Getting There: When the snow goes away, the potholes take center stage in the Inland Northwest

<p><p>By now, you’ve probably seen them.</p></p><p><p>Those gaping gashes in the region’s roadways have once again emerged, prompting crews throughout the Inland Northwest that had once been pushing the snow away to circle back and patch the potholes.</p></p><p><p>“Potholes are our priority this time of year,” said Todd Feusier, director of the city of Coeur d’Alene’s Street…Continue Reading

John Stockton's defiance of COVID-19 mask mandate forces Gonzaga to suspend NBA Hall of Famer's basketball season tickets

<p><p>On any night, John Stockton’s name and No. 12 jersey can be seen hanging from a banner in the south-facing rafters at McCarthey Athletic Center. But Gonzaga and its most prominent alumnus are at odds over the school’s mask mandate, leading Gonzaga to suspend Stockton’s season tickets at home basketball games.</p></p><p><p>In an interview with The…Continue Reading

Shawn Vestal: No room in the ICU for Idaho woman who dies in ER

<p><p>It was a Thursday night, Jan. 6, when Katherine Jane Ripley showed up in the emergency room at Moscow’s Gritman Medical Center.</p></p><p><p>Ripley was suffering from a blood infection resulting from pneumonia and needed serious, specialized care. She had emerged several months earlier from a battle with Stage 4 breast cancer, having fought the illness into…Continue Reading

No 'wave' of evictions in Spokane County, but worry persists

<p><p>If evictions were a tidal wave, rental assistance and tenant protections may have been the seawall.</p></p><p><p>Spokane County has not seen a surge in eviction filings following last year’s expiration of a moratorium enacted by Gov. Jay Inslee in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p></p><p><p>More than $50 million of rental assistance has poured into Spokane…Continue Reading

The Dirt: Spokane County files permits for multimillion-dollar regional training center, indoor small arms firing range on the West Plains

<p><p>Spokane County and Fairchild Air Force Base are moving forward with construction of the Spokane Regional Indoor Small Arms Range on the West Plains.</p></p><p><p>Bruce Russell, design and construction manager for the Spokane County Facilities Department, submitted an environmental review to the Washington state Department of Ecology for the firing range and training center at 13033…Continue Reading

Avista to offer internet services through new subsidiary, launches pilot program with City of Cheney

<p><p>Avista has entered the internet service provider market.</p></p><p><p>The company’s nonutility subsidiary Avista Edge is rolling out a broadband pilot program to enable the city of Cheney to provide what representatives have boasted as high-speed, reliable internet in select city neighborhoods.</p></p><p><p>Avista Edge officially launched in August 2020 as a natural extension of Avista’s portfolio, said Mark…Continue Reading

We the People: In an era of great polarization, is the preamble based on an eroding idea?

<p><p><em>Each week, The Spokesman-Review examines one question from the Naturalization Test immigrants must pass to become United States citizens.</em></p></p><p><p><strong>Today’s question: The U.S. Constitution starts with the words “We the People.” What does “We the People” mean?</strong></p></p><p><p>“We the People” is one of the best-known phrases in the American political lexicon. They are the first three words…Continue Reading