

We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …


Shawn Vestal: The state of Liberty may not have a shot, but it’s heady fiction

As the concept of an Eastern Washington “Liberty State” – a far-right fantasyland of God, guns and free-cattle-grazing envisioned by Spokane Valley conservatives – evolves from a bad 100-year-old idea …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The Spokane torture case keeps its secrets about Haspel

Gina Haspel, a CIA officer who worked with the Spokane torture team of James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, has said something about the Bush administration’s post-9/11 interrogation program that few …


Shawn Vestal: Spiering, Spokane’s wagon master, wants new park art to endure

Everyone’s got an opinion, it seems, about the new sculpture commissioned for Riverfront Park. Some think it’s a clever and creative design from an esteemed artist that will eventually become …


Shawn Vestal: Who pays when the patient can’t? Two states, two approaches, but only one answer

As the number of people without health insurance begins to climb again, it’s worth remembering a baseline question in health care: Who pays when the patient can’t?


Shawn Vestal: Before Trump handed her a trophy, she handed him a message

Mandy Manning showed up at the White House with a batch of letters for the president.


Shawn Vestal: New law requires – eventually – more transparency in WSU sports deficits

The new era of transparency in athletics spending is here at Washington State University, sort of, but it’s off to a vague start.


Shawn Vestal: When it comes to budgets, bottom lines don’t lie

Budgets, people in politics like to say, are moral documents. They reveal values clearly when the rhetoric doesn’t.


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal, back in the eye of the camera

DaShawn Bedford grew up in Spokane, graduated from Rogers High, and taught himself video production. He’s 37, African-American, raising three kids – and his take on Rachel Dolezal is complicated.


Shawn Vestal: Support the North Monroe project – have breakfast or get a haircut

Businesses along North Monroe could use some extra customers during these next few months with the big road reconstruction project now underway.


Shawn Vestal: Nethercutt looks back on his time as a ‘giant killer’

George Nethercutt’s victory over Tom Foley in 1994 was a stunner, and presaged a wave of Republican victories across the country. Now, his successor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, faces the …


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers has troubles with the truth on pre-existing conditions

If it’s April, it must be time for Cathy McMorris Rodgers to start telling whoppers about health care.


Preventing teen suicide: How to help

Teens often turn to their peers when thoughts of suicide cross their minds, but everyone has a role to play. Here are some of the warning signs to look out …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: King coverage seems to be a yearly write-up, but the truth on race is deeper

Walter Kendricks remembers that he was at a Boy Scouts meeting in Lorain, Ohio, when he heard. Otis Manning recalls his mother hearing the news in their Seattle home, on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Phil Tyler fallout expands to complaints from jail staff

Sheriff seeks investigations into Phil Tyler’s tenure as a jail officer amid complaints of harassment.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: ‘We’re really tired of sitting around waiting for the adults’

Like everyone else in their generation, today’s students grew up in the shadow of the mass shootings. Wednesday, teens across Spokane are protesting that it’s time for change.


Shawn Vestal: A reckoning at the gun lobby’s Maginot Line

Twenty years ago, a blip of a debate surfaced among the camps of the gun lobby regarding legislation in Olympia.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: WSU students step up, fund Evergreen print edition

Here’s something you don’t hear every day in the journalism world: Print wins!


Shawn Vestal: Surely Spokane needs a better name for new bridge

The names proposed for Spokane’s new bridge – with the exception of a proposal to use Salish for “Spokane Way,” – are dispiriting illustrations of how a government committee can …


Shawn Vestal: A feeling of the future in the lights of downtown Spokane

Spokane’s evenings have sure gotten a lot more colorful. The Steam Plant towers blaze nightly. The Grand Hotel and the Fox and the old Masonic Temple glow in changing hues. …


Shawn Vestal: Coincidence gave flight to Expo butterflies

In fall 1973, Eric Grohe was a young graphic artist working in New York City when he returned home for a visit to Seattle. “I ran into Brent Blake, literally …


Shawn Vestal: Groups say prosecutor’s policy punishes refugees, legal immigrants

A group of local leaders has asked Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to reconsider a provision in some case-resolution agreements that could inadvertently impose life-wrecking consequences on refugees and legal …


Shawn Vestal: Idaho schools should teach science, ignore legislators

By stripping the truth about climate change from educational science standards, the members of the Idaho House Education Committee have equated established scientific knowledge with overconfident ignorance, columnist Shawn Vestal …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 7:11 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Another shooting, another wave of paralyzing congressional sorrow

Congress is super, super sad right now, you guys. Their hearts are broken. Their grief is boundless. Their minds are reeling.


Shawn Vestal: Feds injection of uncertainty into state pot industry stunts business growth

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the feds’ take-it-easy policy on pot prosecutions, he threw a ton of uncertainty into Washington’s marijuana industry.


From cradle to Maeve: A Spokane fire captain’s long road to transition

For decades, John Griffith was, to the outside world at least, an ordinary guy: a veteran of the Air Force, captain in the Spokane Fire Department, a husband and a …