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KPBX History
3:19 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Garrison Keillor at KPBX

Garrison Keillor standing in the KPBX Performance Studio in 1984
Credit Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography

Back in 1984, Garrison Keillor visited Spokane and came by the KPBX studios on 2319 N Monroe Street. Photographer and SPR supporter Don Hamilton remembers it well; he documented the event with his camera.

During the Fall 2014 Pledge Drive, Don came by with a large print of the A Prairie Home Companion host standing in the performance studio.

Before showing staff the image, he crawled around the grand piano to get a photo of the same area of the same room, to show how much things have changed. And how much the room has stayed the same.

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Fall 2014 Membership Drive
5:00 am
Sat October 25, 2014

3x3 Oct 25: New Members Always Welcome

Kara, Chris, and Janine answer phones and take your pledge.

Click on the photo above for today's pictures from Pledge Central.

Be honest, how often do you turn on your radio? How often is it tuned to either KPBX, KSFC, or KPBZ? The point is it's ON, whether you've donated any money or not. So why should you become a member?

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Breaking
1:11 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Marysville Shooting: Debrief from Student Pick-up Area

From the Associated Press: MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A hospital says three victims are in critical condition after a school shooting near Seattle.  Providence Everett medical center spokeswoman Heidi Amrine said a total of four wounded students were brought to the hospital.  She says three were in very critical condition.  One considered stable was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police say a lone student shooter was dead after the attack at Marysville Pilchuck High School. 

From KUOW in Seattle:

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Washington Elections
1:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Sheriff Candidates Battle on Oversight, Jails, and Leadership

Current Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich (left) and challenger Detective Doug Orr.
Credit Courtesy Ozzie Knezovich and Doug Orr

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hopes voters will elect him for a third term, but he’s up against a fellow republican and union-backed candidate, Doug Orr. The frosty relationship between the two candidates has grown out of disagreements on police oversight, the county jail, and leadership style.

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Programming
8:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

One Night Art Gallery with Tiffany Skidmore

  Verne interviews Tiffany Skidmore of the One Night Art Gallery, which will be at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Saturday, October 25 from 2-5pm.

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Fall 2014 Membership Drive
8:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

3x3 Oct 23: You Make a Difference

SPR's new Dalmation mascot (courtesy of a listener) oversees Pledge Central.

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.

Regional News
12:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Spokane: Second Best American Riverfront

A view from one of the Spokane River foot bridges, with the Riverfront Park pavilion behind.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

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.

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Regional News
4:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

‘Reforest Spokane’ Work is Growing on Hangman Creek

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.

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2014 Fall Fund Drive
4:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Three Days, Three Ways

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.

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Washington Elections
1:21 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

I-594 Worries Gun Show Dealers

File photo of shooting range, AK-47

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.

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