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For most of the 20th Century, the island marble butterfly was thought to be extinct. After being rediscovered about 20 years ago, it’s now endangered.
A recently surfaced video shows the embattled Spokane Valley lawmaker speaking at a gathering in Stevens County in 2013. “Arm yourselves. Arm your families. Arm the church,” he said.
Already, state Rep. Matt Shea and some of his closest supporters have made physical preparations for a holy war, one that would help them establish their long-envisioned 51st state, their Redoubt, their Christian homeland. Numerous emails and documents, obtained by The Spokesman-Review through multiple sources, shed new light on some of those preparations and the paranoia that has fueled them.
Leaked emails, first reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, as well as a video on Shea’s public Facebook page, reveal the Spokane Valley lawmaker has had close ties with a group that trained children, teens and men in their early 20s for religious combat.
The political arm of the Northwest Credit Union Association, which represents 180 credit unions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gave $1,000 to Shea’s campaign this year but recently asked the campaign to return the money. On Tuesday, a spokeswoman told Spokane Public Radio the association had reviewed Shea’s social media activity and determined “his beliefs do not reflect the views and values of our organization, member credit unions or customers.”
Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged Wednesday he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian god as a “warrior,” details the composition and strategies of a “Holy Army” and condemns abortion and same-sex marriage. After the document was leaked online Tuesday, the Spokane Valley Republican insisted he was not promoting violence and that the message had been taken out of context.
The southern end of San Juan Island is home to a species more imperiled than the polar bears of the Arctic and the tigers of Asia. It’s the island marble butterfly, an increasingly rare species that may soon become the 10th endangered species — and the second butterfly with that protection — in Washington state.
A Cub Scout was kicked out of his group after he questioned a Colorado state lawmaker about gun control and previous contentious comments she made about African-Americans.
What you lose in integrity, you make up for in savings, and these days, most folks can’t tell the difference.
A $1.1 million building project is underway in Spokane Valley for Oregon Tile & Marble by Bedrosians, at a site visible from nearby Interstate 90.
Two thieves in Stevens County picked an unlikely target Monday morning: the firefighters at Stevens County Fire District 7. Crews from the all-volunteer department saw two young men in hoodies running away from a truck parked outside the station just before 5 a.m. Monday, Fire Chief Joe Paccerelli said.
The classic physics puzzler holds up surprisingly well in the Internet Archive's online browser-based port.
From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane man announced a new marble-quarrying enterprise near Northport, Washington.
FISHTRAP — A yellow construction crane with a snapping American flag marks what could become a $25 million industrial park otherwise out of sight at the Interstate 90 exit here. Below the crane are 4 1/2 acres of asphalt divided by two sets of long, double concrete walls, and bounded north and south by pits pummeled out of the underlying basalt. There’s a drafty construction trailer and a recycled metal office building overdue for some sprucing up.