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UPDATED: Sun., June 16, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

Street Music Week ends on a high note

Street Music Week 2019 ended Friday and raised $29,333 for the Second Harvest Inland Northwest Food Bank, which equates to 146,665 meals.

Dorothy Dean presents: Macaroni and cheese, the way it’s supposed to be

Ready for some cheesy history on America’s favorite comfort food? Historians say macaroni and cheese was made popular in the U.S. by Thomas Jefferson, the third president and author of …

On Tap: New brewery, Inland Ale Works, opening in Cheney

When New Boundary Brewing opened in May 2015, it was Cheney’s first since the city voted to go dry back in 1910, forcing the closure of Bavaria Brewery. While New …

Rob Curley: Should “Non Sequitur” return to the comics page?

Back in February, the “Non Sequitur” comic that ran in our newspaper had a hidden message in it. It was a naughty message. Really naughty. Involving President Trump. So, like …

The war at home: How Spokane’s newspapers covered the Allied invasion of France

By the spring of 1944, the people of Spokane had grown accustomed to wartime news. Every day, the headlines screamed from the pages of The Spokesman-Review and the Spokane Daily …

UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Running Tab: Let’s dive deep into Spokane’s food scene

Whether $5 or $500, the food just needs to be good. This has been my mantra while writing about food for the past 15 years in my 23-year career as …

UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

What’s the best burger in Spokane – and why?

May 28 is National Burger Day, so if you’re reading this online at, you’re on a roll (OK, a bun, actually). If you’re reading this in today’s Food section, …

UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Cloudburst ruptures Spokesman-Review drain pipe and floods pressroom with thousands of gallons of water

The cloudburst Thursday afternoon that turned Spokane’s downtown streets into gushing rivers, also created havoc at the massive presses that print The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

Taste Test: new Japanese izakaya menu at Ruins

Dinner on Wednesday night was the new Japanese izakaya menu at Ruins with The Spokesman-Review colleague and friend Sean Stoops, as Ruins debuted the special menu Wednesday night for a …

UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

New grant-funded health care reporter Arielle Dreher starts in June at The Spokesman-Review

There are hundreds of untold stories about rural health care and precious few resources to tell those stories. Report For America, The Spokesman-Review and the Innovia Foundation have all committed …

UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Editor & Publisher: Spokesman-Review one of 10 newspapers that ‘do it right’

The magazine said it looked for innovative revenue strategies, impactful journalism and creative audience growth when selecting newspapers for E&P’s annual feature about media game changers.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 8:13 a.m.

Spokesman-Review’s printing operations to move to Spokane Valley to expand commercial press business

For more than a century, The Spokesman-Review has been printed in downtown Spokane. That will change in late 2019 or early 2020, when the newspaper’s print publishing operations move to …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

How we created a Christmas card for our readers

Every holiday season, we like to surprise our readers with a Christmas card from The Spokesman-Review staff.

Rob Curley: Ag series turns into more than we could’ve expected; book to be released in December

Like all places, there’s typically a big difference between how the locals view their communities versus how the rest of the world views them. It was that very idea that …

Rob Curley: ‘100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die’ is an insider’s guide to our town

When our editor talks to different community groups about our newspaper’s different missions, he often explains our hope to be a daily instruction manual to life in our community. Then …

Washington apple crop awaits answers amid ongoing trade uncertainty

Despite uncertainty about markets, the Washington apple crop is coming off the trees and producers are hopeful that talks with Mexico and Canada can wrap up soon to protect two …

Judge permanently blocks release of unredacted records on SFCC’s Darren Pitcher

A judge signed an order Friday permanently barring the Community Colleges of Spokane from releasing unredacted records of the sexual harassment investigation that led Darren Pitcher to resign as acting …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Attorney General says lawmaker records subject to disclosure

The Washington Attorney General’s office said Wednesday that state lawmakers are subject to the same rules of disclosure that cover other elected officials and employees at state agencies.

Rob Curley: Let’s have a birthday party that lasts the entire year

We’re about to have a birthday here at The Spokesman-Review. We’re 135 years young. Kinda.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 1:32 p.m.

Gary Crooks: I’m leaving the paper, but I hope you stay

It’s been a privileged perch, and I am grateful. However, politics has changed – and not for the better – and the impact on journalism is profound.

Rob Curley: Channeling our past can lead us to the future

Last year on Thanksgiving, our newspaper published my first column as the new editor of The Spokesman-Review. It was the first time we talked about some of the philosophical changes …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 8:11 a.m.

Rob Curley: In an early-morning call, losing an old friend and finding a way forward

This week marks my one-year anniversary of the editor of The Spokesman-Review. I wanted to be here for so many reasons, but mostly because I had grown to dislike the …

100 years ago in Spokane: Newspapers rush publication of draft lottery results

The “most stupendous of all lotteries, in all ages” took place in Washington D.C., affecting the military fate of 10 million young Americans. It was the World War I draft …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

S-R’s Joe Palmquist leaving position as sports editor to become managing editor

Starting Monday, I will vacate the seat I have occupied for the past 13-plus years and move into my new role as this newspaper’s managing editor.

Rob Curley: On the lookout for liars, and the difference between beliefs and facts

How journalists fare in a world of fake news.

Spokesman-Review staff take home multiple Associated Press photo awards, including Cowles Cup

Spokesman Review photographers bundled up the awards in the 2016 Associated Press Northwest photo contest, announced Wednesday.

Rob Curley: Thanksgiving, serendipity and why today’s front page looks like it’s from 1910

The Spokesman-Review’s front page looks different today; that’s on purpose.

Goodbye Dorothy Dean: Woman who served as last home economics specialist at The Spokesman-Review dies at 89

Margaret Heimbigner, the last woman to serve as The Spokesman-Review’s “Dorothy Dean,” has died at 89.

Gary Graham: End of 44-year ride in journalism is bittersweet

Democracy needs a strong, independent and vibrant press that speaks truth to power and tells the stories of a community, both large and small.

Mike Lynch, longtime sportswriter, copy editor in Spokane, dies

Mike Lynch, who served more than half a century as a member of The Spokesman-Review editorial staff, died Tuesday night of a heart attack. He was 86.