Last week, we rounded up a few thoughtful remarks on Rachel Dolezal, the white woman and head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter who publicly passed herself off as a black woman.

Rachel Dolezal, whose story sparked a national conversation over racial identity, is stepping down as the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In a message to the organization's executive committee, Dolezal said her resignation is in the best interest of the NAACP.

Meeting Where Dolezal Expected To Speak Now Postponed

Jun 15, 2015

A planned meeting Monday where Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal was supposed to give an explanation to members has been postponed.

Spokane NAACP Stands By Dolezal, Waits For Explanation

Jun 12, 2015

The NAACP is standing behind the besieged president of the Spokane chapter, at least for the time being.

Is the leader of Spokane's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People black?

Goats Getting Comfortable in Spokane Backyards

Jun 9, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

More than 30 people in the city of Spokane are certified to raise goats, after the city council approved an urban farming rule one year ago. City-dwellers are raising chickens and roosters, too, and code enforcers say so far, so good.

Homicide Sheriff's office
Spokane County Sheriff's Office

Spokane’s fire department will host a memorial this week for the three people killed in an apparent homicide north of Spokane. Fire Lieutenant Terry Canfield, his wife Lisa Canfield, and her son John Constable died at a home near Colbert in May.

Skateboarders Have Their Day in City Hall

Jun 3, 2015
Grindline Skateparks / http://grindline.com/skateparks/hillyard-spokane/

Spokane skateboarders got to cruise across the city council chambers one night last week, to kick off planning for a new wheel-park. The parks department invited skaters to the public meeting to talk about where the new skateboard and BMX park should go.

Homeless Population Down, Except Number of Vets

Jun 1, 2015
Winter weather in Spokane
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Results from Spokane’s most recent homeless count show progress overall, except for the one area the city is focused on: homeless veterans. The city has about 1,000 homeless individuals – that’s a ten percent decrease from one year ago.

Even before fireworks went on sale for the 4th, conditions were ripe for wildfires in the Inland Northwest  - exceedingly dry vegetation, including parched and already browning grass, trees stressed by lack of moisture and beetles, and shrubs that can instantly turn to kindling.

New Analysis: Teen Biker Fell, Wasn’t Hit by Deputy

May 29, 2015
Spokane County Sheriff's Office

Spokane Valley teenager Ryan Holyk died a year ago in May while riding his bike. Initially, law enforcement thought Holyk was run-over by deputy Joe Bodman, but new analysis suggests Bodman’s car never hit the teen.

Sheriff Expects Arrest in Triple Homicide in Chattaroy

May 29, 2015
Ozzie Knezovich

The Deer Park community, local firefighters, and Spokane’s comedy scene are mourning the deaths of three people by homicide. The Spokane County Sheriff says investigators have found good evidence in the homicide and house fire that happened Tuesday, but have not arrested a suspect.

Rural Nepalese Find Help From Spokane-Based Company

May 28, 2015
Conscious Connections Foundation

Nepalese people recovering from the disastrous earthquake one month ago now face a different threat: monsoon season from June to August. A Spokane-based company is racing to send money to rural mountain villages otherwise not reached by relief organizations.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Spokane County is one of 20 locales nationwide selected to receive a $150,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to reduce jail overcrowding. Four criminal justice reform agencies will send experts to Spokane to come up with ideas on how to reduce the use of jails, without compromising public safety.

Riverfront Park Master Plan Design Finalists Take Tour

May 19, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The three finalist teams for Riverfront Park’s redesign got to scope out their competition, Tuesday, during a park tour. The city of Spokane brought the teams for a site visit as part of the overall selection process.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

It’s that time of year in Spokane when lilacs are in bloom, nights are above freezing, and the community is gearing up for an annual parade. The Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade happen this Saturday.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Political candidates in Washington state are off to the races. It’s candidate filing week, lasting through Friday. In one race, that for Spokane mayor, voters will see three completely different campaigns carried out.

First Use of Park Bond Dollars Goes to the Bridges

Apr 28, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The redesign of Riverfront Park is still a few years away, but the city is ready to start repairing bridges now. Money from the renewed park bond will go, in part, to replacing well-worn pedestrian bridges.

Conscious Connections Foundation

The founders of the Spokane company Ganesh Himal work with producers in Nepal’s Kathmandu valley, less than 20 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. They are using connections worldwide to track down their Nepalese friends.

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest

The city of Spokane has set a goal to end veteran homelessness this year. A new program administered through Goodwill aims to help by giving landlords incentive to rent to veterans.

New Leaders Join Spokane Arts Commission

Apr 17, 2015

The Spokane Arts Commission has six new members and a new chair. Dean Davis of Dean Davis Photography became chair of the arts commission in January.

Lichty Launches Campaign Against Spokane Mayor Condon

Apr 16, 2015
Shar Lichty
Shar Lichty for Mayor

Spokane Mayor David Condon is up for election on the November ballot, and Shar Lichty has emerged as an opponent.  She’s a community organizer for Peace and Justice Action League and confirmed her candidacy this week.

Consultant Hired For Riverfront Park Redesign

Apr 15, 2015
Riverfront Park Master Plan

                                                                          story revised for accuracy 04/16/15 11:00am

Ads for Riverfront Park say this is the last summer to enjoy the park with its current features. That’s because voters approved a bond in November to redesign the park. The city is gearing up to hire a team that will design it.

Spokane’s food bank is moving into a new realm when it comes to helping families enjoy nutritious meals. The Second Harvest Food Bank has a new project. They are putting in a 1,700 square foot community kitchen into their warehouse.

Book of Mormon
Johan Persson

The Book of Mormon is coming back to Spokane. WestCoast Entertainment announced its 2015-16 Broadway season Tuesday, with more events than ever.

There’s a Bearded Dragon at the Library this Summer

Apr 8, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The library is housing more than books this summer. Spokane’s downtown branch has partnered with Mobius to be a temporary home for the Mobius Science Center. At the opening this week, the library wasn’t its traditional quiet.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Spokane’s annual Get Lit! literary festival can be seen in a whole new way this year. Skilled artists have adapted two novels into multi-dimensional installations downtown. Walking up to one of the displays, you'll hear the sound of Sharma Sheild’s book ‘The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac’. Or, at least, how artists Kate Vita and Richard Vander Wende interpreted the sound of the novel.

Sick Workers Would Get Time Off Under Spokane Proposal

Mar 31, 2015
Spokane Alliance
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

For many workers, getting sick does not mean time off work. In fact, about 40,000 workers in Spokane do not have paid sick leave, according to the Spokane Alliance. That group, and city council members, announced today an ordinance to require paid sick leave for all Spokane workers.

Politicians from the local, state, and federal level are bracing for potentially negative effects of more oil train shipments rolling through our community. Tuesday, US Senator Maria Cantwell spoke in Spokane about her Crude-By-Rail Safety Act, which she introduced in D.C last week.

Rick Singer / Rick Singer Photography

A well-known Spokane master builder of guitars and mandolins has recorded his first album. Buzz Vineyard may not be a household name, but many musicians around the world are familiar with his guitar work.