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Officials with the Nine Mile School District in Stevens County are looking at options for school security. The district lies at the southern end of Stevens County.

Superintendent Brian Talbot says the rural community is dependent on county sheriff's deputies when an emergency occurs.

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The city of Spokane today (Monday) began the process of closing portions of North Monroe Street in preparation for a road narrowing and street improvement project.

The “Mobile Mouth”, a 42-foot long mobile dentist’s office, will stop in Portland and Spokane this week as part of a nationwide tour to provide free dental care to veterans. 

A report out last month says visitors spent nearly $740 million in communities near U.S. Forest Service lands in Washington and Oregon. The number of visitors and dollars coming into the region hasn’t changed much in nearly two decades.

At work, Jim Skorpik's nickname is a handle better known for missiles: "Hellfire."

As a longtime federal electrical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., he's developed sensors to track missiles' readiness for battle that measure heat or impacts that could damage them.

Lately, Skorpik has turned his know-how to schools.