Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor; Morning Edition Host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.  “It was a different world on the weekends at night here.  There was a lot of interplay between shows and producers, and live jam sessions on the air.”  Now, Steve is the voice of local weather and news during Morning Edition, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.  He also makes the morning coffee.  Aside from SPR, Steve is a simple, dirt farmer who enjoys gardening, chickens, music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  He plays acoustic and electric guitar and is proud to say that his mom listens to him every day.

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St. Vincent de Paul in Coeur d Alene is using a new computer app to help with the process of assisting those in need.

The organization operates three area thrift stores, and also assists those less fortunate in the community to find jobs and housing. They have assisted 5,000 people last year, of which 1,200 needed help with transitional housing or finding shelter.

Avista Coporation

Avista Utilities officials believe they are on track to get approval from utility commissions in five states to complete their merger with a Canadian company.

Hydro One of Ontario is hoping to acquire the Spokane utility.

The plan hit a bump in the road this summer when the CEO and board of directors at Hydro One were replaced.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission then asked for more information on how the management changes would affect the proposed merger. This week, Idaho regulators set a new schedule for hearings as well.


An investigative journalist who has spent years probing the story behind toxic chemicals, some of which are in the Spokane River, will be speaking this week at Gonzaga University.

PCBs, a family of chemicals also called polychlorinated biphenyls, were banned from use by Congress decades ago, but they are still found in the Spokane River. The chemicals were used in various electrical components, like transformers, but have been traced to human health issues, like liver damage or cancer.

Jundt Art Museum

Spokane art lovers will have a special treat as several works of the notable French artist Auguste Rodin will be on display at Gonzaga University.


Idaho Fish and Game officials are celebrating some funding that will help them restore lands that have been eroded by hydroelectric projects in North Idaho.

The Bonneville Power Administration  has agreed to pay Fish and Game 24 million dollars for wildlife and land restoration projects. The money comes as mitigation for the effects of Albeni Falls dam, which was built in the 1950’s.

Mitigation work has been ongoing since the 1990’s.In this case the money will go to restore land in the Clark Fork delta that has been severely eroded over the years.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

UPDATE August 29 at 10 a.m. : The Spokane Education Association and Spokane School District have come to an agreement on a new contract. No details have been released. The proposal will go to union members, perhaps later this week, for their approval.

Meanwhile, West Valley teachers ratified their new contract at a meeting Tuesday evening.

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The smoke from area wildfires can pose a health threat to humans, but you may be surprised to learn that researchers are also trying to find out the negative impacts the smoke may have on birds.

Spokane County homeowners are receiving their latest tax assessments that tell tell how much their homes are worth, and many are seeing surprising increases.

The average home assessments are up by 15% over last year in Spokane County. Some homeowners are seeing much higher increases. For the entire county, the value has climbed $4 billion over last year.

But if you see a 15% increase in your tax assessment, that doesn’t mean your tax bill will go up by the same amount.

Fires Continue To Char Eastern Washington

Aug 14, 2018
Alice Schlegel



Over 400 structures are threatened by a fire burning just a few miles west of Kettle Falls in Northeastern Washington.

Steve Jackson has more.

Attorneys representing opponents of the Pac West smelter proposal for a facility near Newport have sent a letter to the Washington Department of Ecology, with concerns about the process for permitting the smelter.