Inland Journal

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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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Drones Aren't Just for Playing

Mar 23, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Sounds like a bunch of angry insects, doesn’t it?

These are three small drones, chasing each other around an enclosed area in a Spokane Convention Center ballroom. The venue was a conference held Tuesday, sponsored by the Spokane Association of Realtors.

The guys flying these little machines made them themselves, mostly for fun. But there are commercial applications as well. Joseph Williams pays attention to that. He works in the state Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness and he came over from Olympia for the drone conference.  

Spokane's New Episcopal Bishop Talks with Inland Journal

Mar 23, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Last Saturday, Spokane’s Episcopal Diocese installed its first female bishop. Gretchen Rehberg is a Pullman native who went back east to go to college. She earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and taught at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

Eventually the call to a religious vocation took her away from academia. She went to New York City and studied to be a priest. She was ordained and served her first parish in York, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday night at Spokane City Hall, Spokane Public Radio held its annual health forum, this year focusing on suicide awareness. Reporter Steve Jackson assembled a panel of guests, including mental health specialists, the chief of the Post Falls Police Department and a board member from the group End of Life Washington.

Inland Journal, March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017

    ▪    Wildfires and forest health in Washington, feature plus interview with Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Okanogan County)
    ▪    Suicide awareness, a recap of SPR’s health forum with host Steve Jackson
    ▪    An interview with Spokane’s newly-ordained Episcopal Bishop, Gretchen Rehberg
    ▪    The business applications of drones, an interview with Joseph Williams from the Washington state Department of Commerce

Three Rivers Hospital

Scott Graham, the CEO of Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, Washington, talks with Doug Nadvornick about running a rural hospital when a time when small-town hospitals are struggling. We ask him about how the Affordable Care Act has changed taking care of patients in rural areas. This is our full interview with him. A condensed version appears in this week's "Inland Journal."