SPR News Feed - Spokane Public Radio http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed New website coming soon! In early July, all stories will be located on our new site. Stay tuned... Mayor’s Ice Bucket Challenge Preps Spokane For Gleason Fest Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:48:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2192-mayor-s-ice-bucket-challenge-preps-spokane-for-gleason-fest The mayor of Spokane and a couple dozen football players took the ice bucket challenge today, dumping buckets of ice water on their heads at Gonzaga Prep. The fundraiser asks people to dump a bucket on themselves, or donate for Lou Gehrig’s disease, otherwise known as ALS. It’s gone viral, and for the organizers of Spokane’s Gleason Fest, that’s a good thing. 2192 State High Court Gives Rapists Access to DNA Testing Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:47:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2191-state-high-court-gives-rapists-access-to-dna-testing Virtually any convicted rapist in Washington State may now be able to demand and get DNA testing which might, or might not, point to his innocence. In a case dating from 1993, a majority of the state's high court has ruled that a man serving time for five counts of first degree rape has a right to have DNA from the crime scene tested.  2191 Council Will Sunset TBD If City Ignores Pedestrian Plan Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2193-council-will-sunset-tbd-if-city-ignores-pedestrian-plan The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a sunset clause on the city’s $20 vehicle license fee. Council member Jon Snyder brought forth the ordinance, which mandates that city administrators must create a pedestrian master plan that gets council approval by the end of 2015, otherwise the transportation benefit district will fold. 2193 Oregon Growers Go Nuts Over Hazelnut Demand Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:19:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2189-oregon-growers-go-nuts-over-hazelnut-demand A few Oregon farmers are downright smug this summer about another weather-inflicted crop disaster on the other side of the world. They're hazelnut growers, mostly in the Willamette Valley, responsible for virtually the entire US crop of the nuts. 2189 Snyder Hangs Pedestrian Planning Over Heads of City Administration Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:32:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2187-snyder-hangs-pedestrian-planning-over-heads-of-city-administration Spokane City Council member Jon Snyder wants to take city administrators to task on creating a pedestrian master plan. Already this week he presented his ordinance that would dissolve the six-year transportation funding pool if the city fails to create a pedestrian plan. 2187 Tribe Looking To Claim Water Rights in North Idaho Process Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:22:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2186-tribe-looking-to-claim-water-rights-in-north-idaho-process Idaho officials will be taking up the issue of water rights in North Idaho this fall. That, after the negotiation process was approved by the legislature this year. The process is called water adjudication, and will determine who gets how much of the region's water. The state has had a senior water rights policy for years, but also has a “lose it or use it policy” meaning if some aren’t using their current rights, they can be taken away. 2186 Primary Election Results Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:24:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2173-primary-election-results Primary Election results from Washington state and Spokane County, as of Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. 2173 Tight Race For Spokane Commissioner Favors French, Johnson Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:20:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2172-tight-race-for-spokane-commissioner-favors-french-johnson The race for Spokane County Commissioner is just about as close as it gets. At last count (pre-5:00pm), Incumbent Al French has 36.2 percent of the vote, and newcomer Mary Lou Johnson has 36.5. Bonnie Mager only won 27 percent of the vote, even considering her experience as a past commissioner and her clear opposition to controversial urban growth decisions. 2172 Ecology Initiates Conversation on Water Quality Talks Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:03:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2169-ecology-initiates-conversation-on-water-quality-talks Washington’s governor proposed new state water quality standards in early July, and off the bat citizens debated the proposal. The department of ecology acknowledges getting the public on board will be a challenge, so it held info sessions for both reporters and citizens this week. 2169 French Company Wins INL Waste Disposal Contract Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:15:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2175-french-company-wins-inl-waste-disposal-contract The company which runs the Idaho National Laboratory has agreed to pay a French nuclear company $34-million to entomb low-level nuclear waste at the giant facility. Battelle Energy Alliance awarded the contract to Areva Federal Services, an American subsidiary of the French company, Areva. 2175 Carlton Complex 90 Percent Contained Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:29:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2162-carlton-complex-90-percent-contained Fire managers have the Carlton Complex in north central Washington almost fully contained. The containment lines are now circling 90 percent of the largest fire in Washington state history, the Carlton Complex. Those lines run nearly 200 miles around the 255,000 acre fire. 2162 Education Chief Wants to Drop the Spending Hammer on Lawmakers Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2161-education-chief-wants-to-drop-the-spending-hammer-on-lawmakers In a special Washington State Supreme Court hearing early next month, state legislators may feel a bit like kids called to the principal's office. The high court justices have summoned top lawmakers to explain why they have not come up with a plan to increase state funding for education. 2161 Mayor Announces 2015 Budget and Hillyard Police Station Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:34:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2163-mayor-announces-2015-budget-and-hillyard-police-station City leaders announced the proposed 2015 budget Tuesday in a parking lot in Hillyard, northeast Spokane. Mayor David Condon says in the past two years the city has built a sustainable operating budget, which allows them to shift attention to the capital budget in 2015. 2163 “Give Real Change” Effort to Steer Money Away from Spokane’s Panhandlers Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:53:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2166-give-real-change-effort-to-steer-money-away-from-spokane-s-panhandlers You may see posters soon in Spokane that read “Give Real Change”. It’s a new anti-panhandling campaign by the city and Downtown Spokane Partnership, meant to direct people’s money away from panhandlers and into area charities. 2166 Acclaimed Explorers Photographers to Take on Spokane’s Stage Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:48:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2165-acclaimed-explorers-photographers-to-take-on-spokane-s-stage The organization that brings Broadway shows to Spokane every year is branching out to world renowned photography. West Coast Entertainment announced Monday it will host a four-part series called National Geographic Live over the next year. 2165 Otter Warns Judges Against Activism in Gay Marriage Fight Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:36:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2164-otter-warns-judges-against-activism-in-gay-marriage-fight Idaho Governor Butch Otter is not only mounting a vigorous defense of Idaho's constitutional mandate that marriage is between a man and a woman, he's also wagging an admonishing finger at the judges who will decide the case. 2164 A Libertarian and Independent-R Battle Against Riccelli For State Rep Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:01:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2168-a-libertarian-and-independent-r-battle-against-riccelli-for-state-rep Primary Election ballots are in hand in Washington, and among the races in Spokane is state representative district three. Incumbent Marcus Riccelli is finishing his first term and running for re-election, this year against one opponent he faced last time, and a first time candidate. 2168 Yellow Pine Rocks Tiny Idaho This Weekend Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:56:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2167-yellow-pine-rocks-tiny-idaho-this-weekend Summer music festivals abound in the Inland Northwest. But a tiny hamlet in the mountains of central Idaho boasts a showcase this weekend for a unique instrument - the pocket harp. OK, so pocket harp is just an archaic name for an instrument almost every kid knows - the harmonica. 2167 Pub Ready for Business After Fire in Twisp Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:21:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2145-pub-ready-for-business-after-fire-in-twisp The fires in North Central Washington have made life miserable for those worried about their homes. One area businessman says the situation has many worried about their livelihoods. The small town of Twisp, Washington is a destination for holiday travelers in the summer months. But at the Twisp River Pub, things have been very bad the last week. 2145 Fire Community Bands Together For Resources, Animals, Mental Health Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:40:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2147-fire-community-bands-together-for-resources-animals-mental-health The Carlton Complex of fires has consumed 300 homes in north-central Washington, according to the Okanogan County sheriff Friday. It’s too soon for many people to know what they lost in the fire, including homes, orchards, livestock, or pets. Fire spokesperson Joni Quarnstrom says other counties have stepped in to help. 2147 Oregon Congressman Blasts House Leadership on Fire Funding Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:31:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2146-oregon-congressman-blasts-house-leadership-on-fire-funding Oregon's outspoken Congressman Peter DeFazio blasted U-S House leadership for letting Congress fiddle while Oregon burns. On the House floor, the Democratic congressman told his colleagues to wake up and smell the smoke. 2146 Progress in Week Two of Washington's Largest Wildfire Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:46:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2149-progress-in-week-two-of-washington-s-largest-wildfire Crews are making good progress at the huge fires burning in North Central Washington state. Fire crews have made the most advancement at the enormous Carlton Complex, which at 250,000 acres is the largest fire in state history. 2149 Day After Storm, Update From Spokane Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2148-day-after-storm-update-from-spokane Of the roughly 70,000 customers who lost power in the Inland Northwest Wednesday, about 20,000 homes and business are still in the dark. Even with all available crews at work, that’s the combined total from Avista Utilities and Inland Power and Light. 2148 WA Fire Crews Hope Weather Brings Aid Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2177-wa-fire-crews-hope-weather-brings-aid Fire crews continue to battle several major fires in Washington state, but are hopeful changes in the weather may come to their aid, at least for a while. Several fires are burning in the state, with the Carlton Complex, the state's largest in history, now at 250,000 acres. 2177 Casino Cancels Nugent Based on "Hate Filled Remarks" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:26:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2176-casino-cancels-nugent-based-on-hate-filled-remarks The Coeur d'Alene Casino has cancelled a concert with 70's rocker Ted Nugent. Coeur d'Alene tribal officials decided to drop the event after what they called Nugent's history of "racist and hate filled remarks" was brought to their attention. 2176 Water Slide for Fish Touted at Lake Cle Elum Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2170-water-slide-for-fish-touted-at-lake-cle-elum If people can use and enjoy water slides, why not fish? If the funding can be secured, the Yakima Indian tribe and the federal Bureau of Reclamation have plans to build a unique spiral water slide to help sockeye salmon find their way out of Lake Cle Elum on the Yakima River. 2170 Watermelon Hill Fire Update Shows Improvement Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:54:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2140-watermelon-hill-fire-update-shows-improvement In eastern Washington, the Watermelon Hill fire that started Friday is no longer threatening homes, but is creeping up to a resort area. The fire is burning about 7 miles southwest of Cheney, and grew into Spokane County over the weekend. 2140 Idaho Nurse Gets Allies in Fight Against NSA Phone Tracking Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:43:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2181-idaho-nurse-gets-allies-in-fight-against-nsa-phone-tracking A Coeur d' Alene nurse - she describes herself as "just a small town girl" - has gotten some powerful legal help in her seemingly Quixotic quest against government snooping in her phone records. 32-year old Anna Smith, a neonatal emergency nurse at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, was shocked when she found out the National Security Agency collects and stores her phone records. 2181 Northwest News Network (N3) - NEWS HERE Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:08:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2138-northwest-news-network-n3-news-here For regional news from the Northwest News Network, daily updates are here... 2138 CDA Chief Calls Dog Shooting "Regrettable Tragedy" Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:33:00 -0700 http://kpbx.org/spr-news-feed-entry-2178-cda-chief-calls-dog-shooting-regrettable-tragedy Coeur d’Alene’s police chief has admitted the controversial police shooting of a dog inside a parked van last week  was “a regrettable tragedy”. At this weeks City Council meeting, interim Chief Ron Clark addressed last Wednesday’s fatal shooting of the 2-year-old black Labrador named Arfee. The incident has divided the community. 2178