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Jim Allen joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently covers K-12 education and women's basketball.


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Feb. 28, 2020, 4:40 p.m.
There will be plenty at stake Saturday afternoon when the visiting Gonzaga women take on the Portland Pilots.

Feb. 28, 2020, 4 a.m.
In Spokane and around the country, schools are responding to alarm bells over the growing threat of the coronavirus. For schools, that could mean widespread disruption, including partial closures and a temporary reliance on internet-based “teleschooling” while the virus runs its course.

Feb. 26, 2020, 10:49 p.m.
A sharply divided Spokane Public Schools board decided late Wednesday night against seeking a supplemental levy in a special election in April.

Feb. 25, 2020, 8:02 p.m.
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors will face some tough choices Wednesday night as they consider whether to put a one-year supplemental levy on the April ballot.

Feb. 25, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Three days after withdrawing from consideration for a schools chief position in Arizona, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger is one of five semifinalists to lead the second-largest district in Tennessee.

Feb. 25, 2020, 2:15 p.m.
Until this week, no GU women’s team had broken into the top 10 of the coaches or the Associated Press media poll.

Feb. 24, 2020, 11:29 a.m.
In every way, the Gonzaga women are back on track.

Feb. 22, 2020, 4:45 p.m.
Jill Townsend scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading No. 13 Gonzaga past Pepperdine on Saturday in Malibu, California.

Feb. 22, 2020, 10:35 a.m.
For now at least, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger isn’t going anywhere.

Feb. 21, 2020, 7:14 p.m.
After eight hours of interviews with stakeholders and a three-hour executive session Friday night, the Scottsdale Unified School District board was unable to decide on a superintendent from a three-person field that includes Spokane schools chief Shelley Redinger.

Feb. 21, 2020, 6 p.m.
Twenty minutes of game time is a small sample size, but the Gonzaga women appear to be recapturing their offensive rhythm.

Feb. 20, 2020, 8:54 p.m.
Jill Townsend scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds as No. 13 Gonzaga took over in the second half en route to a 75-47 victory over Loyola Marymount on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Feb. 19, 2020, 8:51 p.m.
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors crunched a lot of numbers Wednesday night, but board members want to see a few more before deciding whether to put a supplemental levy before voters this year.

Feb. 19, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Last weekend, the Zags swept USF and Santa Clara by holding those teams to 34% shooting and dominating on the boards.

Feb. 19, 2020, 3:16 p.m.
The Hall of Honor class, which includes one former student-athlete from each WCC school, will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on March 7 at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel.

Feb. 19, 2020, 1:22 p.m.
The Naismith list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on March 4, and the finalists will be revealed on March 19.

Feb. 19, 2020, 5 a.m.
Shelley Redinger, Spokane schools superintendent, is a finalist for a similar job in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is an applicant for the superintendent job in Nashville, Tennessee.

Feb. 19, 2020, 5 a.m.
Spokane Public Schools may consider asking voters to raise property taxes to offset budget deficits created by state government changes to school funding along with pay raises given in 2018.

Feb. 18, 2020, 7:14 p.m.
Classes were in session Tuesday at Ferris High School despite a social media threat that prompted a reassuring message to parents the previous night from Principal Ken Schutz.

Feb. 18, 2020, 5 a.m.
Students in Nikki Carney’s second-grade class are adding and subtracting three-digit numbers with ease. And not just any three-digit numbers. These involve carrying and borrowing – tasks that would test most adults.

Feb. 17, 2020, 7:14 p.m.
Moments after putting away Santa Clara and capping Senior Day with another conference title, Gonzaga Coach Lisa Fortier was equal parts cheerful and relieved.

Feb. 15, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Jenn Wirth grabbed 15 rebounds and scored 11 points as No. 15 Gonzaga clinched at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular-season championship with a 53-46 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Feb. 14, 2020, 7:02 p.m.
Saturday’s game against Santa Clara will also serve as Senior Day for Loera and put her on the spot no matter what happens in the game.

Feb. 14, 2020, 6:15 p.m.
Emotions are sure to flow Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center as the Gonzaga women celebrate Senior Day.

Feb. 13, 2020, 8:02 p.m.
There won’t be another 21-game winning streak for the Gonzaga women, at least not this season.