How the Northwest can learn from Indonesia's deadly 2018 quake

Last September, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated a region of Indonesia, killing more than 4,300 people. Two Oregon State and University of Washington professors who surveyed the aftermath say the far-away disaster should elevate attention to quake-induced landslide risks here at home in the Pacific Northwest.

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April Membership Drawing: Steve Martin & Martin Short at Northern Quest

Steve Martin & Martin Short are on the road this summer with their Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t tour, and this month SPR will give away three sets of tickets to see them at Northern Quest Resort & Casino . The show includes musical storytelling, dancing, and laughter.

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WSU Plans Med School While UW Highlights Flaws

Sep 17, 2014
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.


In light of security hacks at major retailers this year, local organizations have ramped up efforts to protect citizens. Among them, Spokane’s largest credit union will order ‘smart’ credit-cards for members. Over the next year STCU will roll out more than 62,000 credit cards with a special micro-chip.

After some major financial problems, the board of directors at Interplayers is merging operations with the Lake City Playhouse of Coeur d’Alene. The merger, announced Monday, gives operational control of Interplayers to Lake City. The playhouse’s artistic director George Green will oversee both companies.

Military Radar Touted for Wildlife Safety

Sep 15, 2014

A Boise high-tech company thinks it can help solve an old, low-tech problem - road collisions between vehicles and wildlife. The Sloan Security Technologies Company is talking with Idaho Transportation Department and Blaine County officials about installing mobile animal radar detection systems on a bad stretch of highway near Ketchum.

September is National Recovery Month. It’s dedicated to the idea that people can recover from addiction to live healthy lives. The problem is widespread in Washington, as more people die from substance abuse each year than motor vehicle accidents or from firearms.
Dr. Joseph Hullet is a board certified psychiatrist, who says people can recover, from both substance abuse, and mental health disorders.

Hullet: Toth conditions are thought to be chronic, when in fat they are not, and people can recover from these conditions and go on to lead healthy lives.”

Police Working Out Body Camera Kinks Early

Sep 12, 2014
The SPD has 17 officers wearing body cameras that strap to the chest. All officers will wear them in 2015.
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

In Spokane, 17 police officers are donning body cameras, as a trial run before the whole department starts to wear them next year. Officers have found the small, square cameras have a lot of quirks, both technically and ethically.

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The Spokane County Democrats are asking the US House Ethics Committee to move forward on an investigation of alleged ethics violations by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers. Earlier this year the House Ethics Committee put a hold on investigating allegations that McMorris Rodgers improperly co-mingled campaign and official funds.

WSU ‘Well Positioned’ to Develop Own Medical School

Sep 11, 2014
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Friday, Washington State University leaders could approve one of the biggest educational ventures the school has seen in decades. A new report shows WSU is ready for a full-fledged medical school in Spokane.
Consultants from MGT of America, contracted by WSU, gave this report to the school’s board of regents: WSU is well positioned to develop an accredited medical school in the near future. 2015 in fact. The group says WSU could seek accreditation in Fall 2015, and have its charter class in 2017. Ray Thompson led the project.

Remotely monitored video cameras are replacing some human fire lookouts on mountaintops around the Northwest.

Verne Windham interviews Spokane Civic Theatre Artistic Director, Keith Dixon, and cast members Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Tevye) and Mary Starkey (Yentel) from the season opening production of Fiddler On the Roof.