Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor; Morning Edition Host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.  “It was a different world on the weekends at night here.  There was a lot of interplay between shows and producers, and live jam sessions on the air.”  Now, Steve is the voice of local weather and news during Morning Edition, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.  He also makes the morning coffee.  Aside from SPR, Steve is a simple, dirt farmer who enjoys gardening, chickens, music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  He plays acoustic and electric guitar and is proud to say that his mom listens to him every day.

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The battle for a Washington state House seat in the 7th Legislative District pits a newcomer Democratic candidate against the Republican incumbent, who has only held the seat for a few months.

Jesse Harding

Proponents of a rail to trail corridor in Ferry County are worried that their county commissioners have plans to introduce motorized vehicles adjacent to the path.

In 2009, Ferry County residents voted by 61 percent to allow only non-motorized use of the old railway.

Now, trail organizers say it appears the county is ignoring that public vote, and looking to allow motorized vehicle use, like all terrain vehicles alongside the trail on the county’s right-of- way.

Dave Conner via Flickr

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is not happy that the Spokane county commissioners have decided to wait to ask voters for a tax increase and have decided to make budget cuts to all departments across the board.

State law allows the county commissioners to increase property taxes one percent per year. If they want even more, they are required to ask voters for approval.

Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Brown is hopeful that Congress can come up with some sort of plan to assist the children of illegal immigrants. Many of these children are in a state of limbo now that President Trump has overturned the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Brown says the latest version of the ‘Dream Act” that would grant a conditional green card to current DACA recipients sounds promising, but she worries what it might take for it to actually pass both houses of Congress:

Washington State House Republicans, via Flickr; Creative Commons

A group that advocates for public employees has filed an ethics complaint against northeast Washington representative Joel Kretz. Kretz, the Republican Representative from the 7th district, has been cited by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, as inappropriately pressuring WSU officials to take action against a leading wolf researcher.