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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Diabetics have many strategies when it comes to handling fluctuations in their blood sugar. Some carry candy bars or other foods to eat when they feel their blood sugar running low. Fairc hild Air Force Base firefighter/EMT Kris Maynardhas devised his own solution and is looking to bring it to market.

Washington Primary Election Roundup and What's Next

Aug 9, 2018
Washington Secretary of State

One primary election is over in Washington and it’s on to the finale, the general election, in November.

We’ve reported about the tight race in Washington’s Fifth Congressional District between Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic challenger, Lisa Brown. Coming into today [Thursday], McMorris Rodgers leads by a point, up just a bit from Tuesday night. That’s certainly tighter than political watchers expected and tighter than a poll last spring that showed McMorris Rodgers up by about four points.

Inland Journal, August 9, 2018

Aug 9, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (8/9/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    •    We’ll look back at the results from this week’s primary election in Washington and ahead to the races in the November general election.
    •    We’ll go to Kellogg, Idaho, where teachers and scientists this week are working on a curriculum to teach students about air quality.
    •    We’ll talk with the author of a new book about Greg Lemond, the only American to officially win the Tour de France. He read from his book recently in Spokane.

The Tour de France is a big deal in Europe, kind of like their Super Bowl. It doesn't have that same stature here, unless there’s an American near the top. Lance Armstrong brought a lot of Tour de France excitement to the nation. And so did the guy who proceeded him as the first American to win the three-week race across France, Greg LeMond in 1986. He won it three times. Former Washington Post correspondent Daniel De Vise came through Spokane recently to talk about his new book about LeMond and his effect on cycling in America.

Idaho, New Zealand Students Learn About Air Quality

Aug 9, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

What do Kellogg, Idaho and Alexandra, New Zealand have in common? Smoky air.

“Alexandra has had a persistent problem with air quality for decades," said Ian Longley, a scientist at NIWA, which is the New Zealand version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Nineteen time zones to the west, Kellogg has had some of the same issues.

Inland Journal, August 2, 2018

Aug 2, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (8/2/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    •    Our final program featuring conversations with candidates on Washington’s August 7 primary election ballot.
    •    Today, candidates for a Seventh District state House seat: Jacquelin Maycumber and Randy Michaelis
    •    Steve Jackson reports on how a proposed silicon smelter is the main issue in a Pend Oreille County Commission race
    •    Three candidates for Spokane County seats: Rob Chase for commissioner, Scott Maclay for sheriff, Randy Brandt for District Court

Jacquelin Maycumber

Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic), who was appointed to her seat early in the 2017 session, won an election last November to keep the seat until the next general election, which is three months from now. Her opponent is Democrat Randy Michaelis.

Former Spokane Judge Wants To Become A Judge Again

Aug 2, 2018
Randy Brandt

Former Spokane County District Court Judge -- and current candidate -- Randy Brandt has had several vocations during his career, including construction and real estate. Thirty years ago he became a lawyer. He served as a District Court pro tem judge and court commissioner, before being appointed as a judge in 2011. He lost his bid for re-election in 2014. Now he’s back challenging Patrick Johnson and Lynden Smithson for an open District Court seat.

Scott Maclay

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is seeking a fourth term. The man running against him is Scott Maclay, a controversial figure who has legally changed his name to Dump Ozzie Dot Com. Maclay is a former realtor in Spokane Valley; he’s now a respiratory therapist and a persistent critic of the sheriff.

Rob Chase

Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney has a primary election challenge this month from county Treasurer Rob Chase. The two Republicans have competed twice before for public office.