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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Kip Hill

Kip Hill

Current Position: reporter

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.

Most Recent Stories

News >  Crime/Public Safety

Man who shot ATF agent in Spokane in November 2021 pleads guilty; argues shooting was ‘a setup’

UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2023

The shooting at a Motel 6 parking lot in west Spokane sent one federal agent to the hospital and prompted a massive police response on Nov. 5, 2021. Two other men, Vincent Petrushkin and William Burns, were also indicted on federal charges after admitting they were in the car when Holmes arrived for what he thought was the purchase of a gun. Holmes was a convicted felon, and had already spent three years in federal prison after previously being arrested in Moses Lake in possession of a loaded handgun illegally. 

News >  Education

‘Is that a robot?’ Tower gardens growing in Spokane Public Schools teach STEM, practical skills

UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2023

The goal is to develop an interest in plant life and water conservation in areas where it's difficult to maintain a traditional garden in Spokane, said Scott Kerwien, executive director of student success at the district. The tower gardens have the added benefit of pushing students to learn practical skills with their hands, rather than reading out of textbooks, and teachers at Yasuhara have employed the new teaching tool in different ways tailored to students based on their needs. 
News >  Education

Central Valley provides notices to dozens of teachers their contracts may not be renewed amid 2023-2024 budget talks

The verbal notification is the start of a budget process that won't be finalized until after the state Legislature completes its work funding schools across the state later this spring, said district officials and the head of the union for Central Valley teachers. It's the second time in the past several years the district, which serves roughly 14,500 students, has notified some of its teachers on provisional contracts they may not be rehired due to financial constraints. 
News >  Education

Spokane Public Schools switches bus provider for 2023-2024 school year

California-based Zum Services Inc. was awarded a new, five-year contract by the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors on Wednesday night, worth $71.8 million. Zum, founded in 2014 and worth more than $1 billion, was selected over Durham School Services, which has been providing transportation services for the district since the 2008-2009 school year. The district has contracted with private companies to provide busing services since the mid-1970s.
News >  Pacific NW

Former EWU women’s basketball coach alleges age, gender discrimination in lawsuit against school

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2023

Wendy Schuller, who coached the team from June 2001 to March 2021, filed her claims against EWU and Athletic Director Lynn Hickey in Spokane County Superior Court last month and is seeking at least $5 million in damages. On Friday, the lawsuit was moved to U.S. District Court in Spokane at the request of the Washington Attorney General's Office, which is representing EWU against the discrimination claims because it is a state institution. 
News >  Pacific NW

American Indian Community Center seeks new, permanent home near Spokane River in west Spokane

The American Indian Community Center, first established near Gonzaga University in October 1967, received an endorsement from the Spokane Park Board earlier this year to build a new, 25,000-square-foot facility in High Bridge Park. Linda Lauch, the executive director of the nonprofit who's been with the community center for nearly four decades, said the location would allow for public access as well as space to conduct important cultural traditions.

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