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News >  Spokane

Afghan group takes tour of SCC

Trained technicians are in such short supply across Afghanistan that workers have to be brought in from Pakistan and Turkey to keep sophisticated medical equipment operating properly. Spokane Community College might be able to help.
News >  Idaho

Idaho earthquake cluster ‘a real mystery’

Inland Northwest earthquakes tend to be more mysterious than others. “We’re a long way from the nearest plate boundary,” said Ken Sprenke, a professor of geophysics at the University of Idaho, explaining the Yellowstone hot spot is too far away to have caused the four earthquakes that shook North Idaho late Thursday and again Friday. “These are a real mystery.”
News >  Spokane

Community Colleges of Spokane officials face ethics charges over relatives’ hiring

Three administrators at Community Colleges of Spokane who hired their own sons for unadvertised, part-time office jobs last year are facing ethics charges following a state investigation. The college district’s Chief Administration and Human Resources Officer Greg Stevens, his executive assistant Frances MacDonald-Davis and Human Resources Information Systems Director Melody Matthews plan to contest the investigative findings of the state Executive Ethics Board. The trio’s sons were hired last spring to help convert thousands of paper personnel files into electronic form for a new computer system.

News >  Spokane

EWU hosts research exhibit for undergrads from around the globe

The task sounded complicated but was rather straightforward, particularly for a mechanical engineering student like Jonathan Aston. A prototype robot that enabled special-needs kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to retrieve toys from a sandbox was popular but too heavy and complex.
News >  Spokane

Campus evolution: WSU kicks Spokane development into high gear

The warehouse that serves as headquarters for General Amusement Co. just off East Sprague Avenue soon will be torn down. A planned pedestrian and bicycle bridge linking Washington State University’s growing Spokane campus to the East Sprague area on the other side of a wide railroad corridor will wipe out the company’s headquarters at Sherman Street and Riverside Avenue.
News >  Spokane

EWU’s newest president making waves with advocacy, innovation

The conference room at Eastern Washington University was full of youngsters who volunteered for a day of civics immersion. University President Mary Cullinan stepped to the lectern for a quick welcoming message, spied a few WSU sweatshirts and logos from other colleges in the crowd and decided it’s never too early to begin recruiting future Eagles.
News >  Spokane

WSU to make Jensen-Byrd building a gathering place

Four years after pushing to demolish a century-old warehouse on its growing Spokane campus, Washington State University has decided the historic structure should be preserved as a centerpiece. The university now envisions the six-story Jensen-Byrd building as the focal point of a new plaza and gathering place that also will serve as a downtown gateway to the Spokane campus. No budget or specific timeframe has been established, but the decision is part of WSU’s new master plan, which the university’s regents approved last month.
News >  Spokane

NIC administrator accused of offering financial aid for sex

A North Idaho College administrator accused of offering scholarship money to students in exchange for sex told police he had made the solicitations on Craigslist for several semesters. In January, Joseph M. Bekken found a willing participant by the name of Sheryl Roberts, who asked what he was looking for.
News >  Spokane

Spokane Falls Community College to offer bachelor’s degree

Spokane Falls Community College will begin offering a four-year applied science degree. The expansion is part of a statewide effort to boost educational opportunities targeting high-demand fields and is designed primarily for students with technical backgrounds. The school’s new bachelor of applied science in information systems and technology is intended to prepare students for jobs in rapidly growing computer-related fields.
News >  Spokane

EWU discontinues gun storage service

Eastern Washington University is no longer providing gun storage for students and others, mostly because it lacks enough space and personnel to accommodate the growing requests, but also due to liability concerns. “We made that decision based on the resources that I have available,” said EWU police Chief Tim Walters, explaining that it required extensive check-in and checkout procedures each time a firearm was either dropped off or picked up.
News >  Spokane

Airway Heights challenges bill for Highway 2 plowing

The first bill from the state Transportation Department arrived last year at Airway Heights City Hall. It was about $50,000 and represented the amount spent by state crews clearing snow from the 2.5-mile section of U.S. Highway 2 located within city limits. The state plans to send another bill for the current season, too, and Airway Heights officials are turning to Olympia for help.
News >  Washington Voices

