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They posed with their newspapers, these Spokane folks from the early 1900s. The smiling man in the top hat. The woman in the watercolor portrait. And F.N. LaVell, businessman, relaxing on a hammock in the backyard. These photos come from The Spokesman-Review’s King Collection, an archive of photos and memorabilia from the King family that prospered in Spokane in the early 20th century. Like most family collections, the King photos do not include detailed notations.
In the past 24 years, I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding journalists in The Spokesman-Review’s sports department. Saturday was the official last day for five of the finest. The company offered an early retirement package and 12 folks in the newsroom, including five in sports, took it. Deputy sports editor Gil Hulse, columnist John Blanchette, and beat writers Dave Trimmer, Steve Bergum and Vince Grippi are now officially retired.
Cowles Co., which owns The Spokesman-Review, KHQ-TV, The Journal of Business and other businesses, announced Thursday that it will freeze the company’s pension plan effective Sept. 1. At the same time, Cowles will open its 401(k) match to all employees affected by the change. The transition affects about 473 employees, or 56 percent of the company’s eligible workforce who were not included in a partial freeze three years ago. Their accrued pension benefit will be capped at present levels.
Doug Floyd, The Spokesman-Review’s longtime editorial page editor, will retire at the end of June, Publisher Stacey Cowles announced this week. At the same time, Cowles announced that Bert Caldwell, a business columnist and reporter for the news organization, will become editorial page editor.
Hundreds of The Spokesman-Review’s employees were evacuated this afternoon after someone brought a suspicious package into the lobby of the downtown building.
Daniel M. Johnson has been promoted to sales and marketing director of The Spokesman-Review, effective Jan. 10. He will succeed Shaun O’L. Higgins, who is retiring. Johnson has headed distribution and audience development for the past five years. He also headed consumer marketing, which handles private-party classified advertising and customer service.
Shaun O’L. Higgins, longtime sales and marketing director for The Spokesman-Review, announced Tuesday that he’ll retire from the company in early January. Higgins, 62, who also gave popular economic forecasts for 25 years, plans to stay in Spokane and focus on other business interests, he said.
Due to a problem with the local phone company, The Spokesman-Review was unable to receive some incoming local calls to its phone system on Wednesday. Qwest was able to identify the problem and repair the system Wednesday night. The phone system is expected to be fully operational today.
The sun lit up the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist just as the celebration of Allison Cowles’ life began Saturday – a symbol of the light she’d shone on so many lives personally and as a civic activist. More than 650 guests attended the service to honor Cowles, some from as far away as California, Tennessee, Texas and New York.
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The former security supervisor for The Spokesman-Review pleaded guilty Thursday to three sexual assault charges that could keep him in prison for life. Robert J. Robel, 61, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child, second-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation. Robel agreed to the plea after a second victim came forward, which could have produced more charges, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Edward Hay said in court.
OLYMPIA – This is my last column. I’ve never liked all-about-me columns. So what follows feels unseemly for someone raised to stay out of the story. I’m going to say it anyway.
A former employee of The Spokesman-Review and his attorney have reached an agreement in principle with prosecutors to plead guilty to several charges of possession of child pornography. Zachary L. Likarich, 31, was charged in 2007 with 21 counts of possessing child pornography that investigators alleged he obtained while working as an online marketing developer for the company.