The Spokesman-Review

The Spokesman-Review is a daily broadsheet newspaper in the northwest United States, based in Spokane, Washington; it is the city's only daily publication. It has the third highest readership among daily newspapers in the state, with most of its readership base in Eastern Washington.

The Spokesman-Review
Spokesman-Review logo
The Spokesman-Review front page
Front page on July 27, 2005
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Cowles Company
PublisherWilliam Stacey Cowles
EditorRob Curley[1]
Founded1894, 125 years ago
Headquarters999 West Riverside Avenue
Spokane, Washington
CountryUnited States
CirculationSunday: 95,939
    Daily: 76,291
OCLC number11102529


The Spokesman-Review was formed from the merger of the Spokane Falls Review (1883–1894) and the Spokesman (1890–1893) in 1893 and first published under the present name on June 29, 1894.[2][3] It later absorbed its competing sister publication, the Spokane Chronicle, the afternoon paper whose final edition was in 1992 on Friday, July 31.[4][5] Long co-owned, the two combined their sports departments in late 1981 and news staffs in early 1983.[6]

The newspaper formerly published three editions, a metro edition covering Spokane and the outlying areas, a Spokane Valley edition and an Idaho edition covering northern Idaho. After a large downsizing of the newsroom staff in November 2007, the paper moved to a single zoned edition emphasizing localized "Voices" sections staffed primarily by non-union employees. The "Voices" section still caters to the three original editions, publishing a Valley "Voices," a North Spokane "Voices" and a South Spokane "Voices."

Owner of both papers since 1897,[6] W.H. Cowles set the Chronicle on a course to be independent and The Spokesman-Review to support Republican Party causes. Time magazine related the papers' success gaining lowered rates for freight carried to the Northwest and an improved park system and that helped the region. Increasing its reputation for comprehensive local news and by opposing "gambling, liquor and prostitution," The Spokesman-Review gained popularity. The paper's opposition to building the Grand Coulee Dam was not quite so universally applauded, and when it opposed the New Deal and the Fair Deal, it so disturbed President of the United States Harry Truman that he declared The Spokesman-Review to be one of the "two worst" newspapers in the United States.[7] The Scripps League's Press closed in 1939, making Cowles the only newspaper publisher in Spokane. Cowles created four weeklies, the Idaho Farmer, Washington Farmer, Oregon Farmer and Utah Farmer.[8] Cowles died in 1946. When William H. Cowles Jr. succeeded his father as publisher, James Bracken received much more news and editorial control as managing editor.[8]

Despite its hometown feel, The Spokesman-Review has been known to take a moderate-to-liberal stance when it comes to opinions ranging from tackling city hall to hate groups in the region. Those (hate) groups have threatened to attack the paper, and at times have made good on that promise. In 1997, three extreme-right militants were tried and eventually convicted of bombing the office of The Spokesman-Review as well as an abortion clinic (see Citizens Rule Book).

The Spokesman-Review is also one of the few remaining family-owned newspapers in the United States. It is owned by Cowles Company, which also owns KHQ-TV/Spokane and The KHQ Television Group. While the newspaper wins awards, it is also burdened with local critics and activists who suspect the Cowles family of using its alleged vast local media influence to sway public opinion. In particular, a (1997–2004) issue regarding a public-private partnership wherein the Cowles family may have profited, some claim, up to $20 million. This is referred to as the "River Park Square Parking Garage" issue. The newspaper underwent an independent review by the Washington News Council regarding its River Park Square coverage and was found to be at fault for its news bias.[9][10]

Review Tower Spokane
The Review Building, designed by Chauncey B. Seaton

In 2004, Spokane mayor James E. West became the target of a sting operation conducted by The Spokesman-Review. Some journalists and academics criticized the paper for what they saw as a form of entrapment.[11] West was later cleared of criminal charges by the FBI but not before the mayor lost a recall vote by the citizens of Spokane in December 2005. In the summer of 2006, West died of cancer.[12]

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, as reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal April 29, 2010, the newspaper's average Sunday circulation totaled 95,939. Weekly circulation averaged 76,291. That represented a year-over-year decrease of about 10.5 percent; a trend widely reflected during the same year in newspapers throughout Washington state. With the demise of the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Spokesman-Review is the state's third-largest paper, after the Seattle Times and the News-Tribune of Tacoma.


