Stories tagged: Shawn Vestal
Sun., June 16, 2019, 5 a.m.
Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?
Fri., June 14, 2019
As another academic year comes to a close, as schools mark the end of this season, celebrate graduations and promotions, and commence summer vacation, I remember all of my teachers.
Fri., June 14, 2019
Women have every right to be offended and outraged when a man dons womanface.
Wed., June 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
When people try to co-opt blackface for their own unrelated political aims – by, say, comparing drag queens to blackface performers – it cynically reduces the historical crime of blackface …
Sat., June 8, 2019
I truly believe that so-called “nonteaching jobs” are incredibly important to ensuring the success of each student.
Fri., June 7, 2019, 5 a.m.
Each year, the athletics department’s accumulated deficit – the amount it “owes” to other departments at the school – grows. Today, for example, the school’s Board of Regents is expected …
UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 4:23 p.m.
People with housing – they’re everywhere, and their numbers are growing. Try not to overreact.
UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 4 p.m.
It might be the most gruesome garage sale in Spokane history. Zombie parts. Zombie goo. Bottles of blood. Heads and hands. Wigs and prosthetics. Racks and racks and racks of …
Wed., May 29, 2019, 5 a.m.
Time was, if Spokane went a-courtin’ in Seattle, trying to woo businesses and rich folk over to the dry side, it wouldn’t have raised a whisper of concern in the …
Fri., May 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
Who’s ready for summer? Swimming, grilling, camping, coughing …
Wed., May 22, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Universities should look at their out-of-classroom spending growth before they start slashing budgets
As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration. One hundred and fifty-five percent.
Wed., May 15, 2019, 5 a.m.
Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed …
Sun., May 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
When I play the piano, I hit a lot of wrong notes. But I’m lucky to know, because my mom showed me, that if I keep trying, I’ll hit more …
Fri., May 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: The 800 former federal prosecutors who signed a letter alleging Trump obstructed justice are heroes
The intensely counterfactual speech emerging continually from the White House and its emissaries is a crisis. No country built on self-governance can function when lies and misinformation, to say nothing …
UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 7:12 p.m.
The Kootenai County GOP’s hearty applause and embrace of a dangerous alt-right conspiracist over ‘free speech’ leaves one wondering if they would be similarly supportive of the late Richard Butler’s …
Wed., May 1, 2019, 5 a.m.
A superstitious person might wonder if there’s a curse on the Ridpath Hotel, whose history has been marked by saviors who turn out to be con men.
Tue., April 23, 2019, 5 a.m.
Guardian report suggesting Rep. Matt Shea supported surveillance of protestors should be enough for the GOP to push Spokane Valley legislator out of its ranks.
Fri., April 19, 2019, 5 a.m.
For the first time in decades, a steel-framed butterfly towers above the north-bank entrance to Riverfront Park.
UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:38 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: School layoffs and renewed push for higher local taxes show school funding far from fixed
After our local school district has revealed it will lay off hundreds of employees if it is not rescued – now, somehow, we are again considering the very money-generating mechanism …
Fri., April 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Union reps’ push for private negotiations reason enough to raise questions against such secrecy
An officer of the Spokane firefighters union – representing the men and women whose paychecks constitute a large portion of the city’s budget – says, unsurprisingly, that transparency in labor …
Wed., April 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
When Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers arrived at Trump Tower in December 2016 for an interview with the president, the envelope full of media clippings ‘detailing various times McMorris Rodgers had …
Sun., March 31, 2019, 5 a.m.
Fri., March 29, 2019, 5 a.m.
Even though Idaho citizens voted by initiative to expand Medicaid after years of legislative resistance, legislative resistance has not gone away.
Sun., March 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
We don’t have
Wed., March 20, 2019, 5 a.m.
A pair a students at Whitworth College etched an elaborate hoax in stone that captivated historians and the press for months during spring 1942.
Sun., March 17, 2019, 5 a.m.
As the Washington Legislature considers tightening up vaccine requirements for kids entering public schools, anti-vaxxer opponents have taken up the argument that it’s a simple question of parental choice.
Fri., March 15, 2019, 5 a.m.
The College Republicans at Gonzaga University deserved better from Ben Shapiro. Or at least from his bookers.
UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 1:35 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: 61 percent growth in WSU students over past 30 years is nothing compared to 861 percent growth in administrators
A lot has changed at Washington State University in the past 30 years, but nothing quite like the number of administrators.
Fri., March 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: The state slow-walked horrific abuse reports and three children will pay for a lifetime
The system is failing three children at the center of an abuse case that one nurse called “child torture.”
Wed., March 6, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: If kids in Idaho want attention from the Legislature, they should point a gun at a federal official
If children in Idaho are looking for love from the Legislature – or simple protection from zealot parents – they’re not going about it the right way.