Stories tagged: shawn vestal
Sun., Dec. 8, 2019
Shawn Vestal: From the Palouse to the Puget Sound, new book delves into Washington’s lost literary history
In his fascinating new book “Salmon Eaters to Sagebrushers: Washington’s Lost Literary Legacy,” Peter Donahue exhumes the state’s deep literary history from the late 1800s through the 1960s.
Fri., Dec. 6, 2019
Film about post-9/11 torture program paints Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen as the bad guys.
Wed., Dec. 4, 2019
Shawn Vestal: The political shift in the Valley isn’t quite the left turn the far right thinks it is
If you’re still wondering how a lawmaker who pals around with people who fantasize about “skull-stomping” commies online continues to be re-elected, and whether that trend will continue, consider a …
Sun., Dec. 1, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Jailing people is expensive. Let’s look at all the options before building more cells in Spokane.
It costs $298 to book someone into the Spokane County Jail and $134 a day to keep them there. Meanwhile, it costs $25 to start someone on an electronic home …
Thu., Nov. 28, 2019
Our city’s historic brick buildings wear the faded history of painted advertisements all around downtown. The more you look, the more you see.
Sun., Nov. 24, 2019
Twelve extreme risk protection orders have been issued by Spokane courts since a new law took effect that allows courts to temporarily remove guns from people who are threatening themselves …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2019
James Allsup would be a natural fit on Matt Shea’s team – that circle of loose screws, online tough guys, racist ignoramuses, Islamaphobes and homophobes, violent fantasists, Trump cultists and …
Fri., Nov. 15, 2019
After all that time, all that argument and all that Realtor money, the landscape at City Hall will be strikingly similar to the one we’ve had for eight years. Given …
Wed., Nov. 13, 2019
More than 100 families, and nearly 300 children, were either placed in housing or stabilized and prevented from becoming homeless as part of the program. Of those, 95 percent remain …
Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
Recent obituaries in The Spokesman-Review tell stories of Fuller Brush men and decorated Vietnam heroes, truck drivers and part-time ministers, businesswomen and piano players. The following was summarized from those …
Wed., Nov. 6, 2019
If you are of the view that our politics is too controlled by big money, and that democracy is disfigured by the influence of the money-is-speech brigade, you weren’t disabused …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Initial internal reviews, watchdog assessment raise serious concerns about exoneration in K-9 arrest
Chief Craig Meidl and Capt. Tom Hendren said they believed that the context of the arrest led them to conclude the use of force was appropriate. They did not mention …
Thu., Oct. 31, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Use of K-9, incendiary threats in arrest show the need for outside oversight of Spokane police
This moment is precisely why the ombudsman’s office exists. The police department has essentially signed off on everything in the video but Lesser’s demeanor. But we’ve got to have more …
Wed., Oct. 30, 2019
The plaza and these other riverfront projects are part of a thoroughgoing revitalization of the relationship between the city center and the Spokane River.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Family pushes parish to change course, after decision to stop allowing girls as altar servers
“I started to cry,” Emily Leonard said about her reaction hearing why girls could no longer be altar servers. “Before we left, I said, ‘Please let the girls who are …
Fri., Oct. 18, 2019
Shawn Vestal: The chill between cops and watchdog deepens, as controversial case approaches public release
The relationship between police chief and ombudsman – always bound to have some inherent tension – has devolved into a chilly estrangement, growing partly from criticisms regarding a still-secret case …
Wed., Oct. 16, 2019
“The Report,” a new film that aims to be in the tradition of 1970s political thrillers like “All the President’s Men,” is set for a theatrical release in November.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Students will turn out to see astronaut and Spokane native Anne McClain this week – but some schools are staying away
Gonzaga Prep invited students from several local schools to attend a presentation by Anne McClain. But some schools passed on the chance, including Cataldo Catholic School. The reason? Some upset …
Sun., Sept. 29, 2019
These figures are new, but the phenomenon isn’t. But incomes in the city are not just low compared to booming Seattle – they are hovering near the poverty line, indicating …
Fri., Sept. 27, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Another winter without a plan, as mayor’s commitment to shelter system appears to wane
This week’s announcement that the city would again pursue temporary solutions, almost all of which still have yet to be identified, for sheltering the homeless during winter put an exclamation …
Wed., Sept. 25, 2019
Preserve some honor, Congresswoman. Support the impeachment inquiry. Use whatever influence and leverage you have to set an example. Be the leader your words would have us believe you are.
Sun., Sept. 22, 2019
Shawn Vestal: A helicopter pilot for LBJ. A Harlem Globetrotters opponent. An expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. Recent obituaries share our stories.
One obituary is a portrait of an individual. Bring several together and you have a portrait of a place.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates
As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without …
Fri., Sept. 13, 2019
Don’t hold your breath waiting for bike lanes in the Liberty State.
Wed., Sept. 11, 2019
If we wanted to be smart about the nexus of homelessness, addiction and crime, we’d double the city’s community court program tomorrow.
Sun., Sept. 8, 2019
Joshua Conklin was more than his worst times. More than a John Doe OD. He was Kirsten Zurfluh’s friend and special charge, and she has worked to give his life …
Sun., Sept. 1, 2019
On this Labor Day, amid a longtime downward trend in national union membership and following a recent Supreme Court decision celebrated by union busters, it’s interesting to note that it’s …
Fri., Aug. 30, 2019
Shawn Vestal: The new ‘Curing Spokane’ video is an inaccurate and shallow report on Spokane’s homeless
Spokane is sick, apparently. And the snake oil has arrived.
Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
An important question looms following last week’s decision by Prosecutor Larry Haskell that the shooting of David Novak by Spokane police was justified: Where is the body-cam support?
Wed., Aug. 21, 2019
If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …