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Today on Inland Journal, our final conversation with David Condon while he serves as mayor of Spokane and a look at a new KSPS documentary that tells the story of three photographers who worked in Spokane and the Okanogan Valley during the early 20th century.

Breean Beggs has increased his lead over Cindy Wendle in the race for Spokane City Council President.
New results were released at 5PM Wednesday, and now show Beggs ahead of Wendle by 316 votes.
Wendle had held the lead for several days.
In a press release Wednesday, Cindy Wendle said she was "optimistic that the final tally would be in my favor."
The next round of results will be released Thursday at 5PM.

The state of Washington has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a 29-year-old man who died by suicide in an isolation cell at the Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane in May 2014.

Another passenger badly injured in the Amtrak train derailment south of Tacoma nearly two years ago will collect big-time damages. But suing Amtrak like this suburban Seattle woman did will no longer be an option after future crashes.

Mead School District officials are looking at their next step following rejection of a levy at the polls last week but say a Washington State Supreme Court ruling made that levy even more critical.

The $14 million levy was going to mitigate some cuts to the district that were implemented last spring and also increase some security in the district.
The cuts were the result of changes in school funding that were the direct result of the Supreme Court's McCleary decision that also resulted in increased pay for teachers.

Washington voters have said “no” to an effort to restore affirmative action in the state.

The Associated Press declared Referendum 88 rejected late Tuesday afternoon, one week after Election Day. Soon after, the pro-affirmative action Washington Fairness Coalition sent out a concession statement.


A search is underway for a missing plane near Colville.

Officials say a 67 year-old male pilot took off Monday from the Northeast Washington town around noon, but failed to return.

Barbara LaBoe of the Washington Department of Transportation says two search flights were carried out Monday, but they failed to find any trace of the missing Cessna 182 Skylane.

“Today they’re doing a ground search due to the weather and visibility in the area, and coordinating with Spokane and Stevens County search and rescue,” Laboe said.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, our final conversation with David Condon while he serves as mayor of Spokane.

Condon is leaving after eight years. He was the first person to be re-elected to the office in more than 40 years.

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Tonight [Thursday], KSPS Public Television airs a new documentary called “Capturing History.” It’s about three early 20th century photographers whose pictures tell us a lot about our collective history in Spokane and in the Okanogan Valley. We talked with the documentary’s producer, Mary DeCesare, its executive producer, Jim Zimmer, and the narrator, photographer Don Hamilton, about who these photographers were and the importance of their work.

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The vote count will continue tomorrow [Tuesday] in Spokane County as elections officials work through the last group of ballots.

One question still unanswered is whether the progressive majority on the Spokane City Council will continue to have the numbers needed to override vetoes by the new mayor.

For the last couple of years, six council members have voted as a group with the ability to advance proposals that split the council along ideological lines. And they’ve been able to override Mayor David Condon’s vetoes.

Photo by Leona Vander Molen

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says Tuesday's election, when anyone could register to vote up to and including Election Day, meant extra work behind the scenes for election officials.

In response to a rash of nursing home closures in Washington, a Republican state senator is calling for an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates and other steps to stave off additional closures.

“We are in a crisis of skilled nursing facilities and beds,” said Sen. Steve O’Ban, a Pierce County Republican.

Tuesday's vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Scott Davis | Faces of Valor

As Veteran’s Day approaches, many of us take time to honor family members and previous generations who have served in the Armed Forces. But for Gonzaga University student, Scott Davis, a childhood fascination has become an all-consuming passion to document the first-hand stories of World War II veterans.

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Today on Inland Journal, two items about making improvements to Spokane County’s criminal justice system. We’ll hear about expanding a well-received program that pairs police officers and mental health professionals on patrol. And a task force studying Spokane’s criminal justice system is coming to consensus on a variety of measures meant to ease the pressure on the overcrowded jail.

Inland Journal, Nov. 6, 2019: General Election Wrapup

Nov 6, 2019
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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we put a wrap on the 2019 municipal election for the city of Spokane and some of the other cities in Spokane County. We’ll hear who Spokane’s new mayor will be. We’ll hear about the city council president’s race where there isn’t yet a clear winner, and who will be sitting on the council next year. We’ll also look at results from Spokane Valley.

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One incumbent easily won a Spokane Valley City Council race and another incumbent is in trouble.

Arne Woodard won 55% of the vote in defeating Lance Gurel for another term on the council.

Two Incumbents Lead In Spokane City Council Races

Nov 6, 2019

Two Spokane city council members are ahead after the first round of ballots have been counted. Lori Kinnear has a big lead over her challenger, Tony Kiepe, in the South district race.

In the Northwest, Karen Stratton leads Andy Rathbun by 400 votes out of 13,000 counted in her quest to win a second term.

Spokane businesswoman Cindy Wendle leads Councilman Breean Beggs by just 800 votes in the race for Spokane City Council president.

Nadine Woodward Appears To Be Spokane's Next Mayor

Nov 5, 2019

Nadine Woodward is apparently Spokane’s new mayor-elect. Woodward leads Ben Stuckart by a 52%-47% margin, with thousands more ballots to be counted.

Last night, Woodward said the voters wanted a change, and she intends to deliver that.

In a potential rejection of a vote earlier this year by state lawmakers, Washington voters on Tuesday evening were narrowly saying “no” to restoring affirmative action in the state.

The vote to reject Referendum 88 and overturn Initiative 1000, the affirmative action measure that previously passed the Legislature, was 51 percent to 49 percent as of 10 p.m.

Non-City Of Spokane General Election Results

Nov 5, 2019

Non City of Spokane election results (I denotes incumbent)


Position 2: Brandi Peetz (I) 50% (5,880); Michelle Rasmussen 50% (5,884)

Position 3: Lance Gurel 44%; Arne Woodard (I) 55%

Position 6: Tim Hattenburg 54%; Bo Tucker 45%

Spokane City General Election Results

Nov 5, 2019

Spokane City Election Results (I denotes incumbent):

MAYOR: Ben Stuckart 18,432 (47%); Nadine Woodward 20,263 (52%)

CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: Breean Beggs 18,372 (49%); Cindy Wendle 19,156 (51%)

If you ask American consumers whether fresh seafood or previously frozen tastes better, you are bound to get "fresh" as the answer. But blind taste tests conducted by Oregon State University found that fish caught and quickly frozen at sea rated as good or better than supposedly "fresh" fish bought at the supermarket.

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Frontier Behavioral Health is expanding its partnership with Spokane area law enforcement agencies to provide mental health expertise on police patrols. That partnership is still relatively new, but it’s been widely praised for diverting people away from the jail and into services they need.

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End-of-life conversations are becoming more common as the overall population grows older. Usually, those discussions are confined to individual families. But two weeks ago, a group of Sandpoint residents extended the conversation to their entire community and made a week of it.

Selkirk Conservation Alliance

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has sent a letter to PacWest Silicon, the company that hopes to build a silicon smelter in Pend Oreille County, asking for better communication from the company about its intentions.

Spokane Mayor Releases Proposed 2020 Budget

Nov 1, 2019
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Spokane Mayor David Condon on Friday released his budget for 2020.
The document lays out how the city will spend about $200 million to fund day-to-day services. It includes about $350 million for water, waste water and other utilities. The other $550 million pays for capital expenses, debt service and other technology and finance-related costs.

Spokane Shock Football Will Return Next Spring

Nov 1, 2019
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Indoor professional football is coming back to Spokane.

The Spokane Shock football team will be back and playing in the Indoor Football League next spring, after several seasons of dormancy. The new owner is a familiar name to fans of the Seattle Seahawks.