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The day the brand new Mason County, Washington jail opened in 1985, it was already full. The previous jail on the top floor of the courthouse held just over 40 inmates. The new facility wasn't much bigger.  

Nearly 35 years later, the one-story cinder block jail located in the town of Shelton now holds about 90 inmates on any given day. A few years back, as many as 150 people were crowded into the facility.

If you live at the foot of a dam – or downriver – you may wonder what could happen if an earthquake rumbled nearby.

The state of Oregon is pushing the community hospitals along the Oregon Coast to improve their earthquake resilience. This comes after a state report predicted none of them would be able to sustain operations after the feared Big One -- a magnitude 9 offshore Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

Hospitals in Washington state were called out too, in a separate report by that state's government. The challenge is inspiring some creative thinking about how these hospitals might secure extended emergency power and water.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane County elections officials are sending out ballots today and tomorrow [Thursday and Friday] for the November 5 general election.

People can register to vote every day until Election Day.

County Auditor Vicky Dalton says her office is putting a little more than 329,000 ballots in the mail.

Andy Rathbun

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the first of our conversations with the two candidates running for Spokane city council in the Northwest district. We talk with retired Air Force navigator Andy Rathbun, who is challenging the incumbent, Karen Stratton. Rathbun originally filed to run for mayor, but changed his mind and decided to run for a council seat instead. We first aired this interview in July.

Inland Journal, Oct. 16, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Michelle Rasmussen

Oct 16, 2019
Courtesy Michelle Rasmussen

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich introduces us to a new candidate for the Spokane Valley city council, Michelle Rasmussen.

An iconic Boeing jet model nicknamed the Queen of the Skies swooped back into Moses Lake, Washington, Tuesday where it once was a regular presence. This queen will be accessorized to carry bling under its wing while it's there.

The Yakama Nation is calling for the removal of three lower Columbia River dams — Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day — in an effort to save salmon and preserve First Nations’ culture.

Standing on the banks of the Columbia River Monday, near the remnants of Celilo Falls, Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy traced the history of decrees, congressional acts and court cases that led to the damming of the river.

Inland Journal, Oct. 15, 2019: Spokane Valley Council Candidate Brandi Peetz

Oct 15, 2019
Courtesy of Brandi Peetz

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, correspondent John Vlahovich introduces us to one of the candidates for the Spokane Valley city council, Brandi Peetz. Peetz already sits on the council.

The Yakama Nation called for the removal of three lower Columbia River dams, in an effort to save salmon and preserve First Nations’ culture.

Standing on the banks of the Columbia River, near the remnants of Celilo Falls, Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy traced the history of decrees, congressional acts and court cases that led to the damming of the river.

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