“Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We are Going” was the theme of SPR's 35th Anniversary, which included a full-day pledge drive to raise $170,000 towards unlocking a State of Washington grant. The grant and donations combined will pay for the construction already underway, turning Fire Station No. 3 into a historic home for KPBX, KSFC, and KPBZ's studios and operations.
Walker Construction is the primary construction company working on the remodel, along with several sub-contractors. Ed Walker spoke with us about why this is more than your average bid job for the crew.
Spokane Public Radio's owner's representative, Harvey Morrison, has worked on the building project since the beginning. He helped scout out possible locations, and ultimately walked us through the plan to remodeling the old fire station.
Copeland Architecture and Construction was the lead architect for the renovation project in old Fire Station #3. Architect Austin Dickey toured us through the building explaining historic elements, and new features.
Idaho lawmakers have just finished their first week of the 2015 legislative session. Paige Browning spoke with correspondent Jessica Robinson who is covering the Idaho legislature for Spokane Public Radio, about surprises and topics that came up this week.
We will hear more from Jessica Robinson in the weeks to come, as she makes visits to the Capitol in Boise.
A proposed city law about driveways turned into a debate on abortion Monday night at Spokane City Hall. The debate was over a section of the city’s municipal code, which makes it illegal to block traffic on public roads. The new section debated at the meeting added: “or in a driveway located in the public right-of-way.”
Instead, much of the testimony was from abortion foes and advocates of abortion rights. This exchange took place between Council President Ben Stuckart with citizen Steve Beach:
Law enforcement officials opened up a second basic training academy in Washington on Tuesday in Spokane. Police agencies are hiring more, and leaders hope changes in training will prepare them for modern-day issues.
Criminal Justice Training Commission Director Sue Rahr says there used to be less than 300 officers trained a year, and now it’s up to 600. Demand for officers is up. And as national discussion picks a-part police training and use-of-force, Rahr asserts Washington state gives special attention to mental health.