Despite dreary economic forecasts, city leaders remain optimistic federal and state aid will help pay for the local COVID-19 response, say they have built reserves during the good times to help weather hard times, and are hopeful the current woes are short-lived.
For more than two decades, Spokane residents were accustomed to Nadine Woodward in front of a camera, reading the day’s news and sharing local stories as a television news anchor. As the city responds to the coronavirus outbreak, now-Mayor Woodward has resumed that role – albeit for a different network.
With no collection to count and all gatherings banned, Our Lady of Lourdes and the funeral home that helped bury Charlotte Phelps have taken a blow that is more than just spiritual. There’s also a difficult financial cost that Rev. Darin Connall and others fear could harm the cathedral’s spiritual mission going forward.
Mark Pond received very few questions from visitors about starting a business at the reference desk when he began a career at the Spokane Public Library in 2006. “I just sat at the downtown library at the reference desk waiting for business questions to come to me. It was complete radio silence,” said Pond, the library’s business reference librarian. “People didn’t know what the library had to offer. I didn’t know how to market what we had to offer, and the tools we had available weren’t necessarily anything close to the toolbox we have now.”
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the first major health crisis to face Spokane.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s order allowed recreational businesses to remain open as other retail outlets shuttered to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On March 29, 1980, The Spokesman-Review's front page photo showed Mount St. Helens’ pristine white cone – and a plume of steam and ash coming out the top.
Keep those overdue books. With a stay-home order in place, and out of an abundance of caution, the Spokane Public Library is not accepting returns.
The struggle against coronavirus affects Americans around the globe. Many American travelers are stranded beyond U.S. borders, and expats are coping with government-mandated restrictions.
Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, the Brazilian president has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife says she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the Middle East, cherished traditions are coming to an abrupt halt: No more massive weddings and celebrations
California farms are still working to supply food to much of the United States amid the coronavirus
Scientists say the world’s largest whales face increased risk of death from ship strikes as waters warm.
The dispute over funding highlights tensions over a repository straining under demands from state officials. States desperate for materials from the stockpile are encountering a beleaguered system beset by years of underfunding, changing lines of authority, confusion over the allocation of supplies and a lack of transparency from the administration, according to interviews with state and federal officials and public health experts.
The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s essential and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival.
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America.
The coronavirus has waylaid efforts to get as many people as possible to take part in the census
The nation’s fiercest fiscal conservatives have largely embraced the economic rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump
While much of the United States is living on lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, several Southern states are resisting.
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