Inland Journal

KSFC Thursdays 5-5:30pm

Inland Journal is a half-hour public affairs program that includes news features and interviews produced by SPR staff, reporters from the Northwest News Network (N3) and others.  The program has a regional focus that reflects the broad listening area of Spokane Public Radio.

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Inland Journal, June 22, 2017

Jun 22, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, some children have a lot of adversity thrown at them early, before they’re able to adequately handle it. Psychologists call those adverse childhood experiences and say the more difficulties children must overcome, the more likely they’ll have trouble later on in life. We’ll talk with Washington State University researcher Chris Blodgett about work he’s doing with schools to help students with behavior issues tied to the trauma they’ve experienced.

Spokane 'Point-in-Time' Count Shows More Homeless

Jun 15, 2017

On January 16, Spokane city officials and about 100 representatives from 30 community organizations conducted their annual one-day “Point-in-Time” census of homeless people. The census is required by the state. The canvassers made contact with 1,090 people. That number is up about a hundred from the year before.

Despite the increase, Dawn Kinder believes Spokane is making progress in helping people, especially families, find places to live and stabilize their lives. Kinder directs the city of Spokane’s Department of Community, Housing and Human Services.

Inland Journal, June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll hear excerpts from an Idaho Supreme Court hearing over whether the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state grocery tax is legal. We’ll talk with Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal about his vision of the state’s schools. We talk about the results of the annual homeless census in Spokane. And the head of the Upper Columbia United Tribes talks about this week’s ceremony in Kettle Falls honoring salmon and their role in Native life.

Northwest Tribes Celebrate Salmon in Kettle Falls

Jun 15, 2017
Upper Columbia United Tribes

Today members of several northwest Indian tribes are in Kettle Falls to celebrate the traditional role of salmon in their culture. It’s the second consecutive year such an event has been held. Some of the celebrants arrived in huge hand-carved canoes. They set off from the Keenleyside Dam, near Castlegar, British Columbia, padded down the Columbia River and arrived for a ceremony at the site of one of the most historically prolific fisheries in the Northwest. That fishery disappeared with the building of Grand Coulee Dam in the 1930s and the creation of its reservoir, Lake Roosevelt.

During the next two weeks, we’re going to hear plenty in the news about the progress or lack of that Washington’s legislative leaders are making in writing a new state budget. June 30 is the end of the state’s fiscal year. If there’s no budget, there’s no money and the government will have to cut back to the most basic services.

Most of the state budget goes to K-12 education. And you’ve probably heard reference to something called McCleary. That’s the name of the plaintiff in an education funding lawsuit that went to the state supreme court. We asked the state’s new school superintendent, Chris Reykdal, to tell us what he thinks parents and taxpayers think McCleary really means.