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Wednesday, October 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Coverage of Gonzaga’s 2019 second-round opponent, the Bears of Baylor University

Fairleigh Dickinson

Coverage of Gonzaga’s 2019 first-round opponent, the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University

The Zags of Las Vegas

Gonzaga's ties to southern Nevada are much deeper than just being the Bulldogs' second home court. During the West Coast Conference Tournament, Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley introduces you to the "Zags of Las Vegas"

2019 WCC Tournaments

Coverage of the 2019 men's and women's West Coast Conference basketball tournaments in Las Vegas.

2018 Year in review

As the year comes to a close, The Spokesman-Review looks back on the stories that defined 2018.

2018 Apple Cup

The 2018 Apple Cup college football game between the No. 16 Washington Huskies and the No. 7 Washington State Cougars takes place on Friday, Nov. 19 at Martin Stadium in Pullman. You can watch the game on Fox.

2018 Spokane County Interstate Fair

The Spokesman-Review will have their own stage at the 2018 Spokane County Interstate Fair, and we would love for you to join us. Our newsroom has now spent way more than “A Year in the Fields” as we’ve told the stories of the Washington farmer, and we wan

Amazon’s Project Rose

After months of speculation, Amazon confirmed it is the entity behind a huge warehouse planned near the Spokane International Airport.

2018 Parks Section

Parks in the Spokane area range from manicured to wild and often a park will feature both.

Real Estate 2018

Spokane’s housing prices are attracting people to the area. Realtors say they’re seeing young couples priced out of other West Coast markets and retirement-age people who don’t want to deplete their savings. Welcome to our Open House.

UNC Greensboro

Coverage of Gonzaga’s 2018 first-round opponent, the Spartans of UNC Greensboro

2018 WCC Tournaments

The 2018 men's and women's West Coast Conference basketball tournaments in Las Vegas.

Gun Control

From Mead to Lewis and Clark and across the state line to Coeur d’Alene High School, students across the region walked out of school for 17 minutes in a show of solidarity for both the survivors and the lives lost in the Parkland school shooting.
News >  Special Section

Super Bowl LII

The Philadelphia Eagles’ flight from last to first ended with a Lombardi Trophy when they beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Spokane Tribe Casino opening

The Spokane Tribe Casino opens Monday in Airway Heights. Beyond the flash of Vegas-style slot machines and table games lies tribal leaders aspirations for a better future for the 2,900-member tribe.
News >  ID Government

Washington and Idaho legislative primer

When the state legislatures return to session next week, both have looming issues to tackle in 2018. But with different parties in control, the priorities of the two states differ as well. Washington will focus on education funding and climate change, while Idaho is more likely to consider tax cuts and changes to health care policy.

Special Projects

A collection of the Spokesman-Review's special projects and reporting

The Spokane That Never Was

When the City of Spokane sprang from the sudden wealth pulled from the surrounding forests, mountains and rivers by the newly arrived practice of industrial commerce, so did grand visions for its future. Some, like Expo ’74, happened and transformed the city. Some were completed only partly, such as the Olmsted Brothers’ General Plan of the Park System. And some didn’t happen at all. Welcome to the Spokane that never was.

Youth Spotlight

They're all around us: young folks who have accomplished much and are doing great things in their community. It's time to recognize them. Spokane Talks Online and The Spokesman-Review are doing just that.
We're launching Youth Spotlight to feature the good deeds and accomplishments of our teens (and younger) in the Inland Northwest. There will be a monthly article and video story. The video story will be hosted by STO's youngest reporter, Collin Pittmann.
Collin has been doing weekly STO weather reports for a year, and is now taking on this additional responsibility. A high school senior -- ASB president, FFA award-winner, actor -- Collin is an over-achiever himself and the perfect host for this series.
To nominate: If you know of a young high achiever that you would like to see profiled, contact The Spokesman-Review by e-mail at or call (509) 459-5503.

Fox Theater 10th Anniversary

After nearly $31 million in renovations the Fox Theater reopened in 2007. Here's a look back in the first 10 years since the Fox was restored.

Hate Speech / Free Speech

A Gonzaga institute that was the first to study hate 20 years ago held an international conference in October 2017 to have a frank discussion about hate speech.
News >  Crime/Public Safety

Las Vegas shooting

A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

Freeman High School shooting

A sophomore boy brought a rifle and a handgun to Freeman High School just as classes were starting, killing one student and seriously injuring three others, according to witnesses and investigators.

Avista - A Spokane legacy

Formerly the Washington Water Power Co., Avista has been a Spokane mainstay since 1889. On July 19, 2017, Avista announced it was being purchased by Canadian utilities company Hydro One. On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, that deal was rejected.

