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Day One of the three-by-three drive brought in dozens of volunteers and many phone calls from new and renewing members. Be sure to keep them busy by calling 328-5729 (outside Spokane, 1-800-328-5729) or pledge your support online.
Photos from Pledge Central are above: click on the photo of the cute Dalmation toy (our new SPR mascot thanks to a listener) to start the slide show.
Go ahead and soak in that view of the Spokane River if you drive past or across it this week. Spokane is rated as the number two city for best American riverfront. USA Today and the website 10 Best collaborated on the poll, naming the best city through votes by the public.
More than 200 people will welcome the damp weather this weekend by planting trees in Spokane. The Lands Council hosts their 4th annual Reforest Spokane day Saturday at five locations along Hangman Creek.
When dozens of cars pull up Saturday morning, Lands Council staff will have about 1,000 trees ready to go into the ground. The holes will already be there, dug out by jail inmates this Friday. Conservation Programs Director Kat Hall says they focus on Hangman Creek because it’s a very degraded watershed.
For the last four pledge drives, Spokane Public Radio tried something new. Instead of the 7- or 8-day fundraiser (which was a vast improvement from the 10 or 30 day drives of yore), we tried a one day event. While we liked this format for a number of reasons, the numbers haven't held up to what they once were with the longer pledge-a-thons. Our solution? A three day compromise.
There are dueling gun initiatives on the Washington state ballot this November. Initiative 594 would require background checks for all private gun sales. Initiative 591 would prohibit background checks unless mandated by the federal government.
Reporter Ryan Katz takes us inside a place where many guns are privately bought, sold and traded: A gun show.
The 4th district representative seat in Washington pits the ultra conservative incumbent Matt Shea against a fellow Republican, Josh Arritola.
Arritola was raised in Spokane, a product of a broken home, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High school, and then received a scholarship to the University of Washington. After a stint in the Air Force, Arritola, became a business consultant, and now works in that capacity for companies in the oil and gas industry.
State Representative Marcus Riccelli and local daycare owner Tim Benn have been through this before. Benn is running for district-three state representative, after losing to Riccelli 37-percent to 63-percent in 2012. This race pits true-blue democrat Riccelli, against anti-special interest candidate Benn. It’s a civil race, with neither candidate throwing sharp attacks at the other, but their differences are clear.
Riccelli’s priorities remain the same as when he was first elected.
Washington’s top-two primary system has given 4th district voters the choice between two Republican farmers in the upcoming congressional elections. Both men are campaigning as defenders of central Washington’s farm economy. But when it comes to agricultural policies, they find plenty to disagree about.
A tiny aerial drone came to the rescue of Coeur d'Alene city engineers trying to inspect a huge city water tank last week. City water department officials are concerned about deterioration of a 160-foot tall structure they call the Prairie Standpipe. The giant monolith on the north side of town holds 2-million gallons of water. It's said to be the largest structure of its kind in the world.