Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.
East Central residents hoping to prevent construction of seven homes on wooded, private land adjacent to Underhill Park will have a chance to make their pitch and potentially raise some money over the next month.
Helmut Ewe Borchert pleaded guilty in July to a single count of possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Spokane police, acting on a tip from an informant, searched Borchert's home in December 2019 and found more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as a gun, according to court records.
The former head of the Spokane County Public Defenders Office, and the man who's seen most of the federal criminal defendants in Eastern Washington for the past eight years, is stepping down at the end of the month after a career in law that began in the 1970s. Rodgers, son of former Mayor David H. Rodgers, said his pursuit of criminal defense was at odds with the wishes of his dad.
The Justice Department filed a civil action against Rick T. Gray of Prosser, and one of his companies, last month. The complaint alleges Gray hid the sale of about 14,000 bushels of wheat in 2015, claiming the lost crop to receive insurance indemnity payments totaling $540,028.
Soft white wheat, the kind grown on the hills of the Palouse and sought after by worldwide markets for its use in cakes, pastries and noodles, had its worst production year nationwide since the mid-1970s, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Washington, the projected crop year production this year is 87.1 million bushels of both spring and winter wheat, the lowest total since 1964.
The developers of the project, called the Ben Burr Estates, and the city of Spokane say it will bring new housing to a long underused area separate from the historic park. But some neighbors are calling for a pause, arguing the area is a natural headquarters for the South Hill's roving wild turkeys and other wildlife.
Spokane Riverkeeper filed actions against the Town of Spangle and CHS, Inc., operators of a grain elevator between a Union Pacific rail spur and Rock Creek in southern Spokane County. Each lawsuit alleges pollution above acceptable limits and a lack of documentation as required by discharge deals inked with the state's Department of Ecology.