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Spokane Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract

Aug 30, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Teachers in the Spokane School District overwhelmingly ratified a new contract Thursday night.

Spokane Education Association President Katy Henry says the new pact calls for an average raise of 14.3% for teachers. She says classified employees — those who aren’t teachers — will receive anywhere from 10-to-21% increases.

Hospice of North Idaho

Today [Thursday] is National Grief Awareness Day.

In Coeur d’Alene, about 160 people, from medical professionals to social workers to police officers, have been meeting to talk about grief and ways they can encourage discussions about it.

Computer Problems Persist for Idaho DMV

Aug 30, 2018

No one walks into a DMV office thinking it is going to be a quick visit, but drivers in Idaho have been experiencing longer than usual waits for some time. 

Inland Journal, August 30, 2018

Aug 30, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (8/30/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    ▪    We continue our series on local entrepreneurs: WSU Spokane health researchers Pat and Phil Butterfield take on a new challenge: winemaking
    •    Spokane renters sound off at a Tenants’ Forum at Northeast Community Center
    ▪    A majority of caregivers are female and, sometimes, they have to make difficult decisions about their own futures when they take on caregiving roles. We talk with one Spokane woman who had to leave her job in order to care for her parents
    ▪    A Vancouver, Washington mom and others whose children committed suicide are sharing their stories and putting pressure on the governor and state lawmakers to change the state’s mental system

Courtesy of Debbie Rhodes

There are a few things that can completely change the trajectories of our lives. Becoming a parent for the first time is one. And caring for our parents can be another.

So it has been for Debbie Rhodes. As she sits in our studio before our interview, she’s looking at her phone to check on her mother, who has advanced stage Alzheimers’.

Debbie Rhodes: “She’s at home on five cameras that I have on her in every room. I have a door alarm so if she tries to go outside, it goes off.”

WSU Research Couple Find New Excitement in Making Wine

Aug 30, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The co-owner of Spokane’s Winescape winery has grapes on his mind. In a few weeks, Phil Butterfield will load several half-ton stainless steel bins onto a trailer and haul them down to a vineyard in the Tri-Cities.

“We have everything picked by hand. I load those onto my trailer in the morning, bring them up here,” he said.

He delivers them to a room whose main feature is a big conveyor belt where the grapes get their initial attention.

On a recent evening in Vancouver, Washington, more than 80 people gathered at the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They were there for a forum organized by a fledging group of moms whose severely mentally ill children have struggled to get the help they need in Washington state — sometimes with deadly consequences.

“We are all part of a tribe that we have joined whether we wanted to or not,” mother Jerri Clark told the packed room.

Spokane Tenants Sound Off About Renting, Landlords

Aug 30, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Many tenants in Spokane feel powerless to speak up against their landlords, especially if they live in substandard housing.

On Wednesday Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke gave them a forum to speak out. At the Northeast Community Center, she gathered representatives of social service and legal agencies to answer questions from tenants.

Have You Planned For Number 2 After The Big One?

Aug 29, 2018

Horror tales from recent earthquakes overseas are moving people in Seattle, Portland and along the Pacific Northwest coast to give a crap about where to crap after a major earthquake.

It's not something we typically discuss in polite company, but disaster planners say that when water and sewage service fails, finding a place to poop is a big deal.

Online voter registration in Washington State will be unavailable during Labor Day weekend.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office says updates at the Department of Licensing will require systems to go offline.