Voters in two northern Spokane County fire districts that were slammed in two recent storms won wide support for tax proposals in Tuesday’s primary. Both tax proposals easily surpassed the 60 percent threshold needed to pass.
Leonard Christian was appointed a state representative early this year to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of state Rep. Larry Crouse. Diana Wilhite is a former Spokane Valley mayor who has been active in local politics for decades. Bob McCaslin, a kindergarten teacher with the Central Valley School District, shares the name of his late father who served in the state Senate for more than 30 years.
As a round of cars passed Douglas Seibold and his crinkled cardboard sign that read “anything is nice?” at Division and Third, he finished the last of his late-morning beer and tossed the empty Rolling Rock tall can in the trash. Seibold has been panhandling on downtown Spokane streets for several months. At nights, he finds a bed at Spokane’s House of Charity, a shelter that lets people in sober or not. During the day he’s out on the street asking for money.
Rodolfo Arevalo’s duties as Eastern Washington University president end today, and as he hands off the job to incoming President Mary Cullinan, he’s confident the university will continue to thrive. Friday marks the first day of Cullinan’s presidency, although Arevalo plans on staying nearby for another month to provide assistance to the incoming president and to introduce her to community leaders.
When Coeur d’Alene resident Carson Magee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7, he thought he would be cured with a few shots at the hospital. But when he realized how the disease would affect his life, he made it his mission to find a cure. At only 11 years old, he has now become one of the nation’s top youth activists for type 1 diabetes awareness.
Spokane women are representing Washington on the national stage. Kailee Dunn, 22, was crowned Miss Washington on July 5 and will compete in the Miss America pageant Sept. 14. This comes less than a year after Allyson Rowe, 25, was awarded Miss Washington USA. Rowe competed in the Miss USA pageant in June.
While other campers were playing wheelchair basketball inside, avoiding a rare rainy summer day on Lake Coeur d’Alene, 6-year-old Addison Benson ran around outside on her prosthetic legs. For Benson, who lost both her legs in a lawn-mowing accident when she was 3, the four-day camp is a chance to be around other kids who, like her, have lost limbs.
As Randy Keller loaded pieces of the Parkade Plaza Fountain into the back of his company truck, he reminisced about the days when the fountain was a downtown Spokane attraction. Now, he has taken it upon himself to rename the fallen structure, “the fountain of youth,” or, more accurately for the longtime Spokane resident, the fountain of his youth.
Collin Walker and Tyler Doster should have been taking notes. Instead, in their Mobile Computing class at Gonzaga, the students were coding, preparing a prototype for their new app called Text Secretary.
The 6th Legislative District is bound for another expensive campaign season, as Democrat Rich Cowan challenges incumbent Republican state Sen. Mike Baumgartner in November. Although they are the only two candidates in the race, making the Aug. 5 primary election almost inconsequential, they have already raised over $400,000 combined.
Two new researchers in Spokane could help explain how cancer cells grow. Following Washington State University’s approval of a new College of Medical Sciences on the Spokane campus in May, WSU has hired five faculty members to bolster its cancer and sleep research cores.
An ad with a larger-than-life shiny red Toyota covers the corner of a downtown brick building. On Friday it was overshadowed by a smaller but more emphatic billboard – created in a way that organizers said is unprecedented in Spokane.
A reputed drug trafficker linked to a major Eastern Washington methamphetamine ring pleaded guilty to federal charges on Thursday. Rafael Villa-Rico could face up to life in prison when sentenced in October, but the standard sentencing range is 14 to 18 years, authorities said. He was arrested on Jan. 2 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine following an earlier Tri-Cities raid that yielded about 4 pounds of the drug.
For 95-year-old Jerry Weed, the flag of the 82nd Airborne Division was right where it belonged on the Fourth of July – overlooking his son’s neighborhood, waving along with the American colors. Bill Weed, Jerry’s son, erected a 25-foot flagpole in his front yard in honor of his father, a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division that participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy just more than 70 years ago.
When Australian businessman Greg Newell told his wife he wanted to buy one of Spokane’s most regal landmarks, she thought he was insane. “She said: ‘If you even think about this, it’s over,’ ” Newell said. “So there was some negotiation for a period of time.”
Five weeks before she starts her new job leading Eastern Washington University, Mary Cullinan already is facing doubts from EWU’s faculty. Cullinan was selected by EWU’s board of trustees earlier this month to replace retiring university President Rodolfo Arevalo. Cullinan is the president at Southern Oregon University, where earlier this year she was given a vote of no-confidence by the faculty senate.
Classmates at Lakeside High School were invited to write condolences to the family of Casey Burt, the 17-year-old who drowned in an Alaska river after a fishing boat capsized on Sunday. The school was open Thursday morning, one day after Alaska troopers recovered Burt’s body following a search effort by other fishermen, friends and family members.
Casey Burt, a 17-year-old from Nine Mile Falls, is missing after a fishing boat overturned in Alaska on Sunday. Burt was on a 26-foot skiff with three other commercial fishermen when it capsized and threw all four into the Ugashik River near Pilot Point, according to Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers.