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A batch of late-arriving ballots is going out to nearly 7,000 Washington voters in advance of next Tuesday’s special election. That’s because of an error in the state’s Motor Voter system that allows people to register to vote when they get a drivers license.

The emergency seems to be over for now at the slow-moving landslide at Rattlesnake Ridge near Yakima, Washington. The state has taken down the warning signs and lights on the highway below.

But for some, the drive is still nerve wracking. They’ve coined a phrase for driving quickly past the slide: “Shooting the Gap.”

Avista Announces New Catalyst Building In U-District

Feb 6, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR/Michael Green Architects

This week Avista announced it plans to create what it calls its Catalyst building along East Sprague in Spokane’s University District.

The building’s name is apt because Avista hopes it will become a catalyst on several levels.

Mead Voters Asked To Approve School Levy, Bond Issue

Feb 6, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Mead School District is in the final week of a campaign to convince voters to approve two ballot measures.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Voters in Spokane’s Central Valley School District have two big decisions to make by February 13. The district is asking for a ‘yes’ vote on a three-year levy to supplement its basic education funding from the state. It’s also asking for a ‘yes’ vote on a $130 million bond issue.