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Spokane city leaders last year agreed to keep a settlement with a chemical company secret even though state law prevents them from doing so. The 2011 settlement with Dow AgroSciences was released this month in response to a public records request filed by The Spokesman-Review. City attorneys acknowledge that they should not have agreed to the confidentiality clause because state public records law prevents them from keeping such settlements private.
True-blue gardeners pride themselves on saving their table scraps and making their own compost. Other green-minded growers now can have the next best thing – locally produced compost generated from thousands of tons of Spokane County’s food and yard waste.
Marcus Colbert has heard the talk, some of it directly to him from Montana State University. Had the Post Falls senior, who signed with MSU in November, been in Bozeman, Mont., this year, he would be challenging for a starting job and at the very least be playing quite a bit.
Tough as they come If you listen to Post Falls coach Mike McLean or Coeur d’Alene coach Kent Leiss, the 5A state champ should come from the IEL. Every other team in the state – including Post Falls and CdA, depending on which coach you’re talking to – is playing for second. There’s good reason why those coaches should be optimistic. No league has been tougher in the state in recent seasons than the IEL, and this season could prove as difficult as any. Post Falls, which captured a state title two years ago, figures it should be listed among the favorites this year. CdA, coming off a third-place finish at state and returning its team intact, also should rank among the best by season’s end.
Coeur d’Alene boys basketball coach Kent Leiss was watching a recent scrimmage at North Idaho College. One of the players on the floor was Post Falls senior Marcus Colbert. “I think he was the best player out there,” Leiss said.
Chris Bailey, a student at the Mead Educational Alternative Division High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 288 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Colbert, wanted to give back to his school, his community and to others who believed in him. About six months ago, as part of his Eagle Scout project, Bailey decided his school needed a flagpole. It has not had one in its 20 years as a school. “Every public school should have a flagpole. I’m patriotic and I wanted to give them something in return,” he said.
Spokane’s giant stockpile of beer bottles and other glass is about to shrink. Faced with fewer options and higher costs for recycling glass, in late 2008 the city began taking glass collected through curbside recycling and stockpiling it near its waste transfer station in Colbert.
If you aren’t doing anything this weekend and even if you are, make some time to do the Spokane in Bloom garden tour this Saturday. The Inland Empire Gardeners have chosen “The Greatest Show on Earth” as this year’s theme, and they aren’t kidding. The six gardens in this year’s tour are in Nine Miles Fall and Colbert.
Outlook Two straight state titles and three straight years that a 5A IEL team has played for a state championship.