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School Board members are resigning, questioning service as risk, harassment grows

As school districts navigate their second year of pandemic-era instruction, school boards of directors are facing escalating hostility. The increased attention has ranged from more participation at school board meetings, to harassment, to threats and intimidation. Education leaders are calling for patience and civility. Debbie Long has served on the Central Valley School Board since 2003. She says in 18 years, she’s presided over contentious issues, but none as divisive as masks and...

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The State of Idaho, two Native American tribes and two federal agencies are teaming up next week to train a new cadre of wild land firefighters. With the advent of the summer wildfire season, the agencies responsible for fighting the fires must bulk up their employee rolls. Next week, somewhere between 80 and a hundred aspiring fire fighters will gather at Camp Lutherhaven on the west side of Lake Coeur d'Alene for a five-day basic training course.

Volume 2014: Bigger Bands, More Variety, Spokane Scene

May 29, 2014
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The music festival in Spokane this weekend has sold out for the past two years. This year, a band on a big-time label will play. And, the Seattle Weekly dedicated an entire article to the event. Volume has become a must for music fans in Spokane and beyond.

More elected officials are speaking up this week about the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity. Today (Tuesday) we spoke with Congress member Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who represents Eastern Washington, about her take on the government exchange.

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It’s a story of Word War two that few remember, The only mass escape of American prisoners of War from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. One of those men was Spokane native.

Author John Lukacs has worked for almost 20 years on uncovering the story of the prisoner of war escape. He originally published a book, called Escape from Davao, which has now been made into a film entitled "4-4-43".

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Last week, we introduced you to a private attorney who is running for Spokane county prosecutor. This week, we take a look at his opponent, the current Deputy Prosecutor for the county.
Larry Haskell has worked in the county prosecutors office since 1998, minus a three year stint in the Air Force following 9-11. He also spent a year working in the US attorney’s office in Spokane, working as an assistant US attorney.

In a congressional food fight, champions of the humble white potato scored one for spuds. Idaho and Washington senators rarely agree on anything. But in deciding that white potatoes ought to be included in the special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children - commonly called WIC - Idaho conservatives Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Washington liberals Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell all joined hands.

When the Columbia River treaty was signed back in 1964, Native American tribes were not consulted. Now, several tribal officials are asking that that they be included in negotiations to renew the treaty.

For the first time in five years, hopeful police officers will be able to complete their full training in eastern Washington. Police leaders announced last week that the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy is to be reestablished in Spokane.

State Parks Fill Up; Coffers Don't

May 25, 2014

Now that the traditional Memorial Day rush to recreate in state-owned parks is over, the people who run, patrol and maintain those parks can catch a breather. But money woes persist. In the three-state Oregon, Idaho and Washington region, the Oregon park system is in the financial catbird seat.