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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.


Most Recent Stories

Sept. 13, 2020, 4 a.m.
Knezovich remains devoted to this explanation though it has not, so far, been buttressed by the public evidence. It has prompted a measure of skepticism and scoffing that was ramped up during a recent dispute over his agency’s arrest, at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, of a local Democratic Socialist activist on a seven-year-old warrant from another county.

Sept. 10, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Campfires and cigarettes. Sparking machinery and fireworks. Slash piles and debris burns that grow out of control.

Sept. 9, 2020, 4 a.m.
In early August, almost a half-million Americans from all around the country gathered at the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Sept. 6, 2020, 5 a.m.
Mark Wiener vividly remembers the Great Portland Fluoride Battle of 2013.

Sept. 4, 2020, 5 a.m.
I had a pretend gun and a hypothetical badge.


Aug. 23, 2020, 5 a.m.
Two years ago, the investigative news organization ProPublica looked into the algorithms used by courts to assign risk levels to criminal defendants.

Aug. 16, 2020, 5 a.m.
It’s been a season of extra pungency in the pastures of the alt-reality-right.

Aug. 14, 2020, 4 a.m.
One obituary is a portrait of a life. Several obituaries, taken together, form a portrait of a community.

Aug. 12, 2020, 4 a.m.
Upon winning her umpteenth nonrigged mail election last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – or perhaps a tipsy aide – took to Twitter to thank voters and proclaim: “Together, we will find the courage to dream again.”

Aug. 9, 2020, 5 a.m.
As an undergrad, Bevan Maxey didn’t start out thinking he’d go into law.


Aug. 2, 2020, 5 a.m.
A friend from high school with a brutal headache and fever for days.


July 26, 2020, 5 a.m.
What if Spokane did a better job of telling its stories?

July 24, 2020, 5 a.m.
Ryan Sparks is watching the Senate debates about coronavirus relief closely.


News >  Spokane
July 20, 2020, 4 a.m.
The historic Ming Wah sign fell during a windstorm in April. Now, with the help of local artist Chris Bovey, owner Kam Kwong is trying to raise the money to put it back up.

July 19, 2020, 4 a.m.
Roberta Wilburn says one of the most important things we can do to understand people is listen to their stories.

July 17, 2020, 5 a.m.
More than three months ago, a Spokane police officer racing for no good reason at 65 miles per hour down the steep pitch of Lincoln Street – where the lower South Hill plunges into downtown – rammed into a car trying to cross Lincoln at Fifth Avenue.

July 12, 2020, 4 a.m.
When it came to coronavirus precautions in Spokane County, we lost our minds on Memorial Day weekend.

News >  Spokane
July 10, 2020, 4 a.m.
It’s a strange time to be thinking of normal times and “normal” problems on college campuses.

July 8, 2020, 4 a.m.
My fellow white people: We have a terrible hearing problem.

July 1, 2020, 4:30 a.m.
The unanimous Spokane City Council rejection of the contract proposed with the Police Guild was a victory for police accountability and for democracy itself.

June 24, 2020, 5 a.m.
The armed yahoo brigades that have shown up at Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the Inland Northwest have so far been little but absurd sideshows.