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Board Reverses Decision, Revokes Graduation Prayer

Concerned about the potential costs of a threatened law suit, the Columbia School Board has revoked permission for prayers at a high school graduation ceremony. The board voted 3-2 Tuesday …


Residents Shout Down Noise Rules

About 100 people, mostly from the northern end of Stevens County, shouted down a noise-control ordinance requested by suburban residents of the county’s southern end. County commissioners scrapped the proposed …


Media Dog Piling, Federal Policing Both Better Stop

A year ago, I expressed concern about the continued expansion of “federal police” in agencies not created specifically for that purpose. Should public land management agencies like the Forest Service …


Public Periscope

Sounds like a plan Spokane County planners were conspicuous by their absence from the recent regional meeting of the American Planning Association. The subject was Initiative 164, which requires local …


Freeholders Complete Lesson In Civics, Civility Despite Wide Range Of Opinions, All 25 Freeholders Stuck Out 30-Month Process Of Reinventing County Government

Choose 25 strangers with diverse backgrounds and widely divergent opinions. Tell them to meet at least once a week to hash out issues of great importance to a region. Ignore …


Group Petitions Idaho To Take Federal Land Tenth Amendment Provides For State Ownership, Group Says

An association based on the Tenth Amendment is starting a petition drive aimed at persuading Gov. Phil Batt to declare state ownership of the millions of acres of federal land …


Rules Hinder Kendrick Women From Selling Store

Rita Blewett meant to get out of the liquor business three years ago. The Kendrick, Idaho, woman thought the time was right to sell the tiny liquor store she runs …


Batt Turning His Back On Solution Hardened Position On Nuke Waste May Keep Him From Solving Problem

Still stinging from a political lashing in January, Republican Gov. Phil Batt has so hardened his opposition to more nuclear waste storage that he has essentially turned his back on …


Centered On Teens

Bob Lipe is well known in the West Central Community Center. He owns a service station and a convenience store there and the building where the C.O.P.S. West police substation …


Year 2000 Disaster Date For Computer Programs Calculations Based On Higher Year Values

As 2000 gets closer by the day, many computer users are facing the prospect of a back-to-the-future nightmare. Many computer programs calculate years from the last two digits, such as …


State Nepotism Laws Don’t Cover Live-In Lovers Complaints Arose After Official’s Girlfriend Won Promotion

If they were married, it’d be illegal. But when the live-in girlfriend of state Liquor Dispensary Assistant Superintendent Jim Baugh was transferred into the central office for a higher-paying job, …


Liquor Board Takes Some Shots Over Privitizing

A workman unloads liquor at Idaho’s liquor dispensary in Boise. Photo by Betsy Z. Russell/The Spokesman-Review


Trochmann Learns Lesson From Freemen Militia Leader Tells Of Scheme To File Liens Against Officials

Randy Trochmann says that the freemen “have the solution to the problem.” File/The Spokesman-Review


Budget Crisis Forces Hiring Freeze Hold On Hiring Likely To Be Accompanied By Other Cuts, Budget Director Says

Spokane city officials announced a hiring freeze Friday to hold off a budget crisis this fall. A slowdown in the economy, problems in the county assessor’s office and higher expenses …


Dollar Coin Would Carry Big Bill

People at the U.S. Mint don’t want to change to a dollar coin, because, they say, the switch would carry a big bill. After months of taking a neutral stance, …


Board Ponders Options Temporary Rules May Allow Non-Public Students To Take Part In School Activities

The state Board of Education is deciding how to implement a new law allowing students from home and private schools to take classes and participate in extracurricular activities at public …


UI Interim President Hired State Board Of Education Chooses Provost Thomas Bell To Fill In For Zinser

The state Board of Education on Friday hired retired University of Idaho Provost Thomas Bell as interim president of the Moscow school during the search for a permanent successor to …


Rules Called Too Tough On Addicts Feds Withdraw Support For Safe, Sober Apartment

1. (Color) Charles Washington wants to live in a clean and sober environment. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Ann Finke manages the Commercial Building. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Freeholders’ Job Ends With Charter 50-Page Local Constitution Will Go On Nov. 7 Ballot

Spokane County freeholders, who were elected 2 years ago to make government better, finished their work Thursday. The final product: a 50-page charter - in effect, a local constitution - …


Gore Outlines Proposals For Va While Taking Slap At Gop Plan ‘There Is A Wrong Way’ To Make Savings

Vice President Al Gore and Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown said Thursday a new round of “reinventing government” proposals for the Department of Veterans Affairs would save $209 million. The …


Education System Focus Of Meeting

The state Board of Education has scheduled a special Aug. 2 meeting to discuss possible restructuring of Idaho’s higher education system. The Legislature has the final say on whether to …


Groups Lobby To Save Biological Service Congress May Ax Program That Conducts Wildlife Research

Scientists, bird-watchers and gardeners are besieging Congress this week with pleas to save the National Biological Service. The $160 million program is threatened with extinction by a budget-slashing Congress. It …


Blm Wants To Fill Advisory Councils

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants you, if you’re interested in having a say in how the agency’s 11.9 million acres of Idaho land are managed. Gov. Phil Batt …


Athol Approves Bond

Athol voters have overwhelmingly approved a $70,000 bond to improve the city’s water pressure and storage. City officials said 78 people voted for the bond, 7 people against it. One …


Tempers Rise With Appraisals Kootenai Property Owners Shocked By Big Rise In Assessments

“Somebody else paid an overly high price for their land so we all get it in the nose, huh?” asks homeowner Jim Kelly. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Wwp Will Freeze Rates Until 2001 Deal With States Permits Adjustments In Some Cases

The Washington Water Power Co. has agreed to freeze base rates until the year 2001 in proposed agreements with Idaho and Washington regulators who are reviewing a proposed merger with …


Library Changes Shelved

Bonner County commissioners closed the book Monday on a drive to dismantle the East Bonner County Library District.< The unanimous decision came after a two-hour public hearing. More than 45 …


Tensed Mayor ‘Madder Than Hell’ And A Lot Of His Constituents Aren’t Going To Take It Anymore

In this town of 90 people, Mayor Ed Dohrman rails at the city clerk and curses constituents at public meetings. A group of Tensed voters says their two-year mayor is …


Thrift Insurance Fund Could Go Broke

The government fund that insures deposits at savings and loan banks could go insolvent in less than two years, the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said Monday. The …


Shalikashvili Says Stability Slow Process Can’t Build New World In A Day, General Tells Georgia Leaders

Gen. John Shalikashvili. Photo by Associated Press