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Getting There: Colbert bike builder works alone out of his garage, sells his singular bikes around the world

Elephant Bikes are built by one man in a Colbert garage, where Glen Copus turns out bikes known for their idiosyncratic designs and expert craftsmanship. But Copus is disarmingly unpretentious …


Faith and Values: Getting unstuck takes some effort

Even for those of us who endure the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of disruption, I sense we all live in some degree of “stuck.” Arguably, everyone alive right now …


Shawn Vestal: When the call to fight COVID-19 arrived, Dorothy MacEachern came out of retirement to answer it

For years, when an infectious disease reared up in Spokane, there was a simple but important reaction: Call Dorothy MacEachern.


Shawn Vestal: We shouldn’t act like Phase 2 is the finish line

Everywhere you look right now, with the announcement that Spokane County can move cautiously down the road toward reopening the economy, you see people racing across the coronavirus finish line, …


Sue Lani Madsen: Inslee should be more open about using pandemic to meet his climate change goals

Gov. Jay Inslee, the presidential candidate, talked of nothing but climate change. Inslee, the candidate for a third term as Washington’s governor, has of necessity been talking nothing but COVID-19 …


Shawn Vestal: Coronavirus and the courts mean delays, distancing and Zoom, of course

With video conferencing, courts are trying to fit an in-person process into a no-contact world and trying to balance justice with safety in unprecedented ways.


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Getting There: Effort underway to connect Fish Lake Trail to the lake and the Centennial Trail

Fish Lake Trail is, at least for now, a misnomer. But a pair of efforts are underway to make the trail reach the lake on one end and to connect …


Faith and Values: This year, graduating seniors deserve even more praise

If I look at one more final exam I’m going to go cross-eyed. That’s how the final week of school always goes, but usually it ends with me getting to …


Spin Control: Congress Sucks Party may not elect a candidate, but it will express the mood of most voters

There may be nothing more creative than a Washington candidate entering an election for which he or she has no chance of winning and taking a flier when filling in …


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Dave Nichols: WIAA proposals for state basketball tournaments leave open possibility of State B venue moving to lowest bidder

Have we already witnessed the last State B tournament in Spokane? It’s entirely possible.


Sue Lani Madsen: Junior Livestock Show of Spokane must go on, even if online

“Make new friends, but keep the old One is silver and the other gold.”


Faith and Values: Pandemic drives home need for stronger local economy

The Rev. Deb Conklin writes, “This pandemic has brought home for me a commitment I made after Wall Street created an economic crash in 2008 – a commitment to work …


Getting There: As gas tax revenue drops, Washington Department of Transportation could face 40% funding decline, delay projects

A recent drop in driving is a sign that people were largely heeding Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders. But when people drive less, they buy less gas. And when people buy …


Spin Control: Some campaigns are heavy on ‘the merch’

It may be a sign of age, but I can remember when the first thing a potential candidate did was hire a strategist and open an office. Now it seems …


UPDATED: Sat., May 9, 2020

Tim Dalhberg: Still bad after all these years, Mike Tyson hits gym

It’s hard to say what is more startling, seeing Mike Tyson hitting a bong or watching him hitting the mitts in a boxing gym like he was getting ready to …


UPDATED: Sun., May 10, 2020

Shawn Vestal: Projects that connect restaurants to the hungry nourish bodies, hearts

For about 90 minutes almost every day, Mandi Ibarra-Rivera is a meal wrangler. Working from home, Ibarra-Rivera, a Spokane writer, contacts restaurants and coordinates orders from hungry families to help …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

Sue Lani Madsen: Where’s the beef? There’s plenty on the hoof

While the retail price of beef has gone up, the price of cattle has dropped faster than a 401(k) during a pandemic. Price gouging or price fixing, either way it’s …


Rob Curley: Switch from sports to morning news makes perfect sense for KHQ’s Sam Adams

Spokane sports broadcaster Sam Adams is about to become one of the anchors for KHQ’s popular “Wake Up” morning show. It might sound a little crazy, but it’s likely a …


Shawn Vestal: Health officer says key to safe, successful reopening is to ‘box in the virus’

Dr. Bob Lutz is getting ready to try and put the coronavirus in a box. That, he says, is ultimately how we will reopen public life safely – by having …


Getting There: Work begins on long-awaited bus rapid transit City Line

Bus rapid transit in Spokane is no longer just a glimmer in the Spokane Transit Authority’s eye nor an idea pushed around on paper. As of Friday, it was a …


Rob Curley: Spokesman-Review staff pivots, shifts to keep delivering the news

None of us have done this before. There was no playbook to follow. None of the newspaper’s historical emergency publishing plans explained what to do if there was a worldwide …


UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

Spin Control: Bookshelves may be revealing in remote interviews

It is probably a sign of watching too many teleconferences and interviews with experts or reporters working from home that I have started looking over their shoulders to see what’s …


Shawn Vestal: At long last, Idaho Freedom Foundation’s karmic backlash arrives

Has the Idaho Freedom Foundation – the faux charity that strives to be the king-maker and king-slayer of Gem State politics – caught a serious illness? Or just a seasonal …


Shawn Vestal: Firing of officer who kicked suspect is a good step, if it survives the effort to unfire him

The possibly good news is that the cop who kicked a handcuffed suspect in the nuts has been fired.


Sue Lani Madsen: We’ve weathered the storm, now it’s time to move forward – thoughtfully

We flattened the curve and didn’t overwhelm our health care system. Yay for us! Now what?


Shawn Vestal: Idaho business leaders took on the testing challenge themselves, to support reopening

Tommy Ahlquist, a former emergency room doctor and gubernatorial candidate, knew what was needed: testing. He didn’t want to wait around for the government, and he knew the economy couldn’t …


UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

Getting There: Post Street Bridge on the brink of 2-year closure for rehab

If you’re looking to linger above the Spokane River, watching spectacular and imposing waterfalls crash up- and downstream of you in the middle of downtown, without a single car buzzing …


Faith and Values: What the ‘butterfly effect’ can teach us about the coronavirus and spirituality

What if we cannot predict, let alone control, the spirit of God any more than meteorology can control the weather on, say, Easter Sunday?


Shawn Vestal: Creative community faces ‘catastrophic’ challenges to survive

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been harsh in many parts of the community, and especially so for many arts organizations. Across the board, large stalwarts like the Spokane …


Shawn Vestal: If we move too fast because we’re sick of the stay-home order, we’ll be sicker in the end

People have picked apart and criticized the governor’s approach, but Inslee’s aggressive, health-first standards seem likely to look wiser and wiser in the rearview mirror, especially when set against the …