When Chris Wetherell gets off shift as a firefighter at Spokane International Airport early in the morning, he takes a long drive to his home in Spokane Valley. On his way, he opens up a Lyft app on his phone, throws a pink moustache on his car and picks up someone in the city looking for a ride. Wetherell has been a Lyft driver since May and was one of the first five drivers to operate in the city. Lyft and its competitor Uber are ride-share companies that use phone apps to arrange transactions to transport passengers. But since Lyft and Uber arrived in Spokane, taxi companies have questioned their legality.
Gonzaga University officials are working with the Spokane Police Department to determine the source of a bomb threat that cleared the Spokane campus for several hours Thursday morning. Police said in a news release that they received a call just before 7 a.m. from a “male” stating there was a bomb on the Gonzaga campus. School officials said the threat was called in from an off-campus telephone number.
A new requirement that first-year students live on campus at Eastern Washington University has put a record 2,100 students in the dorms there. The first day of classes began Wednesday at EWU, making it the last local college to start the 2014-15 school year.
As teen pregnancies decline nationally, new data suggests the dip may be even steeper in Spokane. While this is encouraging to local school and health officials, there seems to be little consensus as to what is causing the drop.
Police have interviewed the man suspected of stabbing three men Wednesday night in the 1400 block of East Broad, but no arrest has been made. “It’s an ongoing investigation,” Spokane police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said.
One billboard stands out among the rest on the elevated train tracks at Post Street downtown: It features a young woman holding a cellphone and looking toward the sky. It reads, “Have you tweeted Jesus lately?” Pictures of other young faces on dozens of billboards around the city feature messages such as “Jesus – the call that never drops” or “Jesus – you’re on his mind.”
In the middle of a courtyard surrounded by new fields and a renovated building, one Ferris High School tradition still remains — a victory bell that rings after every Saxon achievement. It may be appropriate to ring the Ferris Victory Bell again.
As students return to colleges and universities, school officials locally say they’ve followed federal guidelines to prevent the spread of Ebola and believe there’s little risk on campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations more than a week ago on how to prevent the virus from spreading in colleges. They include identifying people who have been in countries where Ebola outbreaks have occurred, conducting a risk assessment and giving each person instructions for health monitoring.
As students return to colleges and universities, school officials locally say they’ve followed federal guidelines for screening students traveling from West African countries because of the Ebola outbreak there. But they believe there’s little risk on campus.