Council OKs settlement in roundabout lawsuit

Spokane Valley will pay the owners of an apartment complex $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit over construction of a traffic roundabout. The out-of-court settlement was approved Tuesday night by City Council members following mediation after years of litigation over access restrictions to the Montgomery Court Apartments created by the roundabout’s construction.
News >  Features

Researchers discover brain-specific protein that could help fight flu

Battling the flu could someday be as much as about inhaling some extra brain protein as reaching for another tissue. Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have discovered that a brain-specific protein called AcPb speeds recovery in lab mice by promoting the healing power of sleep. In mice that lack the protein, symptoms were more severe and they died at higher rates.
News >  Spokane

Family of Eastern State Hospital patient who died in 2013 files lawsuit

The family of a Tri-Cities man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom in 2013 is suing. Misael Rodriguez, 43, was involuntarily committed for observation purposes in mid-August of that year and suffered the fatal injuries 11 days later in what his family members allege was an assault by another patient, according to a lawsuit filed in Spokane County Superior Court last week on behalf of the victim’s children. Rodriguez died Nov. 13, 2013, without regaining consciousness.
News >  Spokane

WSU board approves new teaching health clinic

Spokane’s Riverpoint campus soon will have a 43,000-square-foot medical clinic that will be used as a training site for new doctors and other health care professionals. Washington State University’s board of regents gave final approval Friday for the $16.25 million project, which will house a physician residency consortium known as the Spokane Teaching Health Center and bolster the school’s expansion of its health and medical sciences programs.
News >  Spokane

State legislators support new medical education model

The legislators backing Washington State University’s bid to establish its own Spokane-based medical school said Tuesday the rural doctor shortage is so severe the state needs more than one approach to physician training. “This is something that is long overdue,” state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said of plans to seek legislative removal of legal restrictions designating the University of Washington as the state’s only medical school.
News >  Spokane

GU weighs med school role

The University of Washington’s plans to expand physician training in Spokane may have found a powerful new partner: Gonzaga University. The private Jesuit school announced Monday it is exploring the possibility of a public-private partnership with UW, which pitched the idea to Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh.
News >  Spokane

Spokane colleges cooperate in pilot transfer program

Cameron Corcoran was a math class short of an associate degree at Spokane Community College but didn’t want to delay his transition to a four-year university any longer. The 26-year-old enrolled at Eastern Washington University last fall even though he knew that without the AA in hand it could complicate getting his community college coursework transferred with him. “I know it’s best if you have that AA first … but I wanted to get moving on my major,” said Corcoran, who is studying outdoor recreation.
News >  Pacific NW

Rural remedies

Growing up, Liz Stuhlmiller spent long summer days working in her family’s wheat and barley fields near Reardan.    “I’ve had to work ever since I was 12, and if you’re from a small town that’s a lifestyle you understand – but it’s also something a lot of people haven’t been exposed to,” said Stuhmiller, who now is Dr. Stuhmiller and in her final year of family medicine residency in Spokane. “A lot of people think small towns don’t have much to offer, but I think it’s what you make of it.” Among physicians, Stuhmiller is a statistical minority.
News >  Spokane

UW study recommends doubling of medical school students, argues against second institution

The battle over medical education in Spokane took an expected twist Friday. A new study commissioned by the University of Washington concludes that doubling the size of its physician training program in Spokane represents the most efficient option for boosting the number of doctors and warns that Eastern Washington’s health care system would be unable to support two medical schools.
News >  Washington Voices

Sixth District matchup offers opposites

For a while, it appeared Republican state Rep. Jeff Holy would coast to a second term in the 6th Legislative District without opposition, but Democratic challenger Ziggy Siegfried filed as a write-in candidate and collected enough votes in the August primary to secure a spot on the general election ballot. The two candidates are about as opposite as any matchup on the ballot this fall.