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As overtime costs mount, some Spokane City Council members mull asking to rehire unvaccinated firefighters

The proposal, which evenly divided the council members present Monday night, would not solve a staffing problem that dates back several years and is not driven primarily by the two dozen workers who did not get their shots, said Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs, who did not vote Monday night, said he wouldn't support the request because he believes the city made the right call in interpreting Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate to include firefighters responding to medical calls. That decision is also being challenged in federal court, Beggs noted, in a case that's scheduled to go to trial in October.  
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‘It’s about fighting to save lives’: New Spokane fentanyl initiative aims to unite community to defeat epidemic

"We all have a stake in dealing with the demand side," said former U.S. Attorney Bill Hyslop, a founding board member of the group Spokane Alliance for Fentanyl Education (SAFE), which kicked off its effort to address what the Centers for Disease Control has identified as an epidemic at a symposium held at the Davenport Grand Hotel. 

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