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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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Vote 2014
12:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Spokane Valley House Race Pits Two Republicans At Odds

Republican candidate Josh Arritola (left) and Republican incumbent Matt Shea are running for 4th District State Representative.
Credit Arritola campaign website; WA legislature website

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.

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Vote 2014
10:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Benn Runs Small Campaign Against Rep. Riccelli Again

Independent Republican Tim Benn (left) and Democratic incumbent Marcus Riccelli visited the SPR studios to talk election topics in early October, 2014.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

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.

Campaign platforms:

Riccelli’s priorities remain the same as when he was first elected.

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Washington Elections
3:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Two 4th District Farmers Run for Congress on Republican Ticket

Clint Didier at a debate at the Yakima Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

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.

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Regional News
1:39 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tiny Drone Does Huge Job for City

Drone by GoPro, file photo.
Credit Flickr- Kevin Baird - https://flic.kr/p/mNJerU

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.

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Regional News
1:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Geologists Sing a Happy Lidar Day Song

Washington State geologists working for the Department of Natural Resources threw themselves a party the other day. The earth scientists were celebrating what they called "Lidar"  day, a somewhat nerdy affair. Lidar is one of those acronyms favored by government agencies - It means light detection and ranging - a combination of laser and radar.

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Health Care
6:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Montana Hospital Set Up to Take Ebola Patients

There are thousand of hospitals in the U-S, but only four with isolation units suitable for isolating Ebola-infected patients. One of them is in the Inland Northwest, but not where you might expect to find it. It's Saint Patrick, a non-profit hospital in Missoula Montana, a town of about 69-thousand people not too far from the Idaho state line.

Saint Patrick has a special isolation wing to treat highly infectious patients. It's one of only four hospitals in the country so equipped.

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Vote 2014
10:07 am
Thu October 16, 2014

County Prosecutor Race Pits Establishment Against Reformer

Attorney Breean Beggs (left) and Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell.
Credit Brean Beggs campaign, Larry Haskell campaign.

The candidates for Spokane County Prosecutor represent a member of the establishment, and a challenger who says he wants to change the status quo. Larry Haskell has worked in the county prosecutor’s office since 1998, minus a three year stint in the Air Force following 9-11. He also spent a year working in the US attorney’s office in Spokane, working as an assistant U-S attorney.

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