Steve Jackson

News Reporter

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 Spokane County judge has ruled in favor of a neighborhood group opposed to development of a sports complex in its southeast Spokane neighborhood.

The victory is just one step in the efforts by the Glenrose Neighborhood Association to stop a 20-acre sports complex planned by the Spokane Youth Sports Association.

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A Spokane conservation group is giving a demonstration of a new burning device it hopes forest managers will use to revolutionize the way they deal with forest slash.

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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he’s happy the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of Washington State Representative Matt Shea.

 

The sheriff learned about the investigation from a letter sent by the state bar association. It revealed it would forgo its own investigation of Shea until the FBI probe is complete.

 

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Federal officials say the water supply this year in north Idaho is looking good, especially when compared to other areas of the state. 

The Clearwater Basin in north central Idaho had near normal amounts of snowfall last winter. The farther north you went, the better the snowpack.

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The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is making a special effort to keep its elders safe from the Covid virus. 

 

The tribe's Older Americans Program is working in conjunction with its Miramn Health Clinic to provide special Covid Safety Packs to tribal members older than age 55.

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Spokane Transit Authority is getting a $23 million lifeline in the form of emergency funding from the federal government for funding lost from the Covid virus.

 

The money from Congress was authorized under the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security Act and it comes at a good time.

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Spokane city officials would like to hear from the public their opinions on a new section of Centennial Trail to be completed in the West Central neighborhood.

The area of interest will connect a section of the trail at Boone and Summit Boulevard to the trail at Pettit Drive and West Point Road.

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Spokane County officials says its waste transfer stations are open during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Both of the county's waste transfer stations, off Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley and off Highway 2 at Elk-Chattaroy Road, are open and accepting garbage as well as green garden materials and recyclables.

But the lockdown has meant more people have time on their hands to work on their yards and clean out basements and garages.

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Avista has been adjusting its dam operations on the Spokane River to accommodate the seasonal flow this spring. It's one part optimizing power generation, and one part fine tuning the water level.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says auto insurance companies should consider giving rebates to customers, because of the effect the COVID-19 virus has had on driving in the state.

Kreidler says, because of the statewide lock-down in place, it's estimated traffic levels are about half of what they normally are. And accidents are down.

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The Spokane Riverkeeper group is asking that rulemaking regarding PCB pollution in the Spokane River be put on hold until Governor Jay Inslee's “Stay Home-Stay Healthy” order has been rescinded.

Washington's Health Benefit Exchange has extended a special enrollment period for people who are without health insurance.

The period began March 10, but with thousands of people out of work because of the coronavirus (and 187,000 filing for unemployment during the last week), the exchange has decided to extend the emergency enrollment period until May 8.

Facilities managers are dealing with the question of how to proceed with future events now that Washington Governor Jay Inslee has mandated that large scale public events be cancelled in three western Washington counties, due to the potential health issues related to the Coronavirus.

Spokane Symphony executive director Jeff Vom Saal says his organization is working make sure the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is safe.

The progeny of some 1960's rock superstars will be playing in Spokane this week.

The band Cream was the first supergroup of the 1960’s, bringing together the cream of British rock in a blues-psychedelic trio that featured guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker.

Now a tribute band, Music of Cream, will play Spokane this week.

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The Colville [Washington] School District is closed for a few days while officials await results from testing done on someone who may have the coronavirus.

School District Superintendent Pete Lewis says wouldn't release the identity of the person or even confirm whether the person is a student or staff member. He says a coronavirus test has been sent to western Washington for analysis.

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Spokane County Ozzie Knezovich has been invited to speak at a Republican event in southern Idaho on the dangers of right wing extremist groups, a topic he has spoken about in the past.

Knezovich will give a presentation on Saturday at the Idaho Region Seven Republican Day Dinner in Idaho Falls.

“They’re concerned about the white supremacist movement," he said.

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Energy company leaders have sent letters to the governors of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana urging that all parties with interests in the Snake River try to avoid confrontation and work together to solve the issue of endangered salmon.

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The Spokane Tribe held a long-anticipated celebration Thursday at its reservation in Wellpinit. Members celebrated the passage of federal legislation that will finally compensate the tribe for losses incurred after Grand Coulee Dam was built.

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A local group has formed to try to save 48 acres of farmland in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood in southwest Spokane.

The current owner of a parcel known as the Pilcher property has applied for and received conditional approval for a permit that would allow for 94 homes to be built on land that is zoned agricultural. There are no immediate plans yet to build the development.

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A new AARP survey asks respondents about their experiences with prescription drug prices, and it finds support for some legislation pending in the Washington legislature to deal with those costs.

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The Spokane City Council Monday night heard from several residents upset with plans to expand the Centennial Trail in their neighborhood.

The city is poised to begin work on the trail from Boone Avenue along Summit, through Mission and West Point.

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Planned Parenthood officials say the city of Spokane should do more to control protests that are routinely happening outside their Spokane clinic.

The protests by anti-abortion activists have been occurring about every month. They're sponsored by a group calling itself “The Church at Planned Parenthood” and often number more than 200 people, with members speaking through a public address system.

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The federal Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, says keeping the National Archives and Records Administration office open in Seattle is costing too much money.

It wants to shut the Seattle facility down and move the archived materials to California and Kansas City.

That doesn’t sit too well with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who says the archive is important because it's a treasure trove of historic data including census records, maps, photos, and land records.

Spokane Homeless Coalition

More than 100 social agencies and other vendors served people at Spokane’s annual Homeless Connect event Thursday in the Convention Center.

“There’s a food bank. There’s a clothing bank. They can get a free meal while they’re here. They’re doing hepatitis screening right now. EPI Pharmaceutical is here with their bus,” said Maurice Smith, a spokesman for the Spokane Homeless Coalition.

UPDATED: Friday 1:50 pm. Here is the link to the materials that are part of the investigations into the actions of Matt Shea.

Hundreds of documents compiled as part of a special investigation into Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) have been made available to the public.

The Washington State House commissioned the investigation.

The 500 pages of documents include online chat information, emails, social media posts and other materials.

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Some Spokane residents are upset with plans by the city to construct a portion of the Centennial Trail through their neighborhood.

That neighborhood is bounded by Boone Avenue along Summit Boulevard, through Mission and West Point.

Laura Garrabrant owns a home on Mission across from the bluff overlooking the Spokane River.

The Pend Oreille County Public Utility District is defending itself from criticism leveled by the CEO of a Canadian company that wants to build a silicon smelter near Newport, Washington.

The critique came in a recent letter from PacWest Silicon chief Jayson Tymko to Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

A Canadian company says it has put on hold its plans to build a smelter near Newport.

The CEO of PacWest Silicon has sent a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, detailing his reasons for the delay.

Google is sponsoring a Spokane event for business owners to get some hands-on learning this week in digital skills.

Google spokeswoman Nicky Rigg says the company will hold classes related to marketing your business at the Spokane Public Library.

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On a day when the Articles of Impeachment were sent to the Senate from the U.S. House, leaders from both parties joined on Wednesday to honor one former Spokanite with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Steve Gleason played football at Gonzaga Prep and Washington State University and went on to play with the New Orleans Saints.

Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but even that couldn’t slow him down, as witnessed by his famous quote, “No white flags.”

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