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Chad Sokol joined The Spokesman-Review in 2015. He is a reporter for the City Desk covering higher education and county government.


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News >  Business
June 30, 2020, 5 p.m.
Washington's Employment Security Department on Tuesday confirmed the Ponderay Newsprint Co. paper mill in Usk is permanently shutting down and laying off 148 workers.

June 29, 2020, 11 p.m.
Several dozen people gathered near Spokane City Hall on Monday evening to rally support for the immigration program known as DACA, which got a reprieve earlier this month when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Trump administration's decision to end it on procedural grounds.

June 29, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
"Let us be clear: Any contract that has that language related to the ombudsman or the ombudsman commission is absolutely unacceptable," Kurtis Robinson, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, told the crowd outside City Hall. "The matter of police accountability is a conversation between the city and the people – not the city and the guild."

News >  Business
June 29, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
Washington State University President Kirk Schulz has taken a voluntary 10% pay cut for one year and turned down a $50,000 retention bonus as the university works to regain its financial footing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 29, 2020, 4 a.m.
"It is with painful awareness that we acknowledge shortcomings that have resulted in systemic racial injustice against Black Americans and Black citizens of our state and county," the Superior Court judges said in a joint statement. "It is with candid honesty that we recognize the role that the courts have played in these injustices."

June 25, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
William A. Bryant, 72, was serving a 68-month sentence for first-degree child molestation out of Grays Harbor County, according to the state Department of Corrections. After contracting the novel coronavirus, Bryant was transferred on June 13 to a hospital in the Tri-Cities, where he died on Monday, the DOC said. He would have been released from prison, at the earliest, in April 2020.

June 25, 2020, 9:02 a.m.
Citing a grim revenue forecast in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an operating budget for fiscal 2021 that’s estimated to be $22.5 million, or nearly 8%, smaller than the budget for the current fiscal year.

June 24, 2020, 6 p.m.
The mill closure has been described as an "indefinite idling," and it wasn't immediately clear whether workers have been notified of layoffs.

June 23, 2020, 4:57 p.m.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho is suing a group of anti-abortion protesters who lead frequent religious services outside the health care provider’s Spokane clinic, alleging the noisy demonstrations have interfered with treatment and intimidated patients and staff.

June 22, 2020, 5:09 p.m.
Eastern Washington University’s faculty senate on Monday held a vote of no confidence in President Mary Cullinan, showing overwhelming disapproval of her handling of the university’s brewing financial crisis.

June 19, 2020, 1:36 p.m.
Before taking the helm of Eastern Washington University in 2014, Cullinan resigned as president of Southern Oregon University after an overwhelmingly poor performance evaluation and a no-confidence vote by the SOU faculty. Professors accused her and other administrators of financial mismanagement. One professor at the time said Cullinan's leadership had facilitated "a climate of fear at SOU." A similar situation is unfolding at EWU.

June 18, 2020, 6:10 p.m.
A 63-year-old man has died of COVID-19 following a stint of incarceration at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell, where officials are scrambling to contain the largest coronavirus outbreak in Washington's prison system.

June 18, 2020, 4:32 p.m.
Attorneys for Chris Rogers' family say he was clearly at risk of suicide, and they point to several problems beyond overcrowding and short-staffing at the downtown jail.

June 17, 2020, 4 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, led Tuesday's questioning of Nancy Beck, a former chemical industry lobbyist who has been nominated to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

June 15, 2020, 5:05 p.m.
A 49-year-old man accused of fleeing a traffic stop with a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy clinging to his minivan remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 following a court hearing Monday.

News >  Idaho
June 13, 2020, 4:57 p.m.
At a rally in Coeur d’Alene that featured many prominent figures in the far-right “patriot” movement, outgoing Washington state Rep. Matt Shea vowed to continue pushing for the creation of a 51st state called Liberty, separate from Seattle and the rest of Western Washington.

June 12, 2020, 4 a.m.
Amid nationwide protests, less-lethal projectiles have been a favorite tool of police for dispersing demonstrators. But human rights advocates warn those weapons can be deadly and say American police have used them in ways that run afoul of international law.

June 9, 2020, 1:02 p.m.
Spokane police have made a first arrest in connection with the looting of the downtown Nike store that occurred amid protests against police brutality on May 31.

News >  Spokane
June 8, 2020, 9:42 p.m.
“We learned a lot from that first week,” a police spokesman said. “The department provided way more resources. We still had the National Guard. We had agencies from other areas that were willing to support us. The difference is you probably didn’t see them.”

June 7, 2020, 5 a.m.
“I come from a very collectivist culture where we all get through things together, we work together, I serve my community,” said Nadia Sarfraz, who recently graduated from Whitworth University. “My entire life, I was raised around the idea of service.”

June 6, 2020, 4:39 p.m.
Maya Caruth, 26, was arrested on Nov. 7 after crossing a “safety zone” that separated hundreds of student protesters from three religious activists who had arrived on campus with signs and a portable speaker, preaching in derogatory terms about LGBTQ people. Police said Caruth was uncooperative and refused to return to the student group. Her attorney has argued she was trying to broker peace between the two sides.

News >  Spokane
June 5, 2020, 7:43 p.m.
A Spokane family’s camping trip in Western Washington became a nightmarish experience when armed locals accused them of being leftwing extremists.

June 4, 2020, 8:14 p.m.
Coyote Ridge now has more cases than any other Washington state prison.

News >  Spokane
June 4, 2020, 6:47 p.m.
The department said that on May 23, it “experienced a data security event causing disruption to certain internal department systems including digital media, email and others.”

June 4, 2020, 5:13 p.m.
Jakob D. Petitto, 26, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of attempting to elude police and issued multiple traffic citations.