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Moving to a Sound Future
8:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Thank You for Contributing to a Sound Future

Thank You for your donations! The volunteers celebrate at 6p on Thursday, Jan. 22

“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. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
4:19 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Browne's Addition: The Age of Elegance

From Spokane Public Radio's archives, this program was produced in 1984 by Mary Mitiguy Miller to celebrate The Age of Elegance in Browne's Addition, Spokane.

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Moving to a Sound Future
1:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

'New Era of Public Radio Service'

The old dividing door that firefighters used to separate trucks from the rest of the building. The door will remain on the wall in the performance studio.
Paige Browning Spokane Public Radio

SPR General Manager Cary Boyce says moving into the newly renovated building will bring the "beginning of a new era in public radio service to the region."

In these special interviews, Boyce explains three ways the building will serve the Inland Northwest.

Copyright 2015 Spokane Public Radio.

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Moving to a Sound Future
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Builder: On SPR's Fire Station Remodel

A worker cuts metal in what will be the front office of Spokane Public Radio.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

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.

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Moving to a Sound Future
12:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Our Rep: On SPR's Fire Station Remodel

Owner's representative Harvey Morrison in the new performance studio.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

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.

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Moving to a Sound Future
10:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Planner: On SPR's Fire Station Remodel

A construction worker cuts wood inside the future performance studio. An old sliding door hangs on the wall in the background, which is one of many historic features staying put.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

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.

  

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Moving to a Sound Future
5:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

SPR Preserving History of Fire Station No. 3

Spokane's Fire Station No. 3 with its apparatus and staff in the 1930s.
Credit Museum of Arts & Culture

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Spokane's former Fire Station No. 3 is more than SPR's future home. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and represents the development of the region's fire department.

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The Gem State
2:00 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Jessica Robinson Sums Up Idaho Lawmaker’s First Week

Inland Northwest news correspondent Jessica Robinson is covering Idaho's 2015 legislature.
Credit Kayo Lackey / Northwest News Network

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.

Copyright 2015 Spokane Public Radio

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Regional News
5:57 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Driveway Law Prompts City Hall Abortion Debaters

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:

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Police Radar
5:25 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

8 Hours on Crisis Intervention at New Police Academy

File photo of Spokane police car from January 2015.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

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.

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