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Man Gets Kick Out Of Postal Service In Something Of A Slip-Up, Government Gets North Idaho Mixed Up With North Dakota

A painful slip on the U.S. post office floor in Coeur d’Alene led to an embarrassing slip-up a few months later in California. Or was that Colorado?


‘Citizens Retreat’ To Report Results Council Also Expected To Act On Police Review Commission

They’ve told each other how they feel about Spokane city government. Tonight, they’ll tell the City Council.


Brown Hid Investment In Slums Commerce Secretary Has Concealed His Interest In Apartments Considered ‘Unfit For Humans’

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Young Americans Are Today’s Old Boys

I always did think the Washington press corps had played center too long in the Great Football Game (old joke: sees the world backward and upside down), and now I …


Residents Say Land Swap Not Even Deal Area Will Be Clearcut If State Trades With Builder, Critics Say

Nine Mile residents fighting a land swap between the state and a Kirkland, Wash., developer say taxpayers will be the big losers. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has …


Nuclear Panel Mulls Licensing Changes

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering allowing the country’s 107 nuclear power plants to take over the task of examining candidates to be nuclear reactor operators. The move would save …


Lawmakers Hashing Out What’s On The Menu For School Lunches

Of all the accusations flung back and forth in the new Congress, none infuriates Republicans more than the assertion that they are cutting the school lunch program. House Speaker Newt …


Antique Shop Owner Seeks Special Permit In/Around: Trentwood

A woman who wants to keep an antique shop in her barn has asked Spokane County for a conditional use permit for a home industry. The retail business called No …


Assistant Chief Added To Staff At Valley Fire

Valley Fire District has created a second assistant chief position and appointed one of its own. Dave Lobdell, a captain at Station No. 6, will begin the position May 1, …


Boaters Will Need Conservation License At Public Launches In/Around: Liberty Lake

People who have spent thousands of dollars on a boat might want to consider one more investment: A $10 conservation license. Without that document, boaters who launch at public access …


‘Apartment Dwellers’ Under Bridge Evicted City Cleans Out Area After Transients Leave Well-Equipped Camp

City workers Shane Warner and Craig Dowdy remove transient camp. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Outlaw Wheels City Ordinance Bans Bikes, Boards Downtown

Coeur d’Alene police officers Pete Pederson, right, and Jeff Thurman issue warnings to Joel English, with pack, and Terry Brinton on Thursday for skateboarding near First Street. Photo by Craig …


Hanford Plan Worries Advisory Board Panel Says Doe Plan For Private Cleanup Leaves Too Many Unanswered Questions

The Hanford Advisory Board is concerned about the Energy Department’s plan to privatize tank-waste treatment at the Hanford nuclear reservation, members said Thursday. “We simply don’t have enough data from …


Boise State Plans To Increase Student Fees

Idahoans can expect to pay $37 more per semester to attend Boise State University full-time next year. Boise State President Charles Ruch sent the state Board of Education a proposal …


Batt Plans To Increase Gas Tax Says Funds Are Needed For Maintenance And Construction Of Highways

Gov. Phil Batt said on Thursday that the concerns he expressed in January about the operations of the state Transportation Department are being addressed and he will probably recommend an …


Fda Outlines Plan To Privatize Some Agency Functions But Some Worry That Dollars, Not Safety, Will Drive Decisions

Caommissioner David Kessler listens to Associate Commissioner Diane Thompson before testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Paper Dolls Rally At State Capitol Parents, Children, Proxies Ask Lawmakers To Support Child Care

Hundreds of paper dolls and a handful of ralliers asked lawmakers to support quality child care for low-income, working families. Photo by Associated Press


Finally, State Ratifies 27th Amendment To The Constitution

Better late than never. Washington’s House followed the Senate on Thursday in ratifying an amendment to the U.S Constitution that was penned by James Madison and sent to the voters …


Kootenai Jail Population Hits Record 162 Inmates Jammed Into Facility Built To Hold 123

A record number of inmates jammed the Kootenai County Jail Monday morning, leaving inmates sleeping on floors and tempers flaring in the cramped cells. Although the facility is certified to …


Cost Of Nuclear Waste Cleanup Skyrockets New Energy Department Review Estimates $230 Billion As Minimum, Over A Period Of Decades

The cleanup of radioactive waste left over from decades of nuclear weapons production will take longer than the Cold War itself and cost between $230 billion and $350 billion, the …


Library Board Accepting Applicants

The East Bonner County Library is preparing for an election to fill a seat on its five-member board of trustees. Florence Carter, who now holds the post, is up for …


Wppss May Have Violated Safety Rules At Hanford N-Plant

Washington state’s only commercial nuclear plant may have violated safety rules, a federal agency said Monday. Inspectors for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they found four possible violations this year …


Hanford Cleanup: $48 Billion National Bill May Reach $230 Billion, According To Latest Doe Estimate

Without changes in its agreement with Washington state, the Department of Energy estimated Monday that cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation would cost almost $48.7 billion over the next 75 …


Insurance Chief Protests ‘Rules’ Changes

Washington Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn bristled Monday at last-minute changes in legislation designed to curtail the ability of several state agencies to write new regulations. While acknowledging the need for …


It’s Time To Give Newt Some Credit

As King Louis XVIII re-entered Paris on a fine June day in 1815, after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Count of Chambord bowed in welcome and coined a phrase: …


Ag Market News Agency To Close Fruit Price And Supply Information Service Will Shut Yakima Office July 1

Market News Service, the U.S. Agriculture Department agency that reports fruit and vegetable price and supply information, will close its Yakima office July 1 due to the lack of state …


Do We Follow Logic Or Law?

By Cheryl Steele’s standards of conflict, the political spat that now surrounds her must seem pretty tepid. This, after all, is the woman whose exasperation with crime drove her to …


Compromise Helps Tax-Cut Bill Outlook Gop Group Convinces Leaders To Tie Trims To Deficit Reduction

House Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed with dissident Republicans on Monday to loosely tie his treasured tax-relief legislation to future reductions in the federal deficit, removing a big barrier to passage …


High School Students Lobby For Arts Funding Group Talks With Murrary About Futures Of Pbs, Nea

Casey Routh of Seattle visited Congress on Monday to complete his humanities project: a full-fledged lobbying trip in support of public broadcasting and the arts. “A lot of students listen …


House Wants Encore Tax Vote Senate Leader Says Republicans Merely Trying To Make Political Hay With New Vote

The Republican House has passed 22 tax-cut bills worth $738 million this session. On Monday, the chamber announced it will pass the measures again - all rolled into one big …