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Inland Journal, October 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (10/11/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):        
    ▪    We’ll meet Dave Wilson and Jenny Graham, the two candidates in a race for a Washington Sixth Legislative House seat.
    ▪    We’ll have profiles of Brad Little and Paulette Jordan, the two candidates in the Idaho governor’s race.  
    ▪    We’ll hear how Gonzaga University is responding to a planned visit by anti-gay protesters from Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.
    ▪    And we’ll go to Kellogg, where crews are updating the system for collecting polluted water from the Bunker Hill mine and cleaning up.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

In Kellogg, Idaho, the construction season is wrapping up on a big project whose goal is to greatly reduce the amount of pollution that makes its way into the south fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.

Rod Zion is overseeing the project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He says it has three parts. First, crews are adding capacity to that huge earthen berm you see from Interstate 90 as you drive near Kellogg. Second, they’re building an underground wall that will run along the freeway. And third, they’re adding new technology a water treatment plant that’s 45 years old and way overdue for an update.

Gonzaga Reacts To Church Protesters

Oct 11, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today [Thursday], members of the Westboro Baptist Church, based in Kansas, plan to picket near Gonzaga University. The church is known for its protests around the nation, picketing funerals of military members who are killed overseas, among other things. According to a letter from President Thayne McCulloh to the Gonzaga campus community this week, the group planned to target people who are part of Spokane’s LGBTQ community and people in military service.

Paulette Jordan

Idaho is one of the reddest and the whitest states in our country, but change could be in the air this November.  It’s a long shot, but Democrat Paulette Jordan could become the state’s first female governor and the country’s first Native American.  

Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s gubernatorial election will be historic no matter who wins. On one side potentially-  Idaho’s first female governor -- and the nation’s first Native American. On the other, Republican Brad Little who even his supporters call … low key. But he is a traditional conservative running in a traditionally conservative state.

Dave Wilson/Jenny Graham

The Sixth Legislative District in Spokane will have some changes in its representation next year. It starts in the Senate, where Republican Michael Baumgartner is vacating his seat. Republican Representative Jeff Holy wants to replace him. That means Holy is also vacating his seat. Today, we’ll hear from the two candidates who want to replace Holy in the state House: Republican Jenny Graham and Democrat Dave Wilson.

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the state legislature to nearly double funding to manage and respond to wildfire.

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UW Researcher Uses Dogs To Understand How People Age

Oct 9, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

University of Washington researcher Matt Kaeberlein is studying another way in which dog is man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Kaeberlein says dogs age in many of the same ways humans do. They contract many of the same afflictions (cancer, diabetes, arthritis).

Kaeberlein spoke about his research Tuesday in downtown Spokane. He is Gonzaga’s Next Generation Medicine lecturer.

Jenny Graham

Hear our entire interview with 6th District Republican state House candidate Jenny Graham.