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.
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.
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.
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.