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Laurel Demkovich (509) 416-6260

Laurel joined The Spokesman-Review as a Report for America legislative reporter in our Olympia Bureau in June 2020 covering the Washington state legislature.

Most Recent Stories

Aug. 2, 2021, 4 a.m.
But for tenants and landlords alike, the new program remains confusing, and evictions are likely still coming.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 1, 2021, 3 a.m.
Primary Election Day just days away, and it's voters' chance to choose which local candidates across Spokane County should advance to the Nov. 2 General Election.

July 30, 2021, 11 a.m.
Inslee joined six governors in a virtual meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday to discuss wildfire fighting and prevention.

July 28, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday the state would be following the new guidance for fully vaccinated people in indoor settings but noted it was not a requirement, just a recommendation. 

July 28, 2021, 3 a.m.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little joined two governors and two Canadian premiers in urging President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reopen the U.S.-Canadian border. 

News >  Health
July 27, 2021, 12:45 p.m.
The CDC changed the masking recommendation due to new data that found fully vaccinated people who test positive for the delta variant can spread the virus to others.

July 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
OLYMPIA – Don’t put those masks away just yet.

July 23, 2021, 3 a.m.
And on July 25, 90 days since adjourning, most bills will go into effect. Here's a look at what might change in the coming months:

July 17, 2021, 3 a.m.
After 16 months of closure, Trudeau said Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans as of mid-August for non-essential travel and could allow fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September — if Canada's current vaccine rate holds.

July 16, 2021, 1 p.m.
The lottery got a hold of his mother who told Kameron, 23, she thought it was real: He had just won $1 million in the state's vaccine lottery.

News >  Nation
July 15, 2021, 3 a.m.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed late last month to remove the golden paintbrush, known for its yellow paintbrush-like shape, from the endangered species list. 

News >  Legal
July 2, 2021, 7:43 a.m.
The Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of a Richland florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, leaving in place a decision that she broke state anti-discrimination laws.

News >  Spokane
July 2, 2021, 3 a.m.
As the area comes off a record-breaking heatwave, almost every jurisdiction in the Inland Northwest has some sort of fireworks ban in place to prevent wildfires. Even in counties that don't have a ban, officials are urging the public to avoid putting on their own display and go watch a professional show instead.

News >  Health
June 30, 2021, 7 p.m.
Citing the scheduling of a Death Cab for Cutie concert and the return of Hoopfest, Gov. Jay Inslee declared “Spokane is back” on Wednesday at the city’s U.S. Pavilion.

News >  Nation
June 30, 2021, 5:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON – In a virtual meeting with governors from eight Western states on Wednesday, President Joe Biden pledged a short-term pay increase for federal firefighters and outlined a plan to change the way the country tackles increasingly long and destructive fire seasons.

News >  Business
June 29, 2021, 3:15 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday approved $100,000 of state strategic reserve funds to support the Point Roberts International Marketplace, the only grocery store in the small U.S. exclave that's been isolated from the rest of the country since the pandemic started.

June 27, 2021, 4 a.m.
And with no end date in sight, many businesses have been forced to close their doors forever. Others have managed to stay open the past 15 months but barely.

June 24, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
The bridge will start July 1 — the day after the current eviction moratorium was set to expire — and run through Sept. 30.

News >  Idaho
June 22, 2021, 3 a.m.
As a Canadian Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration, the clinic gave more than 160 tribal and Creston, British Columbia, community members and a few Canadian border patrol a shot — most of which were second doses.

June 21, 2021, 4 a.m.
On any given weekend, the border roads in the Northwest Washington towns of Lynden, Blaine and Sumas are filled with families looking to hug each other for the first time in months, celebrate birthdays or holidays, or even meet with immigration lawyers.

June 20, 2021, 3 a.m.
On average, Meursing, 73, and Thomas, 72, mow about two to three yards a day. In total, they take care of 16, and most of them, for free.

June 20, 2021, 3 a.m.
Full-time residents can’t leave unless it’s deemed “essential.” For many, the temporary free ferry from Bellingham is their only option to get out. Part-time residents, mostly Canadians or dual citizens who flock to the beach town in the summer, haven’t been able to visit their homes.

News >  Spokane
June 15, 2021, 3 a.m.
In the last weekend, more than 2 million people traveled through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, the most since the pandemic hit more than a year ago.

News >  Nation
June 13, 2021, 3 a.m.
The story of the original flag and Ross' involvement is a little bit more complicated than what many might remember learning in grade school.

June 9, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Fleek took over in February after former commissioner Suzi LeVine took a job in the Biden administration.