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Shawn Vestal
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Shawn Vestal shawnv@spokesman.com (509) 459-5431

Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.


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July 16, 2021, 5 a.m.
In some quarters, it can sure feel like the pandemic is over.

July 11, 2021, 5 a.m.
Perhaps you got a taste of the latest bad cherry picked from the tree of facts about the salmon runs of the Northwest.

July 9, 2021, 5 a.m.
If the mayor won’t do it, the City Council should.

July 6, 2021, 4 a.m.
It was 109 degrees on a Wednesday afternoon in Hillyard.

A&E >  Books
July 4, 2021, 4 a.m.
Naturally, it was surprising to wake up the way we did, with the clocks and calendars wrong, and the direction of the sunsets and sunrises switched, but soon enough the unthinkable became routine, as it always does.

July 2, 2021, 5 a.m.
Like a lot of folks, Christine Wren employs a whole range of tactics to manage the heat in her Hillyard home.

June 29, 2021, 5 p.m.
In attempting to sort through the communications fiasco that accompanied the arrival of rolling blackouts, it seems clear that whatever surprises Avista faced, it also had to have been aware that blackouts would be a possibility at some point.

June 27, 2021, 5 a.m.
On an August day nine years ago, Sayed A. Hussaini was riding in a car from Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, to the province of Ghazni, when the driver crashed into another car – one driven by a member of the Taliban.

June 16, 2021, 5 a.m.
To the list of cities that have been held up as examples of how to fight homelessness successfully – from Salt Lake City’s original housing-first models to the jail-or-treatment ultimatums in Marysville, Washington – you can now add San Diego and Bakersfield, California.

June 13, 2021, midnight
How many unsheltered homeless people are there in Spokane?

June 8, 2021, 1:08 p.m.
Oh, swell. Another racist zealot with a “compound.” Just what we need.

June 6, 2021, 6 a.m.
We know that forest fires have been burning bigger and hotter, summer after summer.

June 4, 2021, 5 a.m.
One obituary is a portrait of a life. Several obituaries, taken together, form a portrait of a community.

May 30, 2021, 12:49 p.m.
It’s old news that the country lives in separate coronavirus realities.

May 27, 2021, 5:30 a.m.
On Tuesday night, the so-called “Church at Planned Parenthood” met along Indiana Avenue to protest abortion, as it has done scores of times in recent years.

May 26, 2021, 5:45 a.m.
This year’s assault on education in the Idaho Legislature was sparked by a claim that a white student at Boise State University had been demeaned and “forced to apologize for being white.”

May 23, 2021, 5 a.m.
“(T)he local health officer shall not be removed until after notice is given, and an opportunity for a hearing before the board or official responsible for his or her appointment under this section as to the reason for his or her removal.”

May 21, 2021, 4 p.m.
If not getting caught is the mark of a good criminal, the reckless Trumpists who stormed the U.S. Capitol were the worst.

May 16, 2021, 5 a.m.
In the 1840s, a doctor at Vienna General Hospital became convinced that the reason for widespread deaths of mothers after childbirth was to be found on the hands of the doctors treating them.

May 14, 2021, noon
The claim has been around for a while now, raised often by police critics: Spokane has the third-deadliest police force in the country.

May 12, 2021, 5 a.m.
If anyone’s wondering about the real-world implications of the movement in Idaho to censor educators, cut school funding as ideological punishment, and dictate a curriculum of pro-white, pro-conservative views, look no further than North Idaho College.

News >  Spokane
May 9, 2021, 5:30 a.m.
Anna Harbine had the ultrasound procedure that showed she and her husband were expecting a daughter in March 2020, mere hours before the governor announced the first emergency shutdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 5, 2021, 5 a.m.
So there’s no rollback to Phase 2, for now. That’s a relief.

News >  Spokane
May 3, 2021, 4 a.m.
If infrastructure broke apart East Central in the past, however, local leaders are hoping that new infrastructure projects can help stitch it back together.