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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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Nov. 24, 2020, 2:36 p.m.
The first child in Spokane County to die from COVID-19 complications was a spunky teenager from Cheney who loved to play volleyball and dye her hair a different color every week.

Nov. 23, 2020, 10:53 a.m.
Three days before Thanksgiving, the COVID-19 pandemic dished out another thankless task to Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier.

Nov. 20, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
The reimposition of a mask mandate this week in North Idaho will mean little for students in two of its largest school districts, because Coeur d’Alene already requires them and Lakeland has no plans to do so.

Nov. 20, 2020, 11:28 a.m.
The leadership of Spokane Public Schools got it from both sides this week over the pace of its move to bring children back to in-person learning.

Nov. 20, 2020, 5 a.m.
Moments after last week’s FanFest event, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier set the tone for the rest of the women’s basketball season.

Nov. 20, 2020, 5 a.m.
If this season looks like the mother of all rebuilding projects at Washington State, Kamie Ethridge is quick to disagree.

Nov. 19, 2020, 4:26 p.m.
In yet another preseason milestone, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team opened the year ranked 20th in the first USA Today/WCBA Coaches poll released Thursday.

Nov. 19, 2020, 9:34 a.m.
While emphasizing that it still must make cutbacks to make ends meet, Spokane Public Schools gave final approval Wednesday night to a three-year, $221.6 million replacement levy proposal.

Nov. 19, 2020, 4 a.m.
Lucy the golden retriever couldn’t care less about masks and social-distancing protocols.

Nov. 19, 2020, 4 a.m.
The pandemic hasn't stopped area malls from offering visits with Santa Claus.

Nov. 18, 2020, 10:22 a.m.
Browsing the aisles at local libraries was fun while it lasted.

Nov. 17, 2020, 12:13 p.m.
For parents of second-graders in Spokane Public Schools, there’s reason to be thankful this week; likewise for families in the Central Valley School District, where third-graders went back to buildings on Monday.

Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 a.m.
Senior Jill Townsend is the first Gonzaga women’s player to be named to the preseason watch list for national player of the year.

Nov. 16, 2020, 4:20 p.m.
Bishop Thomas Daly will lead the national committee that provides guidance for Catholic education at all levels, the Diocese of Spokane announced Monday.

Nov. 13, 2020, 5:15 p.m.
Surrounded by friends and family at her high school, the highest-rated recruit in Gonzaga women’s basketball history signed a letter of intent to play with the Zags.

Nov. 13, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
Spokane County crested the 12,000 case mark on Friday, as cases are causing schools to go remote only again and filling up local hospitals.

Nov. 13, 2020, 4 a.m.
Now more than ever, it takes a lot of patience to be a special education teacher.

Nov. 12, 2020, 1:44 p.m.
Gonzaga has inked its second player in as many days during the NCAA early signing period.

Nov. 11, 2020, 5:12 p.m.
Esther Little, a 6-foot-2 guard-forward from England with more than 50 games’ worth of international experience, has signed a letter of intent to play for Gonzaga in the fall of 2021.

Nov. 10, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
Considering the circumstances, the basketball season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Gonzaga women.

Nov. 10, 2020, 6:51 p.m.
The Gonzaga women will play just one nonconference game at home this year, Dec. 13 against Montana.

Nov. 10, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
On a day of milestones for Gonzaga women’s basketball, senior wing Jill Townsend was named Tuesday as a finalist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.

Nov. 10, 2020, 9:12 a.m.
The Gonzaga women haven’t played a game yet, but they made some history Tuesday with a No. 21 ranking in The Associated Press preseason poll.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 9, 2020, 6 p.m.
Seventeen people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Open Doors Homeless Shelter in east Spokane, essentially turning the facility into a quarantine site and forcing the remaining residents to other sites.

Sports >  NCAA
Nov. 9, 2020, 9:07 a.m.
What’s a Fan Fest without the fans?