The Friends of Sironka, a group of East Africa's Maasai people who tour to showcase their villages' spectacular dance, chanting and jumping contests, have been living and working in Spokane this month. They are led by Nicholas Sironka, a Fulbright Scholar and visual artist who taught at Whitworth College.
A new government watchdog report on continuing troubles at the old Hanford Nuclear Reservation drew a demand for immediate action from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. The Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday faulted the Department of Energy schedule for managing leaking storage tanks at Hanford.
The government auditors found that the older single-shell underground tanks and even the newer double-shell tanks filled with radioactive waste continue to deteriorate.
A wildly optimistic estimate of new hydro power potential released last spring by the US Department of Energy has been hung out to dry by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Members of the four-state power council - it includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana - were amazed to read a report commissioned by the Energy Department. It found that un-dammed rivers in the Pacific Northwest could produce upwards of 25-thousand megawatts of new, clean, non-carbon-emitting energy. That's equal to nearly three-quarters of the existing hydropower capacity in the region.
In a rare move, media were invited to Fairchild Air Force Base on Friday to learn about Fairchild’s survival school. It came after the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, which reminded people that contract workers developed many of the harsh interrogation techniques. Two of those contractors, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, were former psychologists at Fairchild.
Unseasonably warm months have been a help for the work crews preparing Fire Station No. 3 for its new life as SPR's studios. Crews from Walker Construction and its subcontractors are framing in new studios and offices. A new concrete floor is about to be poured in the Performance Studio. Electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, and heating/cooling ducts snake about the wall joists and high ceilings. It's possible the basic construction work could be completed not long after the start of 2015.
Click the image above to see a slideshow of construction from December 2014.
The people who manage Washington's major ports and highway systems see a growing threat to their import business - a tiny port far to the north in British Columbia. Asian shippers have learned the fastest route to move their goods to the U-S midwest and east coast is the rapidly growing port of Prince Rupert in northern BC.
A couple of shaky old deteriorating bridges in Spokane County will be torn out and replaced. Good news for drivers, but it means the dilapidated old spans are among the worst in the state. Under a state-managed part of a federal highway bridge program, the Ritchey Road bridge over Deep Creek and the Monroe Road bridge over Dragoon Creek will both be replaced.
Replacement of the Ritchey Road bridge should cost about $1.5 million; the Monroe Road structure about $1.2 million.
You may have heard that the deadline for sign-up and renewal of Health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is today. But don’t panic if you haven’t renewed yet, that deadline is for states using the federal website.
Officials invited media onto Fairchild Air Force Base on Friday to distance the Spokane-area base from CIA interrogation techniques. Two retired Fairchild psychologists are known to have moved on to create interrogation methods that got criticism in a federal report this week.
The general election is about five weeks behind us and already Spokane is gearing up for the next round of ballots. The city will have a special election February 10th, and voters will decide on two school funding measures.