Airway Heights water contamination

Airway Heights officials are advising residents not to drink or cook with water from city pipes, as it is likely contaminated with chemical runoff from Fairchild Air Force Base.


A yearlong examination of the agriculture industry in the state of Washington.

St. Mary’s Gaels

Coverage of St. Mary's, a familiar foe who also landed in the West region bracket of the NCAA tournament.

South Dakota State

Coverage of Gonzaga's 2017 first-round opponent, the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State University.

Fairchild turns 75

In wartime and peace, the crews of Fairchild Air Force Base have manned missile silos across Eastern Washington during the Cuban Missile Crisis, flown nuclear-armed B-52s at the height of the Cold War, and refueled aircraft for wars ranging from Kuwait in 1990-91 to Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. Here’s a look back at the first 75 years of Fairchild Air Force Base’s storied history.

Doctors of debt

Two Spokane physicians, a husband and wife, have filed a $191 million personal bankruptcy, declaring they may owe money to 8,000 patients, clients and dozens of insurance companies. What is not yet known is how many former patients will argue that Dr. Debra Ravasia owes them money or why, said attorney Dan O’Rourke, who represents the couple.

2016 Idaho Potato Bowl

Coverage of the 2016 Idaho Potato Bowl, Thursday, Dec. 22 at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho. This year's matchup: Idaho Vandals vs. Colorado State Rams. Broadcast: 1 p.m. on ESPN.

2016 Holiday Bowl

Coverage of the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, December 27 at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California. This year's matchup: WSU Cougars vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers. Game time: 4 p.m. Broadcast: ESPN.

Key moments

A collection of Spokesman-Review stories recounting key moments the Gonzaga men's basketball program and its rise to mid-major dominance.

Ski preview 2016

Our region provides an excellent variety of skiing and snowboarding all within a reasonable drive. Our preview gives you a closer look at all five area resorts -- Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, Silver Mountain Resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort.

WSU football troubles

Ongoing coverage: With growing count of felony arrests, the WSU football program is gaining national notoriety off the field. The number of arrests leads the nation, but school officials say an overzealous police department targets players.
Sports >  Outdoors

Go Fishing 2016

Our region provides an excellent variety of skiing and snowboarding all within a reasonable drive. Our preview gives you a closer look at all five area resorts -- Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, Silver Mountain Resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort.

The Pet Shop

We know you love them — whether they’re dogs or cats, goats, birds or pot-bellied pigs. They’re your pets and they’re part of the family. We wanted to create a place for people to share their love for their pets and to find positive news about pets so we created The Pet Shop. Please enjoy the stories and upload your photos to the readers' photo gallery. We will continue to add links to valuable resources for you and your pets. Thanks for participating

College basketball 2014-2015

It’s a year of change in the local college basketball scene, especially at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. The Cougars welcome in veteran coach Ernie Kent who brings his positive style to a basketball program in desperate need of energy and wins. Across the border in Idaho, the Vandals return to their old stomping grounds – the Big Sky Conference to renew old rivalries with the likes of Eastern Washington and Montana. The Whitworth men and Gonzaga women are looking for guards to step in a fill big shoes, but the WSU women and Washington women are loaded in the backcourt. Check out our college basketball special section for all this plus rosters and schedules for every team in the area.
News >  Spokane

Everyday Heroes

They live among us. They’re the givers, the sharers, the good neighbors, the upstanding citizens – the people who take that added step, put in that extra effort to make their community, our community, a better place. Some attract public attention. Most, though, are noticed only by those closest to them and, perhaps, by those who benefit from their actions. But whether they serve as community activists, are committed to animal rescue, take on the role of socially conscious attorneys, or stand as students or teachers who think and act selflessly, they deserve recognition.
News >  Spokane

Never surrender, Never retreat

Reporter Jonathan Brunt follows the Rogers High School football team's fall season. Though the team residing in the state's poorest zip code went winless for the year, they formed an unbreakable brotherhood that they won't ever forget.

Go Fishing 2013

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region’s fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.
Sports >  Outdoors

Hunting 2012

See reports on the record waterfowl season forecast for this season, plus the big changes in elk seasons in Idaho and Washington among other stories in our annual guide to hunting deer, elk, waterfowl, grouse, chukars and more in the Inland Northwest.

Go Fishing 2012

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region’s fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.
Sports >  Outdoors

Hunting 2011

The Inland Northwest guide to hunting deer, elk, waterfowl, grouse, chukars, with special reports and updates on the new four-point whitetail antler restrictions, vehicle restrictions at Mica Peak, non-toxic shot requirements at pheasant release sites and the latest on wolves.
News >  Idaho

Brothers in Arms

In 2006, twin brothers Robert and Matthew Shipp, of Hauser Lake, Idaho, enlisted in the U.S. Marines with dreams of serving their country in Iraq. Former staff writer James Hagengruber and photographer Brian Plonka chronicled the Shipp brothers' stories through boot camp, deployment and service in Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

Go Fishing 2011

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region's fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.


Education news from the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area.

Recruiting 2011

It's one of the biggest days in the college football calendar, but helmets are not required. Today is National Letter of Intent day for college football. Expectations are high as Washington State, Washington, Idaho and Eastern replenish their rosters with high school and junior college standouts. Throughout the day check back here for reactions from coaches and players and the letter of intent lists from the local colleges.
Sports >  Outdoors

Hunting 2010

A guide to hunting deer, elk, waterfowl, grouse, chukars and more in the Inland Northwest, including information about the first hunts allowed at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge.
News >  Washington Voices

Stay and Play

This summer we're reviving a popular feature from 2008: road trips around the Inland Northwest. Every week we'll feature a new destination. Some will be tried and true favorites, and some will be a quirky and different. The destinations will be within a day's drive, out and back, and featured attractions will be either free or very low cost. E-mail Pia Hallenberg with your ideas for future stories.

American Legion Memories

With the American Legion World Series coming to Spokane Aug. 13-17 at Avista Stadium, we asked readers to share some of their Legion memories. We have picked a few to run each week leading up to the World Series.

Go Fishing 2010

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region's fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.
News >  Business

Sterling Financial

Spokane-based Sterling Savings Bank and holding company Sterling Financial Corp. were founded in 1983 by William Zuppe and Harold Gilkey.
News >  Idaho

History of Hate

Racist vandalism and literature continue to crop up in the Inland Northwest nearly a decade after the bankruptcy of the Aryan Nations in North Idaho and the death of its founder, Richard Butler. Beyond the hate, however, the region has its share of stories about groups and individuals who have stood up against racism, such as Tony Stewart and the founding of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. Read more about the issues here.
News >  Spokane

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch

Morning Star Boys' Ranch, a Spokane boys' home, is an institution beloved by many. Others, however, say the ranch was a place where they endured physical and sexual abuse. Follow the investigation here.
News >  Business

RPS development

The River Park Square mall redevelopment was a complicated public-private partnership between the city of Spokane and the mall’s owners, the development companies run by what is now Cowles Co. that ended in lawsuits. Cowles Co., through various subsidiaries and affiliates, also owns The Spokesman-Review, KHQ-TV and the Journal of Business.
News >  Spokane

RPS crash investigation

In April 2006, Jo Savage was killed after her car plunged from the fifth floor of the River Park Square parking garage. Follow this page for the latest stories and documents related to the investigation of Savage's death.
News >  Business

Metropolitan Mortgage

In January 2004, Metropolitan Mortgage declared bankruptcy, taking down with it the fortunes of many investors who placed their trust in the decades-old Spokane company.
News >  Spokane

Otto Zehm

Otto Zehm, a Spokane man with schizophrenia who worked as a janitor, died after a confrontation with police at a North Side Zip Trip store in March 2006.
News >  Business

Kendall Yards

An old railroad yard northwest of downtown Spokane is slated to be transformed into the city's newest neighborhood, with 2,600 new residences and 1 million square feet of commercial space, and a new connection for the Centennial Trail. Follow developments related to this project here.
News >  Idaho

Joseph Duncan

News about the investigation, trial and sentencing of Joseph Edward Duncan for the 2005 kidnap, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Coeur d’Alene; the murders of Dylan’s mother, mother’s fiance and 13-year-old brother; and the kidnapping and molestation of Dylan’s then-8-year-old sister Shasta.
Sports >  Outdoors

Craft Masters

A series devoted to local craftsmen of distinguished outdoor gear. They might have a Web site, but their business comes mostly from word of mouth. Their shops may have a small sign or no sign at all, but floors littered with metal filings or wood shavings advertise the nature of their work. Even in a world obsessed with iPods and all the other glitz in the era of plastic and high-tech, outdoorsmen still have a weak spot for the craftsmanship of quality gear made by hand.
News >  Business

Winter Storm

On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, much of the Inland Northwest awoke to a heavy coating of snow. Which kept falling. And falling. Spokane ended up with 23.3 inches over 34 hours ending at 4 p.m. Thursday. Coeur d’Alene had 25 inches by Thursday morning. Dozens of roofs collapsed. Stores sold out of roof rakes and snow shovels. Schools and offices closed down for multiple days. Additional snowfall would make December the snowiest on record with 61.5 inches. By the end of the winter, 93.6 inches had fallen at the airport, besting 1949-50 as the snowiest winter on the books. With the 92.6 inches that fell in the winter of 2007-08, Spokane also set a snow record for back-to-back years.
News >  Features

Voices of War

Voices of War was a monthly series featuring veterans and their experiences that ran from November 2007 through November 2008.