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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Current Position: columnist

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

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News >  Spokane

GU’s Campus Kitchen deals meals

A new Gonzaga University program is turning unused dorm food into meals for the needy. Monday night, residents of the O'Malley Senior Apartments got salmon and wild rice with green beans, thanks to Campus Kitchen. Last week, student volunteers and Campus Kitchen staffers helped turn unused spaghetti sauce into sloppy joes.
News >  Idaho

Idaho Water Center seen as bright spot

Amid the ongoing lawsuits and investigations surrounding University Place, officials with the University of Idaho say a positive development often is overlooked. The Idaho Water Center – the only remaining piece of the original four-building plan – is open and tenants are moving in.

News >  Spokane

Hemingway documentary dotes on detail

The editor of the University of Idaho Press' Hemingway Review helped the makers of a new documentary on the author answer some unlikely questions. What kind of pencils did he use as he composed his manuscripts in Paris?
News >  Idaho

Tangled loyalties contributed to debacle

Everybody knew everybody. One of the most persistent factors in the planning and decision-making surrounding University Place is the network of connections – some say conflicts – that surrounded the relationships among top University of Idaho officials, the foundation, its law firms, the project developer – even the governor.
News >  Spokane

EWU search team set to find new president

Six months after the announcement that Eastern Washington University President Stephen Jordan was leaving, the university has formed a search committee and hired a recruiting firm and is preparing to advertise the opening. But a new president likely won't be on campus until next summer – and a couple of other top administrative hires will probably come after that.
News >  Spokane

EWU set to locate new chief

Six months after the announcement that Eastern Washington University President Stephen Jordan was leaving, the university has formed a search committee and hired a recruiting firm, and is preparing to advertise the opening. But a new president likely won't be on campus until next summer – and a couple of other top administrative hires will probably come after that.
News >  Idaho

Program gives change to pass stories on

MOSCOW, Idaho – Three generations of the Townsend family sat down for a talk recently. In itself, that wasn't so unusual. But this time, the Townsends were on the record. They walked away with a CD of the interview, which was also entered into a growing national database of oral histories.
News >  Spokane

Textbook ‘bundling’ costs students a bundle

Garrett Swanburg, a freshman-to-be at Gonzaga University, dropped $400 on brand-new textbooks last week. GU law student Demetre Christofilis says he spends $400 to $600 a semester on textbooks and has a hard time finding used ones.
News >  Spokane

Students’ project goes to the dogs

Design students at Washington State University-Spokane were awarded a house project this week. The clients were kind of demanding. Daisy loves to chew on things. Sophie is a "sporty diva." Heather is allergic to grass.
News >  Spokane

GU, Whitworth make magazine’s arguable top 10

Gonzaga University and Whitworth College both ranked in the top 10 for their category in the new U.S. News & World Report listings of the nation's top schools – an annual report that stirs at least as much heartburn as pride in academia. Public universities in the Inland Northwest all ranked lower in their categories.
News >  Spokane

Call it WSU Tech: School at forefront of e-education

PULLMAN – The technology wing of Jeff Records' life is significant. He has computers, both desktop and laptop. He's got a digital camera and cell phone, a PDA and a digital video recorder. Almost all of it, he says, could be used in one way or another as part of his classwork at Washington State University.
News >  Spokane

College freshmen start to snap apron strings

PULLMAN – Gregory Jean got up early Tuesday, loaded the car and left Tacoma on a five-hour drive to a completely different world. Like thousands of other young people all over the Palouse, Jean gave up home for a dorm room this week. The 18-year-old – helped by his mother and older brother – was hauling boxes and hanging clothes at Washington State University's Stephenson dorm complex. Among his possessions, he brought a box fan, a basketball – and a guitar he plays a bit. "I'm planning on getting better while I'm here," he said.
News >  Spokane

Morals can be dilemma for athletes

College football players are enduring twice-daily workouts in the August heat, practicing blocking and tackling, running wind sprints and learning the playbook. Sharon Stoll would like to see them add one more exercise – in ethics.
News >  Spokane

For USO singer, a grand stage

For Ruth Dixon, World War II ended in the middle of a song. A USO singer on a six-month tour of the South Pacific, Dixon and her troupe were interrupted while performing at the estate of the Philippines' president on Aug. 14, 1945.
News >  Spokane

Controversial group settles in Spokane

Members of a tightknit Christian group that has been trailed by controversy around the West have purchased six homes bordering Whitworth College, raising concerns on campus and in the surrounding north Spokane neighborhood. Bill Freeman, who leads the group with his wife, Patsy, said he and the members of his church just want to live quietly, worship as they see fit and keep to themselves. For decades, the Freemans have led a group of fundamentalist Christians who live closely intertwined lives of intense religious devotion, according to several former members and published reports.
News >  Spokane

County health chief to head state board

Gov. Christine Gregoire has appointed Dr. Kim Thorburn, Spokane County's chief health official, to head up the state Board of Health. The part-time appointment means Thorburn will lead the 10-member state board for three years, while still serving as director of the Spokane Regional Health District. The state panel makes recommendations to lawmakers, regulates some health issues, gathers data and offers public forums on health.
News >  Spokane

WSU shifts administrators’ roles

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins is shifting some responsibilities for running the Pullman campus to other administrators to focus more on statewide issues such as fund-raising, lobbying and long-range planning. In an executive reorganization announced Monday, Rawlins said WSU Provost Robert Bates will become executive vice president for the Pullman campus, giving him the primary role in the day-to-day affairs there.
News >  Spokane

Bobcat recovering from burns

PULLMAN – A bobcat kitten burned in a slash fire near Omak is resting comfortably – chewing her litter box and batting her large paws – after a pair of life-saving surgeries at Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In some ways, the story of Amber, a 12-week-old kitten who looks like a powerful house cat, resembles the famous tale of a bear cub who became the face of the government's campaign against forest fires.
News >  Spokane

Truck crash closes I-90

A semi hauling cattle flipped and caught fire Sunday afternoon just east of Coeur d'Alene, temporarily stranding hundreds of motorists on Interstate 90 for miles in both directions. The accident occurred about 2:30, in the westbound lane of I-90 at milepost 17, near the exit to Mullan Trail Road.
News >  Idaho

Tell me about the time you …

MOSCOW, Idaho – A project to record interviews with Americans across the nation is looking for Palouse stories. Organizers don't want history in a traditional, names-and-dates sense. They're looking for introspection and emotion, personal experience and insight – "the rich lives of reflective people," said Mary Reed, director of the Latah County Historical Society.