Author: Mark Rattner

West Plains Annexation

The Spokane City Council is discussing a proposed ordinance to annex a portion of the West Plains. The City of Airway Heights, the City of Spokane and Spokane County have been working on a proposal to annex a nine and a half square mile area. It will compose of the entire Spokane International Airport and land north and south of highway two. If you would like to hear more about the proposal, tonight's (July 18) city council meeting starts at 6:00 at Spokane City Hall. Details of the proposal can be found on    

Budget Talks...Who's Going To Budge?

Budget talks between President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals remain at a frustrating standstill as lawmakers return to the White House for another negotiating session today. At Tuesday's House Republican Leadership Press Conference, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers told reporters both sides of the aisle must work together to make ends meet. McMorris-Rodgers says before House Republicans even consider raising the debt ceiling, there needs to be significant spending cuts. Democrats say those cuts will affect important programs that we depend on today.

Crowning Achievement

A Spokane woman fell just short of being crowned 2011 Miss Washington. Genay Tucker, who was competing as Miss Spokane, finished third in the scholarship pageant over the weekend. Tucker was previously Miss Washington outstanding teen in 2007 after winning the Miss Greater Vancouver outstanding teen the same year. Brittney Henrey, 24, of Edgewood in Pierce County will represent the state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas.

Rep. Inslee To Visit Spokane In Governor's Race

U-S Representative Jay Inslee is planning a trip to Spokane announce his candidacy in the race for governor. Inslee will launch his campaign Monday in Seattle, followed by a second event in the Yakima Valley town of Wapato. His advisors say he'll make stops in Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver on Tuesday. Inslee has spent more than a decade in Congress. He was projected as a candidate in the gubernatorial race when Governor Chris Gregoire announced she wouldn't seek a third term. Attorney General Rob McKenna is figured to be the leading candidate for the Republicans.