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UPDATE August 29 at 10 a.m. : The Spokane Education Association and Spokane School District have come to an agreement on a new contract. No details have been released. The proposal will go to union members, perhaps later this week, for their approval.

Meanwhile, West Valley teachers ratified their new contract at a meeting Tuesday evening.

On Mike Pink's potato farm at dawn, the sun is an angry red ball low in the sky.

This summer, wildfire smoke has blanketed much of the West for days and weeks. And that smoke has come between the sun and ripening crops.

Pink watches as his year's work tumbles onto a fast-moving belt and into a waiting semi truck. He's got most of his 1,600-acre potato fields yet to harvest on his 3,000-acre farm, spread over about 40 miles between Burbank and Basin City, Wash. And this thick smoke makes him nervous.

Eastern Washington Fire Update

Aug 28, 2018
Johnny Walker

While the air quality in Spokane may have cleared up, fires in the state continue to burn.

Residents near Twisp continue to be displaced by The Crescent Mountain fire. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for everyone living west of the Little Bridge Creek Intersection in the Twisp River Valley. Residents have been evacuated since August 21.

The Horns Mountain Fire burning near Northport is now 90 percent contained. The fire, which crossed into Canada last week, is now in the mop up stage.

Jeremy Burnham/SPR


Small businesses from the Spokane area gathered yesterday in downtown Spokane for a conference about online retail.

The U.S. Small Business Administration hosted the event it's calling, “Grow Your Sales with E-Commerce.”  The conference aimed to help business owners learn the benefits of selling goods online.

Gov. Inslee hits the road to support Democratic gubernatorial candidates nationally

Aug 28, 2018

As chair of the Democratic Governors Association this year, Gov. Jay Inslee has elevated his national profile as a critic of President Donald Trump and fanned speculation about a 2020 presidential bid.

The role has sent the second-term governor on frequent political trips across the country to raise money and promote Democratic candidates.

House of Charity/Catholic Charities

The Spokane City Council is looking for a way to find more shelter space for homeless people for the next nine months.

Last night [Monday] the council voted to take bids from organizations willing to open venues to serve as small shelters.

Construction is underway on the Oregon Coast for a new earthquake-hardened marine science building. It will have Oregon's first vertical tsunami evacuation refuge on the roof.

The cities of Portland and Salem made eyebrow-raising discoveries earlier this month when they compared the number of formally licensed short-term rentals with actual listings scraped off of the Airbnb platform. Around 80 percent of the listings appeared to be unregistered.

Reykdal Says No To Teachers With Guns in Classrooms

Aug 24, 2018
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal says he won’t allow the state’s schools to arm their teachers.

Reykdal released a statement Thursday in response to media reports. Outlets have reported that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering whether to allow districts to use federal money to buy firearms for teachers.

Construction is underway on the Oregon coast for a new earthquake-hardened marine science building. It will have Oregon's first tsunami vertical evacuation refuge on the roof.