Washington Governor Jay Inslee

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, the states of Washington and Idaho are now both in ‘stay-at-home mode.’ Spokane County officials stay consistent with the “social distancing” message, but not everyone is listening. An employee at Fairchild Air Force Base tries to explain the coronavirus and its ripples in a new book for children. And we’ll hear about life in an Idaho household where Dad has the virus and the rest of the family is trying to avoid it. Those stories and we’ll ask you about your new coronavirus rituals today on Inland Journal, after the news.

WA Governor Orders Schools Closed, Bans Large Gatherings

Mar 13, 2020
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has ordered that large gatherings be prohibited statewide, extending a ban he originally invoked for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Inslee's announcement came just a few hours after Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz announced he’s requiring that events that will feature 250 people or more be postponed or cancelled for the next 30 days.

A Canadian company says it has put on hold its plans to build a smelter near Newport.

The CEO of PacWest Silicon has sent a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, detailing his reasons for the delay.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, an early present for Washington high school graduates, class of 2020. Governor Jay Inslee signed into law this week a bill — known as 1599 — that takes away the requirement that students pass state assessment tests before they can graduate. It used to be, if you didn’t pass those tests, even if you were a four-point student, even if you aced the advanced placement classes, you couldn’t get your sheepskin.


If you have a marijuana misdemeanor conviction on your record in Washington state, you can now have it removed.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has decided to pardon those with a single marijuana conviction on their record.

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Avista has added a new, large solar project to its energy portfolio. The Spokane-based utility held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the central Washington town of Lind today [Tuesday] to mark the occasion.

Spokane's Marshallese Greet, Thank Governor Inslee

Apr 27, 2018
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Members of Spokane’s Marshallese community welcomed Governor Jay Inslee on Friday to a celebration in a northeast Spokane park. The occasion was to thank him for signing a bill that provides subsidized health insurance to low income Pacific Islanders.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be in Spokane this afternoon [Friday] for a variety of meetings.

They include a meeting at Harmon Park with the city’s Marshallese population to celebrate a new law that gives them easier access to state-subsidized health care.

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It’s back to work for Washington and Idaho legislators, who this week began their off-year sessions. Legislators have begun holding hearings on bills. But part of the tradition is to gather and listen to their respective governors recite their accomplishments and agendas.

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners will soon be back to full strength. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has chosen a replacement for departed commissioner Shelly O’Quinn.

Governor Jay Inslee has picked Mary Kuney to be the next commissioner. Kuney already works in the courthouse as chief deputy auditor.

Inland Journal, July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

Inland Journal for July 13, 2017

    ▪    What will the old U.S. pavilion look like after Spokane’s Riverfront Park is renovated? The city held an open house at City Hall this week to share the design.
    ▪    Direct medical care, bypassing insurance companies. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated both the Senate and House Republican health care proposals will lead to more than 20 million people eventually losing their health insurance. One option is direct medical care, paying your doctor directly for care. We talk with representatives from three Spokane medical offices that provide that service.
    ▪    The next McCleary. Governor Inslee and Washington legislators hope the new state budget will satisfy judicial concerns that the state doesn’t spend enough on basic education. The next big budget challenge may come from counties, challenging the states to provide them more money to cover services mandated by the state. We’ll talk with an eastern Washington legislator worried that this will become Washington’s next McCleary.  
    ▪    A Pullman hospital considers whether to allow one of its surgeons to do gender reassignment surgeries. A report from Anna King from the Northwest News Network.

Washington Governor Signs Forest Health Bill

May 9, 2017

Washington Governor Jay Inslee yesterday (Monday) signed into law two measures of interest to people in the northeastern part of the state. One deals with preventing wildfires, the other with preventing wolves from killing livestock.


Spokane County has one of Washington’s most well-established conservation futures programs. It’s a taxpayer-approved and funded program that allows the county to buy environmentally-sensitive lands to preserve them and allow the public to enjoy them.

There are about 7,800 acres set aside all over the county, including the recently-purchased Holy Names parcel along the Spokane River, just to the north of Spokane Falls Community College.