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The Spokane Symphony yesterday [Friday] unveiled four new stars on the First Avenue sidewalk outside the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, the symphony’s downtown home.

The stars honor both symphony supporters and performers, including the current music director, Eckart Preu, who is in his 15th and final season in Spokane.

Washington Fire Update

Sep 7, 2018
Jeremy Burnham/SPR


While many of the fires we have been following this summer in Eastern Washington have been contained, fires continue to burn elsewhere in the state. 

The two largest fires still burning in the state are the Cougar Creek Fire burning in Chelan County, and the Crescent Mountain fire burning near Twisp.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Spokane City Council may vote to override Mayor David Condon’s veto of a renewable electricity ordinance that sets goals for the city.

One business organization is calling for the council not to act on the mayor’s veto. Instead, it urges interests from all sides to work to create what it calls realistic energy goals.

The ordinance pushes the city to run its own operations exclusively using renewable electricity sources, such as water, the sun and wind, by the year 2020. Then it goes farther, urging a goal of 2030 for 100% electricity from renewable sources for the rest of the city.

As teachers in a record number of Washington school districts strike this week, a top official with their union says the unwillingness of superintendents and school boards to negotiate higher pay raises for teachers is a crime. 

"It's wage theft," said Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association (WEA), Thursday in an interview on TVW's "Inside Olympia" program. "They are taking wages away from public employees."

Spokane Mayor Vetoes Renewable Electricity Ordinance

Sep 6, 2018
City of Spokane

Spokane Mayor David Condon has vetoed an ordinance that set goals for generating electricity using only renewable sources.

The ordinance would require the city prepare a plan to run its operations exclusively on renewable electricity sources by the year 2020, with the rest of the city meeting that goal by 2030.

It would create an 11-member commission that decide how to get there.

Spokane's Monroe Street Reopens

Sep 6, 2018
Jeremy Burnham/SPR

Since April 2, drivers have had to alter course when driving on North Monroe in Spokane; the road has been closed between Indiana and Kiernan avenues. No more. This morning, Spokane Mayor David Condon and city councilwoman Karen Stratton moved the barriers and reopened a renovated Monroe Street.

Inland Journal, September 6, 2018

Sep 6, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (9/6/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    ▪    We begin our look at the November general election by talking with our Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the four initiatives that will appear on the ballot.
    ▪    WSU’s College of Medicine is sending first- and second-year medical students out to small hospitals to learn about rural medicine. We’ll talk with an administrator and a medical student.
    ▪    As wildfires burn around the Northwest, the Forest Service is moving ahead with timber sales aimed at reducing wildfire danger in both Washington and Idaho.
    ▪    The state of Washington is giving 10 of its old firefighting rigs to rural fire districts to fight wildfires.
    ▪    A traveling exhibit of Rodin sculptures is coming to Gonzaga University this week for a three-month stay. We’ll hear more about it.

Washington Gifts Old Fire Engines To Rural Departments

Sep 6, 2018
Washington Department of Natural Resources

Rural fire departments in Washington are fighting wildfires this season with tools passed down by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Ten districts and departments are receiving surplus fire engines used exclusively for fighting wildfires. They include four fire districts in Stevens County and three in Okanogan County.

WSU Medical Students Get Exposure To Rural Practice

Sep 6, 2018
Lincoln Hospital

When WSU’s second-year medical students came back for the new academic year last month, they were sent out on a road trip. Before I continue, I should explain that, even though the 60 students in that class will study in Spokane this year, they’re formally assigned to four WSU campuses. So the home campus for 15 of them is Spokane, 15 are assigned to the Tri-Cities campus, 15 to Vancouver and 15 to Everett. For the road trip, the 15 Spokane students spent a week in hospitals and clinics in towns like Davenport, Colville, Usk and Pullman.

“I often joke that I came out of the womb with a Coug onesie on,” said medical student Erik Stiles.

Washington Secretary of State

In Washington, voters will choose legislators and county elected officials. There are no races for statewide office, but there are four initiatives. We’ve invited our Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins, to give us some general descriptions about Initiatives 1631, 1634, 1639 and 904.