Shawn Vestal, SpokesmanReview

Shawn Vestal


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Shawn:

Shawn Vestal: Probe details extensive communications, favors between police chief and business group

When Chud Wendle – the combative leader of a group of property owners who regularly criticizes City Council members over crime and homelessness – wanted a special report from the police department about crimes committed by transients, he didn’t file a public records request. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Of the forking paths at Camp Hope, one produced results

At some point in the last several months, one of our local social media wags began referring to Camp Hope as Camp Brown. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Another year, another chance to fix Idaho's fatal faith-healing protections

More than seven years ago, Boise attorney Kirt Naylor signed off on a rallying cry to defend Idaho’s children. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Shooting reports were a hoax, but the terror of that hellish half-hour was real

They practice for it now, our children, as they practice for a volleyball game or the school play or the holiday concert. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Mar-A-Lago supper, echoes Allsup strategy for infiltrating the GOP

It was hard – in the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago supper between the loathsome Nick Fuentes and the loathsome Donald Trump – not to think about the mostly forgotten (though also loathsome) James Allsup. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Debate revealed more about temperament and style than political positions

One of the great benefits of candidate debates is not that they unearth unknown positions or opinions, but that they give us a chance to see the temperament and demeanor of candidates under pressure, to see how they act when challenged, to see how they think, or don’t, on their feet. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: In the midst of a housing crisis, Mayor Woodward leaves millions on the table

About a month ago, a federal housing official sent a letter to Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward, all but begging her to develop a plan to spend $6 million in federal funds meant to address affordable housing and homelessness. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Mead board wisely rejects the borrowed proposals to corral civics lessons

Maybe the Mead School Board should adopt a policy against plagiarism in proposed policies. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: A quick end to Camp Hope is probably not on the horizon

Winter is coming. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: If Rolovich takes the next step, he'll be facing an unbeaten opponent

Last fall, we went to a great football game in Pullman. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: WSU forced an accounting on its police department

At least WSU was pushing. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: The new downtown library pays rich dividend for the community's investment

We invested in it. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Lack of response to race survey tells a sorry story about sheriff's office

An audit of attitudes about race among deputies in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office crashed and burned last year, because so few deputies bothered to respond that auditors could not accurately draw conclusions. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Scholarship initiative targets cost, as well as maze of other obstacles

If you’re familiar with the FAFSA – the federal form to apply for financial aid for college – then this may not surprise you. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: In the world of 'election integrity,' no integrity's required

There is a lot of code words in political discourse – words that mean something other than, or something well beyond, what they seem to mean. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Idaho said no to the far right, but Kootenai County said yes, yes, yes

Broadly speaking, Idaho rejected the wingnut right in Tuesday’s major races. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Let unvaxxed Spokane firefighters live with the consequence of their choice

As the City Council looks at soaring overtime costs in the fire department, some council members want to rehire firefighters who chose to leave their extraordinarily well-paid jobs rather than get vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Even under a 'settled' Roe, doctors risked their lives to provide access to abortion

In the 1990s, I lived in beautiful Bozeman, where a woman’s access to an abortion – a supposedly settled constitutional right – was nevertheless precarious. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: The case of the stolen ammunition began with online extremism

On a pleasant Saturday in early March, a group of seven people headed to a shooting range at Fishtrap Lake. → Read More

Shawn Vestal: Wood giving up her seat as a trustee to protect NIC from 'Biff' the board president

After 18 years, it was not the way Christie Wood imagined departing from the North Idaho College Board of Trustees. → Read More