Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor;All Things Considered host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.   Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.    Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  

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A Jewish rabbi who is visiting Spokane this weekend is hosting a presentation and sermon on his views of Israel, the Palestinians, and his own thoughts as his view changed from that of a Zionist to Palestinian solidarity activist.

Photo by Steve Jackson

An iconic Spokane music store is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.

Bob Gallagher has been the main force behind the 4000 Holes record store in Spokane, which opened its doors back in 1989. In case it’s not registering, 4000 Holes is a phrase from the Beatles song “A Day in the Life.”

Gallagher says in the time leading up to opening the store, he attended a few record swaps in the region, and it all crystalized in his mind one day that he could open his own store.

Photo by Scott Hunter

Native American groups released several adult salmon into the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam on Friday, the first time those fish have been in that stretch of waterway since the 1940s.

Avista Corp.

Avista Corporation is proposing a half mile long park to be built along a section of Upriver Drive near their corporate headquarters.

The idea is partly as a mitigation procedure required by the Federal government under the dam relicensing procedure, which Avista most recently did for its Upper Falls Dam in 2009.

Avista’s Director for Environmental Affairs, Bruce Howard says the increased number of people recreating on the river, as well as a desire to keep Centennial trail users safely away from traffic helped prompt the idea.

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle will run in November for the right to serve as Spokane city council president. The winner will replace Ben Stuckart, who will leave office after two terms.

Today on Inland Journal (6 pm, KSFC), we spend an hour with the candidates for Spokane mayor. David Condon is leaving office, as mandated by the city charter, after two terms, and five people are in the running to replace him.

Hutton Settlement

Spokane’s Hutton Settlement Children’s Home is holding a centennial celebration this week.  The center has raised disadvantaged children for a century.

The Hutton Settlement, situated in the Spokane Valley, has been a home to about 1,500 kids since its doors first opened in 1919.

Photo by Saila Way Dyer

A crowd gathered at Spokane’s federal building Tuesday to protest policy that separates children from family members who are being detained in Border Patrol facilities.

“Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here,” chanted people at the gathering.

Photo by Steve Jackson

If you hear the deep-throated growl of a piston-powered aircraft in the next few days around Spokane, be sure to look up. You may have a chance to spot a vintage World War II aircraft overhead.

Several “warbirds” are in town until Wednesday.

The planes belong to the Collings Foundation and are in Spokane as part of its Wings of Freedom tour.

Washington Department of Health

Washington’s Department of Ecology is looking for ways to meet water quality standards for chemicals called PCBs in the Spokane River.

Currently the agency is proposing to allow for so-called “pollution variance” to allow for temporary lower standards for the chemicals from dischargers in the region.

That action is taking some heat from area environmentalists.