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Democrat Throws Her Cowboy Hat in Race for State Senate

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

At Beck’s Harvest House on Greenbluff, north of Spokane, Karen Hardy is giving a visitor a ride in a buggy pulled by two large black work horses, Buddy and Curly. It’s a Sunday morning and the orchard is packed with visitors.

“Buddy. Thank you. Go with him, Curly," Hardy called out to her horses.

Hardy is the head teamster at the Rocking K Ranch in Deer Park. She trains the horses, cares for them, runs them at events like this. She and her team work weddings, hay rides, sleigh rides. Occasionally they pull a harrow in the fields.

Republican Senator Seeks Re-Election in Seventh District

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Seventh District is one of the biggest in the state. It covers parts of 10 counties, including north Spokane, and because most of that is rural, campaigning door-to-door isn’t an efficient use of time.

So, candidates such as Sen. Shelly Short (R-Addy) often meet voters at events such as the annual cider fest in the town of Marcus, population about 180. It’s along Lake Roosevelt, about 15 miles northwest of Colville.

“These community events, the parades, the fairs, Fathers’ Day rodeo, all of those things are where you see people gathered. And we’ve always said that’s our rural form of doorbelling,” Short said.

Legislative Aide Pursues Spokane City Council Seat

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Hillyard business district is one of the commercial centers in the Northeast district and that’s where we met Kate Burke. We asked to walk the neighborhood with her as we talked.

Burke grew up on Spokane’s south side. But she has chosen to live in the Northeast section of the city.

“It just feels like home when I’m over here," she said. "I like doorbelling. I feel really comfortable. I enjoy conversations with the people over here.”

Day Care Owner Seeks Spokane City Council Seat

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

It’s election season and over our next few programs, we’ll feature candidates and measures that are appearing on Washington’s November 7 general election ballot. Those ballots should be in the mail sometime next week.

The Spokane City Council will see at least one new face in January as Amber Waldref moves off of the council due to term limits. She will be replaced in her Northeast district by either Tim Benn or Kate Burke. Though it’s a non-partisan race, Burke leans progressive and Benn is more conservative. Burke won 45% of the vote in the August primary, Benn about 37%.

We met Tim Benn at his family business, a licensed day care center he and his wife have operated in the Minnehaha neighborhood for 17  years.

Inland Journal, August 17, 2017

Aug 17, 2017

Inland Journal for August 17, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:
    ▪    Spokane County decides to pull its November ballot measure that would have asked voters for an increase in property taxes beyond what the state allows without a public vote.
    ▪    Spokane’s Central Valley School District has several new or renovated schools that will open this fall to students. We’ll visit one of them and talk about what kind of effect they will have on the district.
    ▪    The massive cleanup of mining waste continues in north Idaho. We’ll talk about the challenge of cleaning up waste that has been moved out of the Silver Valley toward the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area.
    ▪    A large number of volunteers who will be giving their time to help with science experiments related to next Monday’s solar eclipse.
    ▪    Steve Jackson will have a report about the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will come to the Spokane area next week in conjunction with the new PBS series about the Vietnam War.