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Robbi Katherine Anthony

The way Spokane County voters get information about candidates for elected office is changing. A 2018 county commissioner candidate has created a new way for constituents to pose questions to candidates via their smartphones.

Robbi Anthony is an app developer by trade and a rookie politician running for Spokane County commissioner.

The fruit of both endeavors launched on the Google Play mobile app store earlier this month.

Critics of Newport Smelter Speak Up At Spokane Meeting

Sep 18, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Critics of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport are urging Washington’s Department of Ecology to take a close look at the project as it begins its environmental review.

They spoke at the first of three public meetings last night [Tuesday] in Spokane.

The Canadian company PacWest Silicon proposes to build its smelter just to the south of Newport, next to the border with Idaho.

The Chinese government announced on Tuesday that it would impose tariffs on $60 billion more of U.S. exports. This widens the range of Pacific Northwest companies caught in the trade crossfire.

Emily's List Trains Female Candidates In North Idaho

Sep 18, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week, leaders of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians are holding their annual fall meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Hotel in Worley, Idaho. What’s different this year is that one of their own is fully immersed in a high-profile campaign for Idaho governor. Members of a national candidate recruiting organization are touting her campaign as one of the success stories in a big year for women running for office.

Coeur d’Alene tribal member — and Democratic candidate for governor — Paulette Jordan has been away from home a lot lately. She returned on Monday to greet friends and relatives who had come to Worley for a conference.

Yes on 1631 initiative campaign

The executive board in charge of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians has signaled its support for Washington’s carbon emissions fee initiative.

The organization is holding its annual fall conference this week in Worley, Idaho.

Initiative 1631 would impose a 15-dollar per metric ton fee on carbon, beginning in 2020.

Inland Journal: Spokane Bond Issues, Sept. 17, 2018

Sep 18, 2018
Spokane Public Schools/City of Spokane

In November, the city of Spokane and Spokane School District are asking voters for a combined $572 million through two bond issues. The majority of that — $495 million — is for new and renovated schools. The other $77 million would go for new and renovated libraries. We learn about both of those measures in this program.

Spokane Council Overrides Mayor's Climate Change Veto

Sep 17, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Spokane City Council has overridden Mayor David Condon’s veto of a renewable electricity ordinance. Six council members voted for the override, one more than was needed.

The measure pushes the city to run its own operations exclusively using renewable electricity sources, such as water, the sun and wind, by the year 2020.

Native Leader Expresses Concern About Kavanaugh

Sep 17, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Native American leaders say they have concerns about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today [Monday] in Worley, Idaho, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians shared her thoughts about Kavanaugh at the fall conference of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

U.S. Appeals Court Rules on Columbia River Pollution Case

Sep 14, 2018
Washington Department of Ecology

A federal appeals court today [Friday] upheld a lower court ruling in a case that revolves around metals pollution in the Columbia River south of the Canadian border.

The case was originally brought in 2004 by Colville Tribal leaders Joe Pakootas and D.R. Michel against the Canadian company Teck Cominco.

Wildlife biologists have relocated the first two dozen of hundreds of non-native mountain goats slated for removal from Olympic National Park. The logistically-challenging capture and transfer of the woolly wild animals to the northern Cascade Range has been periodically slowed by weather this week.