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Emily's List Trains Female Candidates In North Idaho

Sep 18, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week, leaders of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians are holding their annual fall meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Hotel in Worley, Idaho. What’s different this year is that one of their own is fully immersed in a high-profile campaign for Idaho governor. Members of a national candidate recruiting organization are touting her campaign as one of the success stories in a big year for women running for office.

Coeur d’Alene tribal member — and Democratic candidate for governor — Paulette Jordan has been away from home a lot lately. She returned on Monday to greet friends and relatives who had come to Worley for a conference.

Yes on 1631 initiative campaign

The executive board in charge of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians has signaled its support for Washington’s carbon emissions fee initiative.

The organization is holding its annual fall conference this week in Worley, Idaho.

Initiative 1631 would impose a 15-dollar per metric ton fee on carbon, beginning in 2020.

Inland Journal: Spokane Bond Issues, Sept. 17, 2018

Sep 18, 2018
Spokane Public Schools/City of Spokane

In November, the city of Spokane and Spokane School District are asking voters for a combined $572 million through two bond issues. The majority of that — $495 million — is for new and renovated schools. The other $77 million would go for new and renovated libraries. We learn about both of those measures in this program.

Spokane Council Overrides Mayor's Climate Change Veto

Sep 17, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Spokane City Council has overridden Mayor David Condon’s veto of a renewable electricity ordinance. Six council members voted for the override, one more than was needed.

The measure pushes the city to run its own operations exclusively using renewable electricity sources, such as water, the sun and wind, by the year 2020.

Native Leader Expresses Concern About Kavanaugh

Sep 17, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Native American leaders say they have concerns about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today [Monday] in Worley, Idaho, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians shared her thoughts about Kavanaugh at the fall conference of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

U.S. Appeals Court Rules on Columbia River Pollution Case

Sep 14, 2018
Washington Department of Ecology

A federal appeals court today [Friday] upheld a lower court ruling in a case that revolves around metals pollution in the Columbia River south of the Canadian border.

The case was originally brought in 2004 by Colville Tribal leaders Joe Pakootas and D.R. Michel against the Canadian company Teck Cominco.

Wildlife biologists have relocated the first two dozen of hundreds of non-native mountain goats slated for removal from Olympic National Park. The logistically-challenging capture and transfer of the woolly wild animals to the northern Cascade Range has been periodically slowed by weather this week.

Inland Journal, September 13, 2018

Sep 13, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (9/13/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    ▪    The Spokane Valley Fire Department is using data and technology to help it find where the pockets of opioid abuse are most severe.
    ▪    Washington environmental regulators have begun the process of reviewing a proposal for a silicon smelter in Newport.
    ▪    We start preparing for the November general election by meeting candidates. Today, we’ll hear from the people running for a Spokane County Superior Court seat and for county clerk.
    ▪    North Cascades National Park turns 50 years old. Our correspondent looks back at its creation and how the anniversary will be celebrated.

National Park Service

North Cascades National Park turns 50 years old next month (Oct. 2, to be precise). It took skillful political compromise in the 1960s to establish the new national park and the adjacent Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. The next fifty years for the park complex may need more skillful stewardship.

Environmental Review Begins For Proposed Newport Smelter

Sep 13, 2018
Washington Department of Ecology

One step forward today [Tuesday] toward a new silicon smelter just south of Newport, in northeastern Washington. The state Department of Ecology has formally begun the process of evaluating the proposal by the Canadian firm PacWest Silicon. That kicks off a 30-day public comment period that will include two hearings next week in Washington and one in north Idaho.