Stories tagged: shawn vestal
Sun., May 24, 2020
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.
Fri., May 22, 2020
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, …
Wed., May 20, 2020
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.
Sun., May 17, 2020
A Spokane woman and her daughter walked to New York City on the promise of a $10,000 payment in 1896, while an infectious tragedy played out back at home.
UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020
It came as Father said it would come, a shroud over the sun, a night in the day, a black pall upon the earthly coffin of the wicked. At the …
Tue., May 12, 2020
Lots of people have been demanding that Spokane County be allowed to move most quickly down the path toward reopening the economy than the rest of the state. But there’s …
UPDATED: Sun., May 10, 2020
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 …
Wed., May 6, 2020
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020
Good for you, the thousands of residents who are responsible, thoughtful, informed, impatient, hurting, unselfish, decent people who did not participate in an ill-fated and selfish protest last week in …
Wed., April 29, 2020
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 …
Fri., April 24, 2020
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 …
UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2020
Some $90 million in federal emergency funds with almost no strings attached are headed toward Spokane County – and with it are coming criticisms of County Commissioner Al French’s initial …
Sun., April 19, 2020
It’s 7 p.m., and the line of weary men trails back from the front door, along the fence that surrounds the House of Charity and down the sidewalk lining Pacific …
Fri., April 17, 2020
In ordinary times, Ava Barany and Sarah Edwards use leftover flowers and natural materials to create works of art that lie in wait, in parks and public spaces, to delight …
UPDATED: Wed., April 15, 2020
Amy McColm is a family resource coordinator assigned to Lidgerwood Elementary for The Zone Project. She’s also just someone who, when hearing that a family needs food, works whatever angle …
Tue., April 14, 2020
Columnist Shawn Vestal gets the wild rumpus started by reading “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
Sun., April 12, 2020
The coronavirus is creating a real-time experiment in Spokane jail reform.
Fri., April 10, 2020
Shawn Vestal: Disruptions at testing center suggest online conspiracies may be creeping into real life
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said an incident at the Spokane County fairgrounds testing site was one of three “very odd” disruptions there on April 3 and 4 – the weekend that …
Wed., April 8, 2020
Many people have been and continue to be dismissive of the coronavirus without bothering to pretend to be smart about it.
Sun., April 5, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and efforts to thwart it have brought changes large and small, many of which are coming so fast we can’t yet understand them. But it will end …
Wed., April 1, 2020
Connor Duncan, a 16-year-old sophomore at North Central High School, is using his 3D printer to help make frames for masks to protect health care workers.
Mon., March 30, 2020
Shawn Vestal: SPD officers, already in harm’s way, negotiate virus challenges to protect the vulnerable
Police officers are the line of last defense when someone falls through the cracks and finds themselves with nowhere to go, a host of chronic illnesses and not a cent …
Sun., March 29, 2020
I finally viscerally felt that these eccentric days, which had done such violence to routine, would lurch into another gear: Not normal, but suffused at last with a sense that …
UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020
When Laura Fish-Leat saw the images of empty shelves everywhere, she thought of her neighbors. Many of the people in her Chief Garry Park neighborhood are older and have health …
UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020
It starts with people donating five or 10 bucks each from the healthy, socially distant comfort of home. It ends with scores of hot meals going to the neediest people …
UPDATED: Sun., March 22, 2020
The waiters, bartenders, cooks and others who work in restaurants and bars are one group of workers who are taking a monstrous economic blow as a result of coronavirus and …
UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020
The United Way is ready to connect organizations in need of help with volunteers.
UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020
If there’s anything we know about Spokane in times of crisis, it’s that people step up.
UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020
Shawn Vestal: No-Li Brewhouse exemplifies the spirit of helping each other during coronavirus outbreak
No-Li Brewhouse turned its kitchen into a sack-lunch production line Tuesday, and volunteers at Logan Elementary handed out lunches to students and parents.
Sun., March 15, 2020
Maurice Smith stopped by the Cannon Street Warming Center the other day around lunch, just as people began lining up for a brown-bag lunch: sandwiches, chips, a Jell-O dessert cup …