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A year ago this month, Carla Tolle’s 13-year-old grandson Edgar Vazquez was shot and killed by a friend while they played at the friend’s grandfather’s house in Kelso, Washington.

You're forgiven if you missed the fact that Congress failed to renew the federal Farm Bill before the September 30 deadline. But people in farm country around the Pacific Northwest noticed.

Spokane Council Approves Lease For EnVision Center

Oct 1, 2018
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Spokane City Council approved a lease agreement last night [Monday] for a new downtown “one-stop” social services site.

The Envision Center would be located on one floor of a building at 130 South Arthur. It has about 20,000 square feet, enough room to give space to several agencies that provide services to homeless and low-income people.

Gonzaga Launches New Civil Rights Center

Oct 1, 2018
Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University has formally launched a new Center for Civil and Human Rights. The center is affiliated with the law school. It was announced during a conference about the legal profession’s role in civil rights activism last Friday.

Associated Press

President Trump today [Monday] awarded the Medal of Honor to a Washington Army medic who saved the lives of several colleagues during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2008.

The president placed the medallion around the neck of Staff Sergeant Ronald Shurer during a ceremony in the White House this afternoon.

A Western Washington chapter of the Boy Scouts is preparing to welcome girls to scouting with a "boot camp" just for teenage girls this coming weekend.

The idea behind the two-night campout is to familiarize girls with scouting skills and prepare them for leadership. As of next year, the Boy Scouts will establish separate all-female and all-male troops.

The eye-catching scenes of mountain goats flying through the air under helicopters, riding in refrigerated trucks and taking ferries to new homes are done for the year. Roundups and relocations of non-native Olympic National Park goats will resume next year.

Inland Journal, September 27, 2018

Sep 27, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week on Inland Journal (9/27/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):     
    ▪    We’ll look at the two races for Spokane County commissioner, Mary Kuney and Rob Chase, and Al French and Robbi Anthony.
    ▪    We’ll also meet the candidates for a District Court seat: Patrick Johnson and Randy Brandt.
    ▪    And we’ll talk with Julia Sweeney, entering a new phase of her comedy career. We caught her at Gonzaga Prep, where she was teaching high school students about improvisational comedy.

Courtesy of Mary Kuney and Rob Chase

Spokane county voters may see some interesting change among elected county officials in November. There will be a new assessor and treasurer. There will be a new District Court judge. And there’s the possibility of two new county commissioners.

New commissioner Mary Kuney is running to keep the seat to which she was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee. She’s challenged by Rob Chase, the current county treasurer.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The comedienne Julia Sweeney is back in her hometown this week. One of her main reasons for coming back to Spokane is to perform her one-woman monologue, “Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider.” That’s Friday evening at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. But she’s also here to visit her mother and see old friends. On Tuesday, she went back to her alma mater, Gonzaga Prep, to talk with students about her career and to teach them about improvisational comedy.