  1. ^ "Masthead". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Dyar, Ralph E. (1952). News for an Empire: The Story of the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington, and of the Field It Serves. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton.
  3. ^ Kershner, Jim (May 19, 2007). "Bumpy beginning, but quite a ride". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  4. ^ "It's been great..." Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). July 31, 1992. p. A1.
  5. ^ Bonino, Rick (August 1, 1992). "Chronicle gives way to new era". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. B1.
  6. ^ a b "Paper was part of history it covered". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). July 31, 1992. p. H8.
  7. ^ "When Harry Gave Us Hell". The Spokesman-Review. Cowles Publishing Company. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  8. ^ a b "The Inland Empire's Voice". TIME. 7 January 1952. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  9. ^ Pryne, Eric (May 11, 2007). "Report faults Spokane paper for news bias". Seattle Times.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-08-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Washington News Council, "Reporting On Yourself"
  11. ^ Postman, David (2005-12-02). "Even the mayor wonders: Who is the real Jim West?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  12. ^ "A Hidden Life". Frontline. November 14, 2006. PBS.

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1916 Montana football team

The 1916 Montana football team represented the University of Montana in the 1916 college football season. They were led by second-year head coach Jerry Nissen, played their home games at Dornblaser Field and finished the season at 4–1–1.

The Spokesman-Review (of Spokane, Washington) referred to the team as the "Grizzlies" in its November 19 edition.

1917 Montana football team

The 1917 Montana football team represented the University of Montana in the 1917 college football season. They were led by third-year head coach Jerry Nissen, played their home games at Dornblaser Field, and finished the season with a record of one win and four losses (1–4).The Spokesman-Review (of Spokane, Washington) referred to the team as the "Grizzlies" in its November 18 edition.

1957–58 WIHL season

1957-58 was the 12th season of the Western International Hockey League.

1963–64 WIHL season

1963-64 was the 17th season of the Western International Hockey League.

The WIHL did not operate during the 1962-63 season.

1964–65 WIHL season

1964-65 was the 18th season of the Western International Hockey League.

1965–66 WIHL season

1965-66 was the 19th season of the Western International Hockey League.

Prior to the commencement of the 1965–66 WIHL season it was announced that the Cranbrook Royals would be added to the league, with the result being that the WIHL would comprise six teams. In addition to the Washington-based Spokane Jets, the other teams that made up the 1965-66 version of the WIHL were the British Columbia-based Kimberley Dynamiters, Nelson Maple Leafs, Rossland Warriors and Trail Smoke Eaters.

2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington

Elections were held on November 2, 2010, to determine Washington's nine members of the United States House of Representatives. Representatives were elected for two-year terms to serve in the 112th Congress from January 3, 2011 until January 3, 2013. Nonpartisan blanket primary elections were held on August 17, 2010.Of the nine elections, the races in the 2nd, 3rd and 8th districts were rated as competitive by CQ Politics, The Rothenberg Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball, while The Cook Political Report rated the 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 9th districts as competitive. Every incumbent was re-elected, with the exception of Democrat Brian Baird, the U.S. Representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district, who retired rather than seeking re-election. Baird was succeeded by Jamie Herrera Beutler, a Republican.In total, five Democrats and four Republicans were elected. In the November elections a total of 2,479,409 votes were cast, of which 1,296,502 (52 percent) were for Democratic candidates, 1,135,166 (46 percent) were for Republican candidates, and 47,741 (2 percent) were for an independent candidate.

2014 Idaho elections

A general election was held in the U.S. state of Idaho on November 4, 2014. All of Idaho's executive officers are up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and both of Idaho's two seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections was held on May 20, 2014.

2018 Idaho gubernatorial election

The 2018 Idaho gubernatorial election took place on November 6 to elect the next governor of Idaho. Incumbent Republican Governor Butch Otter chose not to run for a fourth term, and the state's primaries were held on May 15.Former state representative Paulette Jordan was the Democratic Party's nominee. She lost to incumbent lieutenant governor Brad Little by a wide margin for a seventh consecutive Republican victory.

A record 605,131 votes were cast for governor in 2018, a 37.6% increase over the previous election in 2014 (439,830 votes). The previous high was 452,535 votes in 2010.

Cowles Company

The Cowles Company is a diversified media company in Spokane, Washington in the US. The company owns and operates The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, founded in 1894, and owned the Spokane Daily Chronicle until it was shut down in 1992. Built by William H. Cowles, the publishing business eventually constructed striking buildings in downtown Spokane for both papers. The Chronicle Building was eventually converted into offices and then residential. The company also owned several other papers and operates Inland Empire Paper Company, television stations, and interests in real estate, insurance, marketing and financial services.William Stacey Cowles, the publisher of The Spokesman-Review, is the great-grandson of the company's founder, William H. Cowles, and the fourth generation of the Cowles family to run the paper. His sister, Elizabeth A. Cowles, is chairwoman of the parent company. Rob Curley is the editor.

David Condon

David Condon (born February 9, 1974) is an American politician who is the Mayor of Spokane, Washington. Prior to his election as mayor, Condon was the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

A Spokane native, Condon graduated from Gonzaga Prepatory School in 1992 and then enrolled at Boston College, where he received a bachelor's of arts degree in Finance and Military Science. He immediately entered the Army where he rose to the rank of captain. Retiring from military service in 2005, he briefly worked in small business before getting hired by McMorris Rodgers. He rose to become her deputy chief of staff.In May 2011, Condon announced he would challenge incumbent mayor Mary Verner in the November election, Though he claimed to have a positive working relationship with Verner, he disagreed with her policies regarding taxation, vehicle registration and criminal justice. Condon defeated Verner in a close race. As Mayor, he has focused on reforming the Spokane Police Department, improving the city's financial situation and building up the cities infrastructure and parks. Condon was reelected in 2015, becoming the first Spokane mayor to be elected to multiple terms since 1973. Condon is term-limited and can not run for reelection in 2019.

Fox Theater (Spokane, Washington)

The Fox Theater in Spokane, Washington is a 1931 Art Deco movie theater. It was designed by architect Robert C. Reamer, notable for his design of the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park. It was part of the Fox Film Corporation Empire founded by studio mogul William Fox. The theater opened September 3, 1931 and showed films continuously until it closed September 21, 2000 after an engagement of the movie Gladiator starring Russell Crowe.

Joseph E. Duncan III

Joseph Edward Duncan III (born February 25, 1963) is an American convicted serial killer and child molester who is on death row in federal prison in conjunction with the 2005 kidnappings and murders of members of the Groene family of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He is also serving 11 consecutive sentences of life without parole in conjunction with the same crimes as well as the 1997 murder of Anthony Martinez of Beaumont, California. Additionally, Duncan has confessed to — but has not been charged with — the 1996 murder of two girls in Seattle. At the time of the attack on the Groene family, Duncan was on the run from a child molestation charge in Minnesota. He spotted Shasta and Dylan Groene playing outside as he drove past their house on Interstate 90.Born in Tacoma, Washington, Duncan's criminal history dates to when he was 15 years old. In 1980, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Tacoma and as a result has spent all but six years of his adult life in prison. He was paroled in 1994 but was returned to prison in 1997 for violating the terms of his parole.In May 2005, Kootenai County, Idaho, authorities discovered the bodies of Brenda Groene, her boyfriend, and her 13-year-old son in the family home near Coeur d'Alene. Authorities also noted that Groene's two other children were missing: Shasta, 8, and Dylan, 9. After an intense search for the two children, Shasta was found alive with Duncan at a restaurant in Coeur d'Alene nearly seven weeks later, and Duncan was arrested in conjunction with her kidnapping. When the authorities rescued Shasta, she told them that Duncan said that he was bringing her back to her father because Duncan had changed his mind about killing her. She said that Duncan stated that she taught him how to love. Dylan's remains were found days later in a remote area near St. Regis, Montana. Duncan was subsequently charged with murdering Dylan as well as the three victims at the Coeur d'Alene home.

During his incarceration, authorities connected Duncan with the unsolved murders of Anthony Martinez in California and two girls in Seattle, which all occurred during Duncan's parole from 1994–1997. Of those murders, Duncan has only been charged in the California case. In all, Duncan has been convicted in Idaho for kidnapping and murdering the three victims in Coeur d'Alene, for which he was given six life sentences; in federal court for kidnapping Shasta and Dylan Groene and murdering Dylan, for which he was given three death sentences and three life sentences; and in the state of California for kidnapping and murdering Martinez, for which he was given two life sentences.

NorthTown Mall (Spokane, Washington)

NorthTown Mall is a shopping mall located in Spokane, Washington. The shopping mall first opened in 1955 and has been expanded several times, with its biggest expansion occurring between 1989 and 1991. Since March 2002, the center has been owned by General Growth Properties. The complex is currently anchored by Barnes & Noble, JCPenney, Kohl's, Macy's, Marshalls, Regal Cinemas, and Sears.

Omak Airport

Omak Airport (IATA: OMK, ICAO: KOMK, FAA LID: OMK), also known as Omak Municipal Airport or Omak City Airport, is a regional airport located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Omak, Washington, a city in the Okanogan region of United States. It is owned and operated by the Omak City Council and serves Omak, although it is situated in nearby town Riverside's city limits rather. The airport was built by the United States Army Air Forces around 1942 and was approved for public use the following year. After World War II ended, it was closed and turned over for local government use by the War Assets Administration (WAA). Throughout its history, a number of improvements and expansions have occurred with its terminal, runways and taxiways, specifically in June 1979, when improvements made around that month were celebrated with an air show presentation.

Numerous airlines have previously served the airport, including Omak Airlines which had its headquarters and hub based at the terminal around 1980. Historically, it has also suffered from financial difficulties, specifically due to budget restrictions having been leased numerous times. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released demographics relating to the airport, including historical aircraft movements, based aircraft and passenger boarding statistics. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the highest number of aircraft movements it has handled annually is 142,000 and lowest is 4,254, while the most based aircraft at the Omak Airport was 658. It has seen no major accidents or incidents throughout its history.

The Omak Airport, which covers an area of 153 acres (62 ha) of city-owned property and 325 acres (132 ha) overall at an elevation of 1,305 feet (398 m), has a 4,667 by 150 feet (1,423 by 46 m) runway aligned 17–35, making it the third largest runway in Central Washington. Military aircraft are permitted for the airport. The terminal maintains a pilot lounge, as well as a medical facility, accommodation areas and administrative buildings; food and snacks are also offered. Its weather station is used to determine the local and upcoming weather of Omak and Riverside, as well as historical climate recordings. This data differs significantly from central Omak's recordings.

The airport does not support commercial flights or charge non-commercial payments, but does provide three daily charter flights or general aviation services to other destinations from Monday to Friday which are commonly used for commuter purposes. These offerings are provided by a number of charter airlines, including Ameriflight and Empire Airlines. Cargo flights are also offered to fellow airports using packages from FedEx and the United Parcel Service (UPS) by a number of airlines. For the 12-month period ending on May 30, 2012, it garnered 23,750 aircraft movements and maintained three based aircraft. The Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center, based in Auburn, manages the traffic at the airport, in addition to all other airports in Washington.

River Park Square

River Park Square is a shopping mall and entertainment complex in Spokane, Washington. The shopping center was originally opened in 1974. Following years of decline, the center was redeveloped in 1999 using public and private funds in an effort to revitalize downtown Spokane. The mall, still privately owned by Cowles Company, is anchored by Nordstrom and contains an outpost of AMC Theatres.

Spokane, Washington

Spokane ( (listen) spoh-KAN) is a city in Spokane County in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. It is located in eastern Washington along the Spokane River adjacent to the Selkirk Mountains and west of the Rocky Mountain foothills—92 miles (148 km) south of the Canada–US border, 18 miles (30 km) west of the Washington–Idaho border, and 279 miles (449 km) east of Seattle along Interstate 90.

Known as the birthplace of Father's Day, Spokane's official nickname is the "Lilac City". A pink, double flower cultivar of the common lilac, known as Syringa vulgaris 'Spokane', is named for the city. It is the seat of Spokane County and the economic and cultural center of the Spokane metropolitan area, the Spokane–Coeur d'Alene combined statistical area, and the Inland Northwest. The city, along with the whole Inland Northwest, is served by Spokane International Airport, 5 miles (8 km) west of downtown Spokane. According to the 2010 Census, Spokane had a population of 208,916, making it the second-largest city in Washington, and the 100th-largest city in the United States. In 2018, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 219,190 and the population of the Spokane Metropolitan Area at 573,493.The first people to live in the area, the Spokane tribe (their name meaning "children of the sun" in Salishan), lived off plentiful game. David Thompson explored the area with the westward expansion and establishment of the North West Company's Spokane House in 1810. This trading post was the first long-term European settlement in Washington. Completion of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1881 brought settlers to the Spokane area. The same year it was officially incorporated as a city with the name of Spokane Falls (it was reincorporated under its current name ten years later). In the late 19th century, gold and silver were discovered in the Inland Northwest. The local economy depended on mining, timber, and agriculture until the 1980s. Spokane hosted the first environmentally themed World's Fair at Expo '74.

Many of the downtown area's older Romanesque Revival-style buildings were designed by architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter after the Great Fire of 1889. The city also features Riverfront and Manito parks, the Smithsonian-affiliated Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Davenport Hotel, and the Fox and Bing Crosby theaters.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and the city is also the center of the Mormon Spokane Washington Temple District. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist represents the Anglican community. Gonzaga University was established in 1887 by the Jesuits, and the private Presbyterian Whitworth University was founded three years later and moved to north Spokane in 1914 In sports, the region's professional and semi-professional sports teams include the Spokane Indians in Minor League Baseball and Spokane Chiefs in junior ice hockey. The Gonzaga Bulldogs collegiate basketball team competes at the Division I level. As of 2010, Spokane's only major daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, had a daily circulation of over 76,000.

Spokane Daily Chronicle

The Spokane Daily Chronicle was a daily newspaper in Spokane, Washington. It was founded as a weekly paper in 1881 and grew into an afternoon daily, competing with The Spokesman-Review, which was formed from the merger of two competing papers.In 1897 The Chronicle was acquired by William H. Cowles and became part of the Cowles Publishing Company. Cowles already owned The Spokesman-Review. Both papers operated out of the Spokesman-Review building until 1921 but were kept independent. The Spokesman-Review had a Republican political slant and the two papers maintained a friendly rivalry. The Chronicle moved into its own building next door in 1921. In 1922 the Chronicle started radio station KOE, setting up an antennae on the taller Review building. The station operated for less than a year.

A Chronicle Building was first planned in 1917. The final building that remains standing today was designed by G.A. Pehrson in downtown Spokane and completed in 1928. Kirtland Cutter made the designs for the building, but his architecture business ran into financial difficulties and he left town. Pehrson, who had worked at Cutter's firm for ten years before establishing his own firm, took over the project and developed his own designs.

Cowles continued to operate the papers independently until ad sales and back-end operations were combined in the 1980s. The sports staffs were combined in 1981 and news staffs in 1983. The Chronicle was shut down in 1992 after 111 years in operation and more than 26,000 editions printed. The landmark building remained in use as an office building before being converted into apartments.

Spokane Shock

The Spokane Shock were a professional arena football team based in Spokane, Washington, playing their home games at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The team was part of the National Conference Pacific Division of the Arena Football League. The franchise folded in October 2015. A reorganized ownership group applied for a franchise in the Indoor Football League, known as the Spokane Empire, as the rights to the Shock name belonged to the AFL.Formerly a member of arenafootball2 (af2), the Shock won division titles in all four seasons and ArenaCups in 2006 and 2009 before they joined the Arena Football League (AFL) in its 2010 relaunch. The team advanced to the playoffs three times after joining the AFL, winning ArenaBowl XXIII in their first season, making them the first (and as of 2019, the only) arena football franchise to win both the ArenaCup and the ArenaBowl